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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
FC Honka logo.svg
Full nameHonka
Founded1957
GroundTapiolan Urheilupuisto,
Espoo
Capacity6,000
ChairmanFärid Ainetdin
ManagerVesa Vasara
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20184th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

HonoursEdit

European competitionsEdit

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 recordEdit

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

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

UEFA club rankingEdit

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

Last update: 24 June 2014

Rank Team Points
299   PFC Cherno More Varna 4.125
300   Skonto FC 4.000
301   HŠK Zrinjski Mostar 4.000
302   FK Liepājas Metalurgs 4.000
303   FC Honka 3.935
304   Fredrikstad FK 3.855
305   Breiðablik UBK 3.850
306   FC Milsami Orhei 3.825
307   Khazar Lankaran FK 3.825

Season to seasonEdit

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 squadEdit

As of 29 August 2019.[2]

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Gideon Baah
4   DF Robert Ivanov
5   DF Henri Aalto
7   DF Jonas Levänen
8   MF Javi Hervás
10   MF Lucas Kaufmann
11   MF Juha Hakola
12   GK Rasmus Leislahti
13   GK Tim Murray
14   FW Borjas Martín
16   DF Konsta Rasimus
No. Position Player
18   FW Elmo Heinonen
19   FW Arlind Sejdiu
20   MF Erik Bakker
21   MF Joel Perovuo
22   DF Joona Rahikka
23   DF Mikko Sumusalo
24   DF Nasiru Banahene (on loan from MTK Budapest)
28   DF Tommi Saarinen
33   MF Duarte Tammilehto (captain)
80   MF Demba Savage
99   FW Macoumba Kandji

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
32   GK Atte Paunio (at FC Jazz)

Available youth playersEdit

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

ManagementEdit

As of 17 April 2019.[4]

Name Role
  Vesa Vasara Head Coach
  Sampo Koskinen Coach
  Lauri Nuuma Coach
  Ayoze Mentado Goalkeeping Coach
  Juha Saavalainen Kit Manager
  Harri Kokko Fitness Coach
  Niklas Virta Physiotherapist & 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 2019 season.

As of 21 May 2019[5]

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

No. Position Player
22   DF Joona Rahikka
32   GK Atte Paunio
35   MF Alex Kivimäki
36   MF Roope Lappalainen
37   MF Mohamed Sheikh
40   GK Iivari Värtinen
45   MF Robbie Azodo
46   DF Klaus Huovila
48   DF Simo Räsänen
49   MF Aleksi Wahlman
51   FW Anton Tuominen
55   DF Anton Ropa
63   MF Ville Koski
No. Position Player
65   DF Niko Salminen
66   DF Joonatan Laine
70   GK Roope Paunio
74   DF Rasmus Viitanen
77   MF Doni Arifi
78   DF Matias Rale
82   MF Aleksi Ahmala
84   MF Joel Europaeus
85   MF Matias Viitanen
87   DF Jesper Laine
91   DF Joonas Vesaaja
93   FW Martin Salin

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club coefficients 2013/14". UEFA.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Joukkue" [Team]. esporthonka.com (in Finnish). Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ FC Honka Veikkausliiga
  4. ^ "Toimihenkilöt" (in Finnish). Esport Honka. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Esport Honka Akatemia". esporthonka.com. Esport Honka. Retrieved 21 May 2019.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to FC Honka at Wikimedia Commons