|Full name||Oita Trinita|
|Nickname(s)||Trinita (トリニータ Torinīta?)
Camenaccio (カメナチオ Kamenachio?)
|Ground||Ōita Bank Dome ("Big Eye")
|2016||1st (promoted from J3)|
|Website||Club home page|
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. 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.
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.
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. 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, 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|
|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|
|2009||J1||18||17||18,428||Group Stage||3rd Round|
- Tms. = Number of teams
- Pos. = Position in league
- Attendance/G = Average league attendance
- Source: J.League Data Site
- J2 League
- J3 League
- Champions: 2016
- J.League Cup
- Winners: 2008
- Suruga Bank Championship
- Runners-up : 2009
- Moon Jung-sik 1994–1996
- Park Kyung-wha 1997
- Yasunori Haga 1997
- Chico Formiga 1998
- Nobuhiro Ishizaki 1999–2001
- Shinji Kobayashi 2001–2003
- Han Berger 2004
- Hwangbo Kwan 2005, 2010
- Arie Schans 2003
- Péricles Chamusca 2005–2009
- Ranko Popović 2009
- Kazuaki Tasaka 2011–2015
- Nobuaki Yanagida 2015
- Tomohiro Katanosaka 2016–
- "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.
- "J.League News No.40" (PDF). J.League. November 24, 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- Andrew Mckirdy (July 9, 2009). "Indecision over Chamusca can only worsen Oita's plight". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "A yellow card for J.League". Japan Times. December 12, 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- Andrew Mckirdy (November 24, 2012). "Trinita slip past JEF United to earn promotion to first division". Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Machida promoted to J2". J. League. December 8, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
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