2014 J. League Division 1

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J. League Division 1
Season 2014
Champions Gamba Osaka
2nd J. League title
2nd Japanese title
Relegated Omiya Ardija
Cerezo Osaka
Tokushima Vortis
Champions League Gamba Osaka
Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashima Antlers
Matches played 306
Goals scored 774 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Ōkubo (18 goals)
Highest attendance 56,758
Reds vs Gamba
Lowest attendance 0
Reds vs S-Pulse
Average attendance 17,240
2013
2015

The 2014 J. League Division 1 season was the 49th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 22nd since the establishment of the J. League in 1993. The season began on 1 March and ended on 8 December. Due to Japan's participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there was an extended break to allow for preparation after the 14th-week matches on 17 and 18 May, with the league resuming on 15 July for four clubs who participated in the 2014 AFC Champions League to play rescheduled 12th-week matches, and 19 July for other 14 clubs.[1]

This year saw the league being played via a home and away system over a single season for the last time, as from 2015 the league will revert to an Apertura and Clausura system (with a play-off 'super stage' to confirm the champions) first used when the J. League began.[2]

The league was won by Gamba Osaka, who won their second J. League title following a 0–0 away draw against Tokushima Vortis. Sanfrecce Hiroshima were the defending champions.

Clubs[edit]

18 teams compete in this year's competition. Both Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe return to J1 after a single season outside the top flight; they finished as the J. League Division 2 champions and runners-up, respectively. Tokushima Vortis, who finished fourth in the regular season and won the promotion playoff, will make their top-flight debut, becoming the first club from Shikoku to do so. Those three teams replaced Oita Trinita, Shonan Bellmare and Júbilo Iwata; Júbilo were relegated from J1 for the first time after twenty seasons in the top tier, while Bellmare and Trinita were bumped down after cameo appearances in J1.

Club Name Coach Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Japan Masaaki Yanagishita Niigata & Seiro, Niigata
Kashima Antlers Brazil Toninho Cerezo Kashima, Ibaraki
Omiya Ardija Japan Hiroki Shibuya Omiya, Saitama
Cerezo Osaka Japan Yuji Okuma Osaka, Osaka 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League fourth-placed)
Yokohama F. Marinos Japan Yasuhiro Higuchi Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League runners-up)
Kawasaki Frontale Japan Yahiro Kazama Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League Third placed team)
Gamba Osaka Japan Kenta Hasegawa Suita, Osaka Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2013
Nagoya Grampus Japan Akira Nishino Nagoya, Aichi
Urawa Red Diamonds Serbia Mihailo Petrović Urawa, Saitama
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Nelsinho Baptista Kashiwa, Chiba
Shimizu S-Pulse Japan Katsumi Oenoki Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Sagan Tosu Japan Megumu Yoshida Tosu, Saga
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan Hajime Moriyasu Hiroshima, Hiroshima 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League winners)
FC Tokyo Italy Massimo Ficcadenti Tokyo
Tokushima Vortis Japan Shinji Kobayashi All cities/towns in Tokushima Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2013
(through a play-off system)
Vegalta Sendai Japan Susumu Watanabe Sendai, Miyagi
Ventforet Kofu Japan Hiroshi Jofuku Kofu, Yamanashi
Vissel Kobe Japan Ryo Adachi Kobe, Hyōgo Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2013

Foreign players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player Non-Visa Foreign Type-C Contract[3]
Albirex Niigata Brazil Léo Silva Brazil Rafael Silva South Korea Lee Myung-Jae South Korea Song Ju-Hun
Kashima Antlers Brazil Davi Brazil Jorge Wagner Brazil Luís Alberto Brazil Caio
Omiya Ardija Brazil Carlinhos Paraiba Serbia Dragan Mrđa Slovenia Zlatan Ljubijankić South Korea Cho Won-hee
Cerezo Osaka Germany Cacau South Korea Kim Seong-jun Uruguay Diego Forlán South Korea Kim Jin-Hyeon South Korea Gu Sung-Yun
Yokohama F. Marinos Brazil Fabio Brazil Rafinha
Kawasaki Frontale Brazil Jeci Brazil Paulinho Brazil Renato North Korea An Byong-Jun
Gamba Osaka Brazil Lins Brazil Patric South Korea Oh Jae-Suk
Nagoya Grampus Brazil Leandro Domingues Brazil Régis Colombia Danilson Córdoba Australia Joshua Kennedy Brazil Gustavo
Urawa Red Diamonds Brazil Marcio Richardes
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Dudu Brazil Dudu Brazil Leandro South Korea Kim Chang-Soo
Shimizu S-Pulse Canada Dejan Jaković Netherlands Calvin Jong-a-Pin Slovenia Milivoje Novaković South Korea Lee Ki-Je Brazil Bueno
Sagan Tosu South Korea Choi Sung-Keun South Korea Kim Min-Hyeok South Korea Kim Min-Woo
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Croatia Mihael Mikić South Korea Byeon Jun-Byum South Korea Park Hyung-Jin South Korea Hwang Seok-Ho
FC Tokyo Brazil Edu Italy Michele Canini
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Cristiano Brazil Gilsinho Brazil Marquinhos Paraná Brazil Thiago Quirino Indonesia Irfan Bachdim
Vegalta Sendai Brazil Ramon Lopez Brazil Wilson North Korea Ryang Yong-Gi
Vissel Kobe Brazil Fabio Simplicio Brazil Marquinhos Brazil Pedro Júnior South Korea Jung Woo-Young
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Adriano Brazil Alex Colombia Esteven South Korea Kim Jong-Min North Korea Lee Yon-Jick South Korea Son Se-Hwang

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Incoming manager
Vegalta Sendai Australia Graham Arnold Mutual consent Japan Susumu Watanabe
Cerezo Osaka Serbia Ranko Popović Mutual consent Germany Marco Pezzaiuoli
Shimizu S-Pluse Iran Afshin Ghotbi Mutual consent Japan Katsumi Oenoki
Sagan Tosu South Korea Yoon Jung-Hwan Sacked Japan Megumu Yoshida
Omiya Ardija Japan Kiyoshi Okuma Sacked Japan Hiroki Shibuya
Cerezo Osaka Germany Marco Pezzaiuoli Sacked Japan Yuji Okuma

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Gamba Osaka (C) 34 19 6 9 59 31 +28 63 Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 18 8 8 52 32 +20 62
3 Kashima Antlers 34 18 6 10 64 39 +25 60
4 Kashiwa Reysol 34 17 9 8 48 40 +8 60 Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round 1
5 Sagan Tosu 34 19 3 12 41 33 +8 60
6 Kawasaki Frontale 34 16 7 11 56 43 +13 55
7 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 14 9 11 37 29 +8 51
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 13 11 10 44 37 +7 50
9 FC Tokyo 34 12 12 10 47 33 +14 48
10 Nagoya Grampus 34 13 9 12 47 48 −1 48
11 Vissel Kobe 34 11 12 11 49 50 −1 45
12 Albirex Niigata 34 12 8 14 30 36 −6 44
13 Ventforet Kofu 34 9 14 11 27 31 −4 41
14 Vegalta Sendai 34 9 11 14 35 50 −15 38
15 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 10 6 18 42 60 −18 36
16 Omiya Ardija (R) 34 9 8 17 44 60 −16 35 Relegation to 2015 J. League Division 2
17 Cerezo Osaka (R) 34 7 10 17 36 48 −12 31
18 Tokushima Vortis (R) 34 3 5 26 16 74 −58 14

Updated to games played on 8 December 2014.
Source: J. League Data
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Because Gamba Osaka won the 2014 Emperor's Cup, the group stage spot has been given to third-placed Kashima Antlers, while ACL qualification spot has been awarded to the fourth-placed Kashiwa Reysol.
(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 FMA FRO GAM GRA RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS VOR
Albirex Niigata 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2
Kashima Antlers 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 2–3 0–1 5–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–3 1–0
Omiya Ardija 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–3 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 3–3 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–2 0–3 1–3
Cerezo Osaka 0–0 1–4 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–2 3–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–0 1–3 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–0 4–1 3–4 5–4 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0
Gamba Osaka 5–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–0
Nagoya Grampus 0–1 2–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–5 2–3 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–2 2–1
Kashiwa Reysol 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 2–0
Sagan Tosu 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 5–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 4–0 0–2 5–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 1–3 2–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–4 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
FC Tokyo 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 3–0 0–1 4–4 4–0 2–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 4–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–3 4–2 1–2 0–3 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 4–3 2–1
Ventforet Kofu 1–1 0–4 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1
Vissel Kobe 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–5 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0
Tokushima Vortis 1–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–4 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–2

Updated to games played on 8 December 2014.
Source: J. League Data
^ 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
1 Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale
18
2 Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
15
3 Brazil Marquinhos Vissel Kobe
14
4 Brazil Pedro Júnior Vissel Kobe
13
Japan Yoshinori Muto FC Tokyo
13
Slovenia Milivoje Novaković Shimizu S-Pulse
13
7 Japan Yu Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale
12
Japan Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds
12
Japan Kensuke Nagai Nagoya Grampus
12
10 Brazil Edu FC Tokyo
11
Brazil Leandro Kashiwa Reysol
11
Japan Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
11

Updated to games played on 8 December 2014
Source: J. League Data

Awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Japan Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka
Rookie of the Year Brazil Caio Kashima Antlers
Manager of the Year Japan Kenta Hasegawa Gamba Osaka
Top scorer Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 18 goals.

Best Eleven[edit]

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Shusaku Nishikawa (3) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
DF Kosuke Ota (1) F.C. Tokyo  Japan
DF Masato Morishige (2) F.C. Tokyo  Japan
DF Tsukasa Shiotani (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan
MF Gaku Shibasaki (1) Kashima Antlers  Japan
MF Yoshinori Muto (1) F.C. Tokyo  Japan
MF Léo Silva (1) Albirex Niigata  Brazil
MF Yasuhito Endō (11) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Yoshito Ōkubo (2) Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
FW Takashi Usami (1) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Patric (1) Gamba Osaka  Brazil

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

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 603,770 56,758 0 35,516 -0.95730458221024−4.2%
2 FC Tokyo 428,184 42,059 13,048 25,187 0.0045467235671839+0.4%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 392,496 40,571 11,088 23,088 -0.839685772476−16.0%
4 Albirex Niigata 390,648 35,533 2,104 22,979 -0.8800168504902−11.9%
5 Cerezo Osaka 367,651 42,723 10,262 21,627 0.14921090387374+14.9%
6 Kashima Antlers 300,310 32,099 8,840 17,665 0.075887691089591+7.5%
7 Nagoya Grampus 284,474 38,966 5,599 16,733 0.037062286953827+3.7%
8 Kawasaki Frontale 283,241 19,668 10,609 16,661 0.0010213890891613+0.1%
9 Vegalta Sendai 257,949 18,914 11,144 15,173 0.020651150275797+2.0%
10 Vissel Kobe 255,185 25,382 9,375 15,010 0.30340395970823+30.3%
11 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 254,951 24,734 9,515 14,997 -0.92522672589302−7.4%
12 Gamba Osaka 250,738 19,569 10,898 14,749 0.2004720820446+20.0%
13 Shimizu S-Pulse 241,577 19,824 8,539 14,210 0.0051637546862842+0.5%
14 Sagan Tosu 240,323 23,277 8,276 14,137 0.22770299609205+22.7%
15 Ventforet Kofu 206,904 36,505 5,416 12,170 -0.96480101474552−3.5%
16 Omiya Ardija 183,791 14,182 7,001 10,811 -0.97064104866224−2.9%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 182,161 14,623 6,115 10,715 -0.8535808173345−14.6%
18 Tokushima Vortis 151,034 17,274 3,594 8,884 1.0432382704692+104.3%
League total 5,275,387 56,758 0 17,240 +0.0%

Updated to games played on 8 December 2014
Source: J. League Data

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "J-League switches to two-stage season in order to boost fans and revenue". Inside World Football.com. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Player registration and contracts". J. League. Retrieved 28 November 2014.