2014 J. League Division 1

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J. League Division 1
Season 2014
Matches played 144
Goals scored 351 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Okubo, Pedro Júnior (10 goals each)
Highest attendance 54,350
Reds vs Cerezo Osaka
Lowest attendance 0
Reds vs S-Pulse
Average attendance 17,300
2013
2015

The 2014 J. League Division 1 season is the 49th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 22nd since the establishment of the J. League in 1993. The season has begun on 1 March and will finish on 6 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 4 clubs those who participate 2014 AFC Champions League to play rescheduled 12th-week matches, and 19 July for other 14 clubs.[1]

This year will also see 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]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima are 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 Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata
Kashima Antlers Kashima, Ibaraki
Omiya Ardija Omiya, Saitama
Cerezo Osaka Osaka, Osaka 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League fourth-placed)
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League runners-up)
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League Third placed team)
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2013
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi
Urawa Red Diamonds Urawa, Saitama
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J. League winners)
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2013
(through a play-off system)
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi
Ventforet Kofu Kofu, Yamanashi
Vissel Kobe 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[clarification needed]
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 Mrda Slovenia Zlatan Ljubijankič 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
Urawa Red Diamonds Brazil Marcio Richardes
Kashiwa Reysol 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 South Korea Kwak Hee-Ju
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Cristiano Brazil Gilsinho Brazil Marquinhos Paraná 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

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 20 12 4 4 27 14 +13 40 Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Kawasaki Frontale 20 12 3 5 38 25 +13 39
3 Sagan Tosu 20 12 1 7 26 16 +10 37
4 Kashima Antlers 20 11 3 6 38 23 +15 36
5 FC Tokyo 20 9 5 6 25 15 +10 32
6 Kashiwa Reysol 20 8 7 5 26 25 +1 31
7 Gamba Osaka 20 9 3 8 29 21 +8 30
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 20 8 6 6 28 27 +1 30
9 Vissel Kobe 20 7 8 5 31 28 +3 29
10 Albirex Niigata 20 7 7 6 17 17 0 28
11 Yokohama F. Marinos 20 7 6 7 24 19 +5 27
12 Vegalta Sendai 20 6 7 7 19 30 −11 25
13 Shimizu S-Pulse 20 7 3 10 24 31 −7 24
14 Nagoya Grampus 20 6 4 10 26 33 −7 22
15 Ventforet Kofu 20 4 8 8 14 20 −6 20
16 Cerezo Osaka 20 4 7 9 23 25 −2 19 Relegation to 2015 J. League Division 2
17 Omiya Ardija 20 3 7 10 26 38 −12 16
18 Tokushima Vortis 20 2 3 15 9 43 −34 9

Updated to games played on 16 August 2014.
Source: J. League Data
Rules for classification: .
1 The winners of the 2014 Emperor's Cup will also qualify for the group stage of the 2015 AFC Champions League. If the winners have already qualified to ACL through the championship, the spot will be awarded to the fourth-placed team.
(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 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1
Kashima Antlers 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 5–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 1–0
Omiya Ardija 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–2 3–3 4–0 0–2 0–3 1–3
Cerezo Osaka 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 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 2–2
Gamba Osaka 0–2 2–1 a 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0
Nagoya Grampus 2–3 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 2–5 2–3 2–1 1–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–2
Kashiwa Reysol 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 4–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–0
Sagan Tosu 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 5–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–2 5–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–0 0–1 0–2 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0
FC Tokyo 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–4 3–0 0–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–1
Vegalta Sendai 1–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–3 1–0 3–2 1–1 4–3
Ventforet Kofu 1–1 0–4 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 0–1
Vissel Kobe 1–0 2–2 1–5 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–0
Tokushima Vortis 1–2 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–0 0–1 2–2

Updated to games played on 16 August 2014.
Source: J. League Data
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
T1 Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale
10
Brazil Pedro Júnior Vissel Kobe
10
3 Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
8
T4 Japan Yu Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale
7
Brazil Marquinhos Vissel Kobe
7
Japan Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
7
T7 Brazil Davi Kashima Antlers
6
Uruguay Diego Forlán Cerezo Osaka
6
Slovenia Milivoje Novaković Shimizu S-Pulse
6
T10 Japan Hiroyuki Abe Gamba Osaka
5
Japan Shingo Akamine Vegalta Sendai
5
Japan Yasushi Endo Kashima Antlers
5
Japan Naoki Ishihara Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5
South Korea Kim Min-woo Sagan Tosu
5
Japan Tsukasa Shiotani Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5
Japan Junya Tanaka Kashiwa Reysol[3]
5
Japan Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus
5

Updated to games played on 23 July 2014
Source: J. League Data

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 271,767 54,350 0 33,971 -0.91566037735849−8.4%
2 FC Tokyo 203,941 40,761 14,165 25,493 0.016751086826467+1.6%
3 Cerezo Osaka 196,264 42,723 15,232 24,533 0.30362931080291+30.3%
4 Albirex Niigata 187,292 35,533 17,348 23,412 -0.89659926470588−10.3%
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 175,858 35,550 11,088 21,982 -0.79946173988944−20.0%
6 Nagoya Grampus 158,560 38,966 9,065 19,820 0.22838549736597+22.8%
7 Kawasaki Frontale 126,863 19,164 12,379 15,858 -0.95277577505407−4.7%
8 Vissel Kobe 124,609 25,382 10,089 15,576 0.35255296978117+35.2%
9 Kashima Antlers 123,620 32,099 8,840 15,453 -0.94116572263841−5.8%
10 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 117,345 24,734 11,766 14,668 -0.90492936023197−9.5%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 100,212 17,877 11,188 14,316 0.012661809436231+1.2%
12 Sagan Tosu 114,112 23,277 8,276 14,264 0.23873208858011+23.8%
13 Vegalta Sendai 109,939 18,863 11,144 13,742 -0.9243912283062−7.5%
14 Gamba Osaka 109,467 18,438 10,898 13,683 0.1137066579847+11.3%
15 Ventforet Kofu 120,832 36,505 8,197 13,426 0.064372918978912+6.4%
16 Kashiwa Reysol 106,625 14,623 9,265 11,847 -0.94375846411216−5.6%
17 Omiya Ardija 74,922 13,348 9,272 10,703 -0.96094451427545−3.9%
18 Tokushima Vortis 68,972 12,202 6,096 8,622 0.98298068077277+98.2%
League total 2,491,200 54,350 0 17,300 +0.4%

Updated to games played on 23 July 2014
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.
Urawa Reds played their match of Round 4 against Shimizu S-Pulse behind closed doors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J. League season to begin on March 1". Japan Times. 2013-12-17. 
  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. ^ Transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal after the 14th-week match.