JK Tallinna Kalev

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Tallinna Kalev
Full name Jalgpalliklubi Tallinna Kalev
Founded 1911
2002 (re-established)
Ground Kalev Central Stadium, Tallinn
Ground Capacity 11,500[1]
Manager Marko Pärnpuu
League Esiliiga
2014 Meistriliiga, 10th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Jalgpalliklubi Tallinna Kalev (Football Club Kalev Tallinn) is an Estonian football club, based in Tallinn, that plays in the Esiliiga, the 2nd level in Estonian football league system. Founded as Jalgpalliselts Meteor in 1909, the club changed its name to Tallinna Kalev in 1911. They play their home matches at the 11,500 seater Kalev Central Stadium, Tallinn.[2]


Early years[edit]

Tallinna Kalev in 1923.
The first official football game in Estonia between JS Meteor, predecessor of JK Tallinna Kalev, and Merkuur on 6 June 1909

Jalgpalliselts Meteor (Football Union Meteor) was formed in 1909 by Tallinn students Julius Reinans and Bernhard Adams. The first coach of the team was an English flax merchant John Urchard, who also ordered first set of football shirts. The first official football game in Estonia was played between JS Meteor and Merkuur Tallinn on 6 June 1909, Meteor won the match 4-2.[3] Two years later, in 1911 the team joined Estonian Sports Association Kalev and changed its name to JK Tallinna Kalev.[4]

Sport Tallinn rivalry[edit]

On the 1920s the biggest opposition of Estonian football was between JK Tallinna Kalev and Sport Tallinn. The first derby of Tallinn was played in a friendly match between the two teams on 9 May 1920. From this game on, the stadiums with capacity of 3,000 were almost always sold out for the matches between Kalev and Sport. In 1923, Kalev managed to win their first Estonian championship, when they defeated Sport Tallinn 1:0 in the decisive match. Most of the squad, with players like Eduard Ellman-Eelma, Arnold Pihlak and Johannes Brenner, formed core of the Estonia national football team, which competed in the football event of the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In 1925, a misunderstanding and conflict between the key people of ESA Kalev and players culminated with disqualification of the club from Meistriliiga and disappointed players joined Tallinna Jalgpalliklubi.[5]

Second championship[edit]

1930 Estonian Champions.

Against all odds Tallinna Kalev achieved their second championship. This time the old rival Tallinna Sport seemed to be better, but in the competition of best four teams they could not beat young team of Kalev. With the game ending 0:0 and SK Tallinna Sport went on to beat Jalgpalliklubi Tallinn 3:0, Tallinna Kalev now needed to win Võitleja Narva with at least 8 goals. By half-time, Kalev led 7:0 and adding four with the remainder of the game meant that Kalev clinched their second Estonian championship after 7 years.[6]

There is a speculation circling around Estonian historians, that Kalev won the championship thanks to match fixing. "Võitleja Narva and their goalkeeper Viruvere looked paralyzed, they let Kalev score 11 goals. Aleksander Lugenberg-Mändvere came up with an idea to help Kalev win championship, he was a member of the JK Kalev board and from Narva. Somebody asked him after the game, 'How much did you pay for a goal?' and Lugenberg reportedly answered '250 krones'." (2750 in total, Estonian kroon was pegged to the Swedish krona at par, with a gold standard of 2480 kroon = 1 kg of pure gold)

Kalev in the Soviet League[edit]

Tallinna Kalev in a 2-2 draw against FC Spartak Moscow in 1961.

In 1960, Kalev became the first and the only Estonian club to appear in the Soviet Top League. An opportunity arose when Football Federation of the Soviet Union decided to involve more Soviet Republics and regions to the Top League, including Baltics. Their stint in Class A, as it was also known at the time, lasted for two years. The club finished 19th in 1960 and 22nd in the 1961 season in 22-team league. In their first season, they managed to finish 19th of 22 teams, finishing in front of only three teams, Spartak Vilnius, Neftyanik Baku and Chişinău Moldova. The following season remained their last season in the top tier of Soviet football, as they were placed at the last, 22nd place and were relegated. Despite poor results, Kalev managed to play some good games, for instance 0:0 against Lev Yashin's led Dynamo Moscow and a 2:2 with Spartak Moscow, who finished 3rd that season.[7]


1923, 1930

Tallinna Kalev in Estonian Football[edit]

Meistriliiga Esiliiga Meistriliiga Esiliiga II Liiga III Liiga


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 July 2014.[8]

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 Daniil Savitski (captain)
2 Estonia DF Edgars Butlers
3 Estonia FW Ian-Erik Valge
4 Estonia DF Aleksei Savitski
5 Estonia DF Egert Heintare
6 Estonia MF Gregor Aru
7 Georgia (country) FW Lasha Omanidze
8 United States DF Sean Whalen
9 Estonia FW Aleksei Naariste
11 Estonia FW Nikita Koger (on loan from Levadia)
12 Russia GK Artem Levizi (on loan from Sillamäe Kalev)
13 Estonia MF Albert Anissimov
No. Position Player
14 Estonia MF Hans-Kristjan Hansberg
15 Estonia DF Johannes Kukebal (on loan from Flora)
16 Estonia MF Raiko Karpov
17 Estonia MF Juri Gavrilov
18 Estonia DF Ando Hausenberg
19 Finland DF Ionel Armean
20 Estonia FW Aleksei Belov
Estonia DF Oliver Heliste
Estonia DF Marek Kahr
Estonia DF Aleksei Larin
Estonia DF Alen Stepanjan
Estonia MF Nikita Brõlin (on loan from Levadia II)

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 6 July 2014.[9]

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

No. Position Player
Estonia GK Karl Andre Vallner
Estonia DF Priidu Aruste
Estonia DF Gert Heinala
Estonia DF Andi Kivirand
Estonia DF Ranon Kriisa
Estonia DF Mario Mõistlik
Estonia DF Henrik Sepp
Estonia DF Vaidar Vatman
Estonia MF Mike Kõiv
No. Position Player
Estonia MF Aron Kristian Kovru
Estonia MF Kris Kuusmaa
Estonia MF Innar Paal
Estonia MF Patrick Peinar
Estonia MF Hendrik Pihl
Estonia FW Rejal Alijev
Estonia FW Martin Aru
Estonia FW Nikita Tšernei

Notable former players[edit]

On the foreground from the left: Oskar Üpraus, Ernst Joll, Eduard Ellman, August Lass. On the back row: Otto Silber, Bernhard Rein, Heinrich Paal, Arnold Pihlak, Elmar Kaljot, Hugo Väli, Harald Kaarmann, Ferenc Kónya

Tallinna Kalev players in major tournaments[edit]

1924 Summer Olympics[edit]

Under-19 Euro 2012[edit]

See also: Category:JK Tallinna Kalev players

Player records in Meistriliiga[edit]

As of 8 November 2014.[10] Active players in bold.


Name Career
Estonia Aavo Sarap
Estonia Daniel Meijel
Estonia Sergei Ratnikov 1 February 2010 – 4 December 2012
Germany Frank Bernhardt 4 December 2012 – 31 December 2013
Estonia Tarmo Rüütli 1 January 2014 – 6 March 2014
Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi 10 March 2014 – 8 November 2014
Estonia Marko Pärnpuu 25 November 2014 –

Women's team[edit]

Tallinna Kalev women's team are currently playing in Naiste Esiliiga, the second level in the Estonian women's football system.


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  2. ^ jalgpall.ee
  3. ^ Estonia toasting 100 years of football. UEFA.com (2009-07-29). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (Estonian)
  4. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev". Tallinna Kalevi kirgas vutiajalugu (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (Estonian)
  5. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev". Kalev vs Sport (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (Estonian)
  6. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev". Skandaalne teine meistripärg (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (Estonian)
  7. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev". Kalev NSV Liidu kõrgliigas (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (Estonian)
  8. ^ "http://jalgpall.ee/premium/layout-team.php?id=583". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Eesti Jalgpalli Liit — JK TALLINNA KALEV II (2014)". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  10. ^ [1]

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