Oita Trinita

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Oita Trinita
大分トリニータ
Logo
Full name Oita Trinita
Nickname(s) Trinita (トリニータ Torinīta?)
Azzurro (Azūro?)
Camenaccio (カメナチオ Kamenachio?)
Founded 1994; 20 years ago (1994)
Ground Ōita Bank Dome ("Big Eye")
Ōita
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Hiroshi Aono
Manager Kazuaki Tasaka
League J. League Division 2
2013 Division 1, 18th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Oita Trinita (大分トリニータ Ōita Torinīta?) is a Japanese football club currently playing in the J. League Division 2 team. The team name Trinita can be considered either a combination of the English word trinity and Ōita, or the Italian word trinità. The dual meaning expresses the will of the citizens, companies, and local governments to support the team.

The team's home town is Ōita city, but the club draws support from Beppu, Saiki and the entire Ōita Prefecture. Its home ground is Oita Bank Dome also called "Big Eye" and practices at the adjacent football and rugby field, River Park Inukai, and Ōita City Public Ground.

History[edit]

Old crest

The youngest team currently playing in J1, the team started as Oita Trinity in 1994 and advanced through the Ōita Prefectural League, Kyushu League and finished as the runner-up at the 1996 National League, resulting in promotion to the JFL. In 1999, they changed their name to Trinita due to a copyright infringement, 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 wins of Emperor's Cup in the 1960s.

In 2009 season, they suffered worst-ever results in their seven-year J1 history, including 14-game straight loss for league matches, which is the current worst record of J. League since Golden goal system is eliminated, at the earlier stage. They even fired cup-winning manager Pericles Chamusca in mid July. On October 25, their relegation to J2 from 2010 season is determined after being held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Kyoto Sanga F.C.. Though, according to J.League's regulation, Oita would face relegation anyway due to the acceptance of official funding (by the regulation, any team receive this funding will not be allowed staying in Division 1, unless paid back in the future).

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.

Record as J. League member[edit]

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
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2014. 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 Yohei Takeda
2 Japan DF Shigeto Masuda (on loan from Albirex Niigata)
3 Japan DF Akihiro Sakata
4 Japan DF Kazumichi Takagi
5 Japan DF Masashi Wakasa
6 Japan MF Kohei Tokita
7 Japan MF Yuji Kimura
8 Japan MF Hironori Nishi
9 Japan FW Yusuke Goto
10 Montenegro FW Dženan Radončić
11 Japan MF Hirotaka Tameda
13 Japan FW Daiki Takamatsu
14 Japan MF Masaya Matsumoto
15 Japan MF Toshiya Sueyoshi (on loan from Sagan Tosu)
16 Japan GK Takuya Muro
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Rei Matsumoto (on loan from Yokohama F.M)
18 Japan FW Kohei Isa
19 Japan MF Daisuke Ito
20 South Korea DF Gang Yoon-goo
21 Japan GK Naoto Kamifukumoto
22 South Korea MF Kim Jeong-Hyun
23 Japan DF Yu Yasukawa
24 Japan FW Yu Kijima
25 Japan FW Teruki Tanaka (on loan from Nagoya Grampus)
26 Colombia MF Jonathan (on loan from Sagan Tosu)
27 Japan DF Katsuya Iwatake
28 Japan MF Daisuke Sakai
29 Japan MF Koya Kazama
33 Japan FW Yohei Hayashi (on loan from FC Tokyo)
35 Brazil DF Daniel

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan GK Keisuke Shimizu (at Avispa Fukuoka)
Japan DF Ken Matsubara (at Albirex Niigata)
Japan FW Rui Komatsu (at V-Varen Nagasaki)

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Nobuhiro Ishizaki  Japan Jan 1, 1999–Dec 31, 2001
Shinji Kobayashi  Japan May 1, 2001–Dec 31, 2003
Han Berger  Netherlands Jan 1, 2004–Dec 31, 2004
Hwangbo Kwan  South Korea Jan 1, 2005–Aug 28, 2005
Arie Schans  Netherlands 2005
Péricles Chamusca  Brazil Sept 9, 2005–July 13, 2009
Ranko Popović  Serbia Aug 1, 2009–Dec 31, 2009
Hwangbo Kwan  South Korea Jan 1, 2010–Dec 31, 2010
Kazuaki Tasaka  Japan Jan 1, 2011–

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