The team had started out as a company team of Yamaha Motor Corporation in 1970 and joined J. League at the end of 1992. It finished at the 2nd place of JFL 1st division in 1993 and was promoted to the J1 league on 1994. The team welcomed Marius Johan Ooft as its manager as well as the Brazilian national team captain Dunga, and number of foreign players to build a winning team. Dunga's football philosophy deeply influenced this club initially as a player and currently as an advisor. Since 1997, it has won nuber of titles by relying Japanese players instead of foreign players who may be gone in the middle of a season. On 2002, the team won championship of both stages for the first time in the J. League history.
The team leader is Masashi Nakayama who is affectionally called Taicho, lit. captain and Gon.
The mascot chosen by JubiloIwata is the prefectural bird of Shizuoka Prefecture, the fl-tailed flycatcher.
During the 1990s, JubiloIwata established itself as one of the top teams in the J.League, with a collection of titles that rivals even the Kashima Antlers.
Jubilo's collapse in the second half of 2004 was of truly catastrophic proportions, and when former Olympic Team coach Masakuni Yamamoto was brought in, there was some hope that he would clean house and set Jubilo on the path to renewed glory.
Simply speaking, JubiloIwata is in the midst of a generational battle which can only be resolved by "hurting the feelings" of some of the team's veterans, fighting the "OBN" (old boy network) structure that is deeply ingrained in the Jubilo organisation, and perhaps upsetting some of the fans, as well.
If Jubilo had accepted this fact two years ago, and sold off the veterans to clubs where their experience would be of value, and their fading skills not as much of a burden, one suspects that both the players and the club would have benefitted.
If Jubilo had no real chance of improving their fortunes by turning over the club to a younger generation, the situation would merely be sad.
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