Yokohama F. Marinos

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Yokohama F. Marinos (横浜F・マリノス, Yokohama Efu Marinosu) is a Japanese professional football club based in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club competes in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.[1][2][3]

Yokohama F. Marinos
Full nameYokohama F·Marinos
Nickname(s)Marinos, Tricolor
Founded1972; 52 years ago (1972) (as Nissan Motor F.C.)
StadiumNissan Stadium
ChairmanAkihiro Takayama
ManagerHarry Kewell
LeagueJ1 League
2023J1 League, 2nd of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Clubs owned by CFG
Listed in order of acquisition/foundation.
Bold indicates the club was founded by CFG.
* indicates the club was acquired by CFG.
§ indicates the club is co-owned.
2008Manchester City F.C.*
2013New York City FC§
2014Melbourne City FC*
Yokohama F. Marinos*§
2017Montevideo City Torque*
Girona FC*§
2019Shenzhen Peng City F.C.*§
Mumbai City FC*§
2020Lommel S.K.*
ES Troyes AC*
2022Palermo F.C.*§

Having won the J-League title five times and finishing second twice, they are one of the most successful J-League clubs. The team is based in Yokohama and was founded as the company team of Nissan Motor. The club was formed by the merger of Yokohama Marinos and Yokohama Flügels in 1999. The current name is intended to reflect both of the original names. Yokohama F. Marinos is the longest serving team in the top flight of Japanese football, having played at the top level since 1982, also making them, along with Kashima Antlers, one of only two teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception.

History edit

Nissan FC edit

The team traces its origins to 1972 as the Nissan Motor Football Club, based in Yokohama. Nissan FC won promotion to Division 2 Football League in 1976. Under coach Shu Kamo, the team won Japan Soccer League in 1988 and 1989, as well as the JSL Cup in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and the Emperor's Cup in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1991. The 1989 team won the "Triple Crown" - all three major tournaments in Japan - with famous players such as Takashi Mizunuma, Kazushi Kimura and Masami Ihara. At the end of the 1991–92 season, the team won the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

Yokohama Marinos edit

Nissan Motors obtained registration in the newly formed J-League to acquire professional club status and changed the club's name to Yokohama Marinos, a reference to Yokohama's status as a major port city.[4] In their first seasons as a professional team, Yokohama Marinos continued to win competitions: triumphant in the Emperor's Cup 1992, a second consecutive Asian Cup Winners' Cup, and their first national title in 1995. Matches between Yokohama Marinos and Verdy Kawasaki were known as the National Derby.

Yokohama F. Marinos edit

In 1999, the club was renamed Yokohama F Marinos after the technical and financial merger with Yokohama Flügels which had declared bankruptcy. Since then, an F has been added to the name to represent the Flügels half of the club. Because of that, many Flügels fans have rejected the new team. Flügels fans felt that their team was dissolved into the F Marinos, rather than being merged with. As a result, they refused to follow F. Marinos and instead created Yokohama FC, the new city-wide rival of F. Marinos, with the help of public donations and an affiliation with IMG, a talent agency company.

In 2000 Marinos was runner-up in the J-League and Shunsuke Nakamura was named the best player of the season.

In 2001, Marinos won the J.League Cup.

In 2003 and 2004 Marinos was a two-time J-League champion with the stars of the team being South Koreans Ahn Jung-hwan, Yoo sang-chul and Japanese players Daisuke Oku, Tatsuhiko Kubo and Yuji Nakazawa (who was the best player of the year in 2004). Their coach was the Japanese Takeshi Okada, who was named the best coach of the Japanese League in the years 2003 and 2004.

From 2005 to 2008 with notable players Hayuma Tanaka, Hideo Oshima, Daisuke Sakata and Koji Yamase, Marinos didn't achieve anything. The highest they reached during this period was the 2008 Emperor's Cup semi-final.

In 2010, Shunsuke Nakamura returned to Yokohama F. Marinos.

On August 4, 2011, a year after leaving the club, former Marinos player Naoki Matsuda collapsed during training with Matsumoto Yamaga FC due to cardiac arrest and died at the age of 34. As a result, his former number 3 has been retired.

And after two semi-final defeats in 2011 and 2012 and Marinos won the 2013 Emperor's Cup on New Year's Day 2014, the first after 21 years and in 2013, they were runner-up in the J-League.

On 20 May 2014, it was announced that the City Football Group, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi United Group, had invested in a minority stake in Yokohama F. Marinos, creating a partnership with the football club and the automaker Nissan.

And after consecutive defeats, such as a loss in the 2017 Emperor's Cup Final and in the 2018 J.League Cup Final, the team managed to get a good shape thanks to the direction of the Australian coach Ange Postecoglou, which ended 15 years of drought by winning the 2019 J1 League title, with emphasis on the participation of Teruhito Nakagawa being the best player of the season and top scorer with 15 goals together with Marcos Júnior.

In 2020, Marinos made it out of the group stage for the first time since the AFC Champions League switched to the current format.

Stadiums edit

International Stadium Yokohama, one of the two home stadiums of the Yokohama F. Marinos
Mitsuzawa Stadium, one of the two home stadiums of the Yokohama F. Marinos

The team's home stadiums are Nissan Stadium, otherwise known as International Stadium Yokohama, and Mitsuzawa Stadium. The team trained at Marinos Town located in the area of Minato Mirai, but moved to Kozukue Field located next to the home ground in 2016.

Theme song edit

The club's official theme song is "We Are F. Marinos" by Japanese duo Yuzu. The song was first released in 2005, with the song being used at games up to today, sometimes having mascot Marinos-kun dance to the song on a pedestal on the running track of Nissan Stadium.

Players and staff edit

Current squad edit

As of 10 February 2024.[7][8][9]

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   JPN William Popp
2 DF   JPN Katsuya Nagato
4 DF   JPN Shinnosuke Hatanaka
5 DF   BRA Eduardo (vice-captain)
6 MF   JPN Kota Watanabe
7 FW   BRA Élber
8 MF   JPN Takuya Kida (captain)
10 FW   BRA Anderson Lopes
11 FW   BRA Yan Matheus
13 DF   JPN Ryuta Koike (vice-captain)
14 FW   JPN Asahi Uenaka
15 DF   JPN Takumi Kamijima
16 DF   JPN Ren Kato
17 MF   JPN Kenta Inoue
18 MF   JPN Kota Mizunuma (vice-captain)
19 DF   JPN Yuki Saneto
20 MF   JPN Jun Amano
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   JPN Hiroki Iikura
23 FW   JPN Ryo Miyaichi
24 DF   JPN Hijiri Kato
25 MF   JPN Kaina Yoshio
26 DF   JPN Yuta Koike
27 DF   JPN Ken Matsubara (vice-captain)
28 MF   JPN Riku Yamane
29 MF   KOR Nam Tae-hee
31 GK   JPN Fuma Shirasaka
35 MF   JPN Keigo Sakakibara
37 FW   JPN Kento Shiogai DSP
38 FW   JPN Yuhi Murakami
39 DF   JPN Taiki Watanabe
41 GK   JPN Riku Terakado
44 DF   JPN Manato Yoshida
47 DF   JPN Kazuya Yamamura
48 MF   JPN Keita Ueda

The official club website lists the club mascot as player #0 and the supporters as player #12.

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
9 FW   JPN Takuma Nishimura (on loan to Servette FC)
GK   JPN Tomoki Tagawa (on loan to Kataller Toyama)
DF   JPN Yusuke Nishida (on loan to AC Nagano Parceiro)
MF   JPN Eitaro Matsuda (on loan to Albirex Niigata)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Shunsuke Hirai (on loan to Reilac Shiga)
MF   JPN Takuto Kimura (on loan to Ehime FC)
MF   JPN Takuto Minami (on loan to Iwate Grulla Morioka)
FW   JPN Takumi Tsukui (on loan to Azul Claro Numazu)

Retired number edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   JPN Naoki Matsuda

Yokohama F. Marinos Youth edit

As of 6 April 2023.

The U-18 team of Yokohama F. Marinos currently plays in the Prince Takamado U-18 Premier League, the top-flight league for U-18 clubs in the country. Only the registered players for the competition will be displayed.[10]

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   JPN Ojiro Fukui
2 DF   JPN Takuma Mitsuhashi
3 DF   JPN Daisuke Funaki
4 DF   JPN Yuma Hatano
5 MF   JPN Shunta Ikeda
6 DF   JPN Reno Noguchi
7 MF   JPN Kenta Shirasu
8 MF   JPN Sota Kuwahara
9 FW   JPN Dan Nakahara
10 MF   JPN Kohei Mochizuki
11 MF   JPN Kotaro Hamada
12 FW   JPN Atsumu Daito
13 DF   JPN Haruto Kajihara
14 MF   JPN Yuma Tokuda
15 MF   JPN Nobuhide Sasahara
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK   JPN Takumi Haremaki
17 MF   JPN Taiki Iimura
18 FW   JPN Mirai Yoshizawa
19 DF   JPN Haruki Shimizu
20 GK   JPN Shoma Yamashita
22 DF   JPN Masaki Furuya
23 FW   JPN Haruki Ikawa
24 DF   JPN Koki Nakao
26 MF   JPN Haru Miyata
27 MF   JPN Haruki Uenishi
28 MF   JPN Aiki Sekino
30 DF   JPN Yusei Wada
31 GK   JPN Kai Suzuki
32 MF   JPN Kai Elchetabu Bright
33 DF   JPN Katsuki Asano

Current staff edit

For the 2023 season.

Position Name
Manager   Harry Kewell
Assistant manager   Ryo Adachi
  Shaun Ontong
  Hideo Oshima
Goalkeeper coach   Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Assistant goalkeeper coach   Tetsuya Enomoto
Physical coach   Gregory John King
Conditioning coach   Yusuke Tanaka
Chief Analyst   Satoru Okada
Analyst   Jun Yamaguchi
Performance data analyst   Yuki Masui
Chief trainer   Hiroyuki Otahara
Doctor   Atsushi Fukai
Trainer   Kiyoshi Higure
  Nobuyasu Miyauchi
Physioterapist   Daisuke Kikukawa
Interpreter (English)   Yutaka Matsuzaki
  Shintaro Oda
Interpreter (Portuguese)   Shinji Kinoshita
Top team director   Junji Nishizawa
Club co-ordinator   Shin Yamazaki
Side affairs (kit)   Hiroyoshi Tokunaga
Side affairs / interpreter (English / Portuguese)   Pedro Sebastian
Roupeiro   Keisuke Ogata

International players edit

This list includes players that were called up to their national teams while playing at Yokohama F. Marinos, either to participate in official or friendly competitions, friendly matches or in training camps.


Club captains edit

Kits and crests edit

Yokohama F. Marinos utilizes a three colour system composed of blue, white and red.

In 2012, Yokohama F. Marinos have unveiled a special edition 20th Anniversary jersey

Slogan edit

Ano Slogan
2009 Enjoy・Growing・Victory
2011 ACTIVE 2011
2012 All for Win
2013 All for Win -Realize
2014 All For Win -Fight it out!
2015 Integral Goal - All for Win
2016 Integral Goal - All for Win
2017 Integral Goal - All for Win
2018 Brave and Challenging
2020 Brave and Challenging BRAVE BLUE
2021 Brave and Challenging
2022 Brave and Challenging

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors edit

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor Notes
1992–1996 Mizuno (J-League) and Adidas (Emperor's Cup) Nissan Kodak
1997–2007 Adidas ANA
2008–2011 Nike

Uniforms edit

FP 1st
1993 - 1994
1995 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2000
2004 - 2005
2008 - 2009
2023 -
FP 2nd
1993 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
2005 - 2006
2008 - 2009
2023 -
FP Other
1993 3rd
2001 - 2002 3rd
ACL 1st
yokohama port 150th anniversary
20 year anniversary
PSM Memorial
ACL 1st
ACL 2nd
commemoration of the 2014 emperor's cup victory
Cup 1st
CUP 2nd
Cup 1st
CUP 2nd
Yokohama Port Opening Commemorative
CUP 1st
Cup 2nd
2017 SP
2018 SP
2019 SP
2020 SP
2021 SP
2022 SP

Players who played in the World Cup edit

The list includes players who were called up to their national teams while playing at Yokohama F. Marinos, to represent their country in the FIFA World Cup .

Record edit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 Group stage Champions CWC Champions
1993 J1 10 4th 16,781 Group stage Quarter-finals CWC Withdrew
1994 12 6th 19,801 Semi-finals Semi-finals
1995| 14 1st 18,326 2nd round
1996 16 8th 14,589 Group stage 3rd round CC Group stage
1997 17 3rd 9,211 Group stage Round of 16
1998 18 4th 19,165 Group stage 3rd round
1999 16 4th 20,095 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2000 16 2nd 16,644 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2001 16 13th 20,595 Champions 3rd round
2002 16 2nd 24,108 Group stage Round of 16
2003 16 1st 24,957 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2004 16 1st 24,818 Quarter-finals Round of 16 CL Group stage
2005 18 9th 25,713 Semi-finals Round of 16 CL Group stage
2006 18 9th 23,663 Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2007 18 7th 24,039 Semi-finals Round of 16
2008 18 9th 23,682 Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2009 18 10th 22,057 Semi-finals Round of 16
2010 18 8th 25,684 Group stage Round of 16
2011 18 5th 21,038 Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2012 18 4th 22,946 Group stage Semi-finals
2013 18 2nd 27,496 Semi-finals Champions
2014 18 7th 23,088 Quarter-finals 3rd round CL Group stage
2015 18 7th 24,221 Group stage Round of 16
2016 18 10th 24,004 Semi-finals Semi-finals
2017 18 5th 24,180 Group stage Runners-up
2018 18 12th 21,788 Runners-up Round of 16
2019 18 1st 27,010 Group stage Round of 16
2020 18 9th 7,968 Semi-finals Did not qualify CL Round of 16
2021 20 2nd 8,991 Play-off 2nd round
2022 18 1st 19,811 Quarter-finals 3rd round CL Round of 16
2023 18 2nd Semi-finals 3rd round CL TBD
  • Pos. = Position
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League edit

Cups edit

Continental edit

Continental record edit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 Asian Club Championship Qualifying round
(Group 6)
  Liaoning 0–1 2nd out of 4
  Hap Kuan 9–0
  Chadongcha 2–0
Group A   Kuala Lumpur City 2–1 1st out of 3
  Fanja 1–0
Final   Liaoning 1–2 1–1 2–3
1990–91 Asian Club Championship Qualifying round
(Group 7)
  April 25 0–1 3rd out of 3
  Liaoning 2–3
1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup Quarter-finals   East Bengal 4–0 3–1 4–1
Semi-finals   Pupuk Kaltim 2–0 0–0 2–0
Final   Al-Nassr 5–0 1–1 6–1
1992–93 Asian Cup Winners' Cup Second round   Pupuk Kaltim 3–1 1–1 4–2
Semi-finals   SHB Đà Nẵng 3–0 1–1 4–1
Final   Persepolis 1–1 1–0 2–1
1993–94 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round   Philippine Air Force 5–0 1–0 6–0
Quarter-finals   Semen Padang 11–0 1–2 12–2
Semi-finals   South China w/o
1996–97 Asian Club Championship First round   GD Artilheiros w/o
Second round   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2–0 1–1 3–1
(East Asia Group)
  Pohang Steelers 2–2 3rd out of 4
  Seongnam FC 2–3
  New Radiant 10–0
2004 AFC Champions League Group G   Bình Định 6–0 3–0 2nd out of 4
  Persik Kediri 4–0 4–1
  Seongnam FC 1–2 1–0
A3 Champions Cup Table   Seongnam FC 0–3 2nd out of 4
  Shanghai Shenhua 2–0
  Shanghai International 2–1
2005 AFC Champions League Group F   Shandong Taishan 0–1 1–2 2nd out of 4
  PSM Makassar 3–0 2–0
  Police Tero 2–0 2–1
A3 Champions Cup Table   Pohang Steelers 1–1 3rd out of 4
  Shenzhen Jianlibao 2–0
  Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–3
2014 AFC Champions League Group G   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 0–3 4th out of 4
  Guangzhou 1–1 1–2
  Melbourne Victory 3–2 0–1
2020 AFC Champions League Group H   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–1 2–1 1st out of 4
  Sydney FC 4–0 1–1
  Shanghai Port 1–2 1–0
Round of 16   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–3
2022 AFC Champions League Group H   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–1 1–1 1st out of 4
  Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 2–0 2–1
  Sydney FC 3–0 1–0
Round of 16   Vissel Kobe 2–3
2023–24 AFC Champions League Group G   Incheon United 2–4 1–2 1st out of 4
  Shandong Taishan 3–0 1–0
  Kaya-Iloilo 3–0 2–1
Round of 16   Bangkok United 1–0
2–2 3–2
Quarter-finals   Shandong Taishan

Performance in AFC competitions edit

Awards edit

J.League MVP Award:

J.League Top Scorer:

J.League Rookie of the Year:

J.League Manager of the Year:

J.League Fair Play Award:

J.League Monthly MVP :

J.League Best XI:

AFC Champions League Best XI:

J.League Cup MVP:

J.League Cup New Hero:

Manager history edit

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Hidehiko Shimizu   Japan 1993 1994
Jorge Solari   Argentina 1995
Hiroshi Hayano   Japan 1995 1996
Xabier Azkargorta   Spain 1997 August 1998
Antonio de la Cruz   Spain August 1998 1999
Osvaldo Ardiles   Argentina Jan 1, 2000 Dec 31, 2000
Yoshiaki Shimojo   Japan 2001
Sebastião Lazaroni   Brazil 2001 2002
Yoshiaki Shimojo   Japan 2002
Takeshi Okada   Japan Jan 1, 2003 Aug 24, 2006
Takashi Mizunuma   Japan Aug 25, 2006 Dec 31, 2006
Hiroshi Hayano   Japan Jan 1, 2007 Dec 31, 2007
Takashi Kuwahara   Japan Jan 1, 2008 July 17, 2008
Kokichi Kimura   Japan July 18, 2008 Dec 31, 2009
Kazushi Kimura   Japan Feb 16, 2010 Dec 31, 2011
Yasuhiro Higuchi   Japan Dec 30, 2011 Dec 7, 2014
Erick Mombaerts   France Dec 16, 2014 Jan 1, 2018
Ange Postecoglou   Australia Jan 1, 2018 June 10, 2021
Hideki Matsunaga (caretaker)   Japan June 10, 2021 July 18, 2021
Kevin Muscat   Australia July 18, 2021 December 13, 2023
Harry Kewell   Australia Dec 31, 2023 Present

In popular culture edit

In the manga series – Captain Tsubasa, one of the characters was Yokohama Marinos midfielder Mamoru Izawa.[citation needed]

Notes edit

Rivalries edit

National Derby

  • During the late 80's and early 90's, the matches between the two most winning teams of the time, Yokohama Marinos and Verdy Kawasaki, were earlier as a National Derby. However, in the following years this classic gradually ceased to be the center of consideration, especially after Verdy moved to Toques and was no longer part of Yomiuri in 1997.

Kanagawa Derby

Previously, Verdy Kawasaki and the extinct Yokohama Flügels were Kanagawa Derby rivals. With Verdy moving to Tokyo from Kawasaki, matches between the two clubs are no longer considered Kanagawa derbies.

Yokohama Derby

  • The classic among the most representative teams in the city of Yokohama, Yokohama F. Marinos, Yokohama FC and YSCC Yokohama. Between 1993 and 1998, the Yokohama derby corresponded only to the departure between the late Yokohama Flügels and Yokohama F. Marinos.

Base categories edit

The base category of Yokohama F. Marinos started in 1986, before the opening of the J-League, and it is divided into 3 categories U-12, U-15 and U-18 and these are some of the best players formed at the base of Marinos, Shunsuke Nakamura, Manabu Saito, Jungo Fujimoto, Mike Havenaar, Hiroki Iikura, Takashi Amano, Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Tetsuya Enomoto, Yuzo Kurihara, Hayuma Tanaka, Yuki Kaneko, Daisuke Sakata, Naohiro Ishikawa, Rikizo Matsuhashi, Eitaro Matsuda, Kota Yamada, Keita Endo, Ryo Takano, Takuya Kida, Andrew Kumagai, Yuji Ono, Jun Amano, Sho Matsumoto, Jin Hanato, Kota Mizunuma, Takashi Kanai, Masakazu Tashiro, Yota Akimoto etc. ... .[11]

  • All Japan Club Youth Soccer Tournament
  • JFA Prince League Kanto
  • Prince Takamado Trophy
  • J-Youth Cup
  • JFA Championship
  • Danone Nations Cup

External links edit

Notes edit

References edit

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