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Encyclopedia > J. League
J.League
J. League 2008
Founded
1992
Inaugural Season
1993
Nation
 Japan
Relegation To
Japan Football League
(promotion only)
Number of Teams
J1: 18 clubs
J2: 15 clubs
Asian & World Qualification
Asian Champions League
A3 Champions Cup
FIFA Club World Cup
Domestic Cups
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup
Emperor's Cup
Defending Champions (2007)
J1: Kashima Antlers
J2: Consadole Sapporo
Most Successful Club
Kashima Antlers
(5 Times J1 Champions)
Website
Official Website {English}
Official Website {Japanese}

The Japan Professional Football League (日本プロサッカーリーグ Nippon Puro Sakkā Rīgu?), or J.League (Jリーグ J Rīgu?), is the top professional football (soccer) league in Japan and one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Currently, J. League Division 1 and 2 falls in to level 1 and level 2 of the Japanese football league system. Image File history File links Current_sport. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ... The AFC Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between the champions and cup winners of the top 14 Asian leagues. ... A3 Champions Cup (also known as East Asian Champions Cup) is annual event involving the league champions of China, Japan and South Korea. ... The FIFA Club World Cup, formerly known as the FIFA Club World Championship, is a football competition contested between the champion clubs from all 6 continental confederations, although since 2007 the champions of Oceania must play a qualifying play-off against the champion club of the host country. ... the 2005 final J. League Cup is a Japanese football (soccer) competition organised by J. League. ... Emperors Cup logo The Emperors Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament ), commonly known as The Emperors Cup ), is a Japanese football competition. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Soccer redirects here. ... The Japanese football league system is, like football league systems in most of the world, organized in a pyramidal shape. ...

Contents

The League history

Phases of the League

Before the Pro League Era (-1992)

Before the inception of the J. League, the highest level of club football was the Japan Soccer League (JSL), and it consisted of amateur clubs. Fans were few, the grounds were not of the highest quality, and the Japanese national team was not on a par with the Asian powerhouses. To raise the level of play domestically, to attempt to garner more fans, and to strengthen the national team, the Japan Football Association (JFA) decided to form a professional league. Japan Soccer League ), or JSL, was the top flight soccer league in Japan between 1965 and 1992, and was the precursor to the current professional league, the J. League. ... The Japan Football Association (JFA) is the governing body responsible for the administration of football (soccer) in Japan. ...


The professional football league, J. League was formed in 1992, with eight clubs drawn from the JSL First Division, one from the Second Division, and the newly formed Shimizu S-Pulse. At the same time, JSL changed its name and became the Japan Football League (former), a semi-professional league. Although the J. League did not officially launch until 1993, the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup competition was held between the ten clubs in 1992 to prepare for the inaugural season. Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... The former Japan Football League ) was a football (soccer) league that existed from 1992 to 1998. ... the 2005 final J. League Cup is a Japanese football (soccer) competition organised by J. League. ...


The inaugural season, and the J. League boom (1993-1995)

J.League officially kicked-off its first season with ten clubs on May 15, 1993 as Verdy Kawasaki (current, Tokyo Verdy) played host to Yokohama Marinos (current, Yokohama F. Marinos) at the Kasumigaoka National Stadium. It made a huge impact on the Japanese sports culture as professional baseball, golf, and sumo were the only well-supported and widely-watched sports in the country. Many famous and post-peak foreign players were brought into the clubs and the stadiums were filling in. On every matchday, at least one game was broadcast live on national TV, and it seemed the league was a huge success. In the second season (1994), the league recorded its highest average attendance of 19,598, which is yet to be broken. is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 (東京ヴェルディ1969) is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Yokohama F.Marinos is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo National Olympic Stadium ) is a stadium in Kasumigaoka Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, located at , that served as the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics. ...


Because of such popularity, clubs in Japan Football League (former) that failed to join "the original ten" in the inaugural season tried to join the league. Clubs like Jubilo Iwata and Bellmare Hiratsuka (current, Shonan Bellmare) joined the league in 1994, six more clubs followed in next four years. The former Japan Football League ) was a football (soccer) league that existed from 1992 to 1998. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Shonan Bellmare (Japanese: 湘南ベルマーレ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Shonan Bellmare (Japanese: 湘南ベルマーレ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ...


An era after the J.League boom (1996-1999)

Despite the success in the first three years, many experts anticipate that "the boom" would soon dissipate, and the league would be in terrible shape financially as the clubs continued paying high wages to the foreign players. In fact, the phenomenon began in early 1996 as the league attendance declined rapidly. In 1997 the average attendance was 10,131, compared to 19K in 1994. Many claimed that the sudden decline in popularity was also due to rapid expansions; A total of eight clubs were added in the four year span from 1994 to 1998. With high paychecks and low attendance, money was bleeding from the clubs, and the league sponsors were becoming very worried. It seemed that there was no way out from the losses.


Although, J. League clubs were not corporate-owned, clubs still depended heavily on support from sponsors, who were essentially their parent companies. When the Japanese economy took a turn for the worse, clubs suffered as their sponsors were affected. In 1998, Sato Kogyo, a general contractor and primary co-sponsor of Yokohama Flügels, announced that it was experiencing financial difficulties, and it would be pulling its support from the club. The other primary co-sponsor, All Nippon Airways, who could not support the club on its own, met with Nissan Motors, the primary sponsor of Yokohama Marinos, the Flügels' cross-town rival, and decided to merge their clubs. Under the agreement, the Flügels were dissolved, and the Marinos were renamed Yokohama F. Marinos, the "F." representing the Flügels. Around the same time, Fujita, the sponsors of Bellmare Hiratsuka (currently, Shonan Bellmare), also had difficulties financing the club. Many other clubs were having a similar problem across the league. Without a change, it would be just a matter of time before the league collapsed. Yokohama Flügels ) was a Japanese soccer team that played in the J. League between 1993 and 1999. ... All Nippon Airways Co. ... Nissan redirects here. ... Yokohama F.Marinos is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Fujita (藤田) is a common family name in Japan. ... Shonan Bellmare (Japanese: 湘南ベルマーレ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Shonan Bellmare (Japanese: 湘南ベルマーレ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ...


Change of the League's infrastructure (1999-2005)

The league's management finally realized that they were heading into the wrong direction. In order to solve the problem, the management came out with two solutions.


First, they announced the J.League Hundred Year Vision, in which they aim to make 100 professional football clubs in the nation of Japan by 2093. The league also encouraged the clubs to promote football or non-football related sports and health activities, to acquire local sponsorships, and to build good relationship with their hometowns at the grass-root level. The league believe that this will allow clubs to bond with their respective cities and towns and get support from local government, companies, and citizens. In other words, clubs will be able to rely on the locals, rather than major national sponsors.


Secondly, the infrastructure of the league was heavily changed in 1999. The league acquired nine clubs from the semi-professional JFL (former) and one club from J.League to create a two division system. The topflight became the J.League Division 1 (J1) with 16 clubs while J.League Division 2 (J2) was launched with ten clubs in 1999. The second-tier Japan Football League (former), now became third-tier Japan Football League. The former Japan Football League ) was a football (soccer) league that existed from 1992 to 1998. ... The former Japan Football League ) was a football (soccer) league that existed from 1992 to 1998. ... The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ...


The criteria for becoming a J2 club was not as strict as the top division. This allowed smaller cities and towns to maintain a club successfully without investing as much as clubs in J1. In fact, clubs like Mito HollyHock only draw an average of 3,000 fans a game and receive minimal sponsorship, yet still field fairly competitive teams in J2. Mito HollyHock (Japanese: ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ...


Clubs took time to build their teams for J1 promotion as they also tried to gradually improve the youth systems, the home stadium, the financial status, and the relationship with their hometown. Clubs such as Oita Trinita, Albirex Niigata, and Kawasaki Frontale accomplished the scheme successfully. All these clubs originally started as J2 in 1999 and were comparatively small, but they eventually earned J1 promotion in 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively. Now they are all well established in the topflight. Oita Trinita ) is a J. League team. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ...


The league also began to follow European game formats as time went on. Originally, due to the cultural unease[citation needed] of neither side coming out as the winner of a game, extra time, golden goal rules, and penalty shoot-outs were employed for regular league matches. Penalty shoot-outs were abolished in the beginning of the 1999 season, and extra time was abolished in 2002 for J2 and 2003 for J1. Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... The golden goal was a method used in football to decide the winner of games in elimination matches which end in a draw after the end of ordinary time (90 minutes). ... Penalty shootouts, officially named kicks from the penalty mark, are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament) following a draw in a game of football. ...


Also, until 2004 (with the exception of 1996 season), the J1 season was divided into two. At the end of each full season, the champion from each half played a two-legged series to determined the overall season winner and runners-up. Jubilo Iwata in 2002, and Yokohama F. Marinos in 2003, won both "halves" of the respective seasons, thus eliminating the need for the playoff series. This was the part of the reason for the league to abolish the split-season system beginning in 2005. In recent times, many Latin American football leagues are divided in two sections per season, Apertura and Clausura, each with its own champion. ... The J. League Championship was a two-legged championship series which determined the season champion for the first 12 J. League seasons (1993-2004) excluding the 1996 season. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ...


Expansion of J. League Division 2 (2005-present)

Beginning 2005 season, J. League Division 1 consisted 18 clubs (increased from 16 in 2004) and season format became similar to the European club football. The number of relegated clubs also increased to 2.5 from 2, with the third-from-bottom club going into promotion/relegation playoffs with the third-placed J2 club. Since then, other than minor adjustments, the top flight has stayed consistent. In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...


Meanwhile, J. League Division 2 started to expand to fulfill the demands of lower-level clubs becoming professional. At the end of 2004 two clubs were promoted from the Japan Football League and in the following year Ehime F.C. followed. At the beginning of the 2006 season, the league took a survey to figure out the number of non-league clubs interested in joining the professional league. As it turned out, about 40-60 clubs in Japan plan to be professional in the next 30 years. From the league's perspective, proposal of J.League Hundred Year Vision back in late 90s has been moving is the positive direction. The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ... Ehime F.C. is a professional football (soccer) club based in Matsuyama, the capital city of Ehime Prefecture of Japan. ...


The league management formed a committee and looked at two practical options; either expand the second division or form a third division. In other words, the league had a choice between letting the non-league clubs catch up to the J2 standard or form a third division with non-league clubs where these clubs can prepare for J2. After studying several case studies, the committee made a professional assessment that it is the best interest of the league to expand the J2 to 22 clubs before forming a third division. Several reasonings led the committee to such decision:

  • Japan Football League, the third-tier in Japanese football league system was already serving the purpose of preparing the non-league clubs.
  • At the time, most non-league club interested becoming professional were in the regional leagues or Prefectural leagues, two to four level below J2.
  • Twenty-two clubs is the perfect number as it allows enough number of home games for annual revenue, while keeping the competition at fair double-round robin format.
  • Most European leagues have similar football pyramids where there is more clubs in 2nd- and 3rd-tier leagues than the top flight.

Committee also reintroduced Associate Membership System to identify and assist such non-league clubs. The membership is exclusively given to non-league clubs that have intention to joining the J.League and also fulfill most of the criteria for J2 promotion. Several clubs in Japan Football League and Regional Leagues have applied and received the membership. Associate members finishing top 4 of JFL will be promoted to J2, although a few corporate and university holdouts may prevent a smooth transition (Japan, like Spain and Germany, allows reserve teams to compete in the main football league system, though not in the J. League itself). As of 2008, two clubs joined J2 through this system. The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ... The Japanese football league system is, like football league systems in most of the world, organized in a pyramidal shape. ... The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ... The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ...


Future plans (2009 and beyond)

Currently the league has 18 clubs in Division 1 and 15 clubs in Division 2. As mentioned in the last section, league plans to have 22 clubs in a decade. First, J2 will be expanded to 18 clubs by 2010, and 22 clubs by 2016. However, this is merely a plan and the league will not allow promotion unless the non-league clubs meet the criteria. The league believe this strict system will prevent financially unstable clubs and also allow the league to maintain certain standard as a professional league.


Timetable

1989
  • JFA forms a professional league assessment committee.
1990
  • The committee decides the criteria for clubs (a home town, a home stadium, sponsors, etc.)
  • Fifteen to twenty clubs from JSL applies for professional league membership
1991
  • The official announcement was made to the public
1992
1993
  • The J.League officially kicks off its first season with ten clubs
1994
1995
1996
1997
  • One club was promoted from JFL (former). The league now has 17 clubs.
  • Went back to the split season format again (however, only one round-robin per stage)
  • Change in the points regulation (3pts for a regulation win, 2pts for a extra time win, 1pt for a PK win, and 0pts for a loss)
1998
1999
2000
  • One club was promoted from JFL to J2. The league now has 16 J1 clubs and 11 J2 clubs.
2001
  • One club was promoted from JFL to J2. The league now has 16 J1 clubs and 12 J2 Clubs.
2002
  • Extra time was scratched in J2 (3pts for a win, 1pt for a tie, 0pts for a loss)
  • J1 still had extra time (3pts for a regualtion win, 2pts for an extra time win, and 1pt for a tie)
2003
  • Extra time was scratched in J1 (3pts for a win, 1pt for a tie, 0pts for a loss)
2004 (Go to 2004 J.League Season)
2005 (Go to 2005 J.League Season)
  • Two clubs were promoted from JFL to J2. The league now has 18 J1 clubs and 12 J2 clubs.
  • The league starts the single season format (double round robin) for J1
2006 (Go to 2006 J.LEAGUE Season)
2007 (Go to 2007 J.League Season)
  • The J1 champions now qualifies to Club World Cup as the host, unless a Japanese club wins the ACL
2008 (Go to 2008 J.League Season)
  • Two clubs were promoted from JFL to J2. The league now has 18 J1 clubs and 15 J2 clubs.
    • Roasso Kumamoto
    • FC Gifu

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The League structure

Since the inception of the second division in 1999, promotion and relegation follow a pattern similar to European leagues, where the two bottom clubs of J1 and the top two clubs of J2 are guaranteed to move. Also starting 2005, a third place J2 club can also move up if they were able to defeat the third-to-last J1 club in the Promotion/Relegation Series. However, promotion or right to play the pro/rele series relies on the J2 clubs meeting the requirements for J1 franchise status set by the league. This has generally not been a hindrance, in fact, no club is yet to be denied promotion due to not meeting the J1 criteria. The Japanese football league system is, like football league systems in most of the world, organized in a pyramidal shape. ... In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...


Japan Football League (JFL) is currently the third level in the football system and being a semi-professional league, the J. League limits only certain club from JFL to be promoted. In 2000, 2001, and 2006 the JFL league champion was promoted to J2; in 2005 two teams were promoted. From 2007, the league requires J. League Associate Membership and at least 4th-place finish in JFL to be promoted to J2. There is no relegation from J2 to JFL. Since 1999, seven club from JFL were promoted J2, two of which were expaned into J1. Currently, J1 has 18 clubs and J2 has 15 clubs. The division 2 will have 18-22 clubs in the near future. The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ...


J.League Division 1 (J1)

Until 2004 season, the J1 season was divided into two halves, with a annual championship series involving the champions from each halves (with exception of the 1996 season). However, from 2005 season, the split format is dropped. Now 18 clubs plays in double round robin, home and away. In recent times, many Latin American football leagues are divided in two sections per season, Apertura and Clausura, each with its own champion. ... The J. League Championship was a two-legged championship series which determined the season champion for the first 12 J. League seasons (1993-2004) excluding the 1996 season. ...


The 2008 season

Eighteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 34 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The bottom two clubs will be relegated to J2, while the 16th placed club plays a two-legged Promotion/Relegation Series. In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...


Clubs in J1 (2008)

Main article: J. League Clubs
Club Name Year Joined Home Town(s) Home Stadium(s) Capacity Current Spell in
The Top Flight
Kashima Antlers 1993 Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki Kashima Stadium 39,026 1993-
Urawa Red Diamonds 1993 Saitama, Saitama Saitama Stadium
Urawa Komaba Stadium
63,700
21,500
2001-
Gamba Osaka 1993 Suita, Osaka Osaka Expo '70 Stadium 23,000 1988/89-
Shimizu S-Pulse 1993 Shimizu, Shizuoka Nihondaira Stadium
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
20,339
51,349
1993-
Kawasaki Frontale 1999 (J2) Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 25,000 2005-
Albirex Niigata 1999 (J2) Niigata & Seiro, Niigata Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium 42,300 2004-
Yokohama F. Marinos 1993 Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa Nissan Stadium 72,370 1982-
Kashiwa Reysol 1995 Kashiwa, Chiba Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium 15,900 2007-
Júbilo Iwata 1994 Iwata, Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
16,893
51,349
1994-
Vissel Kobe 1997 Kobe, Hyōgo Kobe Wing Stadium
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
34,000
45,000
2007-
Nagoya Grampus 1993 Nagoya, Aichi Mizuho Athletic Stadium
Toyota Stadium
27,000
45,000
1990/91-
F.C. Tokyo 1999 (J2) All cities/towns in Tokyo Tokyo Stadium 50,000 2000-
JEF United Chiba 1993 Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Fukuda Denshi Arena 18,500 1965-
Oita Trinita 1999 (J2) All cities/towns in Oita Oita Stadium 40,000 2003-
Omiya Ardija 1999 (J2) Saitama, Saitama Omiya Park Soccer Stadium 12,500 2005-
Consadole Sapporo 1998 Sapporo, Hokkaidō Sapporo Atsubetsu Park Stadium
Sapporo Dome
20,005
42,831
2008-
Tokyo Verdy 1993 All cities/towns in Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 50,000 2008-
Kyoto Sanga F.C. 1996 Kyoto, Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium 20,242 2008-

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Championship history

Split-Season Era (1993-2004) The Japanese football champions are the team that wins the top league in Japan, the Japan Soccer League from 1965 to 1992 and the J. League since then. ...

Year 1st Stage 2nd Stage
1993 Kashima Antlers Verdy Kawasaki
1994 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Verdy Kawasaki
1995 Yokohama Marinos Verdy Kawasaki
1996 Kashima Antlers
1997 Kashima Antlers Júbilo Iwata
1998 Júbilo Iwata Kashima Antlers
1999 Júbilo Iwata Shimizu S-Pulse
2000 Yokohama F. Marinos Kashima Antlers
2001 Júbilo Iwata Kashima Antlers
2002 Júbilo Iwata
2003 Yokohama F. Marinos
2004 Yokohama F. Marinos Urawa Red Diamonds

* Bold designates champions; † Single season; ‡ Single club won both stages The 2002 season was the 10 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2003 season was the 11 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2004 season was the 12 season since the establishment of the J. League. ...

 

Single Season Era (2005-present)

Year Champion Runners-Up 3rd Place
2005 Gamba Osaka Urawa Red Diamonds Kashima Antlers
2006 Urawa Red Diamonds Kawasaki Frontale Gamba Osaka
2007 Kashima Antlers Urawa Red Diamonds Gamba Osaka
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016

The 2005 season was the 13th season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2006 season was the 14 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The J. League 2007 season is the 15th season since the establishment of the J. League. ...

Best performance teams

# Club Winners Runners-up
1 Kashima Antlers 5 2
2 Júbilo Iwata 3 3
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 3 2
4 Tokyo Verdy 2 1
5 Urawa Red Diamonds 1 3
6 Gamba Osaka 1 0
7 Nagoya Grampus 0 1
7 Kawasaki Frontale 0 1
7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 1
7 Shimizu S-Pulse 0 1

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Relegation history

  • 1998

When the league introduced the two-division system in 1999, they also reduced number of Division 1 club from 18 to 16. At the end of 1998 season, they hosted the J.League Promotion Tournament to determine two relegating clubs from J.League. Originally, tournament was supposed to have six participants; Kawasaki Frontale from Japan Football League (former) and five bottom clubs from very-complex combined ranking of 1997 and 1998 J.League seasons. However, Yokohama Flügels merged with Yokohama Marinos reducing the number J.League club to 17. Thus, the league took bottom four clubs from J.League and Kawasaki Frontale and decided that three surviver will join J.League Division 1 and two non-surviver will relegate/join the Division 2. As a results, Kawasaki Frontale failed to win J1 promotion and Consadole Sapporo became the first club in J.League history to relegate to J2. These two clubs and other eight clubs from JFL (former) were brought up to create the division 2. Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... The former Japan Football League ) was a football (soccer) league that existed from 1992 to 1998. ... Yokohama Flügels ) was a Japanese soccer team that played in the J. League between 1993 and 1999. ... Yokohama F.Marinos is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... The former Japan Football League ) was a football (soccer) league that existed from 1992 to 1998. ...

  • Split-Season Era (1999-2004)

During the 1999 to 2003 season, two bottom clubs clubs were relegated to Division 2. To accommodate for split-season format, combined overall standings were used to determine the relegating clubs. This created a confusing situation, where for championship race stage standing were used, while overall standing was used for relegation survival.


At end of the 2004 season, Division 1 again expanded from 16 clubs to 18 clubs. No clubs were relegated; however, last-placed (16th) club had to play Promotion/Relegation Series against 3rd placed club from J2. Again, to determined 16th placed club, overall standing was used instead of stage standing. In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...

  • Single Season Era (2005-present)

From 2005 season, number of relegating club increased 2.5. To accommodate for two incoming Division 2 clubs, two bottom clubs were relegated; the only difference is that now 18 clubs is competing instead of 16 clubs. Also, 16th-placed club now has to play and win Promotion/Relegation Series against 3rd-placed club from J2 to ensure their spot in J1 next year. In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...

  • Summary
Year 15th Place 16th Place 17th Place 18th Place
1998 JEF United Ichihara Consadole Sapporo Vissel Kobe Avispa Fukuoka
1999 Urawa Red Diamonds Bellmare Hiratsuka
2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga Kawasaki Frontale
2001 Avispa Fukuoka Cerezo Osaka
2002 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Consadole Sapporo
2003 Vegalta Sendai Kyoto Purple Sanga
2004 Cerezo Osaka Kashiwa Reysol
2005 Shimizu S-Pulse Kashiwa Reysol Tokyo Verdy 1969 Vissel Kobe
2006 Ventforet Kofu Avispa Fukuoka Cerezo Osaka Kyoto Purple Sanga
2007 Omiya Ardija Sanfrecce Hiroshima Ventforet Kofu Yokohama F.C.
2008 † or ‡

* Bold designates relegated clubs; † Won the Pro/Rele Series; ‡ Lost the Pro/Rele Series and relegated The 2002 season was the 10 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2003 season was the 11 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2004 season was the 12 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2005 season was the 13th season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The 2006 season was the 14 season since the establishment of the J. League. ... The J. League 2007 season is the 15th season since the establishment of the J. League. ... In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ... In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...


J. League Division 2 (J2)

Since the inception in 1999, format of J2 has been very consistent. The clubs play a quadruple round-robin (two home and away) format in a single season. Until 2001, the clubs played extra time if they were tied after regulation and the clubs received 3pts for a regulation win, 2pts for an extra time win, 1pt for a tie, and 0pts for loss (there were no penalties). However, since 2002, the league abolished extra time and set the points system to the normal 3-1-0 system. Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Penalty shootouts, officially named kicks from the penalty mark, are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament) following a draw in a game of football. ... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ...


As the number of clubs in J2 grows larger, to avoid fixture congestion it is expected that league format will be reduced to a triple round-robin format for cases of 15 to 18 clubs and then to double round-robin format for 19 to 22 clubs.


The 2008 season

Fifteen clubs will play in triple round-robin format, a total of 42 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The top two clubs will be promoted to J1, while the 3rd placed club plays a two-legged Promotion/Relegation series. In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...


Clubs in J2 (2008)

Main article: J. League Clubs
Club Name Year Joined Home Town(s) Home Stadium(s) Capacity Last Spell in
The Top Flight
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1993 Hiroshima, Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000 2004-2007
Ventforet Kofu 1999 (J2) All cities/towns in Yamanashi Kose Sports Stadium 17,000 2006-2007
Yokohama F.C. 2001 (J2) Yokohama, Kanagawa Mitsuzawa Stadium 15,064 2007
Vegalta Sendai 1999 (J2) Sendai, Miyagi Sendai Stadium 19,694 2002-2003
Cerezo Osaka 1995 Osaka, Osaka Nagai Stadium 50,000 2003-2006
Shonan Bellmare 1994 Central cities/towns in Kanagawa Hiratsuka Athletics Stadium 18,500 1994-1999
Avispa Fukuoka 1996 Fukuoka, Fukuoka Hakata no mori stadium 22,563 2006
Sagan Tosu 1999 (J2) Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 25,000
Montedio Yamagata 1999 (J2) All cities/towns in Yamagata Yamagata Park Stadium 20,315
Ehime F.C. 2006 (J2) All cities/towns in Ehime Ehime Prefectural General Athletics Park 20,000
Thespa Kusatsu 2005 (J2) All cities/towns in Gunma Shikishima Stadium 10,050
Mito HollyHock 2000 (J2) Mito, Ibaraki Kasamatsu Stadium 22,022
Tokushima Vortis 2005 (J2) All cities/towns in Tokushima Naruto Athletic Stadium 20,000
Roasso Kumamoto 2008 (J2) Kumamoto, Kumamoto Kumamoto Athletic Stadium KKWing
Kumamoto Suizenzi Stadium
32,000
15,000
F.C. Gifu 2008 (J2) All cities/towns in Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium 31,000

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Championship/Promotion history

Main article: List of winners of J2 and predecessors

The top two clubs receive promotion. From the 2004 season, the 3rd placed club plays Promotion/Relegation Series against 16th-placed club in J1. In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place 4th Place
1999 Kawasaki Frontale F.C. Tokyo Oita Trinita Albirex Niigata
2000 Consadole Sapporo Urawa Red Diamonds Oita Trinita Omiya Ardija
2001 Kyoto Purple Sanga Vegalta Sendai Montedio Yamagata Albirex Niigata
2002 Oita Trinita Cerezo Osaka Albirex Niigata Kawasaki Frontale
2003 Albirex Niigata Sanfrecce Hiroshima Kawasaki Frontale Avispa Fukuoka
2004 (detail) Kawasaki Frontale Omiya Ardija Avispa Fukuoka Montedio Yamagata
2005 (detail) Kyoto Purple Sanga Avispa Fukuoka Ventforet Kofu Vegalta Sendai
2006 (detail) Yokohama F.C. Kashiwa Reysol Vissel Kobe Sagan Tosu
2007 (detail) Consadole Sapporo Tokyo Verdy 1969 Kyoto Sanga F.C. Vegalta Sendai

* Bold type designates the promoted club; † Lost the Promotion/Relegation Series; ‡ Won the Promotion/Relegation Series and promoted Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... F.C. Tokyo ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club playing in J. League Division 1. ... Oita Trinita ) is a J. League team. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Oita Trinita ) is a J. League team. ... Omiya Ardija ) is a professional football (soccer) club in the J. League, based in ÅŒmiya-ku in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Sanga F.C. ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club based in Kyoto. ... Vegalta Sendai (Japanese: ベガルタ仙台) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Montedio Yamagata is a professional football (soccer) club based in Yamagata Prefecture in Japan. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Oita Trinita ) is a J. League team. ... Cerezo Osaka ) is a J. League team. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... The 2004 season was the 74th season of competitive Football in Japan. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Omiya Ardija ) is a professional football (soccer) club in the J. League, based in ÅŒmiya-ku in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... Montedio Yamagata is a professional football (soccer) club based in Yamagata Prefecture in Japan. ... // Complete J1 & J2 Results from 2005 Season (RSSSF) Araújo (Gamba Osaka) Robert Cullen (Jubilo Iwata) Araújo (Gamba Osaka) - 33 Goals Akira Nishino (Gamba Osaka) J.LEAGUE Official Stats (Englsih) 2005 J.LEAGUE Season, Club, and Player Stats (English) Categories: | ... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Sanga F.C. ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club based in Kyoto. ... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... Ventforet Kofu ) are a Japanese football (soccer) club from Kofu. ... Vegalta Sendai (Japanese: ベガルタ仙台) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... // Complete J1 & J2 Results from 2006 Season (RSSSF) † Urawa Reds won the 2005 Emperors Cup and already qualified for 2007 ACL before coming into the 2006 J.LEAGUE Season; therefore Kawasaki Frontale takes the second ACL spot. ... Yokohama FC ) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in the city of Yokohama. ... Kashiwa Reysol ) is a J. League team. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Sagan Tosu (Japanese: サガン鳥栖) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... The 2007 season will be the 77th season of competitive football in Japan. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 ) is a football team which plays in Division 2 of Japans J. League. ... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Sanga F.C. ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club based in Kyoto. ... Vegalta Sendai (Japanese: ベガルタ仙台) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ... In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ...


J.League Associate Membership

Main article: J. League Associate Membership

J. League Associate Membership is a status given to the non-league football clubs in Japan that has intention to join J. League, in the near future. Clubs from the Japan Football League, Regional Divisions, and Prefectual Divisions, may apply for the membership. The applications are reviewed and inspected by a committee formed by the league. The Associate Membership is now required for J2 promotion and the system allows the J.League to identify the clubs that are intending to join the league. The committee also assist the members to fasten the process for lower division clubs. The Japan Football League ) is the 3rd tier of the Japanese football heararchy following J. League division 1 and 2. ...

Current Members

Gainare Tottori ) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Mum, Tottori Prefecture. ... Tochigi S.C. ) are a football (soccer) club based in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. ...

Other Tournaments

Domestic Tournaments
International Tournaments
Defunct Tournament
  • Suntory Championship (1993-2004, excluding 1996)
  • Sanwa Bank Cup (1994-1997)

the 2005 final J. League Cup is a Japanese football (soccer) competition organised by J. League. ... Emperors Cup logo The Emperors Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament ), commonly known as The Emperors Cup ), is a Japanese football competition. ... ... In 2004, J.League introduced a series of two test matches called Promotion/Relegation Series ) between the sixteenth-place J.LEAGUE Division 1 (J1) club and third-place J.league Division 2 (J2) club. ... The AFC Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between the champions and cup winners of the top 14 Asian leagues. ... A3 Champions Cup (also known as East Asian Champions Cup) is annual event involving the league champions of China, Japan and South Korea. ... The Pan-Pacific Championship is a soccer tournament between teams from Japans J. League, United States and Canadas Major League Soccer(MLS) and Australias and New Zealands A League. ... The J. League Championship was a two-legged championship series which determined the season champion for the first 12 J. League seasons (1993-2004) excluding the 1996 season. ... The Sanwa Bank Cup was a one-match friendly competition officially organised by J. League and sponsored by Sanwa Bank (the current Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ). ...

J. League awards

  • Most Valuable Player Award
  • Golden Booths Award
  • The Best Eleven
  • Rookie of the Year Award
  • Manager of the Year Award

List of J-League Top Scorer List of J-League Best Eleven List of J-League Young Player of the Year J-League Category: ... 2007 J. League Division 1 (J1) 2007 J. League Division 2 (J2) Abolished Club J. League Awards Other Domestic Competitons Defunct Domestic Competitions International Competitions See Also Category: ... List of J-League Player of the Year List of J-League Top Scorer List of J-League Best Eleven J-League Category: ... The J-League Coach of the Year is awarded by the J.League. ...

Notable Current Players

Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Naohiro Takahara , born June 4, 1979) is a Japanese footballer. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yuki Abe , born September 6, 1981 in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan) is a Japanese footballer, a midfielder for the Urawa Red Diamonds of the J-League and the Japanese national team. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Japanese:田中マルクス闘莉王, born April 24, 1981, Palmeira dOeste, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian football player of Japanese descent who, as of 2004 was playing for Urawa Red Diamonds. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Keita Suzuki (born July 8, 1981 in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese football player. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tatsuya Tanaka (田中達也, born November 27, 1982) is a Japanese football player who, as of 2004, was playing for the Urawa Red Diamonds. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Keisuke Tsuboi (born September 16, 1979) is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for the J-league team Urawa Red Diamonds. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Akira Kaji (加地 亮, born January 13, 1980 at Hyogo prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese professional soccer player. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yasuhito Endo , born January 28, 1980) is a Japanese footballer from Kagoshima City in Kagoshima Prefecture. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Ryuji Bando (born 2 August 1979) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Gamba Osaka of the J-League. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Hiroki Mizumoto (born September 12, 1985 in Mie Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese football player. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Mitsuo Ogasawara (born April 5, 1979) is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for the J-league team Kashima Antlers. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Masashi Motoyama is a Japanese football (soccer) goalkeeper (born 20 June 1979). ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi , born August 15, 1975), sometimes referred to as Yoshi Kawaguchi, is a Japanese footballer. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Ryoichi Maeda (born 9 October 1981) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Jubilo Iwata of the J-League. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Robert Cullen , born June 7, 1985) is a Japanese professional footballer for Jubilo Iwata of the J. League, the top professional football league in Japan. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Masashi Nakayama (中山 雅史 Nakayama Masashi; born September 23, 1967, Shizuoka) is a professional footballer for Jubilo Iwata of the J. League, the top professional football league in Japan. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yuji Nakazawa , born February 25, 1978) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for the J-league team Yokohama F. Marinos. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kengo Nakamura (中村 憲剛 Nakamura Kengo, born October 24, 1980) is a Japanese football (soccer) midfielder who currently plays for Kawasaki Frontale of the J. League. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kazuki Ganaha (我那覇和樹 Ganaha Kazuki; born September 26, 1980 in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese football player who is the first Ryukyuan to play for Japan national football team. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yasuyuki Konno (今野 泰幸, born January 25, 1983 in Sendai, Japan) is a Japanese football player who plays for F.C. Tokyo in Japans professional J. League. ... F.C. Tokyo(FC東京) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Sôta Hirayama (Japanese 平山 相太 (ひらやま そうた); born June 6, 1985, Kokuraminami-ku Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, height 190cm, weight 81kg) is a Japanese football player. ... F.C. Tokyo(FC東京) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Seiichiro Maki (born August 8, 1980) is a footballer from Uki in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. ... JEF United Ichihara Chiba ) is a football (soccer) club that plays in J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Seigo Narazaki , born April 15, 1976 in Nara) is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for the J-league team Nagoya Grampus Eight. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Keiji Tamada (born April 11, 1980) is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for the J-league team Nagoya Grampus Eight. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yoshito Okubo (Japanese: 大久保嘉人, born June 9, 1982, Kanda, Fukuoka) is a Japanese football player who, as of 2005 was playing for RCD Mallorca. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tadanari Lee , born 19 December 1985) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Kashiwa Reysol. ... Kashiwa Reysol ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Hisato Satō , born March 12, 1982) is a Japanese soccer player. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Atsushi Yanagisawa , born May 27, 1977) is a Japanese soccer player. ... old logo Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Sanga F.C. ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club based in Kyoto. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kisho Yano , born April 5, 1984) is a Japanese football (soccer) player. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Takashi Fukunishi (born September 1, 1976) is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for the J-league team Jubilo Iwata. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 (東京ヴェルディ1969) is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kazuyoshi Miura (三浦知良 Miura Kazuyoshi, born on February 26, 1967), often known simply as Kazu, is a Japanese football (soccer) striker. ... Yokohama FC are a Japanese football club based in the city of Yokohama. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mark Rudan (born August 27, 1975 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a central defender for Sydney FC. He was also the inaugural club captain for Sydney FC; however, due to poor form and limited on-field time throughout the season, he has had... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Ufuk Talay (born March 26, 1976 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player of Turkish descent who currently plays in the central midfield for Sydney FC in the A-League. ... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Joel Griffiths (born August 21, 1979) is an Australian football (soccer) player. ... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Alessandro Nunes or simply Alessandro (born 2 March 1982 in São João da Boa Vista, is a Brazilian Striker. ... Albirex Niigata ) is a Japanese J. League football team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Everaldo de Jesus Pereira, also known as Capore (born February 19, 1980, in Salvador, Bahia) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for K-League side Gyeongnam FC. In 2007, he get the best goal scorer that scored 17 goals. ... F.C. Tokyo(FC東京) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Jader Volnei Spindler(Bare) (18 January 1982) is a Brazilian football player, currently associated with Gamba Osaka. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Lucas Severino (born 3 January 1979) is a former Brazilian U-23 international football (soccer) striker. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Danilo Gabriel de Andrade, or simply Danilo (born June 11, 1979 in São Gotardo), is a Brazilian attacking-midfielder. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Marcos Gomes de Araujo Marquinhos (born March 23, 1976), is a Brazilian striker. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... França (born 2 March 1976) is a Brazilian football player who currently plays for Kashiwa Reysol of the J-League. ... Kashiwa Reysol ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Givanildo Vieira de Souza, Hulk (born July 25, 1986), is a Brazilian striker. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Carlos Alberto Carvalho dos Anjos Junior Juninho (born September 15, 1977), is a Brazilian striker. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Paulo Antonio de Oliveira, or simply Paulinho (born July 16, 1982), is a Brazilian striker. ... old logo Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Sanga F.C. ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club based in Kyoto. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Ueslei Raimundo Pereira da Silva (born 19 April 1972) is a Brazilian football player who currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima of the J-League. ... Oita Trinita ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Omiya Ardija ) is a professional football (soccer) club in the J. League, based in ÅŒmiya-ku in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Marcos Paulo Alves (born 11 May 1977) is a Brazilian footballer. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Jean Carlo Witte (born 24 September 1977 in Blumenau, Santa Catarina) is a Brazilian football (soccer) defender. ... Shonan Bellmare (Japanese: 湘南ベルマーレ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Leandro Lessa Azevedo, or simply Leandro (born August 13, 1980 in Ribeirão Preto), is a Brazilian striker. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 (東京ヴェルディ1969) is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Robson Ponte (born November 6, 1976 in São Paulo is a Brazilian football player currently playing for Urawa Red Diamonds. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Edmilson dos Santos Silva, or simply Edmilson (born September 15, 1982), is a Brazilian striker. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Welington Nogueira Lopes, or simply Lopes (born June 1, 1979 in Volta Redonda, Brazil), is a Brazilian football player. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Roniéliton Pereira dos Santos, or simply Roni (born April 28, 1977 in Aurora), is a Brazilian, Striker. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina. ... Mirko Hrgović (born February 5, 1979, Sinj, Croatia) is a Bosnian football player. ... JEF United Chiba ) or JEF United Ichihara Chiba ) is a J.LEAGUE club based in Chiba, Chiba. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... Ilian Stoyanov (Bulgarian: ) (born January 20, 1977) is a Bulgarian football player. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_North_Korea. ... Kawasaki Frontale ) is a J. League football club. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_North_Korea. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_North_Korea. ... Vegalta Sendai (Japanese: ベガルタ仙台) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... Frode Johnsen (born March 17, 1974 in Skien) is a player of the Norwegian football club Rosenborg. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Serbia. ... MiloÅ¡ Bajalica, (Serbian Cyrillic: Милош Бајалица; born December 15, 1981 in Belgrade), is a Serbian football defender. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Choi Sung-Yong (최성용) (born 15 December 1975) is a South Korean football player who plays as a wingback. ... Thespa Kusatsu (ザスパ草津 zasupa kusatsu) is a professional football (soccer) club based in Gunma Prefecture in Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Kim Nam-Il (김남일) (born March 14, 1977) is a Korean football player. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ...

Notable players from each region

  • Notable J-League Players from Japan
  • Notable J-League Players from AFC
  • Notable J-League Players from CAF
  • Notable J-League Players from CONCACAF
  • Notable J-League Players from CONMEBOL
  • Notable J-League Players from OFC
  • Notable J-League Players from UEFA

Notable J-League Players from Japan. ... Notable J. League Players from AFC. // Graham Arnold - Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1997-1998) Matthew Bingley - JEF United Ichihara (1998) Steve Corica - Sanfrecce Hiroshima (2000-2001) Hayden Foxe - Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1999-2001) Tony Popović - Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1997-2001) Aurelio Vidmar - Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1998-1999) Ned Zelic - Kyoto Purple Sanga (2002), Urawa Red... Notable J-League Players from CAF. // Patrick Mboma - Gamba Osaka (1997-1998), Tokyo Verdy 1969 (2003-2004), Vissel Kobe (2004-2005) Michel Pensée - Sanfrecce Hiroshima (2002) Abdeljalil Hadda - Yokohama F. Marinos (2000) Michael Obiku - Avispa Fukuoka (1997-1998) Category: ... Notable J-League Players from CONCACAF. // Issey Nakajima - Albirex Niigata (2003) Paulo Wanchope - FC Tokyo (2007-present) Jaime Rodríguez - Yokohama Flugels (1992-1993) Saul Martinez - Omiya Ardija (2006) Jorge Dely Valdés - Cerezo Osaka (1995), Consadole Sapporo (1997-1998), Omiya Ardija (2001-2002), Kawasaki Frontale (2003) Silvio Spann - Yokohama... Notable J-League Players from CONMEBOL. // Ramón Medina Bello - Yokohama F. Marinos (1993-1996) David Bisconti - Yokohama Marinos (1993-1997), Avispa Fukuoka (2000-2002), Sagan Tosu (2002) Ramón Díaz - Yokohama Marinos (1993-1994) Hugo Maradona - Avispa Fukuoka (1995-1996), Consadole Sapporo (1997-1998) Moner - Yokohama Flügels... Notable J-League Players from OFC. Wynton Rufer - JEF United Ichihara (1995-1996) Category: ... Notable J. League Players from UEFA. // Rudi Vata - Yokohama FC (2003) Michael Baur - Urawa Reds (1997) Mario Haas - JEF United Ichihara Chiba (2005-2006) Ivica Vastić - Nagoya Grampus Eight (2002-2003) Serguei Aleinikov - Gamba Osaka (1993 - 1995) Lorenzo Staelens - Oita Trinita (2001) Alen Avdić - Avispa Fukuoka (2002) Mirko Hrgović - Gamba...

Current well-known managers

Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Oita Trinita ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Levir Culpi (Curitiba, February 28, 1953) is a football manager and a former player. ... Cerezo Osaka ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Croatia. ... Josip Kuže (born 13 November 1952 in Vranje) is a Croatian football coach and player. ... JEF United Ichihara Chiba ) is a football (soccer) club that plays in J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kenta Hasegawa , born September 25, 1965 in Shimizu, Shizuoka) is a former Japanese international football (soccer) player. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tetsuji Hashiratani (born 15 July 1964) is a reitred Japanese football player. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 (東京ヴェルディ1969) is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Pierre Littbarski (born April 16, 1960) is a German football manager and former player, and was a FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990. ... Avispa Fukuoka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Oswaldo de Oliveira Oswaldo de Oliveira Filho (born, December 5, 1950, Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian football manager. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Austria. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Serbia. ... Dragan Stojković (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Стојковић), (born March 3, 1965 in Niš, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia), is a former Serbian star footballer and current president of Red Star Belgrade Football Club. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Satoshi Tsunami , born 14 August 1961) is a reitred Japanese football player. ... Yokohama FC are a Japanese football club based in the city of Yokohama. ...

Former managers

Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Osvaldo (Ossie) César Ardiles (born August 3, 1952 in Córdoba, Argentina) is a football coach and former midfielder who won the 1978 World Cup as part of the Argentinian national team. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 ) is a football team which plays in Division 2 of Japans J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Paulo Autuori de Mello (born in August 25, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ) is a Brazilian soccer coach. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Nélson Baptista Júnior, usually known as Nelsinho Baptista (born on July 22, 1950 in Campinas, São Paulo state), is a former football (soccer) right back and is currently a manager. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Stuart Baxter (born August 16, 1953, Birmingham) is an English football manager. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... José Oscar Bernardi (born June 20, 1954) is a noted Brazilian soccer player, having been on the Brazil national football team and a member of São Paulo Futebol Clube and Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, and having played in the Football World Cup in 1978 and 1986. ... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Purple Sanga is a soccer club with many enthusiastic fans. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Guido Buchwald (born January 24, 1961) is a former German soccer defender. ... old crest The Urawa Reds ), or Urawa Red Diamonds ) is the most popular and most fanatically followed football club in Japans professional soccer league, J. League, regularly attracting gates of over 50,000. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... João Carlos da Silva Costa , best known as João Carlos (born 15 January 1956) is a Brazilian football manager. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Cerezo Osaka ) is a J. League team. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Details. ... Kashima Antlers ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Benito Floro Sanz (born 12 June 1952 in Gijón) was a Spanish football (soccer) coach. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Alexandre Tadeu Gallo, best known as Gallo (born in Ribeirão Preto, May 29, 1967) is a Brazilian manager and former football (soccer) player in defensive midfielder. ... F.C. Tokyo(FC東京) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Ivan HaÅ¡ek (born September 6, 1963 in MÄ›stec Králové) was a Czech football player and later a football manager. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Siegfried Held ,often short Siggi Held, (born August 7, 1942) is a former German football player and now a football coach. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Wilhelmus Wim Marinus Anthonius Jansen (born October 28, 1946, Rotterdam) is a former Dutch Football player and manager. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kunishige Kamamoto (釜本邦茂 Kamamoto Kunishige, born April 15, 1944), is a Japanese football player. ... Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Shu Kamo (加茂周 Kamo Shu, born 29 October 1939) is a retired Japanese football player and currently a football manager. ... Yokohama Flügels ) was a Japanese soccer team that played in the J. League between 1993 and 1999. ... First international Japan 0 - 5 Republic of China  (Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917) Biggest win Japan 15 - 0 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967) Biggest defeat Japan 2 - 15 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1998) Best result Round 2, 2002 AFC Asian Cup... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Purple Sanga is a soccer club with many enthusiastic fans. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Émerson Leão (born on July 11, 1949, in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo) is a Brazilian manager and former football player. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 is a football team which plays Japans J. League. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Gordon Milne (born 29 March 1937) was an English footballer and football manager. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Takeshi Okada (岡田 武史 Okada Takeshi, born 25 August 1956) is a retired Japanese football player and currently a football manager. ... First international Japan 0 - 5 Republic of China  (Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917) Biggest win Japan 15 - 0 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967) Biggest defeat Japan 2 - 15 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1998) Best result Round 2, 2002 AFC Asian Cup... Consadole Sapporo (Japanese: コンサドーレ札幌) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Yokohama F. Marinos ) is a Japanese football team which participates in the professional J. League. ... First international Japan 0 - 5 Republic of China  (Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917) Biggest win Japan 15 - 0 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967) Biggest defeat Japan 2 - 15 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1998) Best result Round 2, 2002 AFC Asian Cup... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Marius Johan (Hans) Ooft is a Dutch football manager who is the first foreigner to coach Japan national football team. ... First international Japan 0 - 5 Republic of China  (Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917) Biggest win Japan 15 - 0 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967) Biggest defeat Japan 2 - 15 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1998) Best result Round 2, 2002 AFC Asian Cup... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Purple Sanga is a soccer club with many enthusiastic fans. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Holger Osieck is a German football coach who served as an assistant under predecessors Franz Beckenbauer in 1990 FIFA World Cup. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds ), or Urawa Reds ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina. ... Ivan Ivica Osim (born May 6, 1941) is a Bosnian football manager and former player from the former Yugoslavia. ... JEF United Ichihara Chiba ) is a football (soccer) club that plays in J. League. ... First international Japan 0 - 5 Republic of China  (Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917) Biggest win Japan 15 - 0 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967) Biggest defeat Japan 2 - 15 Philippines  (Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1998) Best result Round 2, 2002 AFC Asian Cup... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Rui Ramos (Japanese: (Ramosu Rui), born Ruy Goncalves Ramos Sobrinho on February 9, 1957, in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian-born football (soccer) player, who became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 1989. ... Tokyo Verdy 1969 ) is a football team which plays in Division 2 of Japans J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Pavel Řehák (born October 7, 1963) is a former Czech football player. ... Kobe-Universiade game meeting commemoration stadium old logo Vissel Kobe ) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Stephen John Steve Perryman MBE (born Ealing, London, December 21, 1951) is a retired English football player and current manager. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Kashiwa Reysol ) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Carles Rexach Cerdà (born Pedralbes, Barcelona, January 13, 1947 ), also referred to as Charly Rexach or Carlos Rexach, is a Spanish footballer and manager. ... Yokohama Flügels ) was a Japanese soccer team that played in the J. League between 1993 and 1999. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Roberto Rivellino (b. ... Shimizu S-Pulse(清水エスパルス) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Joel Natalino Santana, usually known as Joel Santana (born on December 25, 1948, in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil) is a manager and former football player. ... Vegalta Sendai (Japanese: ベガルタ仙台) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Luiz Felipe Maniac Scolari, ComIH (born November 9, 1948 in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), also known as Felipão (Big Phil), is a Brazilian football coach, who led the Brazilian national team to victory in the 2002 World Cup. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... This article is about the Scottish-born football player and coach. ... Sanfrecce Hiroshima ) is a football team for J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Slovakia. ... Dr Jozef VengloÅ¡ (born February 18, 1936, Ruzomberok, Slovakia) is a Slovakian football coach with a wealth of coaching experience at the highest level, having coached in a number of countries. ... JEF United Ichihara Chiba(ジェフユナイテッド市原・千葉) is a J. League team. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Pim Verbeek (born March 12, 1956 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland) is a Dutch football manager who is the head coach of the Australia national football (soccer) team. ... Omiya Ardija ) is a professional football (soccer) club in the J. League, based in ÅŒmiya-ku in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Nishikyogoku Stadium Kyoto Purple Sanga is a soccer club with many enthusiastic fans. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Robert Verbeek (born 1951) is a Dutch former footballer and nowadays manager who is currently in charge of Japanese team Omiya Ardija. ... Omiya Ardija ) is a professional football (soccer) club in the J. League, based in ÅŒmiya-ku in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Slovakia. ... JEF United Ichihara Chiba(ジェフユナイテッド市原・千葉) is a J. League team. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Vegalta Sendai (Japanese: ベガルタ仙台) is a Japanese professional soccer (football) club, currently playing in the J-league Division 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Sef Vergoossen (born May 8, 1947 in Echt) is a Dutch football manager, who is currently managing Japanese J.League team Nagoya Grampus Eight. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Arsène Wenger OBE (born October 22, 1949 in Strasbourg) is a French football manager. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... Carlos Queiroz[1], ComIH (IPA: ), (born 1 March 1953 in Nampula, Mozambique) is a Portuguese football coach. ... Nagoya Grampus Eight ) is a Japanese football (soccer) club which plays in the first division of the J. League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Júbilo Iwata (ジュビロ磐田) is a J. League team. ...

J. League records

See J. League records This page details J. League records. ...


See also

Contracts in Japans professional soccer league (J. League) are subject to certain rules and regulations. ... Winning Eleven is a football (soccer) video game series made by Konami Tokyo. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... The table below lists domestic professional sports leagues from around the world by total attendances for the last completed season for which data is available. ...

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