Nõmme Kalju FC

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Nõmme Kalju
Full name Nõmme Kalju Football Club
Nickname(s) Roosad Pantrid (Pink Panthers)
Founded 1923
1997 (re-established)
Ground Hiiu Stadium, Tallinn
President Kuno Tehva[1]
Manager Sergei Terehhov
League Meistriliiga
2014 4th
Website Club home page

Nõmme Kalju FC (IPA: [nɤmˈme ˈkɑlju], "Nõmme Cliff") is an Estonian football club based in Nõmme, Tallinn playing in the Meistriliiga, Estonia's top tier of football. The club was originally established in 1923 and re-established in 1997. The club reached the top flight in 2008 and won their first title in 2012 season. Their home ground is Hiiu Stadium.


Nõmme Kalju alternative logo

Nõmme Sports Club Kalju was founded on 20 December 1922. A year later Nõmme Kalju Football Club was founded, where local footballers played successfully for many years in Estonia's top division, the Meistriliiga.

In 1997 the team was re-established from Tallinna Jalgpallikool and Õhtulehe Noorte Jalgpalliklubi youth players. The team played eight years in a row in Estonian Third League. They played twice in promotion/relegation play-offs and on the second occasion were successful in winning promotion to the Second League in 2004. Then they started a run of successive promotions. In 2005, Nõmme Kalju won promotion to the Esiliiga by winning Second League. In 2006, the team was unsuccessful in the battle for promotion to the Meistriliiga, eventually finishing behind FC Kuressaare and JK Tallinna Kalev. In the middle of the 2007 season, Nõmme Kalju hired Brazilian Getúlio Fredo who has worked with the group of coaches who led the Brazilian U-17 national team to their age-group World Cup. Nõmme Kalju also bought four Brazilian footballers. They finished 6th in the season 2007 and beat FC Kuressaare in the promotion/relegation play-offs, thus qualifying for the following year's Meistriliiga. In preparing for the next season in the Meistriliiga, the team needed reinforcement. Nõmme Kalju bought 16 new players, three of them were expatriate footballers and four were ex-international players.[2][3]

They finished their first season in Meistriliiga in a surprisingly high fifth place, but after FC TVMK were disbanded they were awarded fourth place. The season started very well, Kalju were fighting over positions 1–5, but they had a little blip in the middle of the season. After signing ex-international Maksim Smirnov from FK Ventspils, the team started to do very well again, they lost the bronze position by only one point. In the 2009–10 season the team participated in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round for the first time in their history but were eliminated by FC Dinaburg.

Kalju made headlines before the 2011 Meistriliiga season as they acquired four Estonian internationals – Tarmo Neemelo,[4] Alo Bärengrub,[5] Kristen Viikmäe[6] and Eino Puri[7] – alongside a couple of players from abroad. This made them one of the favourites to win the league. They also offered contract to Andrei Stepanov, who refused as he sought a contract abroad.

Two newly acquired players, Alain García and Hidetoshi Wakui, became the first Cuban and Japanese players respectively to play in the Meistriliiga,[citation needed] when the club lost their opening match 0–1 against future league champion FC Flora Tallinn.[8] The first win of the season came in the next match, against newly created FC Viljandi, while the first goal for the team was scored by Kristen Viikmäe.[9][10]

In 2012, Nõmme Kalju won the Estonian Championship for the first time. The team failed to defended the title in 2013 Nõmme Kalju, finishing as runner-ups. Nõmme Kalju, however, made a successful season in Europe, defeating HJK Helsinki in the Champions League qualifying phase. The season was also successful for the newly signed Estonia national football team striker Vladimir Voskoboinikov who finished as the top goal-scorer in the Meistriliiga with 23 goals.[11]


Kadrioru Stadium in November 2009

Kalju's historical home ground is Hiiu Stadium (built in 1923). The stadium holds a capacity of only 500[12] and its artificial turf court is used for spring and autumn matches.

On 27 November 2010 Nõmme Kalju signed a contract with Tallinn University of Technology and the City of Tallinn to reconstruct the old Tallinn University of Technology stadium right on the Nõmme/Mustamäe border (Raja tänav 4a) and it will become the new home stadium for Kalju.[13][14]

From 2012–2014 season, Nõmme Kalju played at the larger Kadrioru Stadium. Kadrioru holds over 10 times more spectators, with a capacity of 5000.



Current squad[edit]

As of 12 March 2014.[15][16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Estonia GK Vitali Teleš (captain)
2 Estonia DF Martin Mägi
3 Estonia DF Henrik Pürg
4 Estonia DF Märten Kuusk
5 Estonia DF Alo Bärengrub
6 Portugal DF Jorge Rodrigues
7 France MF Réginald Mbu Alidor
8 Estonia MF Artjom Dmitrijev
9 Estonia FW Ats Purje
10 Republic of the Congo MF Allan Kimbaloula
11 Estonia FW Vladimir Voskoboinikov
13 Estonia MF Eino Puri
No. Position Player
14 Estonia DF Ken Kallaste
16 Estonia FW Andre Järva
18 Estonia MF Sören Kaldma
19 Estonia MF Erkki Junolainen
20 Estonia MF Joel Lindpere
22 Estonia MF Erik Listmann
27 France DF Nicolas Galpin
33 Estonia DF Karl Mööl
69 Estonia GK Siim-Sten Palm
75 Japan MF Hidetoshi Wakui (vice-captain)
96 Estonia GK Sten-Marten Vahi
99 Estonia FW Tarmo Neemelo

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 25 November 2014.[17]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Estonia DF Aleksander Erik Ild
Estonia DF Anti Karumaa
Estonia DF Kert Krusel
Estonia DF Henrik Kummer
Estonia DF Andry Liiva
Estonia MF Eddie Ever
Estonia MF Aleksei Filimonov
No. Position Player
Estonia MF Peeter Klein
Estonia MF Mark-Eerik Kodar
Estonia MF Rasmus Kuber
Estonia MF Kalev Lill
Estonia FW Norman Vihul
Estonia FW Sten Kuks

Notable former players[edit]

See also: Category:JK Nõmme Kalju players

UEFA club competition results[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Latvia Dinaburg 0–0 1–2 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Finland Honka 0–2 0–0 0–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran 0–2 2–2 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Finland HJK 2–1 0–0 2–1
Third qualifying round Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 0–4 2–6 2–10
UEFA Europa League Play-off round Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1–3 0–2 1–5
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Iceland Fram Reykjavík 2–2 1–0 3–2
Second qualifying round Poland Lech Poznań 1–0 0–3 1–3

European record[edit]

Competition Seasons Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 1 4 1 1 2 4 11
UEFA Europa League 5 12 2 4 6 8 18
Total 5 16 3 5 8 12 29

Nõmme Kalju in Estonian Football[edit]

Meistriliiga Esiliiga II Liiga III Liiga

Player records in Meistriliiga[edit]

As of 17 May 2015.[18] Active players in bold.


Name Career
Brazil Getúlio Fredo
Estonia Karel Voolaid 1 April 2010 – 31 August 2010
Estonia Igor Prins 31 August 2010 – 2 December 2014
Estonia Sergei Terehhov 10 December 2014 –


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