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FC Honka

FC Honka
FC Honka logo.svg
Full nameHonka
Founded1957
GroundTapiolan Urheilupuisto,
Espoo
Capacity6,000
ChairmanFärid Ainetdin
ManagerVesa Vasara
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20193rd
WebsiteClub website

FC Honka (also known as Esport Honka) is a Finnish football club, based in Espoo. It was promoted into the Finnish premier division (Veikkausliiga), for the first time in its history, at the end of the 2005 season. The club's manager is Vesa Vasara and it plays its home matches at Tapiolan urheilupuisto. It was founded in 1957 as Tapion Honka, and changed its name to FC Honka in 1975.

FC Honka is largely renowned in Finland for its extensive youth scheme with over 1000 youth players playing in various age groups. It also has women's football team in the Naisten Liiga.

Until 2005 FC Honka was thought of as a "nearly, but not quite" team, always underachieving in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen). In the late 1990s the objective was promotion but year after year they failed. In the beginning of the 21st century FC Honka almost went bankrupt but was saved at the last moment. In early 2005 the club was taken over by Jouko Pakarinen and Jouko Harjunpää, who had a plan to turn FC Honka from underachievers to a UEFA Champions League candidate.

In the first year of their take-over of FC Honka, the management succeeded in assembling a squad which won the First Division (Ykkönen) with ease and also made the semi-finals of the Finnish Cup where they eventually lost 1-0 to FC Haka.

FC Honka was able to fight for top positions instantly, but narrowly missed the top three in their first two seasons. However, in 2007 team lost the Finnish Cup final to Tampere United on penalties. As Tampere United also won the league title, FC Honka qualified for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. In 2008, FC Honka achieved its first medal by finishing 2nd in the league.

FC Honka won the Finnish Cup in 2012. Due to financial difficulties the team was relegated to the third tier Kakkonen in 2015. In 2015 the fitness center company Esport bought the club and after that, the club has also been known as Esport Honka. The club dominated their first season in Kakkonen in 2015 and lost only two games, but were defeated in the promotion battle. After the 2016 season, the team was promoted to the second tier Finnish First Division (Ykkönen). After the 2017 Ykkönen season Honka was promoted to the highest Finnish tier Veikkausliiga after Promotion playoffs against HIFK.

In Veikkausliiga the team is also known as Esport Honka, the other teams only use the name FC Honka.

Honours

League

Veikkausliiga

Ykkönen

Cups

Finnish Cup

  • Winners: 2012
  • Runners-up (3): 1969, 2007, 2008

Finnish League Cup

Friendly

La Manga Cup

  • Winners: 2009

European competitions

As runners-up in yh 2007 Finnish Cup to Tampere United, who had also won the league title, FC Honka qualified for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup, beating Icelandic ÍA 4-2 in the 1st qualifying round and Norwegian Viking in the 2nd. In the first round of actual competition, they were drawn against Racing Santander and lost 0-2 on aggregate.

Next year, Honka qualified for the new UEFA Europa League, starting from the second qualifying round. The club beat Welsh Bangor City F.C. 3-0 on aggregate but lost 1-3 to FK Karabakh from Azerbaijan in the third qualifying round.

For the 2010-11 season, FC Honka was again drawn against Bangor City in the second round but lost 3-2 on aggregate.

During the winter of 2009, Honka won the annual La Manga Cup, beating Nordsjaelland in the final.

European cups record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 16 5 3 8 12 16
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 3 0 7 5
Total 20 6 6 8 19 21

Matches

UEFA club ranking

This is the UEFA Club Ranking As of June 2014, including season 2013-14.[1]

Last update: 24 June 2014

Rank Team Points
299 Bulgaria PFC Cherno More Varna 4.125
300 Latvia Skonto FC 4.000
301 Bosnia and Herzegovina H?K Zrinjski Mostar 4.000
302 Latvia FK Liep?jas Metalurgs 4.000
303 Finland FC Honka 3.935
304 Norway Fredrikstad FK 3.855
305 Iceland Breiðablik UBK 3.850
306 Moldova FC Milsami Orhei 3.825
307 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran FK 3.825

Season to season

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Playoffs - Promoted
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promoted
1996 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Promotion Group - 9th
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Relegation Group South - 6th
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Promotion Group - 5th
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Relegation Group South - 6th
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Lower Group South - 3rd
2003 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2005 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Did not get a new Veikkausliiga license due to finances. Continued in Kakkonen (Tier 3).
2015 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Playoffs - Not promoted
2016 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Playoffs - Promoted
2017 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Playoffs - Promoted
2018 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th

Current squad

As of 18 February 2020.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 Finland GK Rasmus Leislahti (at VPS)

Available youth players

[3]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
45 Finland FW Robbie Azodo
77 Finland MF Doni Arifi
No. Position Player
85 Finland FW Matias Viitanen
93 Finland FW Martin Salin

Management

As of 6 February 2020.[4]

Name Role
Finland Vesa Vasara Head coach
Finland Sampo Koskinen Coach
Estonia Lauri Nuuma Coach
Spain Ayoze Mentado Goalkeeping coach
Finland Juha Saavalainen Kit manager
Finland Harri Kokko Fitness Coach
Finland Max Thibault Physiotherapist and fitness coach
Finland Hexi Arteva General manager

FC Honka Akatemia

FC Honka Akatemia is the reserve team of FC Honka. The team plays in Kakkonen in 2020 season.

As of 20 February 2020[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
35 Finland MF Alex Kivimäki
37 Finland DF Joslyn Luyeye-Lutumba
40 Finland GK Iivari Värtinen
41 Finland MF Jimi Kovalainen
44 Finland FW Idrissa Camara
45 Finland MF Robbie Azodo
46 Finland DF Noah Pallas
51 Finland FW Anton Tuominen
55 Finland DF Anton Ropa
63 Finland MF Ville Koski
65 Finland DF Niko Salminen
66 Finland DF Joonatan Laine
70 Finland GK Roope Paunio
No. Position Player
74 Finland DF Rasmus Viitanen
77 Finland MF Doni Arifi
78 Finland DF Matias Rale
81 Finland MF Roope Pyyskänen
82 Finland MF Aleksi Ahmala
83 Finland MF Hannes Woivalin
85 Finland MF Matias Viitanen
86 Finland FW Pauli Katajamäki
87 Finland DF Jesper Laine
93 Finland FW Martin Salin
94 Finland FW Miska Hirvonen
95 Finland FW Antti Könönen

Managers

References

  1. ^ "Club coefficients 2013/14". UEFA.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Joukkue" [Team]. esporthonka.com (in Finnish). Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ FC Honka Veikkausliiga
  4. ^ "Valmentajat" (in Finnish). Esport Honka. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Esport Honka Akatemia". esporthonka.com. Esport Honka. Retrieved 2020.

See also

External links

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