Nõmme Kalju FC

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Nõmme Kalju
Full name Nõmme Kalju FC
Nickname(s) Roosad Pantrid (Pink Panthers)
Founded 1923; 92 years ago (1923)
1997 (re-established)
Ground Hiiu Stadium, Tallinn
President Kuno Tehva[1]
Manager Sergei Frantsev
League Meistriliiga
2015 3rd
Website Club home page

Nõmme Kalju FC (IPA: [nɤmˈme ˈkɑlju], "Nõmme Cliff"), commonly known as Nõmme Kalju, or simply as Kalju, is a professional football club, based in Nõmme, Tallinn, Estonia.

Founded in 1923 and re-established in 1997, the club has played in the Meistriliiga since 2008 and have never been relegated from the Estonian top division. Nõmme Kalju has won 1 Meistriliiga and 1 Estonian Cup trophy.


Nõmme Kalju former crest design

Founding and re-establishment[edit]

Nõmme Sports Club Kalju was founded on 20 December 1922. Nõmme Kalju Football Club was founded in 1923 by two professional wrestlers, Aleksander Šneider and Mart Liiv. Their home ground was Hiiu Stadium in Nõmme and club was active until World War II.

Nõmme Kalju football club was re-established in 1997 by former Estonia national football team manager Uno Piir, Õhtulehe Noorte Jalgpalliklubi president Anton Siht and Värner Lootsmann. The squad was formed from Tallinna Jalgpallikool and Õhtulehe Noorte Jalgpalliklubi youth players and competed in the III Liiga.


Nõmme Kalju played in the III Liiga for eight seasons in a row. In 2002, the current President Kuno Tehva acquired the club with a goal of establishing a professional football club. The club won promotion to the third division II Liiga in 2004 and in 2005 to the second division Esiliiga. In 2006, the club was unsuccessful in the battle for promotion to the Meistriliiga, eventually finishing behind Kuressaare and Tallinna Kalev. During the 2007 season, Nõmme Kalju hired a Brazilian manager Getúlio Fredo. On 18 November 2007 Nõmme Kalju lost the first promotion and relegation game to Kuressaare 0–1 but won the second one away 2–1 on 24 November 2007 and won the promotion to the Meistriliiga thanks to the away goals rule.

Meistriliiga and the first league title[edit]

In 2008, the aim was set at achieving the national championship within 5 years, alongside promoting youth football. Preparing for the next season in the Meistriliiga, Nõmme Kalju brought in 16 new players with four of them being former internationals.[2][3] The season began well, with Nõmme Kalju competing for the top positions. The club finished the season in fifth place but after TVMK Tallinn disbanded, the club was awarded fourth place with just one point away from the third place. 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 Latvian Dinaburg.

Nõmme Kalju made headlines before the 2011 Meistriliiga season as the club acquired four Estonian national team players – Tarmo Neemelo,[4] Alo Bärengrub,[5] Kristen Viikmäe[6] and Eino Puri.[7] This made them one of the favourites to win the league. In the 2012 season, Nõmme Kalju won the Meistriliiga for the first time.


The team failed to defended the title in 2013, finishing as runner-ups. Nõmme Kalju, however, had 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 goalscorer in the Meistriliiga with 23 goals.[8] Nõmme Kalju finished the 2014 season with a disappointing fourth place, after which the manager Igor Prins was sacked and replaced by former Nõmme Kalju player Sergei Terehhov.[9][10]

Nõmme Kalju won their first Estonian Cup trophy on 30 May 2015 by defeating Paide Linnameeskond in the 2014–15 Estonian Cup finals.


Hiiu Stadium is the home ground of Nõmme Kalju
Kadriorg Stadium

Hiiu Stadium[edit]

Main article: Hiiu Stadium

Hiiu Stadium has been the historic home ground of Nõmme Kalju since 1923. It is a multi-purpose stadium currently owned by the Nõmme district and are operated by Nõmme Sports Centre (Nõmme spordikeskus).[11][12] The stadium was completely renovated and re-opened in 2002, having an artificial turf.[13][14] The address of the stadium is Pidu street 11, Tallinn.[15]

Kadriorg Stadium[edit]

Main article: Kadriorg Stadium

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


Winners (1): 2012
Runner-ups (2): 2011, 2013
Third place (1): 2015
Winners (1): 2014–15
Runner-ups (2): 2008–09, 2012–13
Runner-ups (1): 2013


Current squad[edit]

As of 6 August 2015.[16][17]

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
12 Estonia MF Stanislav Goldberg
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
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Borislav Topić
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

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
17 Estonia FW Robert Kirss (at Pärnu Linnameeskond)


Seasons and statistics[edit]

League and Cup[edit]

Meistriliiga Esiliiga II Liiga III Liiga


Player records[edit]

As of 7 November 2015.[18] Active players in bold.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.jkkalju.ee/kontaktid/yldkontaktid/
  2. ^ "Nõmme Kalju ajaloolised saavutused!". jkkalju.ee. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Tänapäev". jkkalju.ee. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "AMETLIK: Tarmo Neemelo liitus Nõmme Kaljuga" [OFFICIAL: Tarmo Neemelo joins Nõmme Kalju] (in Estonian). jkkalju.ee. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "AMETLIK! Eesti koondise keskkaitsja Alo Bärengrub liitus Nõmme Kaljuga" [OFFICIAL! Estonian national team central defender Alo Bärengrub joins Nõmme Kalju] (in Estonian). jkkalju.ee. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kristen Viikmäe sõlmis lepingu Nõmme Kaljuga" [Kristen Viikmäe sõlmis lepingu Nõmme Kaljuga] (in Estonian). jkkalju.ee. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eino Puri liitus Nõmme Kaljuga" [Eino Puri joins Nõmme Kalju] (in Estonian). jkkalju.ee. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "History". jkkalju.ee. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ametlik: Prinsi aeg Kaljus sai läbi" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ametlik: Kalju peatreeneriks asub Terehhov" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hiiu Staadion". Spordikoolituse ja -teabe sihtasutus (in Estonian). Eesti spordiregister. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hiiu Staadioni staadionihoone". Spordikoolituse ja -teabe sihtasutus (in Estonian). Eesti spordiregister. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Sada miljonit liikumisvõimalusteks" (in Estonian). Pealinnaleht. 11 July 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hiiu staadion on jalgpalluritele taas avatud" (in Estonian). E24.ee. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nõmme Spordikeskus — Kontakt" (in Estonian). Nõmme Sports Center. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nõmme Kalju FC". Nõmme Kalju FC. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nõmme Kalju FC". Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  18. ^ [1]

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