Júbilo Iwata

Júbilo Iwata (Japanese: ジュビロ磐田, Hepburn: Jubiro Iwata) is a professional Japanese association football team that currently play in the J2 League. The team name Júbilo means 'joy' in Spanish and Portuguese. The team's hometown 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]

Júbilo Iwata
Full nameJúbilo Iwata
Founded1972 (1972)
GroundYamaha Stadium,
Iwata, Shizuoka
OwnerYamaha Motor Company
ChairmanYoshirou Takahira
ManagerFernando Jubero
LeagueJ2 League
2019J1 League, 18th
WebsiteClub website

One of the most successful teams in the J.League, Júbilo have won the J.League title three times and finished as runners up three times. 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

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.[3] 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 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 final match against Esteghlal F.C. and 121.000 spectators in Azadi Stadium.

In 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).[4] 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. Júbilo were promoted back to J1 in 2015 after finishing runners-up.



Júbilo Iwata (Professional era)

Yamaha (Amateur era)




Júbilo's closest professional rivals are S-Pulse from Shizuoka.[5] 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

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
2015 J2 22 2 10,041 2nd round
2016 J1 18 13 14,611 Group Stage 3rd round
2017 J1 18 6 16,321 Group Stage Quarter-finals
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site


Current squad

As of 11 July 2019.[6]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Naoki Hatta
3 DF Kentaro Oi
4 DF Ryo Shinzato
5 DF Nagisa Sakurauchi
7 MF Taishi Taguchi
8 MF Fozil Musaev
9 MF Yoshiaki Ota
13 MF Tomohiko Miyazaki
14 MF Masaya Matsumoto
15 MF Adaílton
17 MF Kentaro Moriya
18 FW Koki Ogawa
19 MF Hiroki Yamada
20 FW Kengo Kawamata
21 GK Krzysztof Kamiński
22 FW Yoshito Ōkubo
23 MF Kosuke Yamamoto
No. Position Player
24 DF Daiki Ogawa
25 DF Takuma Ominami
26 MF Kotaro Fujikawa
27 MF Daigo Araki
28 DF Ryoma Ishida
30 MF Rikiya Uehara
31 GK Ko Shimura
32 FW Masato Nakayama
33 DF Yoshiaki Fujita
34 MF Takeaki Harigaya
35 DF Shun Morishita
36 GK Ryuki Miura
40 MF Lorenzo Ebecilio
41 DF Shohei Takahashi
42 FW Naoto Miki (Type 2 Player)
43 GK Mitsuki Sugimoto (Type 2 Player)
44 MF Naoya Seita (Type 2 Player)
45 DF Kaito Suzuki (Type 2 Player)

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
16 FW Seiya Nakano (at Fagiano Okayama)
MF Hiroki Ito (at Nagoya Grampus)

World Cup players

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Júbilo Iwata:

Award winners

The following players have won the awards while at Júbilo Iwata:

Former players

Players with senior international caps:



In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, three characters was players of Júbilo Iwata. The midfielders Taro Misaki and Hanji Urabe, and the defender Ryo Ishizaki.


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  2. ヤマハ大久保グラウンド [Yamaha Okubo Ground] (in Japanese). Júbilo Iwata. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  3. "Brazilian Players: A Long Association with Japanese Soccer". nippon.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. "J.League Date Site". J.League Official Site. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. "DERBY DAY DRAMAS IN THE J.LEAGUE". oneworldsports.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. "2019 Players". Júbilo Iwata. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. 磐田黄金時代の社長・荒田氏が死去 [Former Iwata chairman Tadanori Arata dies] (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  8. "Ryuichi SUGIYAMA". Japan Soccer Archive. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
Preceded by
Pohang Steelers
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Al Hilal
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