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A football club named Kalju was established in the Nõmme district of Tallinn in 1923 and it was active until World War II. The founders were two professional wrestlers, Aleksander Šneider and Mart Liiv. The home ground was Hiiu stadium in Nõmme.

Nõmme football club was re-established in 1997, beginning in the IV league of the Estonian Championship. The re-founders of the club were the coach of the Estonian National Team, Uno Piir, and the President of Õhtuleht youth football club, Anton Siht.

In 2002, current President Kuno Tehva joined the team and the aim was set at establishing a professional football club.

In 2007, FC Kuressaare was defeated in the relegation playoffs and Nõmme Kalju’s first team joined Meistriliiga (top division).

In 2008, the aim was set at achieving the national championship within 5 years, alongside promoting youth football in every way.

In 2012, Nõmme Kalju’s first team won the Estonian Championship, was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Prize and was voted Tallinn’s Team
of The Year by the citizens of Tallinn. There were 24 Nõmme Kalju youth teams participating in youth leagues, and Nõmme Kalju’s youth team won the Estonian Youth Championship in the U-17 Eliitliiga (Elite League).

In 2013 Nõmme Kalju was the first runner up in Premium league (top division). Kalju also made successful season in Europe, defeating HJK Helsinki in Champions League and playing against Czech club Viktoria Plzen and in Europa League Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Kalju’s second team’s first season in Esiliiga B finished with title, securing place in Esiliiga, second tier in Estonian football.

2014 was successful in UEFA Europa League, as Kalju defeated Fram Reykjavik in aggregate. Next round started with 1:0 victory over Lech Poznan, big club from Poland, but Poznan eventualy won in aggregate score. Premium league season finished in fourth place. It ment change in head coach, Igor Prins was replaced by Sergei Terehhov.

2015 started for Nõmme Kalju perfectly, winning 9 games in a row in Premium league. Also winning Estonian Cup, defeating Paide Linnameeskond 2:0 in final, winning seasons first trophy.