Nõmme Kalju FC (IPA: [nɤmˈme ˈkɑlju], "Nõmme Cliff") is an Estonianfootball 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 Kadrioru Stadium. Their historical ground, Hiiu Stadium, now has artificial turf and is used for spring and autumn matches.
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 BrazilianGetúlio 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 Brazilianfootballers. 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.
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.