2012 J. League Division 1

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J. League Division 1
Season 2012
Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1st J. League title
6th Japanese title
Relegated Vissel Kobe
Gamba Osaka
Consadole Sapporo
Champions League Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Vegalta Sendai
Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashiwa Reysol
Matches played 306
Goals scored 855 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Hisato Satō (22 goals)
Biggest home win Kashima Antlers 7–0 Consadole Sapporo
Biggest away win Gamba Osaka 2–6 Kashiwa Reysol
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–5 Kashiwa Reysol
Highest scoring Gamba Osaka 7–2 Consadole Sapporo
(9 goals)
Highest attendance 51,879
Reds vs Grampus
Lowest attendance 5,432
Sagan vs Albirex
Average attendance 17,566
2011
2013

The 2012 J. League Division 1 season was the 47th season of Japanese top flight football and 20th since the establishment of the J. League. The season started on March 10 and finished on December 1.[1]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima won the 2012 J. League Division 1 championship on 24 November and advanced to the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup as the host team, entering the qualifying play-off round.[2][3] This was their first title in the J. League era and first league title since 1970, marking their sixth title overall.[4][5] Additionally, this was the first time since 1966 that clubs from the traditional regions of Kantō, Tōkai or Kansai - the corridor from Tokyo to Osaka - did not make the top two, and this time it was a team from Tōhoku, Vegalta Sendai, who finished in second place despite leading the table most of the season.[6]

Clubs[edit]

Ventforet Kofu, Avispa Fukuoka and Montedio Yamagata were relegated at the end of the 2011 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the table. Avispa Fukuoka and Ventforet Kofu returned to J2 after only one season in the top flight, while Montedio Yamagata were relegated after three seasons in J1.

The three relegated teams were replaced by 2011 J. League Division 2 champions F.C. Tokyo, runners-up Sagan Tosu and third-placed team Consadole Sapporo. F.C. Tokyo made an immediate return to the top division, while Consadole Sapporo ended a three-year absence. In the end, Sagan Tosu reached J1 after thirteen seasons in the second division.

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki
Omiya Ardija Omiya, Saitama
Cerezo Osaka Osaka, Osaka
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō Promoted from J2 League
(3rd place in J2 2011)
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2012 ACL Participant
(3rd place in J1 2011)
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi 2012 ACL Participant
(Runners-up in J1 2011)
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Urawa, Saitama
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba 2012 ACL Participant
2011 Defending Champions
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga Promoted from J2 League
(Runners-up in J2 2011)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima
FC Tokyo Tokyo Promoted from J2 League
(Champions in J2 2011)
2012 ACL Participant
(2011 Emperor's Cup Winners)
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo

Foreign players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player Type-C Contract Non-Visa Foreign
Albirex Niigata Brazil Alan Mineiro Brazil Bruno Lopes Brazil Michael South Korea Kim Young-Geun South Korea Kim Jin-Su
Kashima Antlers Brazil Dutra Brazil Juninho Brazil Renato
Omiya Ardija Brazil Carlinhos Slovenia Milivoje Novaković Slovenia Zlatan Ljubijankič South Korea Cho Young-Cheol South Korea Lee Keun-Ho
Cerezo Osaka Brazil Fábio Simplício Brazil Heberty South Korea Kim Jin-Hyeon North Korea Kim Song-Gi
Consadole Sapporo Brazil Ramón Brazil Tele South Korea Kim Jae-Hwan Australia Jade North
Yokohama F. Marinos Brazil Dutra Brazil Marquinhos
Kawasaki Frontale Brazil Jeci Brazil Renato Brazil Rene Santos
Gamba Osaka Brazil Eduardo Brazil Leandro Brazil Paulinho South Korea Kim Jung-Ya
Nagoya Grampus Brazil Daniel Colombia Danilson Córdoba Australia Joshua Kennedy
Júbilo Iwata Brazil Rodrigo Souto South Korea Cho Byung-Kuk South Korea Han Sang-Woon South Korea Baek Sung-Dong North Korea Hwang Song-Su
Urawa Red Diamonds Brazil Marcio Richardes Brazil Popó Serbia Ranko Despotović
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Jorge Wagner Brazil Leandro Domingues Brazil Neto Baiano South Korea Kweon Han-Jin North Korea An Yong-Hak
Shimizu S-Pulse Netherlands Calvin Jong-a-Pin South Korea Kim Hyun-Sung South Korea Lee Ki-Je North Korea Kang Song-Ho
Sagan Tosu Brazil Tozin South Korea Kim Min-Woo South Korea Yeo Sung-Hye South Korea Kim Kun-Hoan
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Croatia Mihael Mikić South Korea Hwang Seok-Ho South Korea Lee Dae-Heon
FC Tokyo Brazil Edmilson Brazil Lucas Serbia Nemanja Vučićević South Korea Jang Hyun-Soo
Vegalta Sendai Brazil Deyvid Sacconi Brazil Wilson South Korea Park Joo-Sung North Korea Ryang Yong-Gi
Vissel Kobe Brazil Anderson South Korea Lee Kwang-Seon South Korea Bae Chun-Suk Brazil Fernando South Korea Park Kang-Jo

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 34 19 7 8 63 34 +29 64 Qualification to 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Vegalta Sendai 34 15 12 7 59 43 +16 57
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 15 10 9 47 42 +5 55
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 13 14 7 44 33 +11 53
5 Sagan Tosu 34 15 8 11 48 39 +9 53
6 Kashiwa Reysol 34 15 7 12 57 52 +5 52 Qualification to 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage 2
7 Nagoya Grampus 34 15 7 12 46 47 −1 52
8 Kawasaki Frontale 34 14 8 12 51 50 +1 50
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 14 7 13 39 40 −1 49
10 FC Tokyo 34 14 6 14 47 44 +3 48
11 Kashima Antlers 34 12 10 12 50 43 +7 46
12 Júbilo Iwata 34 13 7 14 57 53 +4 46
13 Omiya Ardija 34 11 11 12 38 45 −7 44
14 Cerezo Osaka 34 11 9 14 47 53 −6 42
15 Albirex Niigata 34 10 10 14 29 34 −5 40
16 Vissel Kobe (R) 34 11 6 17 41 50 −9 39 Relegation to 2013 J. League Division 2
17 Gamba Osaka (R) 34 9 11 14 67 65 +2 38
18 Consadole Sapporo (R) 34 4 2 28 25 88 −63 14

Updated to games played on 1 December 2012.
Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 League champions also qualified for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup play-off stage.
2The winners of the 2012 Emperor's Cup qualified for the group stage of the 2013 AFC Champions League.
(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 CER CON FMA FRO GAM GRA JÚB RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VIS
Albirex Niigata 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 5–0 1–6 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0
Kashima Antlers 0–1 1–0 3–2 7–0 1–2 0–1 5–0 2–3 2–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 5–1 3–3 1–0
Omiya Ardija 1–1 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–3 2–2
Cerezo Osaka 0–1 0–1 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–4 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–2
Consadole Sapporo 0–1 0–0 0–5 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–4 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 2–3 1–3 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–4
Yokohama F. Marinos 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 3–1
Kawasaki Frontale 1–0 2–2 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–3 0–1 4–3 4–2 0–2 1–2 1–4 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–1
Gamba Osaka 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 7–2 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–6 2–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–3
Nagoya Grampus 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–5 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 5–1
Júbilo Iwata 0–0 3–0 4–0 4–3 4–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–3
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–5 2–0 2–0 1–0 4–3 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–0
Kashiwa Reysol 2–0 1–1 1–4 4–1 3–1 3–3 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–5 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–0
Sagan Tosu 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–3 3–2 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 3–0 1–3 3–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 3–2
Shimizu S-Pulse 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 3–2 3–2 0–2 3–5 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
FC Tokyo 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–0 5–0 3–1 1–2 3–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 6–2 0–1
Vegalta Sendai 0–1 1–0 4–1 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 4–0 2–1
Vissel Kobe 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1

Updated to games played on 1 December 2012.
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.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
22
2 Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
19
3 Japan Shingo Akamine Vegalta Sendai
14
Brazil Leandro Gamba Osaka
14
5 Brazil Wilson Vegalta Sendai
13
Japan Masato Kudo Kashiwa Reysol
13
Japan Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse
13
Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
13
9 Japan Shinzo Koroki Kashima Antlers
11
Japan Akihiro Sato Gamba Osaka
11
Japan Yoichiro Kakitani Cerezo Osaka
11
12 Brazil Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol
10
Brazil Lucas FC Tokyo
10
Brazil Renato Kawasaki Frontale
10
Brazil Marquinhos Yokohama Marinos
10
Japan Kensuke Nagai Nagoya Grampus
10
17 Japan Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers
9
Brazil Márcio Richardes Urawa Red Diamonds
9
Japan Toshiyuki Takagi Shimizu S-Pulse
9
Japan Hiroki Yamada Júbilo Iwata
9
Japan Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus
9
Japan Keijiro Ogawa Vissel Kobe
9

Source: J. League Division 1

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 622,772 51,879 25,743 36,634 0.080330286051312+8.0%
2 Albirex Niigata 425,309 35,506 15,854 25,018 -0.96042074551806−3.9%
3 FC Tokyo 407,243 34,822 16,229 23,955 0.36402459856508+36.4%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 390,078 36,412 7,101 22,946 0.090693031657002+9.0%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 302,719 20,996 12,509 17,807 0.026931949250288+2.6%
6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 301,249 32,724 11,123 17,721 0.34219495569189+34.2%
7 Nagoya Grampus 291,632 30,354 7,959 17,155 0.02472970551341+2.4%
8 Cerezo Osaka 287,524 36,723 8,226 16,913 0.19568752209261+19.5%
9 Vegalta Sendai 282,200 18,722 11,831 16,600 0.060296371997956+6.0%
10 Kashima Antlers 261,484 23,507 10,626 15,381 -0.95203020549641−4.7%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 257,054 23,188 8,710 15,121 -0.95696474906651−4.3%
12 Gamba Osaka 251,232 19,393 8,218 14,778 -0.90049357138505−9.9%
13 Vissel Kobe 248,853 22,766 8,755 14,638 0.10617395904179+10.6%
14 Kashiwa Reysol 234,064 26,106 10,351 13,768 0.15532432659226+15.5%
15 Júbilo Iwata 223,071 28,745 8,978 13,122 0.11241098677518+11.2%
16 Consadole Sapporo 204,141 25,353 6,870 12,008 0.14558290402595+14.5%
17 Sagan Tosu 203,844 22,116 5,432 11,991 0.55102832751261+55.1%
18 Omiya Ardija 180,831 12,709 7,936 10,637 0.16902956368832+16.9%
League total 5,375,300 51,879 5,432 17,566 +11.1%

Updated to games played on 1 December 2012
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

References[edit]

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