2017 J2 League

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Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2017
ChampionsShonan Bellmare
2nd J2 title
4th D2 title
PromotedShonan Bellmare
V-Varen Nagasaki
Nagoya Grampus
RelegatedThespakusatsu Gunma
Matches played462
Goals scored1,198 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorerIbba Laajab (Yokohama FC)
(25 goals)[1]
Highest attendance36,755[2]
Nagoya 1–1 Kyoto
(3 May 2017)
Lowest attendance1,191[2]
Sanuki 0-0 Yamagata
(22 Oct 2017)
Average attendance6,970
2016
2018

The 2017 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season was the 46th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 19th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Clubs[edit]

Greater Tokyo Area J2 League Teams

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[a]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[b]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu[c]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto[d]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano[e]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[f]
Nagoya Grampus All Aichi Prefecture[g] Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Oita Trinita Ōita Promoted from J3 League in 2016
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi[h]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Shonan Bellmare Shonan part of Kanagawa[i] Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma[j]
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[k]
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki[l]
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa Won J2-J3 Relegation Playoff
  1. ^ centering on Matsuyama
  2. ^ centering on Okayama, Kurashiki, Tsuyama
  3. ^ centering on Gifu
  4. ^ Kyoto, Uji, Joyo, Kyōtanabe, Mukō, Nagaokakyō, Kizugawa, Kameoka, Nantan, Kyotanba
  5. ^ Matsumoto, Nagano, Azumino, Yamagata, Shiojiri, Ōmachi, Ikeda
  6. ^ centering on Yamagata, Tendō, Tsuruoka
  7. ^ centering on Nagoya, Toyota, Miyoshi
  8. ^ centering on Yamaguchi, Shimonoseki, Sanyoonoda, Ube
  9. ^ Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Atsugi, Isehara, Odawara, Chigasaki, Hadano, Fujisawa, Ōiso, Samukawa, Ninomiya, Kamakura, Minamiashigara, Oi, Kaisei, Nakai, Hakone, Matsuda, Manazuru, Yamakita, Yugawara
  10. ^ centering on Kusatsu, Maebashi
  11. ^ centering on Tokushima, Naruto, Mima, Matsushige, Itano, Aizumi, Kitajima
  12. ^ centering on Nagasaki, Isahaya

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Avispa Fukuoka Japan Masami Ihara Japan Yuta Mikado ATHLETA
Ehime FC Japan Shuichi Mase Japan Shuto Kojima Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Japan Tetsu Nagasawa Japan Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu Japan Takeshi Oki Japan Yoshihiro Shoji New Balance
JEF United Chiba Argentina Juan Esnáider Japan Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki Japan Makoto Kitano Japan Kenta Shimizu ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga Japan Takanori Nunobe Japan Takanori Sugeno Wacoal
Machida Zelvia Japan Naoki Soma North Korea Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Japan Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock Japan Takayuki Nishigaya Japan Keisuke Funatani GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Japan Takashi Kiyama Japan Takuya Honda New Balance
Nagoya Grampus Japan Yahiro Kazama Japan Hisato Sato Mizuno
Oita Trinita Japan Tomohiro Katanosaka Japan Satoru Yamagishi Puma
Renofa Yamaguchi Argentina Carlos Mayor Japan Yuya Torikai Finta
Roasso Kumamoto Japan Hiroyuki Kiyokawa Japan Takuya Sonoda Puma
Shonan Bellmare South Korea Cho Kwi-jea Japan Kaoru Takayama Penalty
Thespakusatsu Gunma Japan Hitoshi Morishita Japan Yuya Yamagishi Finta
Tokushima Vortis Spain Ricardo Rodríguez Japan Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina Japan Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
V-Varen Nagasaki Japan Takuya Takagi Japan Yusuke Murakami hummel
Yokohama FC Japan Hitoshi Nakata Japan Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa Japan Masaaki Yanagishita Japan Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of separation Manner of departure Incoming manager Date of announcement
Nagoya Grampus North Macedonia Boško Gjurovski 6 November 2016[3] End of caretaker spell Japan Yahiro Kazama 4 January 2017[4]
Renofa Yamaguchi Japan Nobuhiro Ueno 23 May 2017[5] Sacked Argentina Carlos Mayor 5 June 2017[6]
Roasso Kumamoto Japan Hiroyuki Kiyokawa 14 June 2017[7] Sacked Japan Tomoyoshi Ikeya 14 June 2017
Yokohama FC Japan Hitoshi Nakata 15 October 2017[8] Sacked Brazil Edson Tavares 24 October 2017[9]

Foreign players[edit]

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the summer transfer window.

Clubs Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Nagoya Grampus Brazil Felipe Garcia Brazil Gabriel Xavier Brazil Washington South Korea Lim Seung-gyeom Sweden Robin Simović Brazil Charles
Shonan Bellmare Australia Tando Velaphi Brazil André Bahia Brazil Dinei Serbia Dragan Mrđa Brazil Chiquinho
Avispa Fukuoka Brazil Euller Brazil Gilsinho Brazil Wellington Brazil Willian Popp South Korea Won Du-jae Colombia Danilson Córdoba
Ehime FC China Ju Feng South Korea Park Seung-su
Fagiano Okayama Argentina Nicolás Orsini South Korea Jang Suk-won South Korea Kim Jong-min South Korea Lee Kyung-tae South Korea Park Hyung-jin
FC Gifu Brazil Cristian Brazil Henik Spain Sisinio Spain Víctor Ibáñez
Oita Trinita Brazil Chiquinho
Mito HollyHock Brazil Paulão South Korea Kwon Young-jin
JEF United Chiba Argentina Joaquín Larrivey Argentina Luis Ojeda Paraguay Eduardo Aranda Paraguay Jorge Salinas South Korea Kim Byeom-yong South Korea Lee Joo-young
Kamatamare Sanuki Brazil Alex Brazil Allan Brazil Evson South Korea Lee Joo-young South Korea Yoon Seon-ho North Korea Ri Yong-jik
Montedio Yamagata South Korea Lee Je-seung South Korea Koo Bon-hyeok
Renofa Yamaguchi Argentina Abel Luciatti Argentina Leonardo Ramos Argentina Marcelo Vidal South Korea Park Chan-yong
Roasso Kumamoto Brazil Gustavo Brazil Júnior Fell Brazil Morbeck South Korea Lim Jin-woo South Korea Yang Sang-jun North Korea An Byong-jun
Kyoto Sanga Belgium Kevin Oris South Korea Ha Sung-min South Korea Lee Yong-jae
Thespakusatsu Gunma Brazil Matheus South Korea Choi Joon-gi South Korea Kang Su-il South Korea Yeo Sung-hye South Korea Park Gon North Korea Park Seung-ri South Korea Han Ho-dong
Tokyo Verdy Brazil Alan Pinheiro Brazil Douglas Spain Carlos Martínez
V-Varen Nagasaki Spain Juanma Spain Miguel Pallardó South Korea Song Young-Min
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Carlinhos Serbia Nikola Vasiljević South Korea Kim Jong-pil Serbia Nikola Ašćerić
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Davi Brazil Diego Brazil Paulinho Brazil Serginho South Korea Goh Dong Min South Korea Yeo Sung-hye
Yokohama FC Brazil Leandro Domingues Netherlands Calvin Jong-a-Pin Norway Ibba Laajab South Korea Jeong Chung-geun
Machida Zelvia Montenegro Boris Tatar North Korea Kim Song-gi North Korea Ri Han-jae
Zweigen Kanazawa South Korea Byeon Jun-byum South Korea Kim Tea-sung Brazil Mendes

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Shonan Bellmare (C, P) 42 24 11 7 58 36 +22 83 Promotion to 2018 J1 League
2 V-Varen Nagasaki (P) 42 24 8 10 59 41 +18 80
3 Nagoya Grampus (O, P) 42 23 6 13 85 65 +20 75 Qualification to promotion playoffs[a]
4 Avispa Fukuoka 42 21 11 10 54 36 +18 74
5 Tokyo Verdy 42 20 10 12 64 49 +15 70
6 JEF United Chiba 42 20 8 14 70 58 +12 68
7 Tokushima Vortis 42 18 13 11 71 45 +26 67
8 Matsumoto Yamaga 42 19 9 14 61 45 +16 66
9 Oita Trinita 42 17 13 12 58 50 +8 64
10 Yokohama FC 42 17 12 13 60 49 +11 63
11 Montedio Yamagata 42 14 17 11 45 47 −2 59
12 Kyoto Sanga 42 14 15 13 55 47 +8 57
13 Fagiano Okayama 42 13 16 13 44 49 −5 55
14 Mito HollyHock 42 14 12 16 45 48 −3 54
15 Ehime FC 42 14 9 19 54 68 −14 51
16 Machida Zelvia 42 11 17 14 53 53 0 50
17 Zweigen Kanazawa 42 13 10 19 49 67 −18 49
18 FC Gifu 42 11 13 18 56 68 −12 46
19 Kamatamare Sanuki 42 8 14 20 41 61 −20 38
20 Renofa Yamaguchi 42 11 5 26 48 69 −21 38
21 Roasso Kumamoto 42 9 10 23 36 59 −23 37
22 Thespakusatsu Gunma (R) 42 5 5 32 32 88 −56 20 Relegation to 2018 J3 League
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: 2017 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Only teams that meet J1 license 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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AVI BEL EHI FAG GIF GRA HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN SPA TRI VVN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
Avispa Fukuoka 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–2
Shonan Bellmare 0–3 1–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–2
Ehime FC 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 4–2 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–3 0–0 2–3 1–1 1–0
Fagiano Okayama 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 2–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1
FC Gifu 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–6 2–1 4–6 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–0 1–2 4–4 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–0
Nagoya Grampus 3–1 3–2 7–4 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–2 5–1 1–1 4–2 0–1 2–0 4–1 0–2 5–2 2–3 2–1 2–3
Mito HollyHock 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 4–0
JEF United Chiba 0–0 0–1 4–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–1 4–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 5–0 2–2 2–0 5–1 2–1 2–1 2–0
Kamatamare Sanuki 2–2 3–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0
Montedio Yamagata 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–6 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–2 3–5 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1
Roasso Kumamoto 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 0–1 1–4
Kyoto Sanga 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3
Thespakusatsu Gunma 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–4 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–1
Oita Trinita 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 4–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–0
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–1 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1
Tokyo Verdy 0–0 2–3 3–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–0 3–3 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1
Tokushima Vortis 2–1 0–1 4–1 3–3 1–1 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 3–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–3 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0
Yokohama FC 1–3 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–2 2–0
Machida Zelvia 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–4 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–4 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Zweigen Kanazawa 0–5 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–1 3–4 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–4 0–1 0–4 3–2 2–2

Updated to games played on 19 November 2017.
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.

Playoffs[edit]

J1 League Promotion Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
      
3 Nagoya Grampus 4
6 JEF United Chiba 2
3 Nagoya Grampus 0
4 Avispa Fukuoka 0
4 Avispa Fukuoka 1
5 Tokyo Verdy 0

Semifinals[edit]


Avispa Fukuoka1–0Tokyo Verdy
Yamase Goal 14' Report
Attendance: 9,019

Nagoya Grampus4–2JEF United
Taguchi Goal 61'
Simović Goal 66'86'90+6'
Report Larrivey Goal 45+2'90'
Attendance: 18,350

Final[edit]


Nagoya Grampus0–0Avispa Fukuoka
Report
Attendance: 37,959

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of match played 19 November 2017.[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
Norway Ibba Laajab Yokohama FC
25
2
Japan Daiki Watari Tokushima Vortis
23
3
Brazil Wellington Avispa Fukuoka
19
Japan Hiroyuki Takasaki Matsumoto Yamaga
Argentina Joaquin Larrivey JEF United Chiba
6
Brazil Alan Pinheiro Tokyo Verdy
14
Japan Yusuke Goto Oita Trinita
8
Japan Tulio Kyoto Sanga
13
Sweden Robin Simovic Nagoya Grampus
Brazil Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
Japan Daizen Maeda Mito HollyHock

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Nagoya Grampus 322,672 36,755 7,046 15,365 −13.3%
2 Matsumoto Yamaga 255,076 15,872 8,982 12,146 −10.9%
3 JEF United Chiba 209,637 15,994 6,230 9,983 −3.0%
4 Avispa Fukuoka 200,546 16,336 6,021 9,550 −25.7%
5 Fagiano Okayama 198,883 12,286 6,275 9,471 −5.5%
6 Shonan Bellmare 177,527 12,480 4,453 8,454 −26.7%
7 Oita Trinita 169,328 11,370 6,136 8,063 +3.8%
8 FC Gifu 146,518 17,027 3,650 6,977 +23.2%
9 Kyoto Sanga 141,705 10,750 4,896 6,748 +3.4%
10 Montedio Yamagata 138,232 12,743 3,707 6,582 +5.2%
11 Roasso Kumamoto 137,698 13,990 3,944 6,557 +18.3%
12 Tokyo Verdy 130,334 14,541 2,786 6,206 +14.9%
13 Yokohama FC 125,301 13,244 2,284 5,967 +22.0%
14 V-Varen Nagasaki 124,756 22,407 3,189 5,941 +13.7%
15 Renofa Yamaguchi 114,538 9,651 3,369 5,454 −18.0%
16 Tokushima Vortis 104,577 7,583 3,106 4,979 +9.1%
17 Mito HollyHock 103,549 9,240 3,023 4,931 −8.1%
18 Zweigen Kanazawa 92,336 11,173 2,780 4,397 +5.2%
19 Machida Zelvia 85,177 8,124 2,383 4,056 −20.8%
20 Ehime FC 81,193 7,117 1,958 3,866 −5.5%
21 Thespakusatsu Gunma 80,465 6,828 1,402 3,832 −19.2%
22 Kamatamare Sanuki 79,908 7,994 1,191 3,805 +3.2%
League total 3,219,936 36,755 1,191 6,970 0.0%

Updated to games played on 19 November 2017
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Last year in J1 League. Last year in J3 League.

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