Infobox Football club
clubname = Grulla Morioka
fullname = Grulla Morioka
nickname = Grulla
founded = 2000
Morioka-minami Koen GroundMorioka, Iwate
capacity = 4988
chairman = flagicon|Japan
mgrtitle = Manager
manager = flagicon|Japan
Tohoku LeagueDiv. 1
season = 2007
position = Champions
nihongo|Grulla Morioka|グルージャ盛岡|Gurūja Morioka is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Morioka, Iwate. It currently plays in Tohoku League, one of the regional football leagues in Japan, and aims to promote themselves to
J. Leaguein the future.
"Grulla" is the Spanish word of "crane", which was used in the mon of
Nanbu clanof former Morioka Hanand later became the local symbol of Morioka.
Initially known as nihongo|Villanova Morioka|ヴィラノーバ盛岡|Viranōba Morioka, the team was organized by alumni of
Morioka Commercial High Schooland Morioka Chuo High Schoolin 2000.
2003, a nonprofit organizationnihongo|"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. Leagueby 2008.
Under the new organization, former
JEF Unitedand Oita Trinitaplayer Shinichi Mutowas 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 devision Tohoku Leaguein 2004and 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 Yoshidahas been coaching the team since 2006.
Koutaro Shitayasiki( Gainare Tottori);Out
*flagicon|Japan Kazuya Konda
*flagicon|Japan Shingo Ogura
Lu Kun-chi"(to Taiwan P.E. College)"
*flagicon|Japan Yuji Mito "(return to
Kyoto Sanga F.C.from loan)"
*flagicon|Japan Masaaki Watabe
*flagicon|Japan Yuichi Kato "(to
FC Machita Zelvia)
Club records and statistics
* [http://www.grulla.jp/index.html Grulla Morioka official site] ja icon
* [http://www.menkoi-tv.co.jp/program/grulla/index.html GO！GO！GRULLA] , a supporting TV program produced by
Iwate Menkoi Televisionja icon
* [http://kikufamily.blog9.fc2.com/ グルージャまったり日記] , fan site ja icon
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