JK Tallinna Kalev

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Full name Jalgpalliklubi Tallinna Kalev
Founded 1911
Ground Kalev Central Stadium, Tallinn
Ground Capacity 11,500[1]
President Ragnar Klavan
Manager Argo Arbeiter[2]
League Meistriliiga
2017 Esiliiga, 2nd
Website Club website

Jalgpalliklubi Tallinna Kalev (Football Club Kalev Tallinn) is an Estonian football club, based in Tallinn, that plays in the Meistriliiga, the top 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.[3]


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.[4] Two years later, in 1911 the team joined Estonian Sports Association Kalev and changed its name to JK Tallinna Kalev.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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'."

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.[8]


1923, 1930

Tallinna Kalev in Estonian Football[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 March, 2018.[9]

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 Koroljov
2 Portugal DF Sandro Sane Anibal Embalo
3 Estonia DF Hans Joosep Tammerik
4 Estonia DF Kaspar Laur
7 Estonia MF Roman Sobtšenko
8 Guinea MF Abdoul Karim Conte
9 Estonia FW Andre Järva
10 Estonia MF Innar Paal
11 Russia MF Ioan Yakovlev
12 Estonia MF Reinhard Reimaa
13 Estonia DF Ranon Kriisa
No. Position Player
17 Estonia DF Hans-Kristjan Hansberg
18 Estonia MF Alger Džumadil
19 Estonia MF Gregor Wahl
20 Estonia MF Mikk Kruusalu
26 Estonia DF Artjom Artjunin
27 Estonia MF Andreas Raudsepp
28 Estonia FW Kevin Rääbis
34 Japan MF Takuya Matsunaga
69 Estonia DF Freddie Heinmaa
75 Japan MF Hidetoshi Wakui (captain)
99 Estonia GK Karl Andre Vallner

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 8 March 2016.[10]

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
12 Estonia GK Karl Andre Vallner
2 Estonia DF Andi Kivirand
4 Estonia DF Aleksei Savitski
22 Estonia DF Ando Hausenberg
25 Estonia DF Juhan Lilleorg
6 Estonia DF Andre Saareli
17 Estonia MF Juri Gavrilov
No. Position Player
18 Estonia MF Gert Heinala
Russia MF Mark Dubinin
Estonia MF Mark-Sandor Kolts
7 Estonia MF Mike Koiv
16 Estonia FW Raiko Karpov
3 Estonia FW Karl Anton Soerde
15 Estonia FW Silver Alex Kelder

Notable former players[edit]

1924 Summer Olympics[edit]

Player records in Meistriliiga[edit]

As of 8 November 2014.[11] 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 – 16 November 2017

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. ^ "Ametlik: Kalevi peatreeneriks saab Arbeiter". soccernet.ee. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Eesti Jalgpalli Liit – JK Tallinna Kalev". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Estonia toasting 100 years of football. UEFA.com (2009-07-29). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (in Estonian)
  5. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.". Tallinna Kalevi kirgas vutiajalugu (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (in Estonian)
  6. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.". Kalev vs Sport (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (in Estonian)
  7. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.". Skandaalne teine meistripärg (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (in Estonian)
  8. ^ Lääne, Tiit. "History of JK Kalev Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.". Kalev NSV Liidu kõrgliigas (2006-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-29 (in Estonian)
  9. ^ "JK Tallinna Kalev (2018)". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  10. ^ "Eesti Jalgpalli Liit — JK TALLINNA KALEV II (2015)". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Eesti Jalgpalli Liit". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 

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