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Nõmme Kalju
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Full name Nõmme Kalju Football Club
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 Terehhov
League Meistriliiga
2014 4th
Website Club home page

Nõmme Kalju Football Club (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.

History[edit]

Nõmme Kalju former crest design
Hiiu Stadium is the home ground of Nõmme Kalju

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.

2002–2007[edit]

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 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.

2013–present[edit]

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.

Stadiums[edit]

Main articles: Hiiu Stadium and Kadriorg Stadium
Kadriorg Stadium

Hiiu Stadium[edit]

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 an re-opened in 2002.[13] It has an artificial turf.[14] The address of the stadium is Pidu street 11, Tallinn.[15]

Kadriorg Stadium[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2012
Runner-ups (2): 2011, 2013
Winners (1): 2014–15
Runner-ups (2): 2008–09, 12–13
Runner-ups (1): 2013

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Nõmme Kalju players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:JK Nõmme Kalju players.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 June 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
13 Estonia MF Eino Puri
14 Estonia DF Ken Kallaste
No. Position Player
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
27 France DF Nicolas Galpin
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

Nõmme Kalju II[edit]

Main article: Nõmme Kalju FC II
As of 10 June 2015.[18]

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 Henri Perk
Estonia DF Aleksander Erik Ild
Estonia DF Anti Karumaa
Estonia DF Kert Krusel
Estonia DF Henrik Kummer
Estonia DF Andry Liiva
Estonia DF Karl Gustav Paabumets
Estonia DF Kermo Pihelgas
Estonia MF Eddie Ever
Estonia MF Mark-Eerik Kodar
Estonia MF Dannar Pärtel
No. Position Player
Estonia MF Janek Remmelgas
Estonia MF Marcus Suurväli
Estonia MF Sergei Terehhov
Estonia MF Johan Tõugjas
Estonia MF Karl Konrad Valtin
Estonia MF Madis Villems
Estonia FW Šalva Helaia
Estonia FW Andre-Martin Ilves
Estonia FW Peeter Klein
Estonia FW Kristen Viikmäe

Player records in Meistriliiga[edit]

As of 10 June 2015.[19] Active players in bold.

Personnel[edit]

UEFA club competition results[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Latvia Dinaburg 0–0 1–2 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Finland Honka 0–2 0–0 0–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran 0–2 2–2 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Finland HJK 2–1 0–0 2–1
Third qualifying round Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 0–4 2–6 2–10
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Play-off round Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1–3 0–2 1–5
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Iceland Fram Reykjavík 2–2 1–0 3–2
Second qualifying round Poland Lech Poznań 1–0 0–3 1–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–0

Nõmme Kalju in Estonian Football[edit]

Meistriliiga Esiliiga II Liiga III Liiga

References[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. ^ "NõMME KALJU FC II (2015)". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  19. ^ [1]

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