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

Honka
FC Honka logo.svg
Full nameFC Honka
Founded1957
GroundTapiolan Urheilupuisto,
Espoo
Capacity6,000
ChairmanFärid Ainetdin
ManagerVesa Vasara
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20219th
WebsiteClub website

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 Kansallinen Liiga.

HistoryEdit

Until 2005 FC Honka was thought of as a "nearly, but not quite" team, a promising but always underachieving side in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen). In the late 1990s the objective was promotion, but year after year they failed. At 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 new 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. In 2007 the team reached the Finnish Cup final, losing to Tampere United on penalties after extra time. As Tampere United also won the league title that season, FC Honka qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. In 2008, FC Honka achieved its highest place by finishing 2nd in the league.

FC Honka won the Finnish Cup in 2012. However, 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 the 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.

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Veikkausliiga

Ykkönen

CupsEdit

Finnish Cup

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

Finnish League Cup

FriendlyEdit

La Manga Cup

  • Winners: 2009

European competitionsEdit

As runners-up in the 2007 Finnish Cup to Tampere United, who had also won the league title, FC Honka qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, beating the Icelandic club ÍA 4–2 in the 1st qualifying round and the Norwegian club 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 side 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 FC Nordsjælland in the final.

European cups recordEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 17 5 3 9 14 21
UEFA Europa Conference League 4 1 2 1 4 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 3 0 7 5
Total 25 7 8 10 25 29

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round   TVMK 0–0 4–2 4–2  
Second round   AaB 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)  
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   IA Akranes 3–0 1–2 4–2  
Second qualifying round   Viking Stavanger 0–0 2–1 2–1  
First round   Racing Santander 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Bangor City 2–0 1–0 3–0  
Third qualifying round   Qarabağ FK 0–1 1–2 1–3  
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Bangor City 1–1 1–2 2–3  
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   JK Nõmme Kalju 0–0 2–0 2–0  
Second qualifying round   BK Häcken 0–2 0–1 0–3  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Lech Poznań 1–3 1–2 2–5  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Sillamäe Kalev 3–2 1–2 4–4 (a)  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   AGF N/A 2–5 N/A  
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League First qualifying round   NSÍ Runavík 0–0 3–1 3–1  
Second qualifying round   Domžale 0–1 1–1 1–2  

UEFA club rankingEdit

This is the UEFA Club Ranking As of June 2021, including season 2013–14.[1]

Last update: 22 June 2021

Rank Team Points
397   Ballymena United FC 1.391
398   Glenavon FC 1.391
399   FC Dinamo Batumi 1.375
400   FC Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol 1.375
400   FC Honka 1.375
402   Speranța Nisporeni 1.375
403   FC Lahti 1.375
404   IFK Mariehamn 1.375
405   VPS Vaasa 1.375

Season to seasonEdit

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1964 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 1 Helsinki & Central Uusimaa Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 4th
1965 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Central Uusimaa Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
1966 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Helsinki Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1967 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Helsinki & Uusimaa Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1968 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1969 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1970 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1971 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1972 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1973 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1974 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1975 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
1976 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
1977 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
1978 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1979 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegation Group 6th - Relegation Playoff
1980 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Relegation Group 1st
1981 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th Promotion Group 7th
1982 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Relegation Group 1st
1983 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Group 6th - Relegated
1984 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1985 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1986 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1987 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegated
1988 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
1989 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
1990 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 9th Relegation Playoff - Relegated
1991 Tier 5 IV Divisioona (Fourth Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 9th
1992 Tier 5 IV Divisioona (Fourth Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
1993 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Group 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
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
2019 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2020 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th

[2]

Current squadEdit

As of 21 January 2022.[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 DF   FIN Henri Aalto
6 MF   FIN Jerry Voutilainen
7 DF   FIN Jonas Levänen
10 MF   BRA Lucas Kaufmann
14 FW   FIN Niilo Saarikivi
16 DF   FIN Konsta Rasimus
17 DF   POR Rui Modesto
20 DF   FIN Matias Rale
21 DF   FIN Ville Koski
24 DF   GHA Nasiru Banahene
31 DF   GHA Edmund Arko-Mensah
33 MF   FIN Duarte Tammilehto (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
70 GK   FIN Roope Paunio
88 MF   FIN Otso Koskinen
GK   FIN Mathias Ahlblad
GK   RUS Maksim Rudakov (on loan from Rostov)
DF   GHA Mohammed Adams
DF   COL Aldayr Hernández
MF   NED Kevin Jansen
MF   GER Florian Krebs
MF   FIN Saku Heiskanen
FW   FIN Pauli Katajamäki
FW   SRB Aleksandar Katanić
FW   FIN Agon Sadiku

Current youth players with first-team experienceEdit

As of 29 January 2021[A]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
81 MF   FIN Roope Pyyskänen

ManagementEdit

As of 19 February 2021.[4]

Name Role
  Vesa Vasara Head coach
  Sampo Koskinen Coach
  Eemeli Reponen Goalkeeping coach
  Juha Saavalainen Kit manager
  Harri Kokko Fitness Coach
  Max Thibault Physiotherapist and fitness coach
  Hexi Arteva General manager

FC Honka AkatemiaEdit

FC Honka Akatemia is the reserve team of FC Honka. The team plays in Kakkonen in 2021 season.

As of 16 March 2021[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
12 GK   FIN Max Eklund
36 MF   FIN Azina Alingue
37 DF   FIN Joslyn Luyeye-Lutumba
39 DF   FIN Max Silvonen
41 MF   FIN Jimi Kovalainen
42 DF   FIN Matias Kivikko
44 FW   FIN Idrissa Camara
47 MF   FIN Elias Äijälä
50 FW   FIN Luca Weckström
51 FW   FIN Anton Tuominen
54 DF   FIN Amos Ramström
58 MF   FIN Aapo Venermo
No. Pos. Nation Player
60 GK   FIN Jasper Samooja
61 MF   FIN Fidel Velasquez
65 DF   FIN Niko Salminen
66 MF   FIN Daniel Heikkinen
70 GK   FIN Roope Paunio
73 MF   FIN Aleksi Jännes
81 MF   FIN Roope Pyyskänen
83 MF   FIN Hannes Woivalin
86 FW   FIN Pauli Katajamäki
87 MF   FIN Benjamin Heikkinen
95 FW   FIN Antti Könönen

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club coefficients 2020/21". UEFA.com. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  2. ^ http://www.finlandfootball.net/
  3. ^ "Joukkue" [Team]. esporthonka.com (in Finnish). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Valmentajat" (in Finnish). Esport Honka. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Esport Honka Akatemia". esporthonka.com. Esport Honka. Retrieved 16 March 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to FC Honka at Wikimedia Commons