Ōita Trinita
大分トリニータ
Oita Trinita logo.svg
Full nameOita Trinita
Nickname(s)Trinita (トリニータ, Torinīta)
Azzurro (Azūro)
Camenaccio (カメナチオ, Kamenachio)
Founded1994; 28 years ago (1994)
GroundShowa Denko Dome Oita
Ōita
Capacity31,997
ChairmanToru Enoki
ManagerTakahiro Shimotaira
LeagueJ2 League
2021J1 League, 18th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Ōita Trinita (大分トリニータ, Ōita Torinīta) is a Japanese football club currently playing in J2 League, having been relegated after the 2021 season after a three-year stint in J1 League. The club's home town is Ōita city, but the club draws support from Beppu, Saiki, and the entire Ōita Prefecture.

The club's name, Trinita, is the Italian translation of the word trinity (trinità), which was the club's original name before being changed in 1999, and Ōita, the club's home town.[1] The combined word expresses the will of the local citizens, companies, and government to support the team. Another connection to the Italian culture can be found in the city nickname Azzurro ("light blue" in English).

The club's home ground is Ōita Bank Dome, also known as the "Big Eye", which was one of the venues built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The club practices at the adjacent football and rugby field, and Ōita City Public Ground.

History

The club was formed as Ōita Trinity in 1994 and advanced through the Ōita Prefectural League and the Kyushu League before finishing as the runner-up of the 1996 National League, resulting in promotion to the JFL. In 1999, the club changed its name to Trinita due to copyright infringement concerns. The same year, the club joined J.League Division 2, the second-highest flight in Japanese football (renamed to its current name of J2 League in 2015), and placed third. The club also placed third in 2000, and despite being in contention for promotion until the final game of the season in 2001, finished sixth. The following year, the club won J.League Division 2 and finally earned promotion to the top-flight Division 1. In 2008, the club won the J.League Cup, the first major title won by a Kyūshū club since Yawata Steel SC shared the 1964 Emperor's Cup.[2]

Ōita Stadium

In 2009, the club suffered their worst-ever results in their seven-year history in the top flight, including 14 straight losses in league matches, which is the current worst record in the J.League since the golden goal system was eliminated. The club even fired cup-winning manager Pericles Chamusca in mid-July.[3] On October 25, the club's relegation was confirmed after being held to a 1–1 draw by ten-man Kyoto Sanga F.C., although the club would have faced relegation anyway as they had outstanding loans from the JFL's emergency fund and league rules prohibit clubs with such loans from participating in the top flight.[4]

During the 2012 J.League Division 2 season, Oita Trinita finished in sixth place, qualifying for the promotion playoffs in the first year of its introduction in Japan's second flight as the club had also paid back all its emergency loans that October. Despite being the lowest seed, Oita Trinita defeated Kyoto Sanga F.C. 4–0 in the semi-final and JEF United Ichihara Chiba 1–0 in the final, earning promotion to 2013 J.League Division 1, returning to the top flight after a 5-year absence[5] This time, however, their top flight stay lasted only one season. In 2015 they were further relegated to J3 League after losing in the promotion playoffs to Machida Zelvia on December 6,[6] becoming the first major trophy winner to be relegated to the third tier. The club immediately gained promotion back to J2 League by winning the J3 League title in 2016.

Record as J.League member

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 3rd 3,886 2nd round 3rd round
2000 11 3rd 4,818 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 6th 6,638 2nd round 3rd round
2002 12 1st 12,349 Not eligible 4th round
2003 J1 16 14th 21,373 Group stage 3rd round
2004 16 13th 21,889 Group stage 5th round
2005 18 11th 22,080 Group stage 5th round
2006 18 8th 20,350 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 14th 19,759 Group stage 5th round
2008 18 4th 20,322 Winners 4th round
2009 18 17th 18,428 Group stage 3rd round
2010 J2 19 15th 10,463 Not eligible 3rd round
2011 20 12th 8,779 2nd round
2012 22 6th 9,721 2nd round
2013 J1 18 18th 11,915 Group stage Quarter finals
2014 J2 22 7th 8,422 Not eligible 3rd round
2015 22 21st 7,533 3rd round
2016 J3 16 1st 7,771 3rd round
2017 J2 22 9th 8,063 3rd round
2018 22 2nd 8,907 2nd round
2019 J1 18 9th 15,347 Group stage Quarter finals
2020 18 11th 5,147 Group stage Did not qualify
2021 20 18th 6,722 Group stage Runners-up
2022 22 TBA Group stage
Key

Honours

Coaching staff

The Coaching Staff for the 2022 J2 League season;

Position Staff
First-team Manager Japan Takahiro Shimotaira
Head Coach Japan Ken Iwase
Coach Japan Kazuki Fukui
Japan Kazunari Okayama
Goalkeeper Coach Japan Keisuke Yoshisaka
Physical Coach Japan Jun Sato
Trainer Japan Hidenori Hisano
Japan Takafumi Kazama
Japan Yuta Hamada
Japan Shota Harada
Competent Japan Kenta Motoya
Side affairs Japan Yasushi Nakayama
Japan Kei Kaburagi
Japan Hikaru Kikuzumi
Interpreter & Portuguese Japan Riku Muramatsu

Players

Current squad

As of 30 April 2022[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Japan JPN Shun Takagi
2 DF Japan JPN Yuki Kagawa
3 DF Japan JPN Yuto Misao
4 DF Japan JPN Keisuke Saka
6 MF Japan JPN Yuki Kobayashi
7 MF Japan JPN Rei Matsumoto
8 MF Japan JPN Yamato Machida
10 MF Japan JPN Naoki Nomura
11 MF Japan JPN Hokuto Shimoda
13 FW Japan JPN Kohei Isa
14 DF Japan JPN Yukitoshi Ito
15 DF Japan JPN Yuta Koide
16 FW Japan JPN Arata Watanabe
17 MF Japan JPN Kenta Inoue
18 FW Japan JPN Kazuki Fujimoto
19 DF Japan JPN Katsunori Ueebisu
20 FW Japan JPN Shun Nagasawa
21 MF Brazil BRA Eduardo Neto
22 FW Brazil BRA Samuel
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF Japan JPN Hiroto Nakagawa
24 GK Japan JPN Konosuke Nishikawa
25 MF Japan JPN Seigo Kobayashi
26 MF Japan JPN Kenshin Yasuda Type 2
27 MF Japan JPN Tsukasa Umesaki
28 MF Japan JPN Junya Nodake
29 FW Japan JPN Shinya Utsumoto
31 MF Brazil BRA Pereira (on loan from Atlético Goianiense)
32 GK Japan JPN Taro Hamada
33 FW Japan JPN Hiroto Goya
35 MF Japan JPN Josei Sato Type 2
38 MF Japan JPN Keita Takahata
39 MF Japan JPN Asahi Masuyama
41 DF Japan JPN Ryosuke Tone
43 MF Japan JPN Masaki Yumiba
44 GK Japan JPN Shun Yoshida
49 DF Japan JPN Kento Haneda
50 FW Japan JPN Yusei Yashiki

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Japan JPN Yusho Takahashi (at Japan Veroskronos Tsuno)
DF Japan JPN Kenta Fukumori (at Japan Tochigi SC)
FW Japan JPN Yuya Takazawa (at Japan Giravanz Kitakyushu)

Club captains

Managers

Kit Evolution

FP 1st
1999
2000 - 2001
2002 - 2003
2004
2005 - 2006
2007
2008
2009
2010 - 2011
2012 - 2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
1999 - 2001
2002 - 2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012 - 2013
2014
2015
2016
2017 - 2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP Other
2020
Limited

References

  1. ^ "クラブ・選手名鑑 大分トリニータ" [Club · Player's Directory Oita Trinita] (in Japanese). J.League. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "J.League News No.40" (PDF). J.League. November 24, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (July 9, 2009). "Indecision over Chamusca can only worsen Oita's plight". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ "A yellow card for J.League". Japan Times. December 12, 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  5. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (November 24, 2012). "Trinita slip past JEF United to earn promotion to first division". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Machida promoted to J2". J. League. December 8, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  7. ^ "選手・スタッフ一覧". 大分トリニータ公式サイト (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 April 2022.