Iwate Grulla Morioka

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Iwate Grulla Morioka
いわてグルージャ盛岡
Iwate Grulla Morioka 2019.png
Full nameIwate Grulla Morioka
Nickname(s)Tsuru (The Cranes)
Founded2003;18 years ago (2003)
Ground South Park Football Stadium
Morioka, Iwate
Capacity4,938
Chairman Flag of Japan.svg Satoshi Miyano
Manager Flag of Japan.svg Yutaka Akita
League J3 League
2020 11th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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Name origin

"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.

History

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 squad

As of 2 March 2021. [2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kohei Doi
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kodai Fujii
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Muta
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keita Ishii
7 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Lucas Morelatto
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosei Wakimoto
9 MF Flag of North Korea.svg  PRK Han Yong-thae
11 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Brenner
13 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Shikama
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Yomesaka
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toi Kagami
16 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Genki Hirakawa
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taisuke Nakamura
18 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsuyoshi Miyaichi
19 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenta Matsuyama
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Megumu Nishida (On loan from Zweigen Kanazawa)
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoyuki Suzuki
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shogo Sasaki (On loan from Kashima Antlers)
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ren Yamakawa
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Sasaki
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Arinaga
26 DF Flag of the Philippines.svg  PHI Paul Bismarck Tabinas
27 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Otabor Kenneth
28 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunji Masuda
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuma Takeda
36 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masahito Onoda
43 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenta Kurishima
46 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuya Tabira (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
49 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masaomi Nakano

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Atsuki Shimizu (to Blancdieu Hirosaki FC)

League and cup record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
YearDivisionTierTeamsPos.GPWDLFAGDPtsAttendance\G
2003 Tohoku League
Div. 2 North
564th105321612418
200461st109105494528
2005 Tohoku League
Div. 1
471st12921361026291st round
200682nd14110332181430
200781st14130165145139
200881st14122063855382nd round
200981st141130591544361st round
201081st141211571146372nd round
201172nd12831351520271st round2nd round
201272nd12100248543301st round
2013101st181611951085491st roundRunner's up
2014 J3 3125th331291234259451,5221st roundNot eligible
2015 1311th36118173647−11351,2391st round
2016 1613th30612124347−4301,1823rd round
2017 1715th3278173249−17291,3372nd round
2018 1713th32124164156−15401,2161st round
2019 1818th3475223663−27261,3682nd round
2020 1811th34119143647-1142481Did not qualify
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

Managers

ManagerNat.Tenure
StartFinish
Shinobu Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 20032003
Shinichi Muto Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 20042005
Toru Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 20062010
Naoki Naruo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1 2012January 31 2016
Akihiko Kamikawa Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1 2016December 31 2016
Toshimi Kikuchi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1 201731 January 2020
Yutaka Akita Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1 2020

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