Yokohama F. Marinos

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; 49 years ago (1972)
1992; 29 years ago (1992) as J-League club
GroundNissan Stadium
OwnerNissan (80%)
City Football Group (20%)
ChairmanRyōji Kurosawa
ManagerKevin Muscat
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 9th of 18
WebsiteClub website

Having won the J-League title four 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 Marinos and Flügels. The team name Marinos means "sailors" in Spanish. 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.


Nissan F.C. Yokohama Marinos

In 1972, the team started as the Nissan Motor Football Club based in Yokohama, and were promoted to the Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1976. They took necessary steps like building a friendly relationship with local high schools and universities and starting junior teams for school kids to be a winning team. Under the first paid or professional team manager in Japan Shu Kamo, the team won championships in 1988 and 1989 as well as the JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup winning all three major tournaments in Japan at that time.

Graphical timeline of Yokohama football clubs

In 1991, it was one of the founding members of the J.League ("Original Ten"[a]). In 1998, after losing one of their primary sponsors, it was announced that crosstown rivals Yokohama Flügels would merge with Marinos. Since then, an F was added to the name to represent the Flügels half of the club. Many Flügels fans rejected the merger, rather believing their club to have been dissolved into Marinos. As a result, they refused to follow F. Marinos and instead created Yokohama FC, F. Marinos' new crosstown rivals. In 2010, Shunsuke Nakamura made a comeback to Yokohama F. Marinos.

Since Naoki Matsuda left the team, F. Marinos' number 3 has been retired. Naoki Matsuda had participated 385 matches as a member of F. Marinos. On 2 August, in the year after he left the club, he collapsed during training due to a cardiac arrest after finishing a 15-minute warmup run. Doctors diagnosed his condition as "extremely severe". Two days later, he died at the age of 34. As a result, his ex-number, 3 has been a retired as an active number for this team. On 23 July 2013, Yokohama F. Marinos faced Manchester United in a 3–2 win for a friendly match.

Yokohama F. Marinos won the Emperor's Cup on New Years Day 2014, their first in twenty-one years. On 20 May 2014, it was announced that City Football Group, the holding company of Manchester City F.C., had invested in a minority share of Yokohama F. Marinos, creating a partnership with both the football club and car manufacturer Nissan.[6] The investment is designed to offer an integrated approach to football, marketing, media, commercial, training and medical care consistent with other City Football Group investments such as Manchester City F.C., Melbourne City FC and the New York City FC. City Football Group holds 19.95 percent of Yokohama F. Marinos' existing shares,[7] but through the establishment of a Japan-based subsidiary may seek to eventually own a controlling stake in the club.[8]

In 2019, Australian coach Ange Postecoglou guided Yokohama F. Marinos to create history by winning J1 League. The Japanese forward Teruhito Nakagawa broke the top scoring record with 15 goals and received J1 League Top Scorer and J.League Most Valuable Player Awards at the end of the year.

Kits and crestsEdit

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

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

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


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


Current squadEdit

As of 23 August 2021[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 Yohei Takaoka
4 DF   JPN Shinnosuke Hatanaka
5 DF   THA Theerathon Bunmathan
6 MF   JPN Takahiro Ogihara
7 FW   BRA Élber
8 MF   JPN Takuya Kida (captain)
9 FW   BRA Léo Ceará
10 FW   BRA Marcos Júnior
13 DF   BRA Thiago Martins
14 MF   JPN Jun Amano
17 MF   JPN Ryo Miyaichi
18 MF   JPN Kota Mizunuma
19 DF   JPN Yuki Saneto
21 GK   JPN Yuji Kajikawa
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   JPN Teruhito Nakagawa
24 DF   JPN Tomoki Iwata
25 DF   JPN Ryuta Koike
26 MF   JPN Kota Watanabe
27 DF   JPN Ken Matsubara
30 DF   JPN Shunsuke Hirai
32 GK   JPN Tomoki Tagawa
33 DF   JPN Takuya Wada
34 GK   JPN Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
36 DF   JPN Ryotaro Tsunoda
37 MF   JPN Takuto Minami
38 MF   JPN Daizen Maeda
41 FW   JPN Kenyu Sugimoto (on loan from Urawa Red Diamonds)

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

Out on loanEdit

August 23 2021 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 Gaku Harada (on loan to V-Varen Nagasaki)
GK   JPN Riku Terakado (on loan to Renofa Yamaguchi)
GK   JPN Powell Obinna Obi (on loan to Tochigi SC)
DF   JPN Taiga Nishiyama (on loan to ReinMeer Aomori)
DF   JPN Jin Ikoma (on loan to Giravanz Kitakyushu)
DF   JPN Ko Ikeda (on loan to Kamatamare Sanuki)
DF   JPN Makito Ito (on loan to Júbilo Iwata)
MF   JPN Eitaro Matsuda (on loan to Omiya Ardija)
MF   JPN Kaina Yoshio (on loan to Tochigi SC)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Kota Yamada (on loan to Montedio Yamagata)
MF   JPN Naoki Tsubaki (on loan to Melbourne City)
MF   JPN Keita Ueda (on loan to Tochigi SC)
MF   JPN Ryonosuke Kabayama (on loan to Montedio Yamagata)
FW   JPN Takumi Tsukui (on loan to ReinMeer Aomori)
FW   JPN Yushi Yamaya (on loan to Kagoshima United)
FW   JPN Ndao Talla (on loan to Machida Zelvia)

Retired numberEdit

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

Current staffEdit

Position Name
Manager Vacant
Head Coach Vacant
Coach   Hideo Oshima
Coach Vacant
Physical Coach   Spiros Toutziarakis
GK Coach   Shigetatsu Matsunaga
GK Coach   Tetsuya Enomoto

International playersEdit


Club captainsEdit


Players who played for the National TeamEdit


Champions Runners-up 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 Second round
1996 16 8th 14,589 Group stage Third round CC Group stage
1997 17 3rd 9,211 Group stage Fourth round
1998 18 4th 19,165 Group stage Third 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 Third round
2002 16 2nd 24,108 Group stage Fourth round
2003 16 1st 24,957 Quarter finals Quarter finals
2004 16 1st 24,818 Quarter finals Fifth round CL Group stage
2005 18 9th 25,713 Semi-finals Fifth round CL Group stage
2006 18 9th 23,663 Semi-finals Quarter finals
2007 18 7th 24,039 Semi-finals Fifth round
2008 18 9th 23,682 Quarter finals Semi-finals
2009 18 10th 22,057 Semi-finals Fourth round
2010 18 8th 25,684 Group stage Fourth round
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 Third round CL Group stage
2015 18 7th 24,221 Group stage Fourth round
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 4th round
2019 18 1st 27,010 Group stage 4th round
2020 18 9th 7,968 Semi-finals Did not qualify CL Round of 16
2021 20 -

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


Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F. MarinosEdit



Nissan Motor Football ClubEdit




Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F. MarinosEdit

J.League MVP:

J.League Top Scorer :

J.League Rookie of the Year:

J.League Manager of the Year:

J.League awards Fair Play:

J.League Mensal MVP :

J.League Best XI:

Best XI AFC Champions League:

MVP J.League Cup:

New hero J.League Cup:


Manager Nat. Tenure
Hidehiko Shimizu   Japan 1993–94
Jorge Solari   Argentina 1995
Hiroshi Hayano   Japan 1995–96
Xabier Azkargorta   Spain July 1, 1997 – June 30, 1998
Gert Engels   Germany Sept 1998 – Dec 98
Antonio de la Cruz   Spain 1999
Osvaldo Ardiles   Argentina Jan 1, 2000 – Dec 31, 2000
Yoshiaki Shimojo   Japan 2001
Sebastião Lazaroni   Brazil 2001–02
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 - present

In popular cultureEdit

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, one character was player of Yokohama Marinos and is the midfielder Mamoru Izawa.



'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, but in the following years this classic gradually lost and ceasing to be the center of consideration, especially after Verdy moved to Toques and ceased to be Yomiuri's property in 1997.

'Kanagawa Derby'

Previously, Verdy Kawasaki and the extinct Yokohama Flügels were part of that.

'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 categoriesEdit

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 ... [10].

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

External linksEdit



  1. ^ "Sanfrecce players shoulder blame for Moriyasu's surprise resignation". The Japan Times. 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Sanfrecce salvage point against in-form Marinos". The Japan Times. 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Amano's timely strike leads Marinos past FC Tokyo". The Japan Times. 18 June 2017.
  4. ^ "2019 Marinos tactics analyze ポステコグルー・横浜Fマリノスの戦術分析".
  5. ^ "Yokohama F. Marinos 2019 match results".
  6. ^ "Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos". The Japan Times. AFP-JiJI. May 20, 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  7. ^ "英マンチェスターC、横浜マリノスに19.95%出資". Nikkei. May 20, 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  8. ^ Kano, Shintaro (December 31, 2014). "Soccer: Man City group to open Japan front, look to increase stake in Marinos". Kyodo News. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  9. ^ "選手・スタッフ". 横浜F・マリノス 公式サイト (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
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