2011 J. League Division 1

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J. League Division 1
Season 2011
Champions Kashiwa Reysol
1st J. League title
2nd Japanese title
Relegated Ventforet Kofu
Avispa Fukuoka
Montedio Yamagata
Champions League Kashiwa Reysol
Nagoya Grampus
Gamba Osaka
FC Tokyo
Matches played 306
Goals scored 869 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorer Joshua Kennedy (19 goals)
Highest attendance 54,441
Reds vs Reysol
Lowest attendance 4,028
Avispa vs Ardija
Average attendance 15,797
2010
2012

The 2011 J. League Division 1 season was the 46th season of Japanese top flight football and 19th since the establishment of the J. League. The season began on March 5 and concluded on December 3. The season was put on hold from March 12 to April 23 due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami,[1] therefore canceling a planned five-week summer break between June 27–July 29 in order to allow preparation of the Japanese national team for the 2011 Copa América.[2]

The 2011 J. League Division 1 champion also qualified to the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup as the host team, entering the qualifying play-off round.

Kashiwa Reysol won a second league title, their first in 39 years and first in the professional J. League era. They also became the first League champions to win the title the season after being promoted as second division champions.

Clubs[edit]

F.C. Tokyo, Kyoto Sanga F.C. and Shonan Bellmare were relegated at the end of the 2010 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the table. Shonan had only played one season in Division 1 while Kyoto had enjoyed a three year stay. F.C. Tokyo had been in the top flight for eleven seasons.

The three relegated teams were replaced by 2010 J. League Division 2 champions Kashiwa Reysol, runners-up Ventforet Kofu and third-placed team Avispa Fukuoka. Kashiwa had made an immediate return to the top division, while Kofu and Fukuoka ended three- and four-year absences respectively.

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka, Fukuoka Promoted from J2 League in 2010
Cerezo Osaka Osaka, Osaka 2011 ACL Participant
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2011 ACL Participant
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2011 ACL Participant
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba Promoted from J2 League in 2010
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi 2011 ACL Participant
2010 Defending Champions
Omiya Ardija Omiya, Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Urawa, Saitama
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi Promoted from J2 League in 2010
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain1 Kit Manufacturer1 Shirt sponsor1
Avispa Fukuoka Japan Shinoda, YoshiyukiYoshiyuki Shinoda Japan Kosuke Nakamachi svolme EVERLIFE
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Serbia Mihailo Petrović Japan Hisato Satō Nike Deodeo
Júbilo Iwata Japan Yanagishita, MasaakiMasaaki Yanagishita Japan Daisuke Nasu Puma Yamaha
Kashima Antlers Brazil Oswaldo de Oliveira Japan Mitsuo Ogasawara Nike LIXIL
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Nelsinho Baptista Japan Hidekazu Otani Yonex Hitachi
Kawasaki Frontale Japan Soma, NaokiNaoki Soma Japan Yusuke Igawa Puma Fujitsu
Vissel Kobe Japan Wada, MasahiroMasahiro Wada Japan Takayuki Yoshida ASICS Rakuten
Ventforet Kofu Japan Miura, ToshiyaToshiya Miura Japan Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno Hakubaku
Nagoya Grampus Serbia Dragan Stojković Japan Seigo Narazaki Le Coq Sportif Toyota
Albirex Niigata Japan Kurosaki, HisashiHisashi Kurosaki Japan Isao Homma Adidas Kameda Seika
Omiya Ardija Japan Jun Suzuki Japan Chikara Fujimoto Under Armour NTT DoCoMo
Cerezo Osaka Brazil Levir Culpi Japan Teruyuki Moniwa Mizuno Yanmar
Gamba Osaka Japan Akira Nishino Japan Tomokazu Myojin Umbro Panasonic
Vegalta Sendai Japan Teguramori, MakotoMakoto Teguramori Japan Atsushi Yanagisawa ASICS IRIS OHYAMA
Shimizu S-Pulse IranUnited States Afshin Ghotbi Japan Shinji Ono Puma Suzuyo
Urawa Red Diamonds Montenegro Željko Petrović Japan Keita Suzuki Nike Meiji Seika
Montedio Yamagata Japan Kobayashi, ShinjiShinji Kobayashi Japan Katsuyuki Miyazawa Puma Tsuyahime
Yokohama F. Marinos Japan Kimura, KazushiKazushi Kimura Japan Shunsuke Nakamura Nike Nissan

1 Subject to change during the season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kashiwa Reysol (C) 34 23 3 8 65 42 +23 72 Qualification to 2012 AFC Champions League group stage Group stage 1,2
2 Nagoya Grampus 34 21 8 5 67 36 +31 71
3 Gamba Osaka 34 21 7 6 78 51 +27 70
4 Vegalta Sendai 34 14 14 6 39 25 +14 56
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 16 8 10 46 40 +6 56
6 Kashima Antlers 34 13 11 10 53 40 +13 50
7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 14 8 12 52 49 +3 50
8 Júbilo Iwata 34 13 8 13 53 45 +8 47
9 Vissel Kobe 34 13 7 14 44 45 −1 46
10 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 11 12 11 42 51 −9 45
11 Kawasaki Frontale 34 13 5 16 52 53 −1 44
12 Cerezo Osaka 34 11 10 13 67 53 +14 43
13 Omiya Ardija 34 10 12 12 38 48 −10 42
14 Albirex Niigata 34 10 9 15 38 46 −8 39
15 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 8 12 14 36 43 −7 36
16 Ventforet Kofu (R) 34 9 6 19 42 63 −21 33 Relegation to 2012 J. League Division 2
17 Avispa Fukuoka (R) 34 6 4 24 34 75 −41 22
18 Montedio Yamagata (R) 34 5 6 23 23 64 −41 21

Updated to games played on December 3, 2011.
Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw
1 League champions also qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup play-off stage.
2 The winners of the 2011 Emperor's Cup, F.C. Tokyo, which played in the 2011 J. League Division 2, also qualified for the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League.
If two clubs are tied for first place, both clubs will be declared champions.
(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 JÚB MON REY SFR SSP RED VEG VEN VIS FMA
Albirex Niigata 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 0–1 4–0 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–2
Kashima Antlers 1–2 3–3 6–0 2–1 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 0–3
Omiya Ardija 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–5 2–3 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–4 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1
Avispa Fukuoka 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–3 2–1 2–3 0–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–1
Cerezo Osaka 1–1 1–3 0–1 7–1 3–3 1–1 2–3 2–3 6–0 5–0 5–4 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–4 0–3 0–1
Kawasaki Frontale 1–2 3–2 0–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 3–0
Gamba Osaka 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 6–3 2–2 2–2 3–2 2–0 5–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 3–2 2–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–0 2–1 2–2 5–2 3–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 3–1 1–1
Júbilo Iwata 1–0 1–2 1–2 4–1 0–4 2–1 1–2 0–1 4–0 6–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–2
Montedio Yamagata 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–5 0–0 0–1 0–5 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–2
Kashiwa Reysol 4–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–4 2–1 0–3 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0 2–1 4–2 0–0 1–3 2–3 4–1 0–3 3–1 3–2 1–3 4–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–2
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 3–3 2–3 1–3 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–5 0–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–3 0–2
Vegalta Sendai 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–1
Ventforet Kofu 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 4–3 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–4 0–2 1–2 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–2
Vissel Kobe 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 0–4 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–4 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 2–0
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–3 4–0 1–0

Updated to games played on December 3, 2011.
Source: J. League Division 1
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[3]
1 Australia Joshua Kennedy Nagoya Grampus
19
2 Japan Mike Havenaar Ventforet Kofu
17
3 Brazil Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol
15
South Korea Lee Keun-Ho Gamba Osaka
15
Japan Tadanari Lee Sanfrecce Hiroshima
15
6 Japan Shingo Akamine Vegalta Sendai
14
Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
14
Japan Keiji Tamada Nagoya Grampus
14
9 Brazil Bruno Lopes Albirex Niigata
13
Japan Junya Tanaka Kashiwa Reysol
13

Awards[edit]

MVP[edit]

Best XI[edit]

Position Player
GK Japan Seigo Narazaki
DF Japan Naoya Kondo
DF Japan Hiroki Sakai
DF Japan Marcus Tulio Tanaka
MF Brazil Jorge Wagner
MF Brazil Leandro Domingues
MF Japan Jungo Fujimoto
MF Japan Yasuhito Endō
MF Japan Hiroshi Kiyotake
FW Australia Joshua Kennedy
FW Japan Mike Havenaar

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 576,477 54,441 20,240 33,910 -0.84900227836058−15.0%
2 Albirex Niigata 442,836 37,830 13,644 26,049 -0.85289110077925−14.7%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 357,647 37,725 7,104 21,038 -0.81910917302601−18.0%
4 Kawasaki Frontale 294,776 20,973 13,111 17,340 -0.93416657687749−6.5%
5 Nagoya Grampus 284,590 28,515 6,793 16,741 -0.83792982631763−16.2%
6 Gamba Osaka 278,981 20,991 11,364 16,411 -0.98540891077219−1.4%
7 Kashima Antlers 274,655 1 25,061 7,810 16,156 -0.77058094057045−22.9%
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 268,614 21,524 10,745 15,801 -0.87778456752403−12.2%
9 Vegalta Sendai 266,144 19,224 11,356 15,656 -0.90330025386568−9.6%
10 Cerezo Osaka 240,465 37,172 5,351 14,145 -0.94136829495541−5.8%
11 Vissel Kobe 224,962 19,913 6,151 13,233 0.031893325015596+3.1%
12 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 224,447 18,788 7,099 13,203 -0.90667490729295−9.3%
13 Ventforet Kofu 205,808 21,589 6,893 12,106 -0.97581815250685−2.4%
14 Kashiwa Reysol 202,593 30,807 6,855 11,917 0.47159792541368+47.1%
15 Júbilo Iwata 200,525 30,516 6,386 11,796 -0.97190409491637−2.8%
16 Avispa Fukuoka 177,054 19,421 4,028 10,415 0.18070513547217+18.0%
17 Montedio Yamagata 158,527 18,008 5,053 9,325 -0.79632792485056−20.3%
18 Omiya Ardija 154,681 12,221 5,627 9,099 -0.82239696312364−17.7%
League total 4,833,782 54,441 4,028 15,797 −14.2%

Updated to games played on December 3, 2011
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J.League agrees to resume games on April 23". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 J. League tournament details" (in Japanese). J. League official website. 
  3. ^ "J1 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Retrieved 13 March 2010.