Grulla Morioka

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Grulla Morioka
グルージャ盛岡
Grulla Morioka logo.png
Full name Grulla Morioka
Nickname(s) Tsuru (The Cranes)
Founded 2004
Ground South Park Football Stadium
Morioka, Iwate
Capacity 5,000
Chairman Japan Yasuo Usui
Manager Japan Toshimi Kikuchi
League J3 League
2017 15th
Website Club website
Current season

Grulla Morioka (グルージャ盛岡, 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[edit]

"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[edit]

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 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.

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 February 2018.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Kohei Doi
2 Japan DF Kaito Kubo
3 Japan DF Tomoya Fukuda
4 Japan DF Tokio Hatamoto
5 Japan DF Katsuhisa Inamori
6 Japan MF Ryoichi Kawazu
7 Japan MF Yoshihiro Masuko
8 Japan MF Gaku Sugamoto
9 Japan FW Kohei Takayanagi
10 Japan MF Kenichi Tanimura
11 Japan FW Kohei Imazeki
13 Japan MF Kazuma Umenai
14 Japan MF Shota Yomesaka
No. Position Player
15 Japan MF Kenta Anraku
16 Japan DF Shun Tanaka
17 Japan DF Sho Tanaka
18 Japan FW Tsuyoshi Miyaichi
19 Japan MF Tomoyuki Shiraishi
20 Japan MF Kazuki Egashira
21 Japan GK Hiromi Nakashima
22 Japan GK Sunao Kasahara
23 Japan DF Kengo Ota
24 Japan DF Tatsuya Suzuki  
25 Japan FW Kaito Taniguchi  
26 Japan MF Riku Yamada  
29 Japan FW Takumu Fujinuma
TBA China DF Lü Xuean

Record[edit]

Year Division Pld Pts W D L GF GA GD Ranking Manager
2003 Tohoku League
Div. 2 North
10 18 5 3 2 16 12 +4 4th Shinobu Yoshida
2004 10 28 9 1 0 54 9 +45 1st Shinichi Muto
2005 Tohoku League
Div. 1
12 29 9 2 1 36 10 +26 1st
2006 14 30 11 0 3 32 18 +14 2nd Toru Yoshida
2007 14 39 13 0 1 65 14 +51 1st
2008 14 38 12 2 0 63 8 +55 1st
2009 14 36 11 3 0 59 15 +44 1st
2010 14 37 12 1 1 57 11 +46 1st
2011 12 27 8 3 1 35 15 +20 2nd Naoki Naruo
2012 12 30 10 0 2 48 5 +43 2nd
2013 18 49 16 1 1 95 10 +85 1st
2014 J3 33 45 12 9 12 34 25 +9 5th
2015 36 35 11 8 17 36 47 −11 11th
2016 30 30 6 12 12 43 47 −4 13th Akihiko Kamikawa
2017 32 29 7 8 17 32 49 −17 15th Toshimi Kikuchi

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