|Full name||Viljandi JK Tulevik|
|Founded||23 September 1912|
Viljandi JK Tulevik, commonly known as Viljandi Tulevik, or simply as Tulevik, is a football club based in Viljandi, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football. The club's home ground is Viljandi linnastaadion.
Founded on 1912 as Sports Association Tulevik (Future), the club was disbanded in 1940 and re-established in 1992 as one of the founding members of the Meistriliiga.
Founded in 1912 as Sports Association Tulevik (Future), they began playing football in 1913 on a field by Lake Viljandi, where Viljandi linnastaadion was built in 1928. Interrupted by World War I and the Estonian War of Independence, Tulevik didn't resume playing football until 1927. In 1937, they won the Central division of the regional B klass. Following the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1940, Tulevik was disbanded.
In 1992, Viljandi Linnameeskond was first renamed JK Viljandi, and then JK Tulevik, and became a founding member of the Meistriliiga. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the Esiliiga. In 1997, Tulevik became a part of the Flora system and returned to the Meistriliiga, while Sergei Ratnikov was appointed as manager. In June 1998, Ratnikov was replaced by Tarmo Rüütli. The club made their European debut in the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup, losing to St. Gallen 3–9 on aggregate in the first round. Under Rüütli, Tulevik reached the 1998–99 Estonian Cup final, losing to Levadia 2–3, and finished the 1999 season as runners-up. In November 1999, Rüütli left the club to manage Flora and the Estonia national team, and was replaced by his assistant Aivar Lillevere. Tulevik reached the Estonian Cup final again in the following season, but were defeated by Levadia again 0–2.
In 2011, Tulevik ended their affiliation with Flora. As a result, the newly formed FC Viljandi took their place in the Meistriliiga and Tulevik were relegated to the II liiga. In January 2013, Aivar Lillevere returned to the club as manager. Tulevik finished the 2014 Esiliiga in fifth place and defeated Lokomotiv 1–1 on aggregate on away goal in the promotion play-offs, thus earning promotion to the Meistriliiga. The team's stay in the top division proved short-lived as the club finished the 2015 season in last place and were relegated. Tulevik won the 2016 Esiliiga and were once again promoted to the Meistriliiga. Lillevere resigned in November 2017 and was replaced by Marko Kristal in the following month. In April 2018, Kristal's contract was terminated after disappointing results in the league, with Sander Post taking over as manager.
Tulevik initially played on a field by Lake Viljandi. In 1928, a stadium was built on the same site. Renovated in 2010, Viljandi linnastaadion (Viljandi City Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 1,084. The stadium is located at Ranna 1, Viljandi.
- As of 6 July 2019.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For season transfers, see List of Estonian football transfers winter 2018–19.
Reserves and academy
- B klass (Central Division)
- Winners (1): 1937
- Estonian Supercup
- Runners-up (1): 2000
Seasons and statistics
|1992||Meistriliiga||13||11||1||3||7||17||34||−17||5||Anatoli Logovoi (5)|
|1992–93||12||22||3||1||18||24||88||−64||7||Sten Kaldma (7)||Quarter-finalists|
|1997–98||Meistriliiga||5||24||8||5||11||32||35||−3||29||Argo Arbeiter (9)||Semi-finalists|
|1998||5||14||5||3||6||15||25||−10||18||Teet Allas (4)|
|1999||2||28||16||5||7||57||34||+23||53||Dmitri Ustritski (16)||Runners-up|
|2000||4||28||12||9||7||45||34||+11||45||Marius Dovydėnas (12)||Runners-up||Runners-up|
|2001||5||28||11||6||11||41||37||+4||39||Dmitri Ustritski (16)||Quarter-finalists|
|2002||5||28||10||6||12||51||52||−1||36||Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (20)||Quarter-finalists|
|2003||5||28||8||8||14||44||56||−12||30||Enver Jääger (11)||Quarter-finalists|
|2004||6||28||6||7||15||30||53||−23||25||Dmitri Ustritski (11)||Second round|
|2005||5||36||12||11||13||46||48||−2||47||Dmitri Ustritski (13)||Quarter-finalists|
|2006||9||36||5||5||26||29||74||−45||20||Janek Kalda (7)||Second round|
|2007||7||36||11||4||21||43||80||−37||37|| Mihail Ištšuk
Aleksander Saharov (8)
|2008||6||36||9||4||23||31||74||−43||31|| Jüri Jevdokimov
Markko Kudu (7)
|2009||6||36||15||6||15||55||49||+6||51||Jüri Jevdokimov (14)||Fourth round|
|2010||7||36||8||5||23||33||62||−29||29||Aleksandr Kulatšenko (8)||Third round|
|2011||II liiga||4||28||17||3||6||85||42||+43||54||Rasmus Luhakooder (23)||Third round|
|2012||2||26||17||5||4||100||32||+68||56||Rasmus Luhakooder (23)||First round|
|2013||Esiliiga||8||36||12||10||14||46||57||−11||46||Rasmus Luhakooder (8)||Second round|
|2014||5||36||14||9||13||53||51||+2||51||Rainer Peips (10)||Third round|
|2015||Meistriliiga||10||36||6||4||26||35||75||−40||22||Joonas Tamm (9)||First round|
|2016||Esiliiga||1||36||28||5||3||106||38||+68||89||Kristen Kähr (22)||Fourth round|
|2017||Meistriliiga||8||36||8||4||24||34||95||−61||28||Herol Riiberg (6)||Quarter-finalists|
|2018||7||36||8||5||23||37||100||−63||29||Rainer Peips (8)||Quarter-finalists|
|1998||UEFA Intertoto Cup||First round||St. Gallen||1–6||2–3||3–9|
|1999–2000||UEFA Cup||Qualifying round||Club Brugge||0–3||0–2||0–5|
|2000–01||UEFA Cup||Qualifying round||Napredak Kruševac||1–1||1–5||2–6|
- "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
- Loog, Alvar (May 2015). "Viljandimaa jalgpalli ajalugu ja hetkeseis" [History and current state of football in Viljandi County]. Jalka (in Estonian). Tallinn: Estonian Football Association. pp. 43–45.
- "Marko Kristal lahkub Viljandi Tuleviku peatreeneri kohalt" [Marko Kristal leaves Viljandi Tulevik head coach position] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 20 April 2018.
- "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
- "Viljandi JK Tulevik". Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
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