1994 J. League

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Geographic location of twelve J. League clubs in 1994.

The J. League 1994 season is the second season of the J. League Division 1. The league fixture began on March 12, 1994 and ended on November 19, 1994. The Suntory Championship '94 took place on November 26 and December 2, 1994.

Honours[edit]

Competition Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
League Competition
J. League Suntory Series Sanfrecce Hiroshima Shimizu S-Pulse Kashima Antlers
J. League NICOS Series Verdy Kawasaki Bellmare Hiratsuka Yokohama Marinos
Suntory Championship Verdy Kawasaki Sanfrecce Hiroshima n/a
Cup Tournaments
Emperor's Cup tba tba tba
tba
Nabisco Cup Verdy Kawasaki Júblio Iwata Gamba Osaka
Yokohama Marinos
XEROX Super Cup Verdy Kawasaki Yokohama Flügels n/a

1994 J. League clubs[edit]

The following 12 clubs participated in J. League during 1994 season. Of these clubs, Bellmare Hiratsuka, and Júblio Iwata were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

1994 J. League format[edit]

In the 1994 season, the league followed split-season format, and each halves (or stages) were known as Suntory Series and NICOS Series for sponsorship purposes. In each series, twelve clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 22 games per club (per series). The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. The clubs were ranked by number of wins, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Extra match or a coin toss

The club that finished at the top of the table is declared stage champion and qualifies for the Suntory Championship. The first stage winner, hosts the first leg in the championship series. If the same club win both stages, the runners-up of each stages plays against each other and the winners challenges the stage winner at the championship game.

Changes in Competition Format
  • Number of competing clubs increased from 10 to 12
  • Number of games per club in a series increased from 18 to 22 games and from 36 to 44 games per season.

1994 J. League final standings[edit]

Suntory Series (1st Stage) standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 22 17 5 44 26 18 1994 Suntory Series Champions
Qualified to Suntory Championship '94
2 Shimizu S-Pulse 22 16 6 41 25 16
3 Kashima Antlers 22 16 6 45 32 13
4 Verdy Kawasaki 22 14 8 43 21 22
5 Yokohama Flügle 22 13 9 36 27 9
6 JEF United Ichihara 22 10 12 34 43 -9
7 Júblio Iwata 22 9 13 27 32 -5
8 Nagoya Grampus Eight 22 9 13 23 28 -5
9 Yokohama Marinos 22 8 14 29 35 -6
10 Gamba Osaka 22 7 15 37 46 -9
11 Bellmare Hiratsuka 22 7 15 27 54 -27
12 Urawa Red Diamonds 22 6 16 26 43 -17

NICOS Series (2nd Stage) standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1 Verdy Kawasaki 22 17 5 48 26 22 1994 NICOS Series Champions
Qualifies to Suntory Championship '94
2 Bellmare Hiratsuka 22 16 6 48 26 22
3 Yokohama Marinos 22 14 8 44 26 18
4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 22 12 10 27 31 -4
5 Kashima Antlers 22 11 11 44 36 8
6 Shimizu S-Pulse 22 11 11 28 31 -3
7 Júblio Iwata 22 11 11 29 37 -8
8 Yokohama Flügels 22 9 13 31 33 -2
9 JEF United Ichihara 22 9 13 35 42 -7
10 Gamba Osaka 22 8 14 29 36 -7
11 Urawa Red Diamonds 22 8 14 33 51 -18
12 Nagoya Grampus Eight 22 6 16 33 54 -21

Suntory Championship '94[edit]

November 26, 1994
Time
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 - 1 Verdy Kawasaki
[Official Report] 35' Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima
Attendance: 42,316
Referee: Alberto Tehada

December 2, 1994
Time
Verdy Kawasaki 1 - 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Rui Ramos 80' [Official Report]
Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 50,512
Referee: Zoran Petrović
VERDY KAWASAKI won the series on 2-0 aggregate.

Overall standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1 Verdy Kawasaki 44 31 13 91 47 44 1994 J. League Champions
Qualifies to 1995/96 ACC,
1995 Super Cup, and 1995 Sanwa Bank Cup
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 44 29 15 71 57 14
3 Kashima Antlers 44 27 17 89 68 21
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 44 27 17 69 56 13
5 Bellmare Hiratsuka 44 23 21 75 80 -5
6 Yokohama Marinos 44 22 22 73 61 12
7 Yokohama Flügles 44 22 22 67 60 7
8 Jübilo Iwata 44 20 24 56 69 -13
9 JEF United Ichihara 44 19 25 69 85 -16
10 Gamba Osaka 44 15 29 66 82 -16
11 Nagoya Grampus Eight 44 15 29 56 82 -26
12 Urawa Red Diamonds 44 14 30 59 94 -35

Golden Boots ranking[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Germany Frank Ordenewitz JEF United Ichihara 30
2 Brazil Alcindo Sartori Kashima Antlers 28
3 Brazil Betinho Bellmare Hiratsuka 24
4 Japan Nobuhiro Takeda Verdy Kawasaki 23
Argentina Ramon Diaz Yokohama Marinos 23
6 Brazil Toninho Shimizu S-Pulse 22
7 Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 21
8 Japan Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 19
Czechoslovakia Ivan Hasek Sanfrecce Hiroshima 19
10 Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 16
Japan Toshihiro Yamaguchi Gamba Osaka 16
12 Czechoslovakia Pavel Černý Sanfrecce Hiroshima 15
Argentina Ramón Medina Bello Yokohama Marinos 15
14 Japan Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima 14
Brazil Bismarck Verdy Kawasaki 14

Awards[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Brazil Luiz Carlos Pereira Verdy Kawasaki
Rookie of the Year Japan Kazuaki Tasaka Bellmare Hiratsuka
Manager of the Year Japan Yasutaro Matsuki Verdy Kawasaki
Top Scorer Germany Frank Ordenewitz JEF United Chiba 30 goals.

Best Eleven[edit]

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Shinkichi Kikuchi Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
DF Pereira Verdy Kawasaki  Brazil
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos  Japan
DF Yoshihiro Natsuka Bellmare Hiratsuka  Japan
MF Tetsuji Hashiratani Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
MF Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
MF Ruy Ramos Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
MF Bismarck Verdy Kawasaki  Brazil
MF Betinho Bellmare Hiratsuka  Brazil
FW Nobuhiro Takeda Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
FW Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan

Average attendance[edit]

attendance

References[edit]