FC Honka

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FC Honka Espoo
Full nameFootball Club Honka Espoo
Nickname(s)Keltamustat (Yellowblacks)
Founded1957
GroundTapiolan Urheilupuisto,
Espoo
Ground Capacity6,000
ChairmanJouko Harjunpää,
Jouko Pakarinen
ManagerShefki Kuqi
LeagueVeikkausliiga
2013Veikkausliiga, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours
 
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FC Honka Espoo
Full nameFootball Club Honka Espoo
Nickname(s)Keltamustat (Yellowblacks)
Founded1957
GroundTapiolan Urheilupuisto,
Espoo
Ground Capacity6,000
ChairmanJouko Harjunpää,
Jouko Pakarinen
ManagerShefki Kuqi
LeagueVeikkausliiga
2013Veikkausliiga, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

FC Honka is a Finnish football club, based in Tapiola, 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 Mika Lehkosuo, and it plays its home matches at Tapiolan urheilupuisto. Originally founded in 1957 as Tapion Honka it 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.

Until the year 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.

Honours[edit]

European competitions[edit]

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[edit]

CompetitionPldWDLGFGA
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup165381216
UEFA Intertoto Cup413075
Total206681921

Matches[edit]

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2007UEFA Intertoto CupFirst roundEstonia TVMK0–04–24–2
Second roundDenmark AaB2–21–13–3 (a)
2008–09UEFA CupFirst qualifying roundIceland IA Akranes3–01–24–2
Second qualifying roundNorway Viking Stavanger0–02–12–1
First roundSpain Racing Santander0–10–10–2
2009–10UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundWales Bangor City2–01–03–0
Third qualifying roundAzerbaijan Qarabağ FK0–11–21–3
2010–11UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundWales Bangor City1–11–22–3
2011–12UEFA Europa LeagueFirst qualifying roundEstonia JK Nõmme Kalju0–02–02–0
Second qualifying roundSweden BK Häcken0–20–10–3
2013–14UEFA Europa LeagueSecond qualifying roundPoland Lech Poznań1–31–22–5
2014–15UEFA Europa LeagueFirst qualifying round

UEFA Club Ranking[edit]

This is the current UEFA Club Ranking, including season 2012–13.[1]

Last update: 26 June 2013

RankTeamPoints
278Norway Strømsgodset IF3.835
279Norway Fredrikstad FK3.835
280Malta Valletta F.C.3.791
281Wales The New Saints F.C.3.766
282Finland FC Honka3.701
283Slovenia NK Olimpija Ljubljana3.691
284Luxembourg FC Differdange 033.675
285Latvia FK Liepājas Metalurgs3.658
286Sweden Örebro SK3.625

Season to season[edit]

SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1994Tier 4Kolmonen (Third Division)Section 1Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPlayoffs – Promoted
1995Tier 3Kakkonen (Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPromoted
1996Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
1997Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5thPromotion Group – 9th
1998Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6thRelegation Group South – 6th
1999Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5thPromotion Group – 5th
2000Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thRelegation Group South – 6th
2001Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2002Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rdLower Group South – 3rd
2003Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2004Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2005Tier 2Ykkönen (First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
2006Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2007Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2008Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2009Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2010Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2011Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2012Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2013Tier 1Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd

Current squad[edit]

Updated 10 January 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
3GhanaDFGideon Baah
6FinlandMFMarcus Heimonen
9FinlandMFJussi Vasara (captain)
10FinlandMFAntti Mäkijärvi
11FinlandDFIlari Äijälä
12FinlandGKWalter Viitala
13FinlandDFLum Rexhepi
14FinlandFWKevin Mombilo
15FinlandDFSauli Väisänen
20FinlandMFNnaemeka Anyamele
No.PositionPlayer
25FinlandFWYouness Rahimi
26FinlandDFDani Hatakka
27FinlandMFJonas Levänen
28FinlandMFTommi Saarinen
30FinlandGKDaniel Kollár
33FinlandMFRoni Porokara
35FinlandGKLauri Jylhä
50FinlandGKMarkus Uusitalo
58FinlandMFMehmet Hetemaj (on loan from AlbinoLeffe)
68FinlandMFArmend Kabashi

On loan[edit]

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

No.PositionPlayer
See also Category:FC Honka players.

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club coefficients 2012/13". UEFA.com. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 

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