2009 J. League Division 1

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J. League Division 1
Season 2009
Champions Kashima Antlers
7th J. League title
7th Japanese title
Relegated Kashiwa Reysol
JEF United Chiba
Oita Trinita
Champions League Kashima Antlers
Kawasaki Frontale
Gamba Osaka
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
(all to the group stage)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 791 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Ryoichi Maeda (20 goals total)
Highest attendance 53,783 (Round 34,
Red Diamonds vs. Antlers)
Lowest attendance 5,567 (Round 12,
Sanga vs. JEF United)
Average attendance 18,985
2008
2010

The 2009 J. League Division 1 season is the 45th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 17th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season started on March 7, 2009 and ended on December 5, 2009.

A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. At the end of the season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. Also starting this season, the bottom three clubs were relegated to J2 League by default.

Kashima Antlers became the first Japanese club win J. League Championship in three straight seasons.

Participating Clubs[edit]

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Montedio Yamagata
Albirex Niigata
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
Urawa Red Diamonds
F.C. Tokyo
Kawasaki Frontale
Kashiwa Reysol
JEF United Chiba
Yokohama F. Marinos
Shimizu S-Pulse
Júbilo Iwata
Nagoya Grampus
Kyoto Sanga
Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Oita Trinita

The following eighteen clubs will play in J. League Division 1 during the 2009 season. Of these clubs, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Montedio Yamagata are the newly promoted clubs.

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2009 ACL Participant
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2009 ACL Participant
Two-time Defending Champions
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2009 ACL Participant
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata Promoted from J2 League in 2008
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi 2009 ACL Participant
Oita Trinita All cities/towns in Oita
Omiya Ardija Saitama, Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima Promoted from J2 League in 2008
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama, Saitama
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa

League Format[edit]

Eighteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 34 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The bottom three clubs will be relegated to J2. The top three clubs will qualify to AFC Champions League in the following year.

Changes from Previous Year
  • Bottom three clubs are relegated by default; during 2004-2008 season, the 16th-place club needed to win playoffs to avoid relegation.
  • The fourth foreign player slot (AFC player slot) is introduced

Final League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kashima Antlers (C) 34 20 6 8 51 30 +21 66 Qualification to 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Kawasaki Frontale 34 19 7 8 64 40 +24 64
3 Gamba Osaka 34 18 6 10 62 44 +18 60
4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 15 11 8 53 44 +9 56
5 FC Tokyo 34 16 5 13 47 39 +8 53
6 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 16 4 14 43 43 0 52
7 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 13 12 9 44 41 +3 51
8 Albirex Niigata 34 13 11 10 42 31 +11 50
9 Nagoya Grampus 34 14 8 12 46 42 +4 50
10 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 11 13 10 43 37 +6 46
11 Júbilo Iwata 34 11 8 15 50 60 −10 41
12 Kyoto Sanga 34 11 8 15 35 47 −12 41
13 Omiya Ardija 34 9 12 13 40 47 −7 39
14 Vissel Kobe 34 10 9 15 40 48 −8 39
15 Montedio Yamagata 34 10 9 15 32 40 −8 39
16 Kashiwa Reysol (R) 34 7 13 14 41 57 −16 34 Relegation to 2010 J. League Division 2
17 Oita Trinita (R) 34 8 6 20 26 45 −19 30
18 JEF United Chiba (R) 34 5 12 17 32 56 −24 27

Updated to games played on December 5, 2009.
Source: J.League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima received fourth Japanese berth in the group stage of the 2010 AFC Champions League because Gamba Osaka, the winners of the 2009 Emperor's Cup, has been already qualified for ACL through J. League championship.
(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 FRO GAM GRA JEF JÚB MON REY SFR SAN SSP TOK TRI RED VIS FMA
Albirex Niigata 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–3 1–1 0–1 3–3 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–1
Kashima Antlers 0–1 2–0 2–32 5–1 1–4 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
Omiya Ardija 0–1 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–3 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 7–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0
Gamba Osaka 0–2 0–1 4–1 2–1 2–3 2–0 4–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 1–4 4–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 0–0
Nagoya Grampus 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 3–3 2–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–1
JEF United Chiba 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1
Júbilo Iwata 0–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–3 2–1 3–2 2–6 2–3 0–1 3–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1
Montedio Yamagata 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–3 1–0 0–0
Kashiwa Reysol 0–4 1–2 2–2 2–3 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 5–0 0–3 2–1 2–3 0–1 1–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–2 0–0 4–1 0–1 3–1 4–1 4–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 4–3 3–2
Kyoto Sanga 1–0 0–1 1–3 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 5–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–0
FC Tokyo 1–4 1–2 3–2 2–3 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 4–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0
Oita Trinita 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–2
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–3 0–0 0–3 3–1 3–2 4–1 1–4 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–2
Vissel Kobe 1–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 3–2 3–2 2–2
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–3 2–4 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 5–0

Updated to games played on December 5, 2009.
Source: J. League Division 1
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The Kashima-hosted game against Kawasaki Frontale on the 25th week was halted at 74th minute due to the pitch condition caused by heavy rain, the score at the moment was 1–3 (Marquinhos Goal 30' — Chong Tese Goal 19'32', Juninho Goal 66'). The game resumed on October 7 from the 74th minute. (Iwamasa Goal 74')[1]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[2]
1 Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
20
2 Brazil Juninho Kawasaki Frontale
17
Brazil Edmilson Urawa Red Diamonds
17
4 Japan Naohiro Ishikawa FC Tokyo
15
Japan Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
15
6 North Korea Chong Tese Kawasaki Frontale
14
Japan Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse
14
8 Brazil Marquinhos Kashima Antlers
13
Brazil Pedro Júnior Gamba Osaka[note 1]
13
Japan Kazuma Watanabe Yokohama F. Marinos
13

Notes:

  1. ^ Transferred from Albirex Niigata after 24th week

Attendance Figures[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 751,565 53,783 18,777 44,210 -0.92860593585246−7.1%
2 Albirex Niigata 568,582 40,268 24,392 33,446 -0.96973035662511−3.0%
3 FC Tokyo 440,032 40,701 18,221 25,884 0.0065328978068129+0.6%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 374,975 40,228 11,025 22,057 -0.93138248458745−6.8%
5 Kashima Antlers 367,486 37,878 14,473 21,617 0.096530384498326+9.6%
6 Kawasaki Frontale 320,394 22,390 14,696 18,847 0.072986051807572+7.2%
7 Oita Trinita 313,281 24,833 14,163 18,428 -0.90680051176065−9.3%
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 304,900 30,851 9,756 17,935 0.080486776311826+8.0%
9 Gamba Osaka 301,105 20,394 10,159 17,712 0.098214285714286+9.8%
10 Nagoya Grampus 270,773 32,435 9,355 15,928 -0.96212624584718−3.7%
11 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 267,299 27,113 9,479 15,723 0.45046125461255+45.0%
12 JEF United Chiba 250,413 17,916 12,349 14,730 0.045867651235445+4.5%
13 Omiya Ardija 233,013 37,842 7,796 13,707 0.46598930481283+46.5%
14 Júbilo Iwata 229,891 22,152 8,716 13,523 -0.87442612350469−12.5%
15 Vissel Kobe 222,153 20,721 6,002 13,068 0.0067021030737231+0.6%
16 Montedio Yamagata 204,953 20,102 6,554 12,056 0.92188745416866+92.1%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 199,552 32,854 8,124 11,738 -0.95368865778356−4.6%
18 Kyoto Sanga 189,149 18,121 5,567 11,126 -0.81288814203259−18.7%
League total 5,809,516 53,783 5,567 18,985 −1.1%

Updated to games played on December 5, 2009
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

Awards[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Japan Mitsuo Ogasawara Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year Japan Kazuma Watanabe Yokohama F. Marinos
Manager of the Year Brazil Oswaldo de Oliveira Kashima Antlers
Top Scorer Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata 20 goals.

Best Eleven[edit]

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Eiji Kawashima Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
DF Daiki Iwamasa Kashima Antlers  Japan
DF Atsuto Uchida Kashima Antlers  Japan
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus  Japan
DF Yuto Nagatomo F.C. Tokyo  Japan
MF Naohiro Ishikawa F.C. Tokyo  Japan
MF Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
MF Mitsuo Ogasawara Kashima Antlers  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Ryoichi Maeda Jubilo Iwata  Japan
FW Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse  Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. League official website -News Release - Notice of the rematch for a suspended game - Kashima Antlers vs Kawasaki Frontale on the 25th week of J. League Division 1 on 2009 (Japanese) (2009Jリーグ J1リーグ戦 第25節「鹿島アントラーズ vs 川崎フロンターレ」 試合の取り扱いについて?) dated September 15, 2009
  2. ^ "2009 J1 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Retrieved 17 April 2010.