Clubs: FC Flora Tallinn, National Team of Estonia
It took 10 years after independence in 1991 before the small Baltic Republic of Estonia would have a football stadium worthy of the name and capable of organising international football matches. The first official game in the new stadium, on June 2, 2001, was a qualifier for the 2002 World Cup between Estonia and The Netherlands. The original name of the “Lilleküla Staadion“ changed in 2002 to “A. Le Coq Arena”. Estonia’s largest beer producer bought for 15 million euro the namings right for the national soccer stadium for a period of 15 years.
The by architect Haldo Oravas designed stadium has 9,692 seats, spread over three indoor and one outdoor stands. The number of seats at can be temporarily extended to 10,300. For concerts the capacity is estimated at 25,000.
All four stands have both a lower tier as an upper tier. Most of the seats in the stadium are green while white seats spell out the name of FC Flora.
The club of the flamboyant President Aivar Pohlak was founded in 1990 and is the largest sports association in Estonia. Both in the mid-1990s of the last century as around the turn of the century the club was extremely successful. Over the past few years FC Flora lost the role as standard-bearer of the Estonian club football to the neighbours of FC Levadia Tallinn.