2013 J. League Division 2

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J. League Division 2
Season 2013
Champions Gamba Osaka
2nd D2 title
1st J2 title
Promoted Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe
Tokushima Vortis
Relegated Gainare Tottori
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1212 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorer Kempes
(22 goals)
Highest attendance 24,813
Sapporo vs Kitakyushu
Lowest attendance 1,104
Ehime vs Kumamoto
Average attendance 6,665
2012
2014

The 2013 J. League Division 2 season is the 42nd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 15th season since the establishment of J2 League. The regular season began on 3 March and ended on 24 November, followed by the promotion play-offs among four clubs ranked between 3rd and 6th at the end of regular season. Gamba Osaka became champions, and Vissel Kobe became runners-up, both returned to J1 immediately after one season at J2. The other promoted team is third runners-up (fourth placers) Tokushima Vortis, who won the promotion playoff final, defeating Kyoto Sanga FC. With the win, Vortis are making their J1 debut, becoming the first professional Shikoku football club to compete in the top division of their national league.

Clubs[edit]

Ventforet Kofu and Shonan Bellmare, champions and runners-up in the previous season, and Oita Trinita, winners of the promotion play-offs for 2012, were promoted to J1, then Consadole Sapporo, Vissel Kobe, and Gamba Osaka were relegated to J2 instead. Sapporo returned to J2 only after one season in the top-flight, and Kobe returned to J2 second time after 2006 season, while Gamba suffers their very first relegation to the second-tier after J. League Division 2 was established in 1999, and the first relegation since their former organization, Matsushita Electric Soccer Club, were relegated after the 1986-87 season of JSL.

V-Varen Nagasaki, champions of the 2012 Japan Football League, are promoted to J2 while F.C. Machida Zelvia, promoted to J2 from the previous season and ranked 22nd, were relegated back to 2013 Japan Football League only after spending one season in J2.

In February, Thespa Kusatsu changed their name to Thespakusatsu Gunma.

The expected participant clubs are as follows:

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō Relegated from J1 League in 2012
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama
Gainare Tottori All cities/towns in Tottori
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka Relegated from J1 League in 2012
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo Relegated from J1 League in 2012
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki Champions of JFL in 2012
Matsumoto Yamaga Matsumoto, Nagano
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa

Foreign players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player Non-Visa Foreign Type-C Contract
Avispa Fukuoka South Korea Park Gon Serbia Bratislav Punosevac South Korea Oh Chang-Hyun South Korea Kim Min-Jae South Korea Chang Jong-Won
Consadole Sapporo Brazil Ferro Brazil Paulao South Korea Cho Song-Jin Vietnam Lê Công Vinh
Ehime FC Brazil Alair Croatia Ante Tomic Brazil Osmar
Fagiano Okayama United States Piakai Henkel South Korea Kim Min-Kyun
Gainare Tottori Brazil Dudu United States Ansger Otto
Gamba Osaka Brazil Rocha Brazil Paulinho South Korea Oh Jae-Suk
FC Gifu Italy Desmond Republic of Macedonia Blaže Ilioski Croatia Stipe Plazibat North Korea Ri Han-Jae New Zealand Kayne Vincent
Giravanz Kitakyushu South Korea Ahn Young-Gyu South Korea Kim Dong-Hee South Korea Lee Keun-Ho South Korea Nam Il-Woo
Mito HollyHock South Korea Kim Yong-Gi
JEF United Chiba Brazil Kempes South Korea Kim Hyun-Hun South Korea Nam Seung-Woo
Kataller Toyama South Korea Kim Young-Keun South Korea Yang Hae-Joon South Korea Seo Yong-Duk
Montedio Yamagata Peru Romero Frank South Korea Lee Joo-Young Uruguay Álvaro Peña South Korea Kim Byeom-Yong
Roasso Kumamoto Brazil Douglas Brazil Fabio South Korea Ro Hyung-Gu
Kyoto Sanga Burkina Faso Wilfried Sanou Serbia Miloš Bajalica North Korea Kang Song-Ho South Korea Oh Seung-Hoon South Korea Hwang Te-Song
Thespakusatsu Gunma Brazil Eder Brazil Daniel Lovinho South Korea Kweon Han-Jin North Korea Hwang Te-Jun North Korea Hwang Song-Su
Tochigi SC Brazil Cristiano Brazil Paulinho Brazil Sabia South Korea Cha Young-Hwan
Tokyo Verdy South Korea Kim Jong-Pil
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Alex Brazil Douglas South Korea Kim Jong-Min
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Rodrigo Cabeça South Korea Park Kwang-Il South Korea Yoon Sung-Yeul
Vissel Kobe Brazil Mazinho Brazil Popó Colombia Estiven South Korea Lee Kwang-Seon North Korea Kim Song-Gi South Korea Gang Yoon-Goo
V-Varen Nagasaki South Korea Cho Min-Woo South Korea Oh Chang-Hyun
Yokohama FC South Korea Bae Hu-Min Brazil Patrick Vieira South Korea Bae Seung-Jin South Korea Na Sung-Soo

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Gamba Osaka (C) (P) 42 25 12 5 99 46 +53 87 Promotion to 2014 J. League Division 1
2 Vissel Kobe (P) 42 25 8 9 78 41 +37 83
3 Kyoto Sanga 42 20 10 12 68 46 +22 70 Qualification to the Promotion Playoffs 1
4 Tokushima Vortis (O) (P) 42 20 7 15 56 51 +5 67
5 JEF United Chiba 42 18 12 12 68 49 +19 66
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 42 19 9 14 48 40 +8 66
7 Matsumoto Yamaga 42 19 9 14 54 54 0 66
8 Consadole Sapporo 42 20 4 18 60 49 +11 64
9 Tochigi SC 42 17 12 13 61 55 +6 63
10 Montedio Yamagata 42 16 11 15 74 61 +13 59
11 Yokohama FC 42 15 13 14 49 46 +3 58
12 Fagiano Okayama 42 13 17 12 52 48 +4 56
13 Tokyo Verdy 42 14 14 14 52 58 −6 56
14 Avispa Fukuoka 42 15 11 16 47 54 −7 56
15 Mito HollyHock 42 14 13 15 50 58 −8 55 Ineligible for promotion
16 Giravanz Kitakyushu 42 13 10 19 50 60 −10 49 Ineligible for promotion
17 Ehime FC 42 12 11 19 43 52 −9 47
18 Kataller Toyama 42 11 11 20 45 59 −14 44
19 Roasso Kumamoto 42 10 13 19 40 70 −30 43
20 Thespakusatsu Gunma 42 9 13 20 43 61 −18 40
21 FC Gifu 42 9 10 23 37 80 −43 37 Ineligible for promotion
22 Gainare Tottori (R) 42 5 16 21 38 74 −36 31 Qualification to the Promotion/Relegation Series 2

Updated to games played on 8 December 2013.
Source: J. League Division 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Only teams that meet J1 criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
2 Promotion/Relegation Play-offs between J2 and JFL will take place between Kamatamare Sanuki, 2nd-placed club of 2013 Japan Football League with J. League Associate Membership, and 22nd-ranked club of 2013 J2
(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] AVI CON EHI FAG GAI GAM GIF GIR HOL JEF KAT MON ROS SAN SPA TOC VVN VER VIS VOR YAM YFC
Avispa Fukuoka 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–4 1–4 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–5
Consadole Sapporo 3–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–3 4–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–0
Ehime FC 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–2 4–0 2–4 0–2 1–1 0–1
Fagiano Okayama 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–3 4–3 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0
Gainare Tottori 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–7 3–4 2–3 3–1 2–2 2–3 0–6 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0
Gamba Osaka 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 4–0 3–3 5–1 3–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–0 1–0 0–0
FC Gifu 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–8 3–1 1–4 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–2
Giravanz Kitakyushu 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–2 7–0 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–2 1–1
Mito HollyHock 0–0 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–2 4–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–2 2–2
JEF United Chiba 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 6–1 2–0 3–2 1–3 6–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Kataller Toyama 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–4 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–1
Montedio Yamagata 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–2 2–3 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 2–2 4–1 5–1
Roasso Kumamoto 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–4 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–1
Kyoto Sanga 2–1 2–0 4–1 2–4 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–3 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 4–1 1–2 0–1 0–1
Thespakusatsu Gunma 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–0
Tochigi SC 2–0 4–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–2 4–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–0
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–0
Tokyo Verdy 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–3 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 2–1 3–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–3
Vissel Kobe 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–3 0–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 7–0 1–0
Tokushima Vortis 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–5 3–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–3 1–1 4–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–1 2–4 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 2–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1
Yokohama FC 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 4–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–3

Updated to games played on 24 November 2013.
Source: J. League Division 2
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.


Play-offs[edit]

Promotion Playoffs to Division 1[edit]

Teams that finished 3rd to 6th participate in play-off series for the last J1 promotion berth.

Semifinals Final
           
3 Kyoto Sanga 0
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 0
3 Kyoto Sanga 0
4 Tokushima Vortis 2
4 Tokushima Vortis 1
5 JEF United Chiba 1

Semifinals[edit]


1 December 2013 (2013-12-01)
14:04
Kyoto Sanga 0–0 V-Varen Nagasaki
Report

1 December 2013 (2013-12-01)
14:04
Tokushima Vortis 1–1 JEF United Chiba
Douglas Goal 37' Report Goal 40' Yamaguchi

If the score is tied after 90 minutes, no extra time is played and the winner is the team with the best league ranking.

Final[edit]


8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
15:30
Kyoto Sanga 0–2 Tokushima Vortis
Report Chiyotanda Goal 39'
Tsuda Goal 43'

Tokushima Voltis will be promoted to 2014 J. League Division 1

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

Gainare Tottori as last-placed team faced 2nd-placed 2013 Japan Football League side Kamatamare Sanuki in a two-legged play-off.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gainare Tottori 1–2 Kamatamare Sanuki 1–1 0–1

1 December 2013 (2013-12-01)
13:03
Kamatamare Sanuki 1–1 Gainare Tottori
Takahashi Goal 47' Report Goal 50' Mori
Kagawa Marugame Stadium, Marugame, Kagawa
Attendance: 5,793
Referee: Yosuke Kubota

8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
13:00
Gainare Tottori 0–1 Kamatamare Sanuki
Report Takahashi Goal 20'
Tottori Bank Bird Stadium, Tottori, Tottori
Attendance: 6,313
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima

Gainare Tottori will be relegated to 2014 J3 League

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Brazil Kempes JEF United Chiba
22
2 Japan Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka
19
3 Japan Yoshihiro Uchimura Consadole Sapporo
17
4 Brazil Cristiano Tochigi SC
16
Japan Keijiro Ogawa Vissel Kobe
16
Brazil Popó Vissel Kobe
16
Brazil Sabiá Tochigi SC
16
8 Japan Tomohiro Tsuda Tokushima Vortis
14
9 Japan Ryuichi Hirashige Thespakusatsu Gunma
13
Brazil Leandro Gamba Osaka[1]
13

Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League

Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Club
March Brazil Popó Vissel Kobe
April Brazil Leandro Gamba Osaka
May South Korea Oh Seung-Hoon Kyoto Sanga
June Japan Ryohei Hayashi Montedio Yamagata
July Japan Koji Yamase Kyoto Sanga
August Japan Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka
September Japan Keijiro Ogawa Vissel Kobe
October Brazil Kempes JEF United Chiba
November

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Gamba Osaka 257,996 18,041 8,045 12,286 -0.83137095682772−16.8%
2 Vissel Kobe 241,841 23,012 4,151 11,516 -0.78671949719907−21.3%
3 Matsumoto Yamaga 231,866 17,148 7,153 11,041 0.15843038505928+15.8%
4 Consadole Sapporo 211,568 24,813 4,837 10,075 -0.83902398401066−16.0%
5 JEF United Chiba 210,078 15,982 6,511 10,004 0.077901088244801+7.7%
6 Fagiano Okayama 180,056 18,269 6,234 8,574 0.073763306199123+7.3%
7 Kyoto Sanga 165,717 15,380 4,314 7,891 0.084971813556992+8.4%
8 Montedio Yamagata 147,416 17,223 4,433 7,020 -0.9544527532291−4.5%
9 Tokyo Verdy 133,201 18,705 2,539 6,343 0.1876053173563+18.7%
10 Roasso Kumamoto 130,769 12,003 3,339 6,227 0.063535439795047+6.3%
11 V-Varen Nagasaki 129,517 18,153 2,093 6,167 0.68681619256018+68.6%
12 Yokohama FC 127,354 12,490 2,139 6,064 0.0041397582381189+0.4%
13 Avispa Fukuoka 120,270 14,526 2,640 5,727 0.025241675617615+2.5%
14 Tochigi SC 103,360 10,687 2,103 4,922 0.27844155844156+27.8%
15 Mito HollyHock 97,237 10,025 2,513 4,630 0.16536622199849+16.5%
16 FC Gifu 95,032 11,719 2,341 4,525 0.059718969555035+5.9%
17 Kataller Toyama 93,960 13,639 2,315 4,474 0.34596871239471+34.5%
18 Tokushima Vortis 91,303 8,897 1,875 4,348 0.089451265347031+8.9%
19 Gainare Tottori 86,033 10,096 1,530 4,097 0.30769230769231+30.7%
20 Ehime FC 82,952 10,381 1,104 3,950 0.088454119592174+8.8%
21 Thespakusatsu Gunma 74,990 7,810 1,472 3,571 0.068841664172403+6.8%
22 Giravanz Kitakyushu 66,665 7,207 1,607 3,175 -0.94889420203228−5.1%
League total 3,079,181 23,012 1,104 6,665 +14.8%

Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League Division 2
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.
Team played previous season in JFL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plays for Gamba until June