2006 J. League Division 1

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J. League Division 1
Season 2006
Champions Urawa Red Diamonds
1st J. League title
5th Japanese title
Relegated Avispa Fukuoka
Cerezo Osaka
Kyoto Purple Sanga
Champions League Urawa Red Diamonds
Kawasaki Frontale
(all to the group stage)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 976 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorer Borges (26 goals total)
Highest attendance 62,241 (Round 34,
Red Diamonds vs. Gamba)
Lowest attendance 3,671 (Round 6,
Purple Sanga vs. Avispa)
Average attendance 18,292
2005
2007

The 2006 J. League Division 1 season was the 14th season since the establishment of the J. League. It began on March 4 and ended on December 2.

General[edit]

Promotion/relegation[edit]

Changes in competition format[edit]

  • The Division 2 was expanded to 13 clubs.
  • In games that require extra time in case of a tie (i.e. two-legged league cup games) away goals rule is adopted.

Changes in clubs[edit]

none

Honours[edit]

Competition Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
J. League Division 1 Urawa Red Diamonds Kawasaki Frontale Gamba Osaka
J. League Division 2 Yokohama FC Kashiwa Reysol Vissel Kobe
Emperor's Cup Urawa Red Diamonds Gamba Osaka Kashima Antlers
Consadole Sapporo
Nabisco Cup JEF United Chiba Kashima Antlers Kawasaki Frontale
Yokohama F. Marinos
XEROX Super Cup Urawa Red Diamonds Gamba Osaka

Clubs[edit]

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Albirex Niigata
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
Urawa Red Diamonds
F.C. Tokyo
Kawasaki Frontale
Ventforet Kofu
JEF United Chiba
Yokohama F. Marinos
Shimizu S-Pulse
Júbilo Iwata
Nagoya Grampus Eight
Kyoto Purple Sanga
Gamba Osaka
Cerezo Osaka
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Avispa Fukuoka
Oita Trinita

Following eighteen clubs played in J. League Division 1 during 2006 season. Of these clubs, Kyoto Purple Sanga, Avispa Fukuoka, and Ventforet Kofu are newly promoted clubs.

  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Red Diamonds
  • Omiya Ardija
  • JEF United Chiba
  • F.C. Tokyo
  • Kawasaki Frontale
  • Yokohama F. Marinos
  • Ventforet Kofu Arrowupgreen.png
  • Albirex Nigata
  • Shimizu S-Pulse
  • Jublio Iwata
  • Nagayo Grampus Eight
  • Kyoto Purple Sanga Arrowupgreen.png
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Cerezo Osaka
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  • Avispa Fukuoka Arrowupgreen.png
  • Oita Trinita

Format[edit]

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

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.

Changes from Previous Year

none

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Urawa Red Diamonds (C) 34 22 6 6 67 28 +39 72 Qualification to 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Kawasaki Frontale 34 20 7 7 84 55 +29 67
3 Gamba Osaka 34 20 6 8 80 48 +32 66
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 18 6 10 60 41 +19 60
5 Júbilo Iwata 34 17 7 10 68 51 +17 58
6 Kashima Antlers 34 18 4 12 62 53 +9 58
7 Nagoya Grampus Eight 34 13 9 12 51 49 +2 48
8 Oita Trinita 34 13 8 13 47 45 +2 47
9 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 13 6 15 49 43 +6 45
10 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 13 6 15 50 56 −6 45
11 JEF United Chiba 34 13 5 16 57 58 −1 44
12 Omiya Ardija 34 13 5 16 43 55 −12 44
13 FC Tokyo 34 13 4 17 56 65 −9 43
14 Albirex Niigata 34 12 6 16 46 65 −19 42
15 Ventforet Kofu 34 12 6 16 42 64 −22 42
16 Avispa Fukuoka (R) 34 5 12 17 32 56 −24 27 2006 Promotion/Relegation Series
17 Cerezo Osaka (R) 34 6 9 19 44 70 −26 27 Relegation to 2007 J. League Division 2
18 Kyoto Purple Sanga (R) 34 4 10 20 38 74 −36 22

Updated to games played on December 2, 2006.
Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Urawa Red Diamonds won the 2005 Emperor's Cup and already qualified for 2007 ACL; therefore Kawasaki Frontale takes the second ACL spot.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALB ANT ARD AVI CER FRO GAM GRA JEF JÚB SAN SFR SSP TOK TRI RED VEN FMA
Albirex Niigata 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–0 3–3 2–1 3–0 1–0
Kashima Antlers 5–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–4 3–1 2–1 0–4 3–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 3–2 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–3
Omiya Ardija 1–2 0–3 2–2 2–0 1–5 0–2 1–4 4–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–1
Avispa Fukuoka 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 4–5 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–3
Cerezo Osaka 3–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–6 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 1–1 1–5 0–2 1–2 2–3 2–0
Kawasaki Frontale 6–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 4–2 2–2 3–4 2–0 3–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1
Gamba Osaka 3–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 5–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1
Nagoya Grampus Eight 3–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 0–2 3–3 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–0 5–1 1–1
JEF United Chiba 1–3 0–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–3 3–4 2–1 2–0 2–2 0–2
Júbilo Iwata 7–0 3–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 4–1 2–3 3–2 2–0 3–1
Kyoto Purple Sanga 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 4–4 2–7 1–4 0–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–4
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–1 3–4 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 2–4 2–1 1–0 1–2 5–2 0–1 1–4 1–3 3–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 1–0 4–3 2–3 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 4–0 1–0
FC Tokyo 1–4 2–4 1–2 5–1 2–3 5–4 3–2 2–1 2–3 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–2
Oita Trinita 4–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–2
Urawa Red Diamonds 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 3–0 1–0
Ventforet Kofu 0–4 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–0
Yokohama F. Marinos 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–2 3–4 2–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–3 3–0

Updated to games played on December 2, 2006.
Source: J. League Division 1
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Pos Scorer Club Goals[1]
1 Brazil Washington Urawa Red Diamonds
26
Brazil Magno Alves Gamba Osaka
26
3 Brazil Juninho Kawasaki Frontale
20
4 Japan Kazuki Ganaha Kawasaki Frontale
18
Brazil Lucas FC Tokyo
18
Japan Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
18
7 Japan Ryūji Bando Gamba Osaka
16
South Korea Cho Jae-Jin Shimizu S-Pulse
16
Brazil Ueslei Sanfrecce Hiroshima
16
10 Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
15

Attendance Figures[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 774,749 62,241 16,040 45,573 0.15793886729171+15.7%
2 Albirex Niigata 658,050 42,056 33,993 38,709 -0.96497482175799−3.5%
3 FC Tokyo 409,634 41,528 17,033 24,096 -0.88911848271282−11.0%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 402,270 50,572 11,623 23,663 -0.92027379146735−7.9%
5 Oita Trinita 345,955 28,690 12,843 20,350 -0.92164855072464−7.8%
6 Júbilo Iwata 306,033 37,711 10,560 18,002 0.04081868640148+4.0%
7 Gamba Osaka 276,395 20,916 8,388 16,259 0.018351496930978+1.8%
8 Kashima Antlers 262,365 34,236 7,427 15,433 -0.82790622820664−17.2%
9 Nagoya Grampus Eight 253,702 32,109 6,618 14,924 0.12311860325105+12.3%
10 Kawasaki Frontale 243,780 23,005 9,430 14,340 0.049934104554108+4.9%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 243,137 24,920 9,079 14,302 0.1215495608532+12.1%
12 Avispa Fukuoka 234,259 21,545 8,585 13,780 0.2775820508066+27.7%
13 JEF United Chiba 227,680 17,438 8,567 13,393 0.404614577871+40.4%
14 Cerezo Osaka 221,438 30,561 6,282 13,026 -0.73810063463282−26.1%
15 Ventforet Kofu 207,629 17,000 8,025 12,213 0.76208339344972+76.2%
16 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 190,066 17,564 5,545 11,180 -0.89247225991858−10.7%
17 Omiya Ardija 173,986 35,059 4,873 10,234 0.025450901803607+2.5%
18 Kyoto Purple Sanga 166,280 16,492 3,670 9,781 0.24487717958508+24.4%
League total 5,597,408 62,241 3,670 18,292 −2.5%

Updated to games played on December 2, 2006
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

Awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Player of the Year Japan Marcus Tulio Tanaka Urawa Red Diamonds
Young Player of the Year Japan Jungo Fujimoto Shimizu S-Pulse
Manager of the Year Germany Guido Buchwald Urawa Red Diamonds
Top Scorer Brazil Washington Urawa Red Diamonds 26 goals.
Brazil Magno Alves Gamba Osaka 26 goals.
Fair Play Player Award Japan Satoru Yamagishi JEF United Ichihara Chiba
Japan Yuichi Nemoto Oita Trinita
Referee of the Year Japan Toru Kamikawa
Assistant Referee of the Year Japan Yoshikazu Hiroshima
Meritoriousness Player Award Japan Nobuyuki Kojima
Japan Naoki Soma
Japan Masaaki Sawanobori

Best Eleven[edit]

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (1) Jubilo Iwata  Japan
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka (3) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
DF Satoshi Yamaguchi (1) Gamba Osaka  Japan
DF Akira Kaji (1) Gamba Osaka  Japan
MF Keita Suzuki (1) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
MF Yuki Abe (2) JEF United Ichihara Chiba  Japan
MF Kengo Nakamura (1) Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
MF Hiroyuki Taniguchi (1) Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endo (4) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Washington (1) Urawa Red Diamonds  Brazil
FW Magno Alves (1) Gamba Osaka  Brazil

* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 J1 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 

External links[edit]