Oita Trinita

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Oita Trinita
Full name Oita Trinita
Nickname(s) Trinita (トリニータ, Torinīta)
Azzurro (Azūro)
Camenaccio (カメナチオ, Kamenachio)
Founded 1994; 23 years ago (1994)
Ground Ōita Bank Dome ("Big Eye")
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Hiroshi Aono
Manager Tomohiro Katanosaka
League J2 League
2016 1st (promoted from J3)
Website Club home page
Current season

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.[1] 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.


Old crest

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.[2]

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.[3] 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).[4]

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.[5] 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,[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[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
2016 J3 16 1 7,771 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site



Current squad[edit]

As of 15 February 2017.[7] 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
3 Japan DF Kyohei Kuroki
4 Japan DF Akira Takeuchi
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
11 Japan FW Yohei Hayashi
14 Japan DF Shohei Kishida
15 Japan MF Takumi Kiyomoto
16 Japan MF Satoru Yamagishi (captain)
17 Japan MF Shintaro Kobuku
18 Japan FW Kohei Isa
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Yosei Otsu
20 Japan MF Koki Kotegawa
21 Japan GK Naoto Kamifukumoto
24 Japan MF Yuya Himeno
25 Japan DF Koyo Sato
27 Japan FW Kazushi Mitsuhira
28 Japan MF Daisuke Sakai
29 Japan DF Tomoki Iwata
30 Japan FW Tsubasa Yoshihira
31 Japan GK Shun Takagi
32 Japan MF Ryusuke Maeda
33 Japan MF Jun Suzuki
35 Japan DF Tatsuya Sakai
36 Japan MF Takuya Nogami
48 Japan FW Shota Kawanishi



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

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