Nõmme Kalju FC
|Full name||Nõmme Kalju FC|
|Nickname(s)||Roosad Pantrid (Pink Panthers)|
Nõmme Kalju FC (English pronunciation: /nɤmˈme ˈkɑlju/), commonly known as Nõmme Kalju, or simply as Kalju, is a professional football club, based in Nõmme, Tallinn, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football.
Founded in 1923 and re-established in 1997, the club has played in the Meistriliiga since the 2008 season and have never been relegated from the Estonian top division. Nõmme Kalju has won one Meistriliiga and one Estonian Cup trophy.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Players
- 5 Personnel
- 6 Honours
- 7 Statistics
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Founding and re-establishment (1923–2007)
Nõmme Kalju football club was founded in 1923 as a division of the Nõmme Kalju sports club by two professional wrestlers, Aleksander Šneider and Mart Liiv. Their home ground was Hiiu Stadium in Nõmme and the club remained active until World War II.
The club was re-established in 1997 by the former Estonia national team manager Uno Piir, Anton Siht and Värner Lootsmann. Nõmme Kalju joined the Estonian football league system and began competing in the Northern division of the III liiga. The club finished their first season in second place, while Joel Lindpere was the top goalscorer with 13 goals. Nõmme Kalju played in the III liiga for eight consecutive seasons.
In 2002, Kuno Tehva acquired the club with a goal of establishing a professional football club. Nõmme Kalju were promoted to the third tier II liiga in 2004 and in 2005, to the second tier Esiliiga. Nõmme Kalju finished their first season in the Esiliiga in 5th place. In 2007, Getúlio Fredo was hired as manager. Nõmme Kalju finished the 2007 season in 6th place and faced Kuressaare in promotion play-offs. The club lost their first match home 0–1 but won the second leg away 2–1 and advanced to the Meistriliiga on away goals.
First Meistriliiga title (2008–2012)
In preparation for their Meistriliiga debut, Nõmme Kalju rebuilt the team by signing 16 new players. Nõmme Kalju finished the 2008 season in fourth place with just one point away from the third place, while striker Ingemar Teever won the goalscoring title with 23 goals. In 2009, the club also made its debut in Europe by playing in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, but was defeated by Dinaburg 1–2 on aggregate in the first qualifying round. Nõmme Kalju finished the 2009 season season in fifth place. In 2010, Igor Prins was hired as manager and Nõmme Kalju finished the 2010 season in fourth place. The club strengthened their first-team squad significantly during the 2010–11 winter transfer window, by signing Estonia national team players Kristen Viikmäe, Alo Bärengrub, Tarmo Neemelo and Eino Puri. Nõmme Kalju finished the 2011 season in second place, seven points behind winners Flora, while Tarmo Neemelo scored 22 goals. Nõmme Kalju won their first Meistriliiga title in the 2012 season, amassing 92 points.
Recent history (2013–present)
By winning the Meistriliiga, Nõmme Kalju also qualified to the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase. Nõmme Kalju defeated HJK in the second qualifying round 2–1 on aggregate, but was subsequently beaten by Viktoria Plzeň 2–10 on aggregate in the third qualifying round. The team failed to defend their Meistriliiga title in the 2013 season, finishing as runners-up, despite Vladimir Voskoboinikov winning the goalscoring title with 23 goals. Nõmme Kalju finished the 2014 season season with a disappointing fourth place, following which Igor Prins was sacked and replaced by former Nõmme Kalju and Estonia national team player Sergei Terehhov. Under Terehhov, the team had a successful start, winning first 9 league games and winning their first Estonian Cup trophy, defeating Paide Linnameeskond 2–0 in the 2014–15 Estonian Cup finals. On 12 September 2015, Terehhov resigned after poor results in the Meistriliiga, with Getúlio Fredo taking over as caretaker manager. Nõmme Kalju finished the 2015 season in third place. On 4 November 2015, it was confirmed that Sergei Frantsev would be hired as manager after the season. Nõmme Kalju reached the third qualifying round in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, but failed to improve results in the Meistriliiga, finishing third in 2016 and 2017.
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 (Estonian: Nõmme spordikeskus). The stadium was completely renovated and re-opened in 2002, having an artificial turf. The stadium is located at Pidu 11, Nõmme, Tallinn.
From 2012 to 2014, Nõmme Kalju played at the larger Kadriorg Stadium. Kadriorg seated 10 times more spectators, with a capacity of over 5000.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Reserves and academy
Current technical staff
- Winners (1): 2012
- Winners (1): 2014–15
League and Cup
|1997–98||III liiga||2||8||5||0||3||48||12||+36||15||Joel Lindpere (13)|
|1998||2||10||7||2||1||40||15||+25||23||Karl Lepist (14)|
|1999||3||20||12||2||6||53||24||+29||38||Lauri Kiviloo (21)|
|2000||4||20||8||2||10||38||37||+1||26||Lauri Kiviloo (11)|
|2001||5||18||7||3||8||36||56||−20||24||Lauri Kiviloo (15)|
|2002||7||18||6||4||8||39||43||−4||22||Andreas Aniko (7)|
|2003||4||18||10||3||5||37||20||+17||33||Toomas Krõm (7)|
|2004||2||18||11||5||2||68||32||+36||38||Lauri Kiviloo (15)|
|2005||II liiga||1||28||18||5||5||88||36||+52||59||Andrus Mitt (28)|
|2006||Esiliiga||5||36||18||5||13||76||80||−4||59||Andrus Mitt (35)||First round|
|2007||6||36||13||9||14||69||69||0||48||Andrus Mitt (24)||Third round|
|2008||Meistriliiga||4||36||16||7||13||65||64||+1||55||Ingemar Teever (23)||Third round|
|2009||5||36||15||9||12||65||47||+18||54||Felipe Nunes (20)||Finalist|
|2010||4||36||18||8||10||59||42||+17||62||Jüri Jevdokimov (21)||Quarterfinalist|
|2011||2||36||24||7||5||82||23||+59||79||Tarmo Neemelo (22)||Third round|
|2012||1||36||29||5||2||106||17||+89||92||Tarmo Neemelo (22)||Second round|
|2013||2||36||26||6||4||78||23||+55||84||Vladimir Voskoboinikov (23)||Finalist||Finalist|
|2014||4||36||24||6||6||85||19||+66||78||Hidetoshi Wakui (21)||Third round|
|2015||3||36||22||5||9||69||36||+33||71||Ats Purje (16)||Winner|
|2016||3||36||22||9||5||70||28||+42||75||Ats Purje (14)||Quarterfinalist||Finalist|
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