Júbilo Iwata

Founded In
Iwata, Japan

About Júbilo Iwata

Júbilo Iwata were founded as the company team for Yamaha back in 1970. At present, Júbilo are Japan's most successful team in international competitions and one of the most successful sides in domestic football as well. Their biggest local rivals are Shimizu S-Pulse, with whom they contest the Shizuoka Derby, while a secondary rivalry exists with Kashima Antlers.

The 1982 season brought about the side's first taste of major success, as they lifted the Emporer's Cup and finished top of the JSL Division 2, gaining promotion to the top league as a result. In 1987-88, they were crowned as Japanese champions for the first time. However, upon the foundation of the J-League, the club were not ready to turn fully professional and instead opted for relegation to the second tier. In 1994, they finally joined the J-League.

In their first professional season, Júbilo Iwata finished in 8th place and were runners up in the J-League Cup. The 1997 campaign brought about the side's first J-League title and they were once again runners up in the J-League Cup. In 1998, they won the J-League Cup, while in 1999, they won another league title and the Asian Club Championship, their first international success. The team reached the final of the Asian Club Championship in both 2000 and 2001, but were unable to add to their 1999 success. In 2002, Júbilo claimed their third league title and in 2003, they lifted the Emporer's Cup. Their last honour, to date, came in the 2010 J-League Cup.

Brazilian legend, Dunga, is perhaps the club's best known former talent. He played for the club from 1995 to 1998. Other notable players to wear the Júbilo jersey include Toshihiro Hattori, Masashi Nakayama and Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.

The team play most of their home games at Yamaha Stadium, which is able to hold 16,879 spectators. For more high-profile matches, the club instead uses Shizuoka "Ecopa" Stadium, which has a capacity of 50,889.

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