Ōita Trinita
大分トリニータ
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
ManagerTomohiro Katanosaka
LeagueJ2 League
2021J1 League, 18th of 20 Decrease (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Ōita Trinita (大分トリニータ, Ōita Torinīta) is a Japanese football club currently playing in J1 League, having been promoted in 2018 after a five-year absence from Japan's top flight. 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]

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 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 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 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
Key

Honours

Coaching staff

The Coaching Staff for the 2021 J1 League season;

Position Staff
First-team Manager Japan Tomohiro Katanosaka
Head Coach Japan Yoshitaka Yasuda
Coach Japan Kazuki Fukui
Japan Shota Uemura
Goalkeeper Coach Japan Keisuke Yoshisaka
Physical Coach Japan Jun Sato

Players

Ōita Stadium

Current squad

As of 31 December 2021[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
5 DF Japan JPN Shunsuke Ono
6 MF Japan JPN Yuki Kobayashi
7 MF Japan JPN Rei Matsumoto
8 MF Japan JPN Yamato Machida
9 MF Japan JPN Hibiki Goto
10 MF Japan JPN Naoki Nomura
11 MF Japan JPN Hokuto Shimoda
13 FW Japan JPN Kohei Isa
14 DF Brazil BRA Henrique Trevisan (on loan from Estoril)
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
23 MF Japan JPN Josei Sato
24 GK Japan JPN Konosuke Nishikawa
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 MF Japan JPN Seigo Kobayashi
26 MF Japan JPN Kenshin Yasuda
27 MF Japan JPN Tsukasa Umesaki
28 MF Japan JPN Junya Nodake
31 MF Brazil BRA Pereira (on loan from Atlético-GO)
33 FW Japan JPN Hiroto Goya
38 MF Japan JPN Keita Takahata
39 MF Japan JPN Asahi Masuyama
40 MF Japan JPN Yushi Hasegawa
41 DF Japan JPN Ryosuke Tone
43 MF Japan JPN Masaki Yumiba
44 GK Japan JPN Shun Yoshida
45 FW Japan JPN Shinya Utsumoto (designated special player)
49 DF Japan JPN Kento Haneda
50 FW Japan JPN Yusei Yashiki (Type 2 Player)
51 FW Japan JPN Yuki Maezato
52 DF Japan JPN Manato Wakeshima
53 DF Japan JPN Kotaro Hiramatsu
54 MF Japan JPN Taiga Kimoto
55 MF Japan JPN Hayato Matsuoka

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 Verspah Oita)
DF Japan JPN Kenta Fukumori (at Japan Giravanz Kitakyushu)
MF Japan JPN Kaoru Takayama (at Japan SC Sagamihara)
FW Japan JPN Yuya Takazawa (at Japan Albirex Niigata)

Club captains

Managers

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). 9 November 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2021.