Oita Trinita

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.

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
2022J2 League, 5th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

HistoryEdit

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 topflight, 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 tier.[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 tier after a 5-year absence[5] This time, however, their top tier 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. In 2018, after finishing as runner's up in the J2 League in 2018, Oita Trinita gained promotion back to J1. After finishing 18th in 2021, Trinita would be relegated back to J2 League, but in the background of that, the club made a Cinderella run to the Emperor's Cup Final. Just 1 week after the confirmation to be relegated, they defeated defending Emperor's Cup champion Kawasaki Frontale in stunning fashion in the semis; after the game was tied 1 all, Trinita won 4-5 on penalty kicks. They would lose however, to Urawa Red Diamonds in the finals, giving the Reds their 8th Emperor's Cup.

Record as J.League memberEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. P W (OTW) D L (OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 3rd 36 18 (3) 3 8 (4) 62 42 20 63 3,886 2nd round 3rd round
2000 11 3rd 40 26 (0) 3 8 (3) 80 38 42 81 4,818 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 6th 44 24 (1) 4 9 (6) 75 52 23 78 6,638 2nd round 3rd round
2002 12 1st 44 28 10 6 67 34 33 94 12,349 Not eligible 4th round
2003 J1 16 14th 30 5 11 14 27 37 -10 26 21,373 Group stage 3rd round
2004 16 13th 30 8 6 16 35 56 -21 30 21,889 Group stage 5th round
2005 18 11th 34 12 7 15 44 43 1 43 22,080 Group stage 5th round
2006 18 8th 34 13 8 13 47 45 2 47 20,350 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 14th 34 12 5 17 42 60 -18 41 19,759 Group stage 5th round
2008 18 4th 34 16 8 10 33 24 9 56 20,322 Winners 4th round
2009 18 17th 34 8 6 20 26 45 -19 30 18,428 Group stage 3rd round
2010 J2 19 15th 36 10 11 15 39 49 -10 41 10,463 Not eligible 3rd round
2011 20 12th 38 12 14 12 42 45 -3 50 8,779 2nd round
2012 22 6th 42 21 8 13 59 40 19 71 9,721 2nd round
2013 J1 18 18th 34 2 8 24 31 67 -36 14 11,915 Group stage Quarter finals
2014 J2 22 7th 42 17 12 13 52 55 -3 63 8,422 Not eligible 3rd round
2015 22 21st 42 8 14 20 41 51 -10 38 7,533 3rd round
2016 J3 16 1st 30 19 4 7 50 24 26 61 7,771 3rd round
2017 J2 22 9th 42 17 13 12 58 50 8 64 8,063 3rd round
2018 22 2nd 42 23 7 12 76 51 25 76 8,907 2nd round
2019 J1 18 9th 34 12 11 11 35 35 0 47 15,347 Group stage Quarter finals
2020 18 11th 34 11 10 13 36 45 -9 43 5,147 Group stage Did not qualify
2021 20 18th 38 9 8 21 31 55 -24 35 6,722 Group stage Runners-up
2022 J2 22 5th 42 17 15 10 62 52 10 66 6,618 Group stage 3rd round
2023 22 TBA 42
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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

Out on loanEdit

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   JPN Yusho Takahashi (at   Veroskronos Tsuno)
DF   JPN Kenta Fukumori (at   Tochigi SC)
FW   JPN Yuya Takazawa (at   Giravanz Kitakyushu)

Club captainsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

The Coaching Staff for the 2022 J2 League season

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

Managerial historyEdit

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Moon Jung-sik   South Korea 1 February 1994 31 January 1997
Nobuhiro Ishizaki   Japan 1 February 1999 30 April 2001
Shinji Kobayashi   Japan 1 May 2001 31 January 2004
Han Berger   Netherlands 1 February 2004 31 January 2005
Hwangbo Kwan   South Korea 1 February 2005 28 August 2005
Arie Schans   Netherlands 1 September 2005 8 September 2005
Pericles Chamusca   Brazil 9 September 2005 13 July 2009
Ranko Popovic   Serbia   Austria 1 August 2009 31 December 2009
Hwangbo Kwan   South Korea 1 February 2010 31 January 2011
Kazuaki Tasaka   Japan 1 February 2011 2 June 2015
Nobuaki Yanagida   Japan 1 June 2015 3 January 2016
Tomohiro Katanosaka   Japan 1 February 2016 31 January 2022
Takahiro Shimotaira   Japan 1 February 2022 current

Kit evolutionEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  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.

External linksEdit