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Júbilo Iwata
Full name Júbilo Iwata
Nickname(s) Júbilo
Founded 1972; 43 years ago (1972)
Ground Yamaha Stadium,
Iwata, Shizuoka
Ground Capacity 15,165[1]
Owner Yamaha
Chairman Yoshirou Takahira
Manager Japan Hiroshi Nanami
League J. League Division 2
2014 4th
Website Club home page

Júbilo Iwata (Japanese: ジュビロ磐田 Hepburn: Jubiro Iwata?) is a professional Japanese association football team currently playing in the J. League Division 2 (J2). The team name Júbilo means 'joy' in Spanish and Portuguese. The team's home town 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]

One of the most successful teams in the J. League, Júbilo have three times won the J. League title and three times finished as runners up. Júbilo hold the distinction of being Japan's most successful team in international club football, making three successive appearances in the Asian Club Cup final, being champions once and runners up twice.[1]


Origins and rise to the top[edit]

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. Dunga's football philosophy deeply influenced the club, initially as a player and currently as an advisor.

Glory Years[edit]

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 first of three successive Asian Club Cup final appearances, the competition which has since been reformatted as the AFC Champions League.

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). 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.


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.


Domestic competitions
1987-88, 1997, 1999, 2002
1982, 2003
1998, 2010
2000, 2003, 2004


Júbilo's closest professional rivals are S-Pulse from Shizuoka. 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 member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1994 J1 12 8 14,497 Final 1st Round
1995 J1 14 6 17,313 2nd Round
1996 J1 16 4 13,792 Group Stage 3rd Round
1997 J1 17 1 10,448 Final Semi-final
1998 J1 18 2 12,867 Winner Quarter-final
1999 J1 16 1 12,273 Quarter-final Quarter-final CC Winner
2000 J1 16 4 12,534 Quarter-final Quarter-final CC Final
2001 J1 16 2 16,650 Final 4th Round CC Final
2002 J1 16 1 16,564 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2003 J1 16 2 17,267 Semi-final Winner
2004 J1 16 5 17,126 Group Stage Final CL Group Stage
2005 J1 18 6 17,296 Quarter-final Quarter-final CL Group Stage
2006 J1 18 5 18,002 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2007 J1 18 9 16,359 Group Stage 5th Round
2008 J1 18 16 15,465 Group Stage 5th Round
2009 J1 18 11 13,523 Group Stage 4th Round
2010 J1 18 11 12,137 Winner 4th Round
2011 J1 18 8 11,796 Quarter-final 3rd Round
2012 J1 18 12 13,122 Group stage 4th Round
2013 J1 18 17 10,895 Group stage Quarter-final
2014 J2 22 4 8,774 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site


Current Squad[edit]

As of 24 January 2015. 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 Naoki Hatta
3 Japan DF Ryu Okada
4 Japan MF Yuki Kobayashi
5 Japan MF Yūichi Komano
6 Japan MF Hiroto Tanaka
7 Japan MF Kota Ueda
8 England FW Jay Bothroyd
9 Japan MF Yoshiaki Ota
11 Japan MF Takuya Matsuura
13 Japan DF Tomohiko Miyazaki
14 Japan DF Shusuke Tsubouchi
15 Brazil FW Adaílton
17 Japan MF Takafumi Shimizu
19 Japan MF Masahiko Inoha
20 Japan FW Yasuhito Morishima
No. Position Player
21 Poland GK Krzysztof Kamiński
22 Japan MF Daisuke Matsui
24 Japan DF Daiki Ogawa
25 Japan DF Nagisa Sakurauchi
26 Japan MF Misaki Uemura
27 Japan DF Takaaki Kinoshita
28 Japan DF Ryoma Ishida
29 Japan GK Ayumi Niekawa
30 Japan MF Rikiya Uehara
31 Japan GK Ko Shimura
32 Japan FW Ryu Oribie Iwamoto
33 Japan DF Yoshiaki Fujita
34 Japan FW Yuki Nakamura
35 Japan DF Shun Morishita
40 Japan MF Hayao Kawabe

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan MF Kosuke Yamamoto (at Albirex Niigata)

World Cup Players[edit]

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Júbilo Iwata:

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014


Manager Nat. Tenure
Kazuaki Nagasawa  Japan 1993
Hans Ooft  Netherlands 1994–96
Luiz Felipe Scolari  Brazil July 1, 1997–Dec 31, 1997
Takashi Kuwahara (interim)  Japan 1997
Valmir  Brazil 1998
Takashi Kuwahara  Japan 1999
Gjoko Hadžievski  Macedonia Jan 1, 2000–Dec 31, 2000
Masakazu Suzuki  Japan 2000–02
Masaaki Yanagishita  Japan Jan 2003–Dec 03
Takashi Kuwahara  Japan 2004
Masakazu Suzuki  Japan 2004
Masakuni Yamamoto  Japan Nov 9, 2004–June 19, 2006
Adílson Batista  Brazil June 23, 2006–Sept 9, 2007
Atsushi Uchiyama  Japan Sept 10, 2007–Aug 30, 2008
Hans Ooft  Netherlands Sept 2, 2008–Dec 31, 2008
Masaaki Yanagishita  Japan Jan 2009–Dec 11
Hitoshi Morishita  Japan Jan 1, 2012–May 4, 2013
Tetsu Nagasawa (interim)  Japan May 5, 2013 – May 26, 2013
Takashi Sekizuka  Japan May 27, 2013–Dec 7, 2013
Péricles Chamusca  Brazil 2014
Hiroshi Nanami  Japan Sep 25, 2014–


  1. ^ a b "Club guide: Jubilo Iwata". J. League. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ ヤマハ大久保グラウンド [Yamaha Okubo Ground] (in Japanese). Jubilo Iwata. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pohang Steelers
South Korea
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia