Full Name: Yokohama F. Marinos
Nicknames: Marinos, F. Marinos, Tricolore
Founded: 1972 (as Nissan Motors F.C.)
Home Ground: International Stadium Yokohama (Nissan Stadium) and Mitsuzawa Stadium
Manager/Coach: Kazushi Kimura (Japan)
League Champions: 1988-89, 1989-90, 1995, 2003, 2004
League Runners-Up: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2002
League Cup Winners: 2001
Emperor’s Cup: 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992
Asian Cup Winner’s Cup: 1991-92, 1992-93
- Japanese great Shunsuke Nakamura returned to Yokohama at the start of 2010
Founded in 1972 as Nissan Motors F.C., the team entered the (now defunct) Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1976 and were first promoted to the Division 1 in 1978. After an initial struggle with staying in the top division (they survived the first year through relegation/promotion playoffs and were automatically relegated in 1980 to return again the following season), they finished the final five years of the Japan Soccer League (1988-1992) with several titles, including two back-to-back domestic trebles.
As part of the inaugural J. League members, they won the 1995 Championship Play-Off and are one of the five original J. League members yet to be relegated from J. League Division 1.
The team began in the J. League as ‘Yokohama Marinos’, ‘Marinos’ being Spanish for ‘sailor’ and recognising Yokohama as a international port city. In 1998, the relatively successful cross-town rivals and fellow J. League members, Yokohama Flügels, dissolved after losing their main sponsors and Marinos announced a merger between the two clubs and absorbing Flügels’ assets, including their players. Since the merger, the club added the initial ‘F’ to their name and became Yokohama F. Marinos, to celebrate part of their history.