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Oita Trinita
?ita Trinita
Full nameOita Trinita
Nickname(s)Trinita (, Torin?ta)
Azzurro (Az?ro)
Camenaccio (, Kamenachio)
Founded1994; 26 years ago (1994)
GroundShowa Denko Dome ?ita ("Big Eye")
ChairmanToru Enoki
ManagerTomohiro Katanosaka
LeagueJ1 League
2019J1 League, 9th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

?ita Trinita (?, ?ita Torin?ta) is a Japanese football club currently playing in J1 League, having been promoted in 2018 after a 5-year absence from Japan's top flight. The club's home town is ?ita city, but the club draws support from Beppu, Saiki, and the entire ?ita Prefecture.

The club's name, Trinita, is the Italian translation of the word trinity (trinità), which was the club's original name before being changed in 1999, and ?ita, the club's home town.[1] The combined word expresses the will of the local citizens, companies, and government to support the team. Others connection to the italian culture can be found in the city nickname Azzurro (light blue in English).

The club's home ground is ?ita 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, and ?ita City Public Ground.


Old crest

The club was formed as ?ita Trinity in 1994 and advanced through the ?ita 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 J.League Division 2, the second-highest flight in Japanese football (renamed to its current name of J2 League in 2015), and placed third. The club also placed third in 2000, and despite being in contention for promotion until the final game of the season in 2001, finished sixth. The following year, the club won J.League Division 2 and finally earned promotion to the top-flight Division 1. In 2008, the club won the J.League Cup, the first major title won by a Ky?sh? club since Yawata Steel SC shared the 1964 Emperor's Cup.[2]

In 2009, the club suffered their worst-ever results in their seven-year history in the top flight, including 14 straight losses in league matches, which is the current worst record in the J.League since the golden goal system was eliminated. The club even fired cup-winning manager Pericles Chamusca in mid-July.[3] On October 25, the club's relegation was confirmed after being held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Kyoto Sanga F.C., although the club would have faced relegation anyway as they had outstanding loans from the JFL's emergency fund and league rules prohibit clubs with such loans from participating in the top flight.[4]

During the 2012 J.League Division 2 season, Oita Trinita finished in sixth place, qualifying for the promotion playoffs in the first year of its introduction in Japan's second flight as the club had also paid back all its emergency loans that October. Despite being the lowest seed, Oita Trinita defeated Kyoto Sanga F.C. 4-0 in the semi-final and JEF United Ichihara Chiba 1-0 in the final, earning promotion to 2013 J.League Division 1, returning to the top flight after a 5-year absence[5] This time, however, their top flight stay lasted only one season. In 2015 they were further relegated to J3 League after losing in the promotion playoffs to Machida Zelvia on December 6,[6] 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
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
2017 J2 22 9 8,063 - 3rd Round
2018 J2 22 2 8,907 - 2nd Round
2019 J1 18 9 15,347 Group Stage Quarterfinals
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site


Coaching staff

The Coaching Staff for the 2020 J1 League season;

Position Staff
First-team Manager Japan Tomohiro Katanosaka
Head Coach Japan Ken Iwase
Coach Japan Yoshitaka Yasuda
Japan Kazuki Fukui
Goalkeeper Coach Japan Keisuke Yoshisaka
Physical Coach Japan Jun Sato


Current squad

As of 13 March 2020.[7]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
23 Japan MF Kaoru Takayama
25 Japan MF Seigo Kobayashi
26 Japan MF Kazuhiro Sato
27 Japan FW Kazushi Mitsuhira
29 Japan DF Tomoki Iwata
30 Japan DF Yusho Takahashi
31 Japan FW Yuya Takazawa
32 Japan MF Ryosuke Maeda
38 Japan MF Keita Takahata
40 Japan MF Yushi Hasegawa
41 Japan DF Ryosuke Tone
42 Japan GK Shoya Katsuki (Type 2 Player)
43 Japan MF Masaki Yumiba (Type 2 Player)
44 Japan GK Shun Yoshida
45 Japan DF Sodai Kudo (Type 2 Player)
46 Japan FW Kento Hirakawa (Type 2 Player)
47 Japan MF Kenta Inoue (designated special player)
49 Japan DF Kento Haneda

Out on loan

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


International Player(s)



  1. ^ " ?" [Club · Player's Directory Oita Trinita]. jleague.jp (in Japanese). J.League. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "J.League News No.40" (PDF). J.League. November 24, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (July 9, 2009). "Indecision over Chamusca can only worsen Oita's plight". Japan Times. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "A yellow card for J.League". Japan Times. December 12, 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (November 24, 2012). "Trinita slip past JEF United to earn promotion to first division". Japan Times. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Machida promoted to J2". J. League. December 8, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ https://www.oita-trinita.co.jp/news/20190148185/

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