Iwate Grulla Morioka
いわてグルージャ盛岡
Full nameIwate Grulla Morioka
Nickname(s)Tsuru (The Cranes)
Founded2003; 19 years ago (2003)
GroundIwagin Stadium
Morioka, Iwate
Capacity4,938
ChairmanJapan Satoshi Miyano
ManagerJapan Yutaka Akita
LeagueJ2 League
2021J3 League, 2nd of 15 Increase (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

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.

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.

In 2013 they won the Regional Promotion Series and were promoted directly to the newly formed J3 League, skipping the Japan Football League which became the new fourth tier.

From the 2019 season, the club has adopted the new name as "Iwate Grulla Morioka".[1] In 2021 they earned promotion to the J2 League as J3 runners-up and will make their debut in the second tier in 2022.

League & cup record

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 2nd 28 15 8 5 43 28 15 53 1,394 3rd round
Key

Honours

Current squad

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 Japan JPN Kohei Doi
3 DF Japan JPN Kodai Fujii
4 DF Japan JPN Yusuke Muta
5 MF Japan JPN Keita Ishii
7 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Morelatto
8 MF Japan JPN Kosei Wakimoto
9 MF North Korea PRK Han Yong-thae
11 FW Brazil BRA Brenner
13 MF Japan JPN Yuki Shikama
14 MF Japan JPN Shota Yomesaka
15 MF Japan JPN Toi Kagami
16 DF Japan JPN Genki Hirakawa
17 DF Japan JPN Taisuke Nakamura
18 DF Japan JPN Tsuyoshi Miyaichi
19 GK Japan JPN Kenta Matsuyama
20 MF Japan JPN Megumu Nishida (On loan from Zweigen Kanazawa)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK Japan JPN Tomoyuki Suzuki
22 DF Japan JPN Shogo Sasaki (On loan from Kashima Antlers)
23 MF Japan JPN Ren Yamakawa
24 DF Japan JPN Yuta Sasaki
25 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Arinaga
26 DF Philippines PHI Paul Bismarck Tabinas
27 MF Nigeria NGA Kenneth Otabor
28 MF Japan JPN Shunji Masuda
30 MF Japan JPN Takuma Takeda
31 GK Japan JPN Hiromu Musha
36 DF Japan JPN Masahito Onoda
41 GK Japan JPN Taishi Brandon Nozawa (on loan from FC Tokyo)
43 MF Japan JPN Kenta Kurishima
45 MF Japan JPN Masashi Wada (on loan from SC Sagamihara)
46 DF Japan JPN Tatsuya Tabira (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
49 MF Japan 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. Nation Player
MF Japan JPN Atsuki Shimizu (to Blancdieu Hirosaki FC)

Managers

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 January 31, 2020
Yutaka Akita  Japan February 1, 2020

Kit Evolution

FP 1st
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP other
2021 3rd -

References

  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".