Honda F.C.

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Honda F.C.
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Full nameHonda Motor Football Club
Nickname(s)Honda FC
Founded1971
GroundHonda Miyakoda Soccer Stadium
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
(Capacity: 4,000)
ChairmanFlag of Japan Hiroshi Sato
ManagerFlag of Japan Masakazu Ishibashi
LeagueJapan Football League
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Honda F.C. (ホンダFC Honda Efu Shī?) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. They play in the Japan Football League.

History

The club was founded as Honda Motor Hamamatsu Soccer Club in 1971. They were promoted to the Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1975 and to the JSL Division 1 in 1981. They stayed there until the conclusion of the league in 1992.

In early 90's, 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 that was automobile manufacturing.

As a result of this decision, many players left the club. They played in the newly formed Japan Football League (former) 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 天竜川決戦 (Tenryu-side Derby).

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.

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. They were nevertheless defeated by J1 champions Kashima Antlers on December 22. 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.

Honours

  • Japan Soccer League Division 2: 1978, 1980
  • Japan Football League (former): 1996
  • Japan Football League (former) Division 2: 1993
  • Japan Football League (current): 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008
  • All Japan Senior Football Championship (cup): 1999

Results in JFL

1992: (Former JFL Div. 1, 9th)
1993: (Former JFL Div. 2, Champions)
1994: (Former JFL, 9th)
1995: (Former JFL, 7th)
1996: (Former JFL, Champions)
1997: (Former JFL, 4th)
1998: (Former JFL, 5th)
1999: Runners-up
2000: Runners-up
2001: Champions
2002: Champions
2003: Runners-up
2004: Runners-up
2005: 5th
2006: Champions
2007: 5th
2008: Champions

Current squad

As of October 15, 2008

No. Position Player
1 Flag of Japan GK Tsuyoshi Kawaguchi
2 Flag of Japan DF kazuhito Kawasumi
3 Flag of Japan DF Masayuki Ishii
4 Flag of Japan DF Hiroyuki Abe
5 Flag of Japan MF Keigo Kawashima
6 Flag of Japan DF Yuji Tasaka
7 Flag of Japan MF Katsufumi Masuda
8 Flag of Japan MF Nozomi Nishi
9 Flag of Japan FW Jyunya Nitta
10 Flag of Japan MF Masashi Seki
11 Flag of Japan FW Koudai Suzuki
12 Flag of Japan GK Gen Nakamura
13 Flag of Japan DF Ryosuke Horikiri
14 Flag of Japan DF Ryu Okeda
15 Flag of Japan MF Kazuhiro Yoshimura
No. Position Player
16 Flag of Japan MF Takahiro Tsuchiya
17 Flag of Japan MF Yasunao Makino
18 Flag of Japan MF Shota Itokazu
19 Flag of Japan MF Junichiro Shibata
20 Flag of Japan FW Ryota Hayasaka
21 Flag of Japan GK Yūki Shimizutani
22 Flag of Japan MF Takumi Oguri
23 Flag of Japan FW Daiju Kawashima
24 Flag of Japan FW Hironaga Ukai
25 Flag of Japan DF Taisuke Muramatsu
26 Flag of Japan MF Taisuke Fukaya

Former players

  • Flag of Japan Yasuharu Kurata
  • Flag of Japan Hisashi Kurosaki
  • Flag of Japan Yasuto Honda
  • Flag of Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa
  • Flag of Japan Toshinobu Katsuya
  • Flag of Japan Tatsuya Furuhashi
  • Flag of Japan Wagner Lopes
  • Flag of Japan Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
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