Oita Trinita

Founded In
1994
Location
Ōita (Oita), Japan

Oita Trinita

About Oita Trinita

Oita Trinita was founded in 1994. Although the club is located in Ōita city, it represents the whole Ōita prefectue and the team has strong support in cities like Saiki and Beppu. They curretly hold the distinction of being the youngest side playing in the top tier of the J-League.

Initially operating as Oita Trinity, the club started play in the Ōita Prefectural League and gradually climbed through the divisions, including the Kyushu League and the National League. By 1999, they were utilising their current name and playing in J-League Division 2, competing near the top of the league. After two third place finishes and a sixth place finish, Oita Trinita finished top in the 2002 season and gained promotion to the top flight for the first time.

After arriving in J-League Division 1, the club gradually started to establish itself. The 2008 season brought about the team's best top tier season, as they finished the league campaign in fourth place and lifted the J-League Cup, beating Shimizu S-Pulse in the final. However, at the end of the following year, Oita suffered relegation to Division 2. At one stage during the season, they lost 14 consecutive matches, which is a J-League record. Their return to the top division would not be instant and in their third season in Division 2, they finished in sixth place. As a result, they gained entry to the promotion playoffs, which they eventually won to return to Division 1 ahead of the 2013 season.

Full Japanese international players like Akira Kaji, Kazuya Maekawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake are amongst the most notable footballers to represent the club since its birth.

The team play their home matches at Ōita Bank Dome, formerly known as Ōita Stadium and sometimes referred to as Big Eye. The venue opened in 2001 and hosted several games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 40,000 supporters.