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Yokohama F. Marinos
Full name Yokohama F·Marinos
Nickname(s) Marinos, Tricolore
Founded 1972; 46 years ago (1972)
(as Nissan Motors F.C.)
Ground Nissan Stadium
(International Stadium Yokohama)
Kōhoku-ku, Yokohama
Capacity 72,327
Owner Nissan (80%)
City Football Group (20%)
Chairman Ryōji Kurosawa
Manager Ange Postecoglou
League J1 League
2017 J1 League, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Yokohama F. Marinos (横浜F・マリノス, Yokohama Efu Marinosu) is a Japanese association football team that participates in the J1 League.[1][2][3]

Having won the J-League title three 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 Motors. 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 Motors F.C. 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.

In 1991, it was one of the founding members of the J.League. 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.[4] 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,[5] but through the establishment of a Japan-based subsidiary may seek to eventually own a controlling stake in the club.[6]

Kits and crests

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.[7]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor Notes
1992–1996 Mizuno (J-League) and Adidas (Emperor's Cup)
1997–2007 Adidas
2008–2011 Nike
2012–present Adidas


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 squad

As of 7 September 2018.[8]

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

No. Position Player
2 Serbia DF Dušan Cvetinović
4 Japan DF Yuzo Kurihara
5 Japan MF Takuya Kida
6 Japan MF Takahiro Ogihara
7 Portugal FW Hugo Vieira
8 Japan MF Kosuke Nakamachi
9 Japan MF Yūki Ōtsu
11 Japan MF Keita Endo
13 Brazil DF Thiago Martins (on loan from Palmeiras)
14 Japan MF Jun Amano
15 Japan FW Takefusa Kubo (on loan from FC Tokyo)
16 Japan FW Sho Ito
19 Japan FW Teruhito Nakagawa
20 Cameroon FW Olivier Boumal
21 Japan GK Hiroki Iikura
22 Japan DF Yuji Nakazawa
No. Position Player
24 Japan DF Ryosuke Yamanaka
25 South Korea MF Yun Il-lok
26 Russia MF Ippei Shinozuka
27 Japan DF Ken Matsubara
29 Japan FW Masashi Wada
30 Japan GK Ayaki Suzuki
31 Japan GK Daichi Sugimoto
32 Japan GK Gaku Harada
34 Japan DF Taiga Nishiyama
35 Japan MF Kaina Yoshio
37 Japan MF Kenta Hori
38 Japan MF Kota Yamada
39 Japan FW Shuto Machino
40 Japan MF Naoki Tsubaki
44 Japan DF Shinnosuke Hatanaka

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

Retired number

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

No. Position Player
3 Japan DF Naoki Matsuda

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
17 Japan FW Cayman Togashi (to FC Tokyo)
23 Japan DF Takumi Shimohira (to JEF United Chiba)
28 Japan DF Ryo Takano (to Ventforet Kofu)
No. Position Player
36 Japan DF Jin Ikoma (to Kataller Toyama)
Brazil FW Kayke (to Esporte Clube Bahia)

Current staff

Position Name
Head coach Australia Ange Postecoglou
Personal assistant Australia Peter Cklamovski
Assistant Manager Japan Yuki Kosaka
Assistant Manager Japan Yasushi Okamura
Goalkeeper coach Japan Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Fitness coach Australia Greg King
Sport director Romania Doru Isac

International players


Most appearances

Rank Name Career Appearances Goals
1 Japan Naoki Matsuda 1995–10 507 27
2 Japan Yuji Nakazawa 2002–present 435 29
3 Japan Shunsuke Nakamura 1997–02
415 83
4 Japan Yoshiharu Ueno 1994–07 393 29
5 Japan Daisuke Sakata 2001–10 323 64
6 Japan Norio Omura 1993–01 311 36
7 Japan Akihiro Endo 1994–05 273 18
8 Japan Masami Ihara 1993–99 270 5
9 Japan Satoru Noda 1993–98 245 14
10 Japan Hayuma Tanaka 2000–02
240 14

Most goals

Rank Name Career Goals Appearances Goals/Game
1 Japan Shunsuke Nakamura 1997–02
83 415 0.200
2 Japan Shoji Jo 1997–01 69 129 0.534
3 Japan Daisuke Sakata 2001–10 64 323 0.198
4 Argentina David Bisconti 1993–96 61 149 0.409
5 Argentina Ramón Díaz 1993–95 59 90 0.655
6 Argentina Ramón Medina Bello 1994–95 47 66 0.712
7 Japan Koji Yamase 2005–10 44 199 0.221
8 Japan Hideo Ōshima 2005–08 41 155 0.265
9 Spain Julio Salinas 1997–98 40 57 0.702
10 Japan Tatsuhiko Kubo 2003–06 37 108 0.343

World Cup players

World Cup 1994

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014

World Cup 2018


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 Group Stage Champions CWC Champions
1993 J1 10 4 16,781 Group Stage Quarter-finals CWC Champions
1994 J1 12 6 19,801 Semi-finals Semi-finals
1995 J1 14 1 18,326 Second Round
1996 J1 16 8 14,589 Group Stage Third Round CC Group Stage
1997 J1 17 3 9,211 Group Stage Fourth Round
1998 J1 18 4 19,165 Group Stage Third Round
1999 J1 16 4 20,095 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2000 J1 16 2 16,644 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2001 J1 16 13 20,595 Champions Third Round
2002 J1 16 2 24,108 Group Stage Fourth Round
2003 J1 16 1 24,957 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2004 J1 16 1 24,818 Quarter-finals Fifth Round CL Group Stage
2005 J1 18 9 25,713 Semi-finals Fifth Round CL Group Stage
2006 J1 18 9 23,663 Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2007 J1 18 7 24,039 Semi-finals Fifth Round
2008 J1 18 9 23,682 Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2009 J1 18 10 22,057 Semi-finals Fourth Round
2010 J1 18 8 25,684 Group Stage Fourth Round
2011 J1 18 5 21,038 Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2012 J1 18 4 22,946 Group Stage Semi-finals
2013 J1 18 2 27,496 Semi-finals Champions
2014 J1 18 7 23,088 Quarter-finals Third Round CL Group Stage
2015 J1 18 7 24,221 Group Stage Fourth Round
2016 J1 18 10 24,004 Semi-finals Semi-finals
2017 J1 18 5 24,180 Group Stage Runners-up


Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F. Marinos



Nissan Motors FC




J.League MVP: Shunsuke Nakamura (2000, 2013), Yuji Nakazawa (2004)

J.League Top Scorer: Ramón Díaz (1993)

J.League Rookie of the Year: Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (1995), Daisuke Nasu (2003), Kazuma Watanabe (2009)

J.League Manager of the Year: Takeshi Okada (2003–04)

J.League awards Fair Play: Daisuke Sakata (2007)

J.League Best XI 1993: Shigetatsu Matsunaga, Masami Ihara, Ramón Díaz

J.League Best XI 1994: Masami Ihara

J.League Best XI 1995: Masami Ihara, Masaharu Suzuki

J.League Best XI 1996: Masami Ihara

J.League Best XI 1997: Masami Ihara

J.League Best XI 1999: Shunsuke Nakamura

J.League Best XI 2000: Naoki Matsuda, Shunsuke Nakamura

J.League Best XI 2002: Naoki Matsuda

J.League Best XI 2003: Yuji Nakazawa, Daisuke Oku, Tatsuhiko Kubo, Dutra

J.League Best XI 2004: Yuji Nakazawa, Daisuke Oku, Dutra

J.League Best XI 2005: Yuji Nakazawa

J.League Best XI 2008: Yuji Nakazawa

J.League Best XI 2013: Yuji Nakazawa, Shunsuke Nakamura

MVP J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Tatsuya Enomoto (2001)

New Hero J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Manabu Saito (2013)

MVP Japan Soccer League: Tetsuji Hashiratani (1988–89), Kazushi Kimura (1989–90)

Top Scorer Japan Soccer League: Renato (1989–90), Renato (1990–91)

Leaders assists Japan Soccer League: Kazushi Kimura (1984), Takashi Mizunuma (1986–87)

Best goalkeeper Japan Soccer League: Shigetatsu Matsunaga (1988–89), Shigetatsu Matsunaga (1990–91)

Rookie of the Year Japan Soccer League: Koichi Hashiratani (1983), Masami Ihara (1990–91)

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1983: Takeshi Koshida, Nobutoshi Kaneda, Kazushi Kimura, Koichi Hashiratani

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1984: Takashi Mizunuma, Kazushi Kimura, Koichi Hashiratani

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1985–86: Kazushi Kimura

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1986–87: Takashi Mizunuma

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1987–88: Jose Oscar Bernardi, Toru Sano, Takashi Mizunuma

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1988–89: Shigetatsu Matsunaga, Jose Oscar Bernardi, Toru Sano, Takashi Mizunuma, Kazushi Kimura, Kenta Hasegawa, Koichi Hashiratani

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1989–90: Tetsuji Hashiratani, Shinji Tanaka, Kazushi Kimura, Renato

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1990–91: Shigetatsu Matsunaga, Tetsuji Hashiratani, Renato

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1991–92: Shigetatsu Matsunaga, Tetsuji Hashiratani, Masami Ihara


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 –

In popular culture

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


  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. ^ "Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos". The Japan Times. AFP-JiJI. May 20, 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 2012/13 KITS Yokohama F. Marinos adidas 20th Anniversary Jersey
  8. ^

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Yokohama F. Marinos at J.League (in English)
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