Yokohama F. Marinos

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Yokohama F. Marinos
Full name Yokohama F·Marinos
Nickname(s) Marinos, Tricolore
Founded 1972; 43 years ago (1972), as Nissan Motors F.C.
Ground Nissan Stadium
(International Stadium Yokohama)
Kohoku-ku, Yokohama
Ground Capacity 72,327
Owner Nissan Motor Company (majority)
City Football Group (minority)
Chairman Japan Akira Kaetsu
Manager France Erick Mombaerts
League J. League Division 1
2014 7th
Website Club home page
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 J. League Division 1. Having won the J-League title three times and finished second twice, they are one of the most successful J-League clubs. The team are based in Yokohama and were 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 are the longest serving team in the top flight of Japanese football having played at the top level since 1982, also making them one of only four 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 come-back 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 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.[1] 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 FC, Melbourne City FC and the New York City FC. City Football Group is estimated to hold 20 percent of Yokohama F. Marinos' existing shares, but through the establishment of a Japan based subsidiary may seek to eventually own a controlling stake in the club.[2]


The team's home stadiums are Nissan Stadium, otherwise known as International Stadium Yokohama, and Mitsuzawa Stadium. However, the squad trains in the newly constructed Marinos Town in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama.


Current squad[edit]

As of 18 January 2015 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 Tetsuya Enomoto
2 Japan DF Takashi Amano
4 Japan DF Yuzo Kurihara
5 Brazil DF Fábio Aguiar
6 Japan MF Yuta Mikado
7 Japan MF Shingō Hyōdō
8 Japan MF Kosuke Nakamachi
9 Japan FW Takuro Yajima
10 Japan MF Shunsuke Nakamura (captain)
11 Japan FW Manabu Saito
13 Japan DF Yuzo Kobayashi
14 Japan MF Andrew Kumagai
15 Japan DF Yusuke Higa
16 Japan FW Sho Ito
17 Japan MF Jin Hanato
18 Brazil FW Rafinha
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Teruhito Nakagawa
20 Japan MF Yūhei Satō
21 Japan GK Hiroki Iikura
22 Japan DF Yuji Nakazawa
23 Japan DF Takumi Shimohira
24 Japan DF Yuta Narawa
25 Japan MF Jungo Fujimoto
26 Japan MF Kensei Nakashima
27 Japan DF Seitaro Tomisawa
28 Japan MF Takuya Kida
29 Japan MF Jun Amano
30 Japan GK Junto Taguchi
31 Japan GK Ryota Suzuki
33 Japan DF Fumitaka Kitatani
39 Brazil FW Ademilson
40 Japan FW Masashi Wada

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

Retired Number[edit]

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[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 MF Sho Matsumoto (to Renofa Yamaguchi FC)

2013 Season Transfers[edit]

International players[edit]


Most appearances[edit]

Rank Name Career Appearances Goals
1 Japan Naoki Matsuda 1995–10 507 27
2 Japan Yuji Nakazawa 2002–present 435 29
3 Japan Yoshiharu Ueno 1994–07 393 29
4 Japan Daisuke Sakata 2001–10 323 64
5 Japan Norio Omura 1993–01 311 36
6 Japan Shunsuke Nakamura 1997–2002
300 58
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[edit]

Rank Name Career Goals Appearances Goals/Game
1 Japan Shoji Jo 1997–01 69 129 0.534
2 Japan Daisuke Sakata 2001–10 64 323 0.198
3 Argentina David Bisconti 1993–96 61 149 0.409
4 Argentina Ramón Díaz 1993–95 59 90 0.655
5 Japan Shunsuke Nakamura 1997–02
58 300 0.193
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[edit]

World Cup 1994

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014

Record as J. League member[edit]

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


Nissan Motors FC[edit]



Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F.Marinos[edit]




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

J. League Top Scorer: Argentina 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, Argentina 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, Brazil Dutra

J. League Best XI 2004: Yuji Nakazawa, Daisuke Oku, Brazil 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: Brazil Renato (1989–90), Brazil 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: Brazil Jose Oscar Bernardi, Toru Sano, Takashi Mizunuma

Best XI Japan Soccer League 1988–89: Shigetatsu Matsunaga, Brazil 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, Brazil Renato

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


  1. ^ "Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos". The Japan Times. AFP-JiJI. May 20, 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 

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