Korvpalli Meistriliiga

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Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Founded1925;96 years ago (1925)
First season 1925
Country Estonia
Confederation FIBA Europe
Number of teams 6
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toI Liiga
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
Current champions Kalev/Cramo (12th title)
Most championships Tartu Ülikool (26 titles)
CEO Jaak Salumets
Website basket.ee
Basketball current event.svg 2021 KML Play-offs

The Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Basketball Champions League), known as the OlyBet Korvpalli Meistriliiga for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier level and most important professional basketball league in Estonia. It is controlled by the Estonian Basketball Association.

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The first Estonian Basketball Championship tournament was held in 1925. During Soviet era (1941–1991) the league was called the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship. After Estonia regained its independence in 1991, the league was reformed as the Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML). The KML, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of six teams. The current KML champions are Kalev/Cramo who won their 11th Estonian Championship in the 2019 KML Play-offs.

Current clubs

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Locations of the 2019 KML Play-offs teams
TeamHome cityArenaCapacity
Avis Utilitas Rapla Rapla Sadolin Sports Hall 818 [1]
Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Kalev Sports Hall 1,700 [2]
Pärnu Sadam Pärnu Pärnu Sports Hall 1,820 [3]
Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ Tallinn Sõle Sports Centre 153 [4]
TalTech Tallinn TalTech Sports Hall 1,000 [5]
Tartu Ülikool Tartu University of Tartu Sports Hall 2,600 [6]

Title holders

Titles by club

TeamWinnersWinning years
Tartu Ülikool 261938, 1939, 1940, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015
Kalev 181927, 1930, 1931, 1943, 1944 (w)‡, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003
BC Kalev/Cramo 122005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
TalTech Basketball 81961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1984, 1985
Standard 81980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Tallinna Russ 41928, 1929, 1932, 1933
TTÜ-A. Le Coq 41991, 1994, 1997, 1999
Tartu NMKÜ 31934, 1936, 1937
EMÜ 21957, 1960
Harju KEK 21974, 1979
Tallinna Sport 11925
Tallinna NMKÜ 11935
Tallinna Dünamo 11941
Tartu Kalev 11944 (s)‡
Metallist 11981

Note:In the 1944 season two championship tournaments were held (s summer tournament; w winter tournament).

KML Finals

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage Top seedRecordChampion's coachFinals MVP
1991–92 Asto 0–2 Kalev Asto 28–1 Flag of Estonia.svg Jaanus Levkoi
1992–93 Kalev/Rafter 2–0 Asto Kalev/Rafter 36–0 Flag of Estonia.svg Riho Soonik
1993–94 Asto 2–1 Baltika Asto 25–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Jaanus Levkoi
1994–95 Kalev/Auma 3–1 Tallinn Kalev/Auma 28–0 Flag of Estonia.svg Jaak Salumets
1995–96 Kalev 3–0 Tartu Kalev 36–0 Flag of Estonia.svg Jaak Salumets
1996–97 Tallinn 3–1 Baltika Tallinn 20–5 Flag of Estonia.svg Üllar Kerde
1997–98 Kalev 3–1 Tallinn Kalev 22–3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Maarten van Gent
1998–99 Tallinn 3–0 Nybit Tallinn 21–4 Flag of Estonia.svg Üllar Kerde
1999–00 Kalev 0–3 Tartu Ülikool-Delta Kalev 27–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Teet Laur
2000–01 Tartu Ülikool-Delta 3–0 Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq Tartu Ülikool-Delta 28–7 Flag of Estonia.svg Jüri Neissaar
2001–02 Tartu Rock 2–3 Kalev Tartu Rock 23–7 Flag of Estonia.svg Üllar Kerde
2002–03 TTÜ/A. Le Coq 2–4 Kalev TTÜ/A. Le Coq 25–7 Flag of Estonia.svg Andres Sõber
2003–04 TÜ/Rock 4–2 EBS/Nybit TÜ/Rock 18–6 Flag of Estonia.svg Tõnu Lust
2004–05 TÜ/Rock 3–4 Ehitustööriist TÜ/Rock 12–4 Flag of Estonia.svg Allan Dorbek
2005–06 Kalev/Cramo 4–3 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 21–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Aivar Kuusmaa Flag of the United States.svg James Williams
2006–07 TÜ/Rock 4–2 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 33–3 Flag of Lithuania.svg Algirdas Brazys Flag of Estonia.svg Tanel Tein
2007–08 TÜ/Rock 4–0 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 33–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Üllar Kerde Flag of the United States.svg Brian Cusworth
2008–09 TÜ/Rock 2–4 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 26–2 Flag of New Zealand.svg Nenad Vučinić Flag of Estonia.svg Kristjan Kangur
2009–10 TÜ/Rock 4–2 Rakvere Tarvas TÜ/Rock 23–5 Flag of Estonia.svg Indrek Visnapuu Flag of Estonia.svg Janar Talts
2010–11 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 29–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Aivar Kuusmaa Flag of Latvia.svg Armands Šķēle
2011–12 Tartu Ülikool 0–4 Kalev/Cramo Tartu Ülikool 25–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Aivar Kuusmaa Flag of Estonia.svg Tanel Sokk
2012–13 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 28–4 Flag of Estonia.svg Alar Varrak Flag of Estonia.svg Tanel Sokk
2013–14 TÜ/Rock 0–4 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 30–2 Flag of Estonia.svg Alar Varrak Flag of Romania.svg Vlad Moldoveanu
2014–15 TÜ/Rock 4–1 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 26–6 Flag of Estonia.svg Gert Kullamäe Flag of Estonia.svg Tanel Kurbas
2015–16 Kalev/Cramo 4–1 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 32–0 Flag of Estonia.svg Alar Varrak Flag of Latvia.svg Rolands Freimanis
2016–17 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 Avis Utilitas Rapla Kalev/Cramo 29–3 Flag of Estonia.svg Alar Varrak Flag of Bulgaria.svg Branko Mirković
2017–18 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 Tartu Ülikool Kalev/Cramo 25–1 Flag of Lithuania.svg Donaldas Kairys Flag of Estonia.svg Kristjan Kangur
2019 Kalev/Cramo 3–0 Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ Kalev/Cramo Flag of Lithuania.svg Donaldas Kairys Flag of Bulgaria.svg Branko Mirković
2021 Kalev/Cramo 3–1 Pärnu Sadam Kalev/Cramo Flag of Latvia.svg Roberts Štelmahers Flag of the United States.svg Chavaughn Lewis

Awards

See also

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