Iwate Grulla Morioka

Iwate Grulla Morioka (いわてグルージャ盛岡, Iwate Gurūja Morioka) is a Japanese association football club based in Morioka, Iwate. It played in the inaugural season of J3 League in 2014 after winning the Tohoku Soccer League, one of the Japanese Regional Leagues, in 2013.

Iwate Grulla Morioka
いわてグルージャ盛岡
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Full nameIwate Grulla Morioka
Nickname(s)Tsuru (The Cranes)
Founded2004
GroundSouth Park Football Stadium
Morioka, Iwate
Capacity5,000
ChairmanJapan Satoshi Miyano
ManagerJapan Yutaka Akita
LeagueJ3 League
201918th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Name originEdit

"Grulla" is the Spanish word of "crane", which was used in the mon of Nanbu clan of former Morioka han and later became the local symbol of Morioka.

HistoryEdit

Initially known as Villanova Morioka (ヴィラノーバ盛岡, Viranōba Morioka), the team was organized by alumni of Morioka Commercial High School and Morioka Chuo High School in 2000.

In 2003, a nonprofit organization Association of Setting Up a J. League Team in Morioka (Jリーグチームを盛岡に作る会, J Rīgu chīmu wo Morioka ni tsukuru kai) was founded, and the team was reorganized and changed their name to Grulla Morioka (グルージャ盛岡) in February 2004 with the intention of achieving elevation to the J. League by 2008.

Under the new organization, former JEF United and Oita Trinita player Shinichi Muto was invited to coach and captain the team with the company of players from the defunct Villanova Morioka and from J2 league. They played their first match on May 9, 2004, and it could be seen as an introduction to the local press beforehand. They won the second division Tohoku Soccer League in 2004 and moved to the first division in 2005. In the same year, they won their first league championship, which was shared with TDK S.C. Toru Yoshida has been coaching the team since 2006.

From the 2019 season, the club has adopted the new name as "Iwate Grulla Morioka".[1]

Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2020.[2]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Kohei Doi
2   DF Shogo Shimohata
3   DF Kodai Fujii
4   DF Yusuke Muta
5   MF Keita Ishii
6   MF Lucas Morelatto  
7   MF Wanderson
8   MF Kosei Wakimoto
9   FW Kazuhito Kishida
10   FW Morais  
11   FW Brenner
13   MF Yuta Sasaki
14   MF Shota Yomesaka
15   DF Huang Xinpeng
16   DF Genki Hirakawa
17   DF Taisuke Nakamura
No. Position Player
18   DF Tsuyoshi Miyaichi
19   MF Naoya Yoshida
20   MF Masashi Ohtani
21   GK Kotaro Iba
22   DF Shuhei Fukai
24   DF Kairi Harayama
25   MF Kazuki Arinaga
26   MF Atsuki Shimizu
27   GK Tomoyuki Suzuki
28   FW Yuki Ogaki
32   FW Yuki Shikama
35   DF Shun Morishita
37   FW Gao Tianyu
39   MF Hiroki Kotani
41   MF Kyosuke Goto

RecordEdit

Year Division Pld Pts W D L GF GA GD Ranking Manager
2003 Tohoku League
Div. 2 North
10 18 5 3 2 16 12 +4 4th Shinobu Yoshida
2004 10 28 9 1 0 54 9 +45 1st Shinichi Muto
2005 Tohoku League
Div. 1
12 29 9 2 1 36 10 +26 1st
2006 14 30 11 0 3 32 18 +14 2nd Toru Yoshida
2007 14 39 13 0 1 65 14 +51 1st
2008 14 38 12 2 0 63 8 +55 1st
2009 14 36 11 3 0 59 15 +44 1st
2010 14 37 12 1 1 57 11 +46 1st
2011 12 27 8 3 1 35 15 +20 2nd Naoki Naruo
2012 12 30 10 0 2 48 5 +43 2nd
2013 18 49 16 1 1 95 10 +85 1st
2014 J3 33 45 12 9 12 34 25 +9 5th
2015 36 35 11 8 17 36 47 −11 11th
2016 30 30 6 12 12 43 47 −4 13th Akihiko Kamikawa
2017 32 29 7 8 17 32 49 −17 15th Toshimi Kikuchi
2018 32 40 12 4 16 41 56 −15 13th

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