Historic second place finish, next season aiming higher

Nõmme Kalju, who had never finished in top 3 in Estonian football top division, achieved silver medal in Meistriliiga’s 2011 season with the historical second place.

Kalju started current season with the new very well-known faces, like Estonian national team players like Alo Bärengrub, Tarmo Neemelo, Kristen Viikmäe and many highly-rated foreign players. All this was the good mix of new players and the ones that had been in the team before to fight for the medal.

In the first full season coaches by Igor Prins, Nõmme Kalju managed to fight for the high places all season long and managed to achieve historical second place, with 24 wins, 8 draws and 5 games lost, that left Kalju behind FC Flora and beyond Narva Trans in the league table. Clubs most notable result in the season was 3:0 victory over Kalju’s main rival Flora in Hiiu stadium, the place where Kalju plays their home matches.

Clubs top scorer was experianced Tarmo Neemelo, who finished the season with 22 goals in his name. Special mentions are also earned by two defenders: Estonian national team player Alo Bärengrub and Estonian national youth team player Ken Kallaste, who both played in all the Nõmme Kalju’s 36 games. Kalju also conceded fewest goals compared to other teams – only 23.

The football club based in Tallinn also participated in UEFA Europa League for the second time in history, where Kalju were defeated 0:2 in home game hosted in A. Le Coq Arena, after goalless draw in Honka, Finland.

Nõmme Kalju had a big ambition this season to bring people to the stadium, as the club organized many big football festivals for  the family’s. Biggest event was “Nõmme Kalju Jalgpallifestival”, that brought about 3000 people to the Hiiu stadium from allover the Estonia. There was also many other evetns that lead Kalju biggest number of spectators in the season – 515.

It was only the fourth season at Meistriliiga for Nõmme Kalju, when club managed to achieve that. In next season the club is again aiming to fight for the title and plans to prepare even better. Club is also earned qualification to UEFA Europa League.





Võistkond Mänge Võite Viike Kaotusi Väravad Punkte
1 Tallinna FCI Levadia Tallinna FCI Levadia 17 13 3 1 39:7 42
2 Tallinna FC Flora Tallinna FC Flora 17 9 5 3 30:19 32
3 Nõmme Kalju FC Nõmme Kalju FC 15 8 5 2 29:16 29
4 Paide Linnameeskond Paide Linnameeskond 17 9 1 7 26:19 28
5 JK Narva Trans JK Narva Trans 15 5 3 7 22:33 18
6 Tartu JK Tammeka Tartu JK Tammeka 15 4 4 7 19:19 16
7 JK Tallinna Kalev JK Tallinna Kalev 17 4 4 9 20:34 16
8 FC Kuressaare FC Kuressaare 15 3 5 7 19:31 14
9 Pärnu JK Vaprus Pärnu JK Vaprus 15 3 4 8 15:27 13
10 FC Nõmme United FC Nõmme United 15 2 4 9 10:24 10



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