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
 
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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

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 Shefki Kuqi, 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 roundEstonia Sillamäe Kalev3–21–24–4 (a)

UEFA Club Ranking[edit]

This is the current UEFA Club Ranking, including season 2013–14.[1]

Last update: 24 June 2014

RankTeamPoints
299Bulgaria PFC Cherno More Varna4.125
300Latvia Skonto FC4.000
301Bosnia and Herzegovina HŠK Zrinjski Mostar4.000
302Latvia FK Liepājas Metalurgs4.000
303Finland FC Honka3.935
304Norway Fredrikstad FK3.855
305Iceland Breiðablik UBK3.850
306Moldova FC Milsami Orhei3.825
307Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran FK3.825

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 13 August 2014.

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

No.PositionPlayer
1FinlandGKWalter Viitala
2SpainDFMartin Madarnas
4FinlandDFLum Rexhepi
5FinlandDFHenri Aalto
6FinlandMFMarcus Heimonen
7FinlandMFNnaemeka Anyamele
8SpainMFCaloi
9FinlandMFJussi Vasara (captain)
10FinlandMFAntti Mäkijärvi
11FinlandDFIlari Äijälä
12FinlandGKDaniel Kollár
13FinlandMFToni Sjöstedt
14FinlandMFKevin Mombilo
17FinlandFWJanne Paukkonen
18FinlandMFElias Tuomela
No.PositionPlayer
19FinlandFWYouness Rahimi
20FinlandMFReza Heidari
21SpainMFYerai
22MontenegroDFMiloš Milović
23FinlandMFKosta Manev
25FinlandFWAlbinot Bekaj
26FinlandDFDani Hatakka
27FinlandMFJonas Levänen
28FinlandDFTommi Saarinen
33FinlandFWRoni Porokara
35FinlandGKLauri Jylhä
38SpainFWPablo Couñago
50FinlandGKMarkus Uusitalo
68FinlandMFArmend Kabashi
99FinlandFWAlbert Kuqi

Available youth players[edit]

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

No.PositionPlayer
3FinlandFWAapo Halme
16FinlandMFJani Jokinen
31FinlandDFJulius Perovuo
34FinlandMFMiko Puuskari
No.PositionPlayer
36FinlandDFJatuli Laevuo
37FinlandDFMarkus Björs
FinlandMFJeremie Malolo
FinlandFWValtteri Rönnberg
See also Category:FC Honka players.

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club coefficients 2013/14". UEFA.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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