Mito HollyHock

Mito HollyHock (水戸ホーリーホック, Mito Hōrīhokku) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team's hometown is located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Mito HollyHock
水戸ホーリーホック
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Full nameFootball Club Mito HollyHock Ibaraki
Nickname(s)HollyHock, FC Mito, Mitochan
Founded1994
GroundK's denki Stadium Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
Capacity12,000
ChairmanKunio Numata
ManagerTadahiro Akiba
LeagueJ2 League
2020J2 League, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Its nickname "HollyHock" derives from the family crest of the Tokugawa clan who governed from Mito in the Edo period.

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1990 as Prima Aseno FC by the factory workers of Prima Ham (a food company) in Tsuchiura. It changed its name to Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura and gained promotion to the Japan Football League after finishing as runner-up in the 1996 Regional League play-off. It merged with FC Mito (founded in 1994) and re-branded itself as Mito HollyHock before the start of the 1997 season when Prima Ham decided to discontinue its financial support to the club.

Mito's application to play in the inaugural 1999 season of J. League Division 2 was initially turned down due to an unstable financial and fan base. However, after finishing 3rd in the Japan Football League in 1999 and gaining support, the club was invited into the J. League in 2000.

As of 2016, Mito HollyHock fields teams in women's football[1] in Kanto league division 2, and ice hockey[2] in the Ibaraki prefecture league.

StrategyEdit

Being a traditionally weak club in the league, Mito has tended to play a defensive game and has proven successful at it. This stinginess at the back is often referred to as "Mito-nachio" after the Catenaccio playing style, which is also a pun on the hometown's local specialty, Mito natto.

Recently, though, the team has been attempting implementation of stronger offensive tactics in an attempt to gain momentum for a promotion bid.

Record as J. League memberEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J. League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. GP W (OTW/PKW) D L (OTL/PKL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2000 J2 10 9th 40 9 (6) 4 19 (2) 37 61 -24 43 2,021 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 11th 44 5 (3) 4 26 (6) 41 93 -52 25 1,559 1st round 3rd round
2002 12 10th 44 11 7 26 45 73 -28 40 2,739 Not eligible 3rd round
2003 12 7th 44 15 11 18 37 41 -4 56 3,085 3rd round
2004 12 9th 44 6 19 19 33 60 -27 37 3,773 4th round
2005 12 10th 44 13 13 18 41 57 -16 52 3,334 4th round
2006 13 10th 48 14 9 25 48 69 -21 51 3,017 3rd round
2007 13 12th 48 8 10 30 32 70 -38 34 2,415 4th round
2008 15 11th 42 13 8 21 52 70 -18 47 3,044 4th round
2009 18 8th 51 21 10 20 70 79 -9 73 2,673 2nd round
2010 19 16th 36 8 14 14 29 45 -16 38 3,608 3rd round
2011 20 17th 38 11 9 18 40 49 -9 42 3,349 4th round
2012 22 13th 42 15 11 16 47 49 -2 56 3,973 3rd round
2013 22 15th 42 14 13 15 50 58 -8 55 4,630 3rd round
2014 22 15th 42 12 14 16 46 46 0 50 4,734 3rd round
2015 22 19th 42 10 16 16 40 47 -7 46 4,816 4th round
2016 22 13th 42 10 18 14 45 49 -4 48 5,365 2nd round
2017 22 14th 42 14 12 16 45 48 -3 54 4,931 2nd round
2018 22 10th 42 16 9 17 48 46 2 57 4,938 3rd round
2019 22 7th 42 19 13 10 56 37 19 70 6,087 3rd round
2020 22 9th 42 16 10 16 68 62 6 58 2,018 Did not qualify
2021 22 42 2nd round
Key

  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Current squadEdit

As of 20 November 2021.[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
1 GK   JPN Koji Homma
3 DF   JPN Koshi Osaki
4 DF   PHI Jefferson Tabinas
5 MF   JPN Yuji Kimura
6 MF   JPN Yuichi Hirano
7 FW   JPN Towa Yamane (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
8 MF   JPN Yuto Mori
9 FW   JPN Masato Nakayama
10 MF   JPN Jun Kanakubo
11 FW   JPN Mizuki Ando
13 DF   JPN Shohei Kishida
14 MF   JPN Kai Matsuzaki
15 MF   JPN Koya Okuda
16 GK   JPN Ayumi Niekawa
17 MF   JPN Ryo Niizato
18 FW   JPN Shumpei Fukahori
19 FW   JPN Koichi Murata
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   JPN Noah Kenshin Browne
21 DF   JPN Nao Yamada
22 DF   JPN Ko Yanagisawa
24 DF   JPN Junya Hosokawa
25 MF   JPN Yuto Hiratsuka
26 MF   JPN Kaito Hirata
28 MF   JPN Shuto Watanabe (On loan from Nagoya Grampus)
29 DF   JPN Yota Tanabe
31 FW   JPN Shota Fujio (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
32 GK   JPN Akihito Ozawa
33 DF   JPN Stevia Egbus Mikuni
37 DF   JPN Koki Gotoda
39 MF   JPN Kaiyo Yanagimachi
41 GK   JPN Kaiho Nakayama
43 MF   JPN Yoshitake Suzuki (On loan from FC Tokyo)
46 MF   JPN Ryotaro Ito (On loan from Urawa Reds)
50 MF   JPN Takahiro Nakazato

Out on loanEdit

March 6, 2021. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   JPN Shuhei Takizawa (on loan to Montedio Yamagata)

Kit EvolutionEdit

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Images (from the former home stadium)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.eiko-fc.jp/
  2. ^ http://ameblo.jp/hollyhockice/
  3. ^ "トップチーム選手名鑑". 水戸ホーリーホック公式サイト. Retrieved 20 November 2021.

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