|Full name||Iwate Grulla Morioka|
|Nickname(s)||Tsuru (The Cranes)|
|Ground|| South Park Football Stadium |
|2020||11th of 18|
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.
"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.
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".
As of 2 March 2021 [update] . Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|2003|| Tohoku League |
Div. 2 North
|2005|| Tohoku League |
|2011||7||2nd||12||8||3||1||35||15||20||27||1st round||2nd 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|
|2020 †||18||11th||34||11||9||14||36||47||-11||42||481||Did not qualify|
|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|
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