Oita Trinita

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.

Ōita Trinita
Full nameOita Trinita
Nickname(s)Trinita (トリニータ, Torinīta)
Azzurro (Azūro)
Camenaccio (カメナチオ, Kamenachio)
Founded1994; 27 years ago (1994)
GroundShowa Denko Dome Oita
ChairmanToru Enoki
ManagerTomohiro Katanosaka
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 11th of 18
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.


Old crest

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 memberEdit

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 18 -
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site


Coaching staffEdit

The Coaching Staff for the 2021 J1 League season;

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


Current squadEdit

As of 19 August 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   JPN Shun Takagi
2 DF   JPN Yuki Kagawa
3 DF   JPN Yuto Misao
4 DF   JPN Keisuke Saka
5 DF   JPN Shunsuke Ono
6 MF   JPN Yuki Kobayashi
7 MF   JPN Rei Matsumoto
8 MF   JPN Yamato Machida
9 MF   JPN Hibiki Goto
10 MF   JPN Naoki Nomura
11 MF   JPN Hokuto Shimoda
13 FW   JPN Kohei Isa
14 DF   BRA Henrique Trevisan (on loan from Estoril)
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
22 GK   JPN William Popp
23 MF   JPN Josei Sato
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 GK   JPN Konosuke Nishikawa
25 MF   JPN Seigo Kobayashi
26 MF   JPN Kenshin Yasuda
27 MF   JPN Tsukasa Umesaki
28 MF   JPN Junya Nodake
31 MF   BRA Pereira (on loan from Atlético-GO)
33 FW   JPN Hiroto Goya
38 MF   JPN Keita Takahata
39 MF   JPN Asahi Masuyama
40 MF   JPN Yushi Hasegawa
41 DF   JPN Ryosuke Tone
43 MF   JPN Masaki Yumiba
44 GK   JPN Shun Yoshida
45 FW   JPN Shinya Utsumoto (designated special player)
49 DF   JPN Kento Haneda
50 FW   JPN Yusei Yashiki (Type 2 Player)
51 FW   JPN Yuki Maezato
52 DF   JPN Manato Wakeshima
53 DF   JPN Kotaro Hiramatsu
54 MF   JPN Taiga Kimoto
55 MF   JPN Hayato Matsuoka

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
GK   JPN Ryosuke Kojima (at   Albirex Niigata)
DF   JPN Hayato Kurosaki (at   Tochigi SC)
DF   JPN Yusho Takahashi (at   Verspah Oita)
DF   JPN Kenta Fukumori (at   Giravanz Kitakyushu)
MF   JPN Kaoru Takayama (at   SC Sagamihara)
FW   JPN Yuya Takazawa (at   Albirex Niigata)

Club captainsEdit



  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.

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