1996 J. League

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The 1996 J. League season was the fourth season since the establishment of the J. League Division 1. The season began on March 16, 1996 and ended on November 9, 1996.

Clubs[edit]

The following sixteen clubs participated in J. League during the 1996 season. Of these clubs, Kyoto Purple Sanga, and Avispa Fukuoka were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

Format[edit]

In the 1996 season, the league abolished the split-season format and followed a single-season format; sixteen clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 30 games per club. The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. A club received 3 points for any win, 1 point for PK loss, and 0 pts for regulation or extra time loss. The clubs were ranked by points, 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 was declared season champion.

Changes in competition format
  • Number of competing clubs increased from 14 to 16
  • Followed single-season format instead of split-season format
  • Suntory Final Series was held this year, instead of Suntory Championship
  • Number of games per club reduced to 30 from 52 games per season

Final standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld. Win Loss Pts GF GA GD Note
90, E.T. P.K.
1. Kashima Antlers 30 21 6 3 66 61 34 - 1996 J. League Champions
Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*,
1997/98 ACC, and 1997 Super Cup
2. Nagoya Grampus Eight 30 21 9 0 63 63 39 - Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*
3. Yokohama Flugels 30 21 9 0 63 58 44 -
4. Jubilo Iwata 30 20 8 2 62 53 38 -
5. Kashiwa Reysol 30 20 10 0 60 67 52 -
6. Urawa Red Diamonds 30 19 9 2 59 51 31 -
7. Verdy Kawasaki 30 19 11 0 57 68 42 -
8. Yokohama Marinos 30 14 16 0 42 39 40 -
9. JEF United Ichihara 30 13 16 1 40 45 47 -
10. Shimizu S-Pulse 30 12 17 1 37 50 60 -
11. Bellmare Hiratsuka 30 12 18 0 36 47 58 -
12. Gamba Osaka 30 11 19 0 33 38 59 -
13. Cerezo Osaka 30 10 20 0 30 38 56 -
14. Sanfrecce Hiroshima 30 10 20 0 30 36 60 -
15. Avispa Fukuoka 30 9 19 2 29 42 64 -
16. Kyoto Purple Sanga 30 8 22 0 24 22 54 -

† Points system: Win = 3 pts; P.K. loss = 1 pt; Regulation, E.T. loss = 0 pts

Golden Boots ranking[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23
2 Brazil Edílson Kashiwa Reysol 21
3 Brazil Evair Yokohama Flügels 20
4 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Jubilo Iwata 15
5 Brazil Magrão Verdy Kawasaki 13
6 Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 12
Czechoslovakia Ivan Hasek JEF United Ichihara 12
8 Croatia Mladen Mladenovic Gamba Osaka 11
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojkovic Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
Japan Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima 11
Japan Yasuyuki Moriyama Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
Japan Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 11
Brazil Mazinho Kashima Antlers 11
Japan Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds 11

Awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Brazil Jorginho Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year Japan Toshihide Saito Shimizu S-Pulse
Manager of the Year Brazil Nicanor Kashiwa Reysol
Top Scorer Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23 goals.

Best Eleven[edit]

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Seigo Narazaki Yokohama Flugels  Japan
DF Naoki Soma Kashima Antlers  Japan
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos  Japan
DF Guido Buchwald Urawa Red Diamonds  Germany
MF Jorginho Kashima Antlers  Brazil
MF Masakiyo Maezono Yokohama Flugels  Japan
MF Motohiro Yamaguchi Yokohama Flugels  Japan
MF Hiroshi Nanami Jubilo Iwata  Japan
FW Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
FW Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight  Yugoslavia
FW Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan

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