Nõmme Kalju, who ended last season on forth place in Estonian Main League (Meistriliiga), will start again with Europa League games. Kalju owes a big thanks to Narva Trans, who defeated Sillamäe Kalev in a difficult cup game, which ended with penalties and by that gave Kalju place in Europa League.
Draw for UEFA Europa League first qualifying round will take place on June 20th in Nyon, Switzerland, where UEFA headquarter is located, there will football club Nõmme Kalju get to know, who will be their first opponent.
“Nõmme Kalju takes Europa League very seriously. As it’s really important games, we do our best to play well,” stressed out head coach Igor Prints, the importance of Europa League to Nõmme Kalju. “Our strong side is team spirit. If we get our team energy up, then we will get the expected results. We do have some small flaws, but I believe we can fix them and show a good quality in Europa League.”
Kalju’s last Europa League experience is from season 2009/10, when Nõmme Kalju had to admit Latvian Dinaburg strength 1:2 at the first qualifying round. The second game, which ended with an even score 0:0 let Latvians to the second round.
Kalju first game will take place on June 30th and the second one July 7th. Kalju home gave will be hold at the A. Le Coq Arena.