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)
Founded2003; 18 years ago (2003)
GroundIwagin Stadium
Morioka, Iwate
Capacity4,938
ChairmanJapan Satoshi Miyano
ManagerJapan Yutaka Akita
LeagueJ3 League
202011th of 18
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 20 November 2021.[2]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   JPN Kohei Doi
3 DF   JPN Kodai Fujii
4 DF   JPN Yusuke Muta
5 MF   JPN Keita Ishii
7 MF   BRA Lucas Morelatto
8 MF   JPN Kosei Wakimoto
9 MF   PRK Han Yong-thae
11 FW   BRA Brenner
13 MF   JPN Yuki Shikama
14 MF   JPN Shota Yomesaka
15 MF   JPN Toi Kagami
16 DF   JPN Genki Hirakawa
17 DF   JPN Taisuke Nakamura
18 DF   JPN Tsuyoshi Miyaichi
19 GK   JPN Kenta Matsuyama
20 MF   JPN Megumu Nishida (On loan from Zweigen Kanazawa)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   JPN Tomoyuki Suzuki
22 DF   JPN Shogo Sasaki (On loan from Kashima Antlers)
23 MF   JPN Ren Yamakawa
24 DF   JPN Yuta Sasaki
25 MF   JPN Kazuki Arinaga
26 DF   PHI Paul Bismarck Tabinas
27 MF   NGA Kenneth Otabor
28 MF   JPN Shunji Masuda
30 MF   JPN Takuma Takeda
31 GK   JPN Hiromu Musha
36 DF   JPN Masahito Onoda
41 GK   JPN Taishi Brandon Nozawa (on loan from FC Tokyo)
43 MF   JPN Kenta Kurishima
45 MF   JPN Masashi Wada (on loan from SC Sagamihara)
46 DF   JPN Tatsuya Tabira (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
49 MF   JPN Masaomi Nakano

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Atsuki Shimizu (to Blancdieu Hirosaki FC)

League & cup recordEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
Season Division Tier Teams Pos. GP W D L F A GD Pts Attendance\G
2003 Tohoku League
Div. 2 North
5 6 4th 10 5 3 2 16 12 4 18
2004 6 1st 10 9 1 0 54 9 45 28
2005 Tohoku League
Div. 1
4 7 1st 12 9 2 1 36 10 26 29 1st round
2006 8 2nd 14 11 0 3 32 18 14 30
2007 8 1st 14 13 0 1 65 14 51 39
2008 8 1st 14 12 2 0 63 8 55 38 2nd round
2009 8 1st 14 11 3 0 59 15 44 36 1st round
2010 8 1st 14 12 1 1 57 11 46 37 2nd round
2011 7 2nd 12 8 3 1 35 15 20 27 1st round 2nd round
2012 7 2nd 12 10 0 2 48 5 43 30 1st round
2013 10 1st 18 16 1 1 95 10 85 49 1st round Runner's up
2014 J3 3 12 5th 33 12 9 12 34 25 9 45 1,522 1st round Not eligible
2015 13 11th 36 11 8 17 36 47 −11 35 1,239 1st round
2016 16 13th 30 6 12 12 43 47 −4 30 1,182 3rd round
2017 17 15th 32 7 8 17 32 49 −17 29 1,337 2nd round
2018 17 13th 32 12 4 16 41 56 −15 40 1,216 1st round
2019 18 18th 34 7 5 22 36 63 −27 26 1,368 2nd round
2020 18 11th 34 11 9 14 36 47 -11 42 481 Did not qualify
2021 15 - 28 3rd round
Key

  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

ManagersEdit

Manager Nat. Tenure
Start Finish
Shinobu Yoshida   Japan 2003 2003
Shinichi Muto   Japan 2004 2005
Toru Yoshida   Japan 2006 2010
Naoki Naruo   Japan February 1 2012 January 31 2016
Akihiko Kamikawa   Japan February 1 2016 December 31 2016
Toshimi Kikuchi   Japan February 1 2017 31 January 2020
Yutaka Akita   Japan February 1 2020

Kit EvolutionEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Iwate Grulla Morioka(in Japanese)
  2. ^ "いわてグルージャ盛岡 オフィシャルサイト".

External linksEdit