Honda FC

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Honda Football Club
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Full nameHonda Motor Football Club
Founded1971;50 years ago (1971)
Ground Honda Miyakoda Soccer Stadium
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Capacity4,000
Owner Honda Motor Company
Chairman Masaaki Miyaji
Manager Yoshitaka Maeda
League Japan Football League
2020 4th
Website Club website

Honda FC (ホンダFC, Honda Efu Shī) is a Japanese professional football club based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. They play in the Japan Football League.

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History

The club was founded as Honda Motor, Honda works team in 1971. They were promoted to the Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1975 and to the JSL Division 1 in 1981; the closest they came to the title was in 1985–86 and 1990–91 seasons, when they finished in third place. In 1991 they also made the finals of both the Japan Soccer League Cup and Konica Cup, but lost both times. They also made the Emperor's Cup semi-finals in 1990 and 1991. They stayed in the top flight until the conclusion of the league in 1992.

In the early 1990s, the club considered the possibilities of turning professional and participating in J. League. They sought the merger with their sister club Honda Motor Sayama F.C. and Urawa was chosen as a possible hometown. However, they failed to persuade the owner Honda Motor who insisted they should abide by their principle to concentrate on their core business of automobile manufacturing.

As a result of this decision, many players left the club. They played in the newly formed Japan Football League Division 1 in 1992 and finished 9th out of 10. They were relegated to Division 2 where they won the championship in 1993. The 2 divisions of the JFL were merged in 1994 and the club joined the league.

In 1996, they won the championship in the JFL. Around that time, the club made the second effort to be a professional club. They acquired associate membership in J. League under new name Acute Hamamatsu but the inadequate stadium and insufficient local support (the closest professional club is Júbilo Iwata, formerly part of Yamaha Motor Corporation), forced them to give it up. Iwata was a common derby foe in the JSL and their fixtures were known as Tenryu-side Derby (天竜川決戦).

In 1999, the JFL was reorganised as the new JFL. They have been playing in the league since its inception.

J's Gatekeeper

Honda F.C. does not intend to be promoted to the J. League due to the mandatory loss of corporate backing, although they have been always considered as one of the JFL title contenders. They provide a big hurdle for those independent sides (such as Gainare Tottori or F.C. Ryūkyū) who wish to gain promotion. In order to achieve this goal, these teams need to finish in the top four in the league. Honda perennially occupying one of these spots makes their challenge even more difficult. Supporters of these clubs have dubbed Honda F.C. as J's Gatekeeper (the Gatekeeper of J. League) with respect and some resentment. [1]

Honda F.C., having played in the old Japan Soccer League in the past but never contending for the title, has in 2007 given some J1 teams a run for their money in the Emperor's Cup, reaching the quarterfinals after disposing of former champions Kashiwa Reysol and top contenders Nagoya Grampus (their first quarterfinals since 1991). They were nevertheless defeated by J1 champions Kashima Antlers on 22 December. [2] The 2008 cup did not go well for them, as they were eliminated by Sagan Tosu 4–0 in the third round, but they still won the JFL championship.

Stadium

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Miyakoda Soccer Stadium

The club's home arena is the Honda Miyakoda Soccer Stadium located in Kita-ku, Hamamatsu. It is owned by Honda Motor Company. The stadium was redeveloped in 1996. This reconstruction included the building of a new mobile platform (1,000 seats) and corner floodlights. The stadium now holds 4,000 spectators. [3]

League & cup record

League League Cup Emperor's Cup
SeasonDivisionTierTeamsPositionGPWDLPts
1971Western Shizuoka1stDid not qualify
1972Shizuoka1st
1973 Tōkai 81st141211253rd round
1974 1st13931212nd round
1975 JSL Div.2 2104th18102622Did not qualify
1976 104th1869321Quarter-final1st round
1977 107th18801029Semi-final2nd round
1978 101st18140457Quarter-final2nd round
1979 104th181107442nd round2nd round
1980 101st181323281st round2nd round
1981 JSL Div.1 1106th1854914Quarter-final2nd round
1982 109th1846814Quarter-final1st round
1983 108th1846814Quarter-finalQuarter-final
1984 105th1875619Semi-finalQuarter-final
1985–86 123rd22812228Semi-final2nd round
1986–87 129th2268820Semi-finalSemi-final
1987–88 128th2268820Semi-finalQuarter-final
1988–89 129th22769272nd roundQuarter-final
1989–90 126th2210210221st round2nd round
1990–91 123rd22108438Semi-finalSemi-final
1991–92 1210th2258923FinalSemi-final
1992 JFL (former) Div.1 109th184410162nd round
1993 JFL (former) Div.2 2101st181503Did not qualify
1994 JFL (former) 3169th3012018
1995 167th3016014491st round
1996 161st302505753rd round
1997 164th302307653rd round
1998 165th3019011544th round
1999 JFL 392nd241815503rd round
2000 122nd221705493rd round
2001 161st302253713rd round
2002 181st171322413rd round
2003 162nd302145673rd round
2004 162nd301956624th round
2005 165th301758564th round
2006 181st342653834th round
2007 185th341610858Quarter-final
2008 181st342284743rd round
2009 187th3413129512nd round
2010 184th3418511592nd round
2011 186th341571152Did not qualify
2012 175th321651153
2013 185th341411953
2014 JFL 4141st26165553
2015 163rd30215468
2016 161st30187561Round of 16
2017 161st302172702nd round
2018 161st302541792nd round
2019 161st30196563Quarter-final
2020 164th1557322Quarter-final

Source: JFL, Honda FC website

Honours

Current squad

As of May 4, 2020. [4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kusumoto
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Ikematsu
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masafumi Miura
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Tomita
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Suzuki(captain)
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toya Nakamura
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Matsumoto
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenta Yamafuji
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shogo Omachi
10 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuya Furuhashi
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Horiuchi
13 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Okazaki
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Kawabata
No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kai Harada
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tappei Kawanami
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koshi Onodera
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reon Kodama
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Hachinohe
20 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Fuma Shirasaka
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hirotaka Takamura
22 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Ishida
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosuke Shimizu
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshiki Sasaki
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Suzuki
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takaya Hirakawa

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References

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  2. Shizuoka Shimbun. "The 90th Emperor's Cup: Prefectural finals winners" (in Japanese). JFA. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  3. "Stadium guide" (in Japanese). Honda FC. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  4. "選手・スタッフ紹介". www.honda-fc.gr.jp. Retrieved 4 May 2020.