Few days ago in the headquarters of UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland the opponent for Nõmme Kalju in the UEFA Europa League was drawn. By the will of fate it was finnish club FC Honka Espoo!
Honka should not be unknown to one player in Kalju because he played there in 2006 and scored there one goal in six matches. The football player who we are talking about is of course Sergei Terehhov!
Honka finished last season in The Finnish Premier League in the forth position similarly to Nõmme Kalju. In the ongoing season they are currently holding sixth position.
Our northern neighbours started last season in The European League from the second qualifying round where they won the Wales club Bangor City 3:0, but in the third round finns were forced to give in to the Azerbaidzhan team Qabarag with the final score 1:3.
Kalju was last time in The European League in 2009/10 season when players had to give in dramatically in the first qualifying round in Latvia to Dinaburg with 1:2 and as the rematch was played without goals the latvians could move forward.
Head coatch Igor Prins comments: „I’m very satisfied with the draw. I believe that we have a chance and it went well in every bit: the opponent is close to us and an equal match. It’s always good to play the first game abroad and then try to play well at home. I don’t know much about the opponent… They are on the sixth position in The League and the team is quite young. We will prepare for the upcoming match with good care and try to be fresh for the important game.“
Kaljus first game will take place on the 30th of June on a stadium called Tapiolan Urheilupuisto in Finland that hosts 5000 fans and the rematch will take place on the 7th of July on A. Le Coq Arena.
Find more information about the other European League pairs from here!