Mito HollyHock

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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
Ground K's denki Stadium Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
Capacity12,000
ChairmanKunio Numata
Manager Tadahiro Akiba
League J2 League
2020 J2 League, 9th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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

History

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.

Strategy

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.

Current squad

As of 2 June 2021. [3]

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 Koji Homma
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jelani Reshaun Sumiyoshi
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koshi Osaki
4 DF Flag of the Philippines.svg  PHI Jefferson Tabinas
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuji Kimura
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuichi Hirano
7 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Towa Yamane (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Mori
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masato Nakayama
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jun Kanakubo
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mizuki Ando
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shohei Kishida
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kai Matsuzaki
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koya Okuda
16 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayumi Niekawa
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Niizato
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shumpei Fukahori
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koichi Murata
20 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Noah Kenshin Browne
21 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nao Yamada
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ko Yanagisawa
23 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Nukui
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junya Hosokawa
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Hiratsuka
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Hirata
28 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Watanabe (On loan from Nagoya Grampus)
29 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yota Tanabe
32 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akihito Ozawa
33 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Stevia Egbus Mikuni
37 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Gotoda
39 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaiyo Yanagimachi
41 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaiho Nakayama
43 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshitake Suzuki (On loan from FC Tokyo)
GK Flag of Malaysia.svg  MAS Norman Haikal Rendra Iskandar

Out on loan

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.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuhei Takizawa (on loan to Montedio Yamagata)

Record as J. League member

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's
Cup
2000 J2109th2,0211st round3rd round
2001 1211th1,5591st round3rd round
2002 1210th2,7393rd round
2003 127th3,0853rd round
2004 129th3,7734th round
2005 1210th3,3344th round
2006 1310th3,0173rd round
2007 1312th2,4154th round
2008 1511th3,0444th round
2009 188th2,6732nd round
2010 1916th3,6083rd round
2011|2017th3,3494th round
2012|2213th3,9733rd round
2013 2215th4,6303rd round
2014 2215th4,7343rd round
2015 2219th4,8164th round
2016 2213th5,3652nd round
2017 2214th4,9312nd round
2018 2210th4,9383rd round
2019 227th6,0873rd round
2020 229th2,018Did not qualify
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Images (from the former home stadium)

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References

  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. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2021.