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 J1 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
Jubilo Iwata logo.svg
Full nameJúbilo Iwata
Founded1972; 50 years ago (1972)
GroundYamaha Stadium,
Iwata, Shizuoka
OwnerYamaha Motor Company
ChairmanYoshirou Takahira
ManagerHiroki Shibuya
LeagueJ1 League
2021J2 League, 1st of 22 (promoted)
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.


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.


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. After a 18th place finish in 2019, Iwata were relegated to J2 for 2020. The following year, Júbilo won J2 and were promoted for the 2022 J1 League season.


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. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's
1994 J1 12 8th 14,497 Final 1st round
1995 14 6th 17,313 Not held 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 Not eligible 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 Not eligible Did not qualify
2021 22 1st 5,968 Quarter final
2022 J1 18 TBA Group stage Round of 16
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
  • Source: J.League Data Site



Júbilo Iwata (professional era)

Yamaha (amateur era)


Current squadEdit

As of 4 August 2022[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 DF   JPN Norimichi Yamamoto
3 DF   JPN Kentaro Oi
4 DF   JPN Ko Matsubara
5 DF   JPN Daiki Ogawa
6 DF   JPN Makito Ito
7 MF   JPN Rikiya Uehara
8 MF   JPN Kotaro Omori
9 FW   JPN Kenyu Sugimoto (on loan from Urawa Red Diamonds)
10 MF   JPN Hiroki Yamada
11 MF   JPN Yuki Otsu
14 MF   JPN Masaya Matsumoto
17 MF   JPN Yuto Suzuki
18 FW   JPN Ryo Germain
21 GK   JPN Ryuki Miura
23 MF   JPN Kosuke Yamamoto
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 GK   JPN Yuji Kajikawa
25 DF   JPN Riku Morioka
27 MF   JPN Mahiro Yoshinaga
28 MF   JPN Naoki Kanuma
29 FW   COL Fabián González
31 MF   JPN Yosuke Furukawa
32 FW   JPN Atsushi Kurokawa
33 MF   BRA Dudu
36 DF   BRA Ricardo Graça
37 GK   MDA Alexei Koșelev
38 MF   JPN Kensuke Fujiwara
39 DF   JPN Ryo Takano
40 MF   JPN Shota Kaneko
44 MF   JPN Hiroto Uemura DSP
50 MF   JPN Yasuhito Endō

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
26 DF   JPN Yutaro Hakamata (On loan at Omiya Ardija)
30 MF   JPN Naoya Seita (On loan at Fukushima United)
DF   JPN Kaito Suzuki (On loan at Tochigi SC)
DF   JPN So Nakagawa (On loan at Ryukyu)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Takeaki Harigaya (On loan at Giravanz Kitakyushu)
MF   JPN Kotaro Fujikawa (On loan at Giravanz Kitakyushu)
FW   JPN Naoto Miki (On loan at Fujieda MYFC)

Reserve squad (U-18s)Edit

As of 7 September 2022 [7]

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 Yuto Moriwaki
2 DF   KOR Lee Kyung-soo
3 DF   JPN Natsuki Tsukada
4 DF   JPN Rion Hirano
5 DF   JPN Kohei Oka
6 DF   JPN Haruto Mifune
7 DF   JPN Kazuki Matsuda
8 MF   JPN Akiya Kamatani
9 FW   JPN Takeshi Ito
10 MF   JPN Shotaro Kikuchi
11 MF   JPN Hikaru Harada
12 MF   JPN Yusei Takeda
13 MF   JPN Roi Barua
14 MF   JPN Raimu Noguchi
15 MF   JPN Shunta Nakamura
16 GK   JPN Kanta Saito
17 FW   JPN Keisuke Goto
18 MF   JPN Shinnosuke Hosoishi
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF   JPN Taito Suzuki
20 FW   JPN Kyota Funahashi
21 GK   JPN Shinichi Moriwaki
22 FW   JPN Suguru Takemura
23 DF   JPN Taiki Numata
24 MF   JPN Eriya Shiraishi
25 DF   JPN Ryosuke Ito
26 DF   JPN Sota Matsushita
27 DF   JPN Keita Atsumi
28 MF   JPN Akihiko Terada
29 MF   JPN Shogo Goto
30 MF   JPN Tokumo Kawai
31 GK   JPN Keizen Iida
32 MF   JPN Rikinosuke Mori
33 MF   JPN Yuki Kawai
34 FW   JPN Kosei Okada
35 FW   JPN Shota Yamamoto

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:


Club officialsEdit

Position Name
Manager   Hiroki Shibuya
Assistant manager   Masashi Nakayama
First-Team coach   Yasumasa Nishino
Goalkeeping coach   Noriyuki Yamagishi
Physical coach   Juan Núñez
  Kentaro Nakama
Analytical technical staff   Daiki Tajiri
Chief Athletic Trainer and PT   Takahiro Abe
PT   Toyohiro Oshiro
Athletic trainer   Yusuke Otsuga
  Kazumasa Terui
Interpreter   Hiroaki Akasaka
Interpreter & Physical coach   Kenta Hamanabe
Chief manager   Yuichi Kiya
Manager   Hideki Masaki
  Satoru Tanigawa


Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Ryuichi Sugiyama   1974 30 June 1987
Kikuo Konagaya   1 July 1987 31 December 1991
Kazuaki Nagasawa   1 January 1992 31 January 1994
Hans Ooft   1 February 1994 31 January 1997
Luiz Felipe Scolari   1 February 1997 29 May 1997
Takashi Kuwahara   29 May 1997 31 January 1998
Valmir   1 February 1998 31 December 1998
Takashi Kuwahara   1 February 1999 31 January 2000
Gjoko Hadžievski   1 February 2000 31 August 2000
Masakazu Suzuki   1 September 2000 31 January 2003
Masaaki Yanagishita   1 February 2003 31 January 2004
Takashi Kuwahara   1 February 2004 31 August 2004
Masakazu Suzuki   1 September 2004 9 November 2004
Masakuni Yamamoto   9 November 2004 19 June 2006
Adílson Batista   23 June 2006 1 September 2007
Atsushi Uchiyama   1 September 2007 31 August 2008
Hans Ooft   2 September 2008 31 January 2009
Masaaki Yanagishita   1 February 2009 31 January 2011
Hitoshi Morishita   1 February 2012 4 May 2013
Tetsu Nagasawa   5 May 2013 26 May 2013
Takashi Sekizuka   27 May 2013 31 January 2014
Péricles Chamusca   1 February 2014 24 September 2014
Hiroshi Nanami   25 September 2014 30 June 2019
Hideto Suzuki   1 July 2019 15 August 2019
Minoru Kobayashi   15 August 2019 19 August 2019
Fernando Jubero   20 August 2019 1 October 2020
Masakazu Suzuki   2 October2020 31 January 2021
Akira Ito   1 February 2022 14 August 2022
Hiroki Shibuya   17 August 2022 Current

Kit evolutionEdit

FP 1st
1994 - 1996
1998 - 1999
2000 - 2001
2010 - 2011
2022 -
FP 2nd
1994 - 1996
1998 - 1999
2000 - 2001
2010 - 2011
2022 -
FP Other
Friendly match
20 Anniversary
Midsummer decisive battle
Midsummer challenge
Summer Night

In popular cultureEdit

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


  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 17 February 2022.
  7. ^ "2022年度U-18 選手プロフィール". Retrieved 7 September 2022.

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Preceded by Champions of Asia
Succeeded by