Júbilo Iwata

Júbilo Iwata (Japanese: ジュビロ磐田, Hepburn: Jubiro Iwata) is a professional Japanese association football team that currently play in the J2 League. The team name Júbilo means 'joy' in Spanish and Portuguese. The team's hometown is Iwata, Shizuoka prefecture and they play at Yamaha Stadium. For big fixtures such as the Shizuoka Derby with Shimizu S-Pulse and against some of the top teams in J1, Júbilo play at the much larger Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi City, a venue built specifically for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. They practice at Okubo Ground in Iwata and Iwata Sports Park Yumeria.[2]

Júbilo Iwata
ジュビロ磐田
Logo
Full nameJúbilo Iwata
Nickname(s)Júbilo
Founded1972; 49 years ago (1972)
GroundYamaha Stadium,
Iwata, Shizuoka
Capacity15,165[1]
OwnerYamaha Motor Company
ChairmanYoshirou Takahira
ManagerMasakazu Suzuki
LeagueJ2 League
2020J2 League, 6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Between 1997 and 2003 Iwata were one of the most successful teams in the J. League. Over this seven-year spell Jubilo finished outside the top two of J1 just once, winning the league title on three occasions. This period also saw a number of cup final appearances, including winning the Emperor’s Cup, the J. League Cup, and the Asian Champions League once each.

HistoryEdit

Origins and rise to the topEdit

The team started out as the company team for Yamaha Motor Corporation in 1970. After making its way through the Shizuoka and Tōkai football leagues, it played in the Japan Soccer League until it reorganized as the J.League at the end of 1992.

Their first glory happened when they won both the Emperor's Cup and promotion as champions of the JSL Division 2 in 1982. They won their first Japanese league title in the 1987/88 season. Due to problems in the upcoming professionalization, Yamaha decided to relegate themselves and not be one of the J.League founder members.

They finished in 2nd place of the JFL 1st division, a division below the top flight, in 1993 and were promoted to the J1 league for 1994. The team welcomed Marius Johan Ooft as its manager, as well as the Brazilian national team captain Dunga and a number of foreign players to build a winning team.[3] Dunga's football philosophy deeply influenced the club, initially as a player and currently as an advisor.

Glory yearsEdit

In a seven-year period between 1997 and 2003, the club won a number of titles relying on Japanese players instead of foreigners who may leave on a transfer during the middle of the season. Within this period Júbilo won the J.League title three times, finished second three more and won each of the domestic cup competitions once. In 1999 they were also crowned Champions of Asia after winning the final match against Esteghlal F.C. and 121.000 spectators in Azadi Stadium.

In one of the most fruitful periods in J.League history, Júbilo broke several records and created some new ones. Amongst these are the most goals scored in a season (107 in 1998); the fewest goals conceded in a season (26 in 2001); the biggest goal difference (plus 68 goals in 1998); and the largest win (9–1 against Cerezo Osaka in 1998).[4] In 2002, the team won both stages of the championship, a first in J.League history, and the same year the team had a record seven players selected for the J.League Team of the Year. All of these records still stand today.

TodayEdit

 
Yamaha Stadium Júbilo Iwata

Since their last cup triumph in the 2003 Emperor's Cup, the squad which took them to such heights began to age. Without similarly skilled replacements coming through the youth team or from outside, Júbilo's power started to fade, and in 2007 the club ended the season in a record worst position of 9th. Perhaps more concerning to Júbilo supporters is their eclipse in recent seasons by bitter local rivals Shimizu S-Pulse who, in ending the season above Júbilo every year since 2006, have become Shizuoka prefecture's premier performing team. In 2008 they finished 16th out of 18 – their lowest position in the 18-club table – but kept their J1 position by defeating Vegalta Sendai in the promotion/relegation playoff.

In 2013 season, it took them until 8th week to make their first win in the league matches, and never move up higher than 16th since they were ranked down to 17th as of the end of 5th week. Then eventually suffered their first relegation to 2014 J.League Division 2 after they were defeated by Sagan Tosu at their 31st week match. Júbilo were promoted back to J1 in 2015 after finishing runners-up.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Júbilo Iwata (Professional era)

Yamaha (Amateur era)

 

InternationalEdit

RivalriesEdit

Júbilo's closest professional rivals are S-Pulse from Shizuoka.[5] Júbilo also has rivalries with Kashima Antlers and Yokohama Marinos, with whom they traded the Japanese league championship since the late 1980s. During the Japan Soccer League days they had a more local derby with Honda, across the Tenryu in Hamamatsu, but as Honda has long resisted professionalism, competitive matches between them since 1994 are a rarity.

Record as J.League memberEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's
Cup
Asia
1994 J1 12 8th 14,497 Final 1st round
1995 14 6th 17,313 2nd round
1996 16 4th 13,792 Group Stage 3rd round
1997 17 1st 10,448 Final Semi-final
1998 18 2nd 12,867 Winner Quarter-final
1999 16 1st 12,273 Quarter-final Quarter-final CC Winner
2000 16 4th 12,534 Quarter-final Quarter-final CC Final
2001 16 2nd 16,650 Final 4th round CC Final
2002 16 1st 16,564 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2003 16 2nd 17,267 Semi-final Winner
2004 16 5th 17,126 Group Stage Final CL Group Stage
2005 18 6th 17,296 Quarter-final Quarter-final CL Group Stage
2006 18 5th 18,002 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2007 18 9th 16,359 Group Stage 5th round
2008 18 16th 15,465 Group Stage 5th round
2009 18 11th 13,523 Group Stage 4th round
2010 18 11th 12,137 Winner 4th round
2011 18 8th 11,796 Quarter-final 3rd round
2012 18 12th 13,122 Group stage 4th round
2013 18 17th 10,895 Group stage Quarter-final
2014 J2 22 4th 8,774 3rd round
2015 22 2nd 10,041 2nd round
2016 J1 18 13th 14,611 Group Stage 3rd round
2017 18 6th 16,321 Group Stage Quarter-final
2018 18 16th 15,474 Play-off Stage Quarter-final
2019 18 18th 15,277 Play-off Stage 4th round
2020 J2 22 6th 3,214 Did not qualify
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams; Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
  • Source: J.League Data Site

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 21 February 2021[6]

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 Naoki Hatta
2 MF   JPN Yasuyuki Konno
3 DF   JPN Kentaro Oi
4 FW   JPN Yuki Otsu
5 DF   JPN Daiki Ogawa
8 MF   JPN Kotaro Omori
9 FW   JPN Koki Ogawa
10 MF   JPN Hiroki Yamada
11 FW   BRA Lukian
13 MF   JPN Kotaro Fujikawa
14 MF   JPN Masaya Matsumoto
15 MF   JPN Hiroki Ito
17 MF   JPN Yuto Suzuki
19 FW   JPN Naoto Miki
21 GK   JPN Daichi Sugimoto
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   JPN So Nakagawa
23 MF   JPN Kosuke Yamamoto
25 DF   JPN Riku Morioka
27 FW   JPN Mahiro Yoshinaga
28 MF   JPN Naoki Kanuma
29 FW   COL Fabián González
30 MF   JPN Naoya Seita
35 DF   JPN Kaito Suzuki
36 GK   JPN Ryuki Miura
37 GK   MDA Alexei Koșelev
38 DF   JPN Norimichi Yamamoto
41 DF   JPN Chiharu Kato
44 DF   JPN Shun Obu
50 MF   JPN Yasuhito Endo (On loan from Gamba Osaka)

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 Takeaki Harigaya (On loan at Giravanz Kitakyushu)
MF   JPN Rikiya Uehara (On loan at Vegalta Sendai)

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Júbilo Iwata:

Award winnersEdit

The following players have won the awards while at Júbilo Iwata:

Club captainsEdit

Former playersEdit

Players with senior international caps:

JFA.
AFC/ CAF/ OFC.
UEFA.
CONMEBOL.

ManagersEdit

In popular cultureEdit

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, three characters was players of Júbilo Iwata. The midfielders Taro Misaki and Hanji Urabe, and the defender Ryo Ishizaki.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club guide: Júbilo Iwata". J.League. Archived from the original on January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  2. ^ ヤマハ大久保グラウンド [Yamaha Okubo Ground] (in Japanese). Júbilo Iwata. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Brazilian Players: A Long Association with Japanese Soccer". nippon.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. ^ "J.League Date Site". J.League Official Site. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ "DERBY DAY DRAMAS IN THE J.LEAGUE". oneworldsports.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ "トップチーム選手 | 選手&スタッフ". ジュビロ磐田 Jubilo IWATA (in Japanese). Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  7. ^ 磐田黄金時代の社長・荒田氏が死去 [Former Iwata chairman Tadanori Arata dies] (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Ryuichi SUGIYAMA". Japan Soccer Archive. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
Pohang Steelers
 
Champions of Asia
1998–99
Succeeded by
Al Hilal