Oita Trinita

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Oita Trinita
Full name Oita Trinita
Nickname(s) Trinita (トリニータ, Torinīta)
Azzurro (Azūro)
Camenaccio (カメナチオ, Kamenachio)
Founded 1994; 25 years ago (1994)
Ground Ōita Bank Dome ("Big Eye")
Capacity 31,997
Chairman Toru Enoki
Manager Tomohiro Katanosaka
League J1 League
2018 J2 League, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

Oita Trinita (大分トリニータ, Ōita Torinīta) is a Japanese football club currently playing in the J2 League. 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 a portmanteau of the English word trinity, 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.

The club's home ground is Ōita Bank Dome, also known as the "Big Eye", which was one the venues built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The club practices at the adjacent football and rugby field, River Park Inukai, and Ōita City Public Ground.


Old crest

The team started as Oita 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 the J2 League and placed third. The team also placed third in 2000, and despite being in competition for promotion till the last game, it finished in sixth the next season. The following year, it won the J2 league championship and finally earned promoted to the J1 league. In 2008, they won J.League Cup, the first major title won by a Kyūshū club since the former Yawata Steel club's Emperor's Cup wins of the 1960s.[2]

In 2009 season, they suffered their worst-ever results in their seven-year J1 history, including 14 straight losses in league matches, which is the current worst record in the J.League since the Golden goal system was eliminated. They even fired cup-winning manager Pericles Chamusca in mid-July.[3] On October 25, their relegation to J2 for the 2010 season was decided after being held to a 1–1 draw by ten-man Kyoto Sanga F.C.. However, according to J.League regulations, Oita would face relegation anyway due to the acceptance of official funding (by the regulation, any team receiving this funding will not be allowed to stay in Division 1, unless the funding is paid back in the future).[4]

In their 3rd year in J.League Division 2 in 2012, they finished at 6th place. As the introduction of promotion playoffs and they had paid back the fund on October, they were given chance of promotion. They defeated Kyoto Sanga F.C. by 4–0 at the semi-final and JEF United Ichihara Chiba 1–0 at the final, thus to be promoted to 2013 J.League Division 1, back to the top division first time since 2008 season.[5] This time, however, their top flight stay lasted only one season. In 2015 they were relegated to J3 League after losing promotion playoffs to Machida Zelvia on December 6,[6] thereby 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

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 3 3,886 2nd Round 3rd Round
2000 J2 11 3 4,818 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 6 6,638 2nd Round 3rd Round
2002 J2 12 1 12,349 4th Round
2003 J1 16 14 21,373 Group Stage 3rd Round
2004 J1 16 13 21,889 Group Stage 5th Round
2005 J1 18 11 22,080 Group Stage 5th Round
2006 J1 18 8 20,350 Group Stage 5th Round
2007 J1 18 14 19,759 Group Stage 5th Round
2008 J1 18 4 20,322 Winners 4th Round
2009 J1 18 17 18,428 Group Stage 3rd Round
2010 J2 19 15 10,463 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 12 8,779 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 6 9,721 2nd Round
2013 J1 18 18 11,915 Group Stage Quarterfinals
2014 J2 22 7 8,422 3rd Round
2015 J2 22 21 7,533 3rd Round
2016 J3 16 1 7,771 3rd Round
2017 J2 22 9 8,063 3rd Round
2018 J2 22 2 8,907 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site



Current squad

As of 8 January 2019.[7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Shun Takagi
3 Japan DF Yuto Misao
4 Japan MF Toshio Shimakawa
5 Japan DF Yoshinori Suzuki (captain)
6 Japan DF Naoya Fukumori
7 Japan MF Rei Matsumoto
8 Japan MF Takuya Marutani
9 Japan FW Yusuke Goto
10 Japan FW Noriaki Fujimoto
11 Japan MF Kenji Baba
14 Japan MF Kazuki Kozuka
16 Japan DF Jun Okano (on loan from JEF United Chiba)
18 Japan FW Kohei Isa
19 Japan DF Yuji Hoshi
20 Japan MF Koki Kotegawa
21 Japan GK Ryosuke Kojima
No. Position Player
22 South Korea GK Mun Kyung-gun
23 Japan FW Kaoru Takayama
25 Japan MF Seigo Kobayashi
27 Japan FW Kazushi Mitsuhira
28 Japan MF Daisuke Sakai
29 Japan DF Tomoki Iwata
30 Japan FW Tsubasa Yoshihira
31 Japan GK William Popp (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
32 Japan MF Ryosuke Maeda
38 Japan MF Keita Takahata
39 Japan DF Honoya Shoji (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
40 Japan MF Yushi Hasegawa
41 Japan DF Ryosuke Tone
45 Japan FW Ado Onaiwu (on loan from Urawa Reds)
46 Japan MF Ryotaro Ito (on loan from Urawa Reds)

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Japan MF Kazuki Egashira (to Grulla Morioka)
Japan MF Yuya Himeno (to Thespakusatsu Gunma)
Japan MF Shintaro Kokubu (at Giravanz Kitakyushu)
No. Position Player
Japan MF Takuya Nogami (to Vonds Ichihara)
Japan FW Shota Kawanishi (to FC Gifu)



  1. ^ "クラブ・選手名鑑 大分トリニータ" [Club · Player's Directory Oita Trinita]. jleague.jp (in Japanese). J.League. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "J.League News No.40" (PDF). J.League. November 24, 2012. 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. ^ https://www.oita-trinita.co.jp/news/20190148185/

External links

  • Official Website
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