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; 22 years ago (1994)
Ground Ōita Bank Dome ("Big Eye")
Ōita
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Hiroshi Aono
Manager Tomohiro Katanosaka
League J3 League
2015 J2, 21st (Relegated via playoff)
Website Club home page

Oita Trinita (大分トリニータ Ōita Torinīta?) is a Japanese football club currently playing in the J3 League 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 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 Emperor's Cup wins of the 1960s.[1]

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.[2] 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).[3]

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.[4] 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,[5] thereby becoming the first major trophy winner to be relegated to the third tier.

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 Quarterfinals
2014 J2 22 7 8,422 3rd Round
2015 J2 22 21 7,533 3rd Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 January 2016. 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 Tomohito Syugyo
2 Japan DF Takahiro Yamaguchi
5 Japan DF Yoshinori Suzuki
6 Japan DF Naoya Fukumori
7 Japan MF Rei Matsumoto
8 North Korea MF Hwang Song-su
9 Japan FW Yusuke Goto
10 Japan MF Masaya Matsumoto
11 Brazil FW Paulinho
13 Japan FW Daiki Takamatsu
14 Japan MF Takanori Chiaki
15 Japan MF Takumi Kiyomoto
16 Japan MF Satoru Yamagishi (captain)
17 Brazil FW Thiago Quirino
No. Position Player
18 Japan FW Kohei Isa
19 Japan MF Yosei Otsu
21 Japan GK Naoto Kamifukumoto
23 Japan MF Yuki Yamanouchi
24 Japan MF Yuya Himeno
25 Japan DF Koyo Sato
26 Japan MF Kazuki Egashira
27 Japan FW Kazushi Mitsuhira
28 Japan MF Daisuke Sakai
29 Japan MF Tomoki Iwata
30 Japan FW Tsubasa Yoshihira
31 Japan GK Kenshin Yoshimaru
34 Japan MF Kazuki Someya
35 Brazil DF Daniel

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J.League News No.40" (PDF). J.League. November 24, 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (July 9, 2009). "Indecision over Chamusca can only worsen Oita's plight". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "A yellow card for J.League". Japan Times. December 12, 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (November 24, 2012). "Trinita slip past JEF United to earn promotion to first division". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Machida promoted to J2". J. League. December 8, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 

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