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Jubilo Iwata

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About Jubilo Iwata

is a professional Japanese association football team currently playing in the J. League Division 1 (J1). The team name Júbilo means 'joy' in Portuguese language and Spanish language. The team's home town is Iwata, Shizuoka, 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, Shizuoka, a venue built specifically for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. They practice at Okubo Ground in Iwata and Iwata Sports Park Yumeria.

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 AFC Champions League final, being champions once and runners up twice.

Yamaha Motor is no longer the main club sponsor, but links between them and the club are still present and referred to.


Origins and rise to the top

The team started out as the company team for Yamaha Motor Corporation in 1970. After making its way through the Shizuoka Prefecture and Tōkai region 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 List of winners of J2 and predecessors 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 Brazil national football 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

In a seven year period between J. League 1997 and J. League - 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 Asian_Champions_League Asian_Champions_Cup_.26_Champions_League_Finals 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 J. League 1998); the fewest goals conceded in a season (26 in J. League 2001); the biggest goal difference (plus 68 goals in J. League 1998); and the largest win (9-1 against Cerezo Osaka in J. League 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 2002 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 Shizuoka Derby Shimizu S-Pulse who, in ending the season above Júbilo every year since J. League - 2006, have become Shizuoka prefecture's premier performing team. In J. League 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.


- List of Japanese football champions: 1987/88, 1997, 1999, 2002
- List of winners of J. League Division 2 and predecessors: 1982, 1992
- Emperor's Cup: 1982, 2003
- AFC Champions League: 1999
- Japanese Super Cup: 2000, 2003, 2004
- All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series: 1977, 1978
- J. League Cup: 1998, 2010
- Suruga Bank Championship: 2011


Júbilo's Shizuoka Derby are Shimizu S-Pulse from Shizuoka, Shizuoka. Júbilo also has rivalries with Kashima Antlers and Yokohama F. Marinos, with whom they traded the Japanese football champions since the late 1980s. During the Japan Soccer League days they had a more local derby with Honda F.C., across the Tenryu river in Hamamatsu, but as Honda has long resisted professionalism, competitive matches between them since 1994 are a rarity.

Record as J. League member

- Tms. = Number of teams
- Pos. = Position in league
- Attendance/G = Average league attendance


Current Squad

Out on loan

2012 Season Transfers

Noted Players

- Toshihiro Hattori
- Masashi Nakayama
- Hiroshi Nanami
- Dunga
2002 FIFA World Cup
- Takashi Fukunishi
- Toshihiro Hattori
- Masashi Nakayama
2006 FIFA World Cup
- Takashi Fukunishi
- Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
- Kim Jin-Kyu (footballer)
2010 FIFA World Cup
- Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
- Yuichi Komano


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