Yokohama F. Marinos

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Yokohama F. Marinos
Full nameYokohama F·Marinos
Nickname(s)Marinos, Tricolor
Founded1972; 49 years ago (1972)
1992; 29 years ago (1992) J-League
GroundNissan Stadium
OwnerNissan (80%)
City Football Group (20%)
ChairmanRyōji Kurosawa
ManagerAnge Postecoglou
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 9th of 18
WebsiteClub website

Yokohama F. Marinos (横浜F・マリノス, Yokohama Efu Marinosu) is a Japanese professional football club based in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club competes in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.[1][2][3]

Having won the J-League title four times and finishing second twice, they are one of the most successful J-League clubs. The team is based in Yokohama and was founded as the company team of Nissan Motor. 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 is the longest serving team in the top flight of Japanese football, having played at the top level since 1982, also making them, along with Kashima Antlers, one of only two 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 Motor Football Club 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.

Graphical timeline of Yokohama football clubs

In 1991, it was one of the founding members of the J.League ("Original Ten"[a]). 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 comeback 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 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.[4] 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 F.C., Melbourne City FC and the New York City FC. City Football Group holds 19.95 percent of Yokohama F. Marinos' existing shares,[5] but through the establishment of a Japan-based subsidiary may seek to eventually own a controlling stake in the club.[6]

Kits and crests[edit]

Yokohama F. Marinos utilizes a three colour system composed of blue, white and red.

In 2012, Yokohama F. Marinos have unveiled a special edition 20th Anniversary jersey

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor Notes
1992–1996 Mizuno (J-League) and Adidas (Emperor's Cup)
1997–2007 Adidas ANA
2008–2011 Nike


Year Slogan
2009 Enjoy・Growing・Victory
2011 ACTIVE 2011
2012 All for Win
2013 All for Win -Realize
2014 All For Win -Fight it out!
2015 Integral Goal - All for Win
2016 Integral Goal - All for Win
2017 Integral Goal - All for Win
2018 Brave and Challenging
2020 Brave and Challenging BRAVE BLUE
2021 Brave and Challenging


Mitsuzawa Stadium, one of the two home stadiums of the Yokohama F. Marinos
International Stadium Yokohama, one of the two home stadiums of the Yokohama F. Marinos

The team's home stadiums are Nissan Stadium, otherwise known as International Stadium Yokohama, and Mitsuzawa Stadium. The team trained at Marinos Town located in the area of Minato Mirai, but moved to Kozukue Field located next to the home ground in 2016.


Current squad[edit]

As of 23 January 2021.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Japan JPN Yohei Takaoka
4 DF Japan JPN Shinnosuke Hatanaka
5 DF Thailand THA Theerathon Bunmathan
6 MF Japan JPN Takahiro Ogihara
7 FW Brazil BRA Élber
8 MF Japan JPN Takuya Kida (captain)
9 FW Brazil BRA Léo Ceará
10 FW Brazil BRA Marcos Júnior
13 DF Brazil BRA Thiago Martins
14 MF Japan JPN Jun Amano
15 DF Japan JPN Makito Ito
16 DF Japan JPN Ryo Takano
18 MF Japan JPN Kota Mizunuma
19 DF Japan JPN Yuki Saneto
21 GK Japan JPN Yuji Kajikawa
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW Japan JPN Teruhito Nakagawa
24 DF Japan JPN Tomoki Iwata
25 DF Japan JPN Ryuta Koike
26 MF Japan JPN Kota Watanabe
27 DF Japan JPN Ken Matsubara
30 DF Japan JPN Shunsuke Hirai
31 GK Japan JPN Powell Obinna Obi
32 GK Japan JPN Tomoki Tagawa
33 DF Japan JPN Takuya Wada
34 GK Japan JPN Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
35 MF Japan JPN Ryonosuke Kabayama
37 MF Japan JPN Tokuto Minami
38 MF Japan JPN Daizen Maeda
45 FW Japan JPN Ado Onaiwu

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

Out on loan[edit]

Retired number[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF Japan JPN Naoki Matsuda

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Australia Ange Postecoglou
Head Coach Australia John Hutchison
Coach Japan Hideo Oshima
Coach Australia Shaun Ontong
Physical Coach Australia Damian Kovacevic
GK Coach Japan Shigetatsu Matsunaga
GK Coach Japan Tetsuya Enomoto

International players[edit]


Club captains[edit]


players who played for the national team[edit]


Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 Group Stage Champions CWC Champions
1993 J1 10 4th 16,781 Group Stage Quarter-finals CWC Withdrew
1994 12 6th 19,801 Semi-finals Semi-finals
1995 14 1st 18,326 Second Round
1996 16 8th 14,589 Group Stage Third Round CC Group Stage
1997 17 3rd 9,211 Group Stage Fourth Round
1998 18 4th 19,165 Group Stage Third Round
1999 16 4th 20,095 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2000 16 2nd 16,644 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2001 16 13th 20,595 Champions Third Round
2002 16 2nd 24,108 Group Stage Fourth Round
2003 16 1st 24,957 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2004 16 1st 24,818 Quarter-finals Fifth Round CL Group Stage
2005 18 9th 25,713 Semi-finals Fifth Round CL Group Stage
2006 18 9th 23,663 Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2007 18 7th 24,039 Semi-finals Fifth Round
2008 18 9th 23,682 Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2009 18 10th 22,057 Semi-finals Fourth Round
2010 18 8th 25,684 Group Stage Fourth Round
2011 18 5th 21,038 Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2012 18 4th 22,946 Group Stage Semi-finals
2013 18 2nd 27,496 Semi-finals Champions
2014 18 7th 23,088 Quarter-finals Third Round CL Group Stage
2015 18 7th 24,221 Group Stage Fourth Round
2016 18 10th 24,004 Semi-finals Semi-finals
2017 18 5th 24,180 Group Stage Runners-up
2018 18 12th 21,788 Runners-up 4th Round
2019 18 1st 27,010 Group Stage 4th Round
2020 18 9th 7,968 Semi-finals DNQ CL Round of 16


Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F. Marinos[edit]



Nissan Motor Football Club[edit]




Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F. Marinos[edit]

J.League MVP:

J.League Top Scorer :

J.League Rookie of the Year:

J.League Manager of the Year:

J.League awards Fair Play:

J.League Mensal MVP :

J.League Best XI:

Best XI AFC Champions League:

MVP J.League Cup:

New hero J.League Cup:


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
Erick Mombaerts  France Dec 16, 2014 – Jan 1, 2018
Ange Postecoglou  Australia Jan 1, 2018 –

In popular culture[edit]

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, one character was player of Yokohama Marinos and is the midfielder Mamoru Izawa.



'National Derby'

  • During the late 80's and early 90's, the matches between the two most winning teams of the time, Yokohama Marinos and Verdy Kawasaki, were earlier as a National Derby, but in the following years this classic gradually lost and ceasing to be the center of consideration, especially after Verdy moved to Toques and ceased to be Yomiuri's property in 1997.

'Kanagawa Derby'

Previously, Verdy Kawasaki and the extinct Yokohama Flügels were part of that.

'Yokohama Derby'

  • The classic among the most representative teams in the city of Yokohama, Yokohama F. Marinos, Yokohama FC and YSCC Yokohama. Between 1993 and 1998, the Yokohama derby corresponded only to the departure between the late Yokohama Flügels and Yokohama F. Marinos.

Base categories[edit]

The base category of Yokohama F. Marinos started in 1986, before the opening of the J-League, and it is divided into 3 categories U-12, U-15 and U-18 and these are some of the best players formed at the base of Marinos, Shunsuke Nakamura, Manabu Saito, Jungo Fujimoto, Mike Havenaar, Hiroki Iikura, Takashi Amano , Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Tetsuya Enomoto, Yuzo Kurihara, Hayuma Tanaka, Yuki Kaneko, Daisuke Sakata, Naohiro Ishikawa, Rikizo Matsuhashi, Eitaro Matsuda, Kota Yamada , Keita Endo, Ryo Takano, Takuya Kida, Andrew Kumagai, Yuji Ono, Jun Amano, Sho Matsumoto, Jin Hanato, Kota Mizunuma, Takashi Kanai, Masakazu Tashiro, Yota Akimoto etc ... [7].

  • All Japan Club Youth Soccer Tournament
  • JFA Prince League Kanto
  • Prince Takamado Trophy
  • J-Youth Cup
  • JFA Championship
  • Danone Nations Cup

External links[edit]



  1. ^ "Sanfrecce players shoulder blame for Moriyasu's surprise resignation". The Japan Times. 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Sanfrecce salvage point against in-form Marinos". The Japan Times. 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Amano's timely strike leads Marinos past FC Tokyo". The Japan Times. 18 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos". The Japan Times. AFP-JiJI. May 20, 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ "英マンチェスターC、横浜マリノスに19.95%出資". Nikkei. May 20, 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  6. ^ 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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