|Champions|| Kashima Antlers |
6th J. League title
6th Japanese title
|Relegated|| Tokyo Verdy |
|Champions League|| Kashima Antlers |
(all to the group stage)
|Goals scored||783 (2.56 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marquinhos (21 goal total)|
|Highest attendance||61,246 (Round 1,|
F. Marinos vs. Red Diamonds)
|Lowest attendance||6,125 (Round 23,|
Ardija vs. F. Marinos)
The 2008 J.League Division 1 season is the 44th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 16th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season began on March 8 and ended on December 6.
The J1 League or simply J1 is the top division of the Japan Professional Football League and the top professional association football J.League in Japan. It is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Currently, the J1 League is the first level of the Japanese association football league system. The second tier is represented by the J2 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League. Until the 2014 season it was named the J.League Division 1.
A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. Starting this season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. The bottom two clubs were relegated to J2 League by default, while 16th-placed club had to defend their spot in the top-flight in the pro/rele series.
The AFC Champions League, commonly known as the Asian Champions League, is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Introduced in 2002, the competition is a continuation of the Asian Club Championship which had started in 1967. It is the premier club tournament in Asia, equivalent to the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, and the UEFA, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC Champions League competitions.
The J2 League or simply J2 is the second division of the Japan Professional Football League and the second level of the Japanese association football league system. The top tier is represented by the J1 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and it is thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J2 League. Until the 2014 season it was named the J.League Division 2.
Following eighteen clubs played in J.League Division 1 during 2008 season. Of these clubs, Consadole Sapporo, Tokyo Verdy, and Kyoto Sanga FC are newly promoted clubs.
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata|
|Consadole Sapporo||Sapporo, Hokkaido||Promoted from J2 League in 2007|
|Gamba Osaka||Suita, Osaka||2008 ACL Participant|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka|
|Kashima Antlers||Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki|| 2008 ACL Participant|
The Defending Champions
|Kashiwa Reysol||Kashiwa, Chiba|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Kawasaki, Kanagawa|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto||Promoted from J2 League in 2007|
|Nagoya Grampus||Nagoya, Aichi||Renamed from Nagoya Grampus Eight|
|Oita Trinita||All cities/towns in Ōita|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Saitama||2008 ACL Participant|
|Tokyo Verdy||Tokyo||Promoted from J2 League in 2007 |
Renamed from Tokyo Verdy 1969
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe, Hyōgo|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Yokohama & Yokosuka|
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:
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 two clubs will be relegated to J2, while the 16th placed club plays a two-legged Promotion/Relegation Series. The champions of this season qualifies to the AFC Champions League and one to three more clubs may also qualify.
A3 Champions Cup was an annual football (soccer) tournament jointly organized by the China PR, Japan and Korea Republic football Association. It began in 2003, involving the league champions of China, Japan and South Korea. The host nation also invited an additional team, making this a four team tournament. South Korea was the most successful country in this tournament. Their representatives won the tournament three times.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Kashima Antlers (C)||34||18||9||7||56||30||+26||63||Qualification for 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|4||Oita Trinita||34||16||8||10||33||24||+9||56||Qualification for Pan-Pacific Championship 2009|
|7||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||15||8||11||50||42||+8||53|
|8||Gamba Osaka||34||14||8||12||46||49||−3||50||Qualification for 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|9||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||13||9||12||43||32||+11||48|
|15||JEF United Chiba||34||10||8||16||36||53||−17||38|
|16||Júbilo Iwata (O)||34||10||7||17||40||48||−8||37||2008 Promotion/Relegation Series|
|17||Tokyo Verdy (R)||34||10||7||17||38||50||−12||37||Relegation to 2009 J.League Division 2|
|18||Consadole Sapporo (R)||34||4||6||24||36||70||−34||18|
|Most Valuable Player||Kashima Antlers|
|Rookie of the Year||Nagoya Grampus|
|Manager of the Year||Kashima Antlers|
|Top Scorer||Kashima Antlers||21 goals.|
|GK||Seigo Narazaki||Nagoya Grampus|
|DF||Daiki Iwamasa||Kashima Antlers|
|DF||Atsuto Uchida||Kashima Antlers|
|DF||Marcus Tulio Tanaka||Nagoya Grampus|
|DF||Yuji Nakazawa||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|DF||Satoshi Yamaguchi||Gamba Osaka|
|MF||Kengo Nakamura||Kawasaki Frontale|
|MF||Yoshizumi Ogawa||Nagoya Grampus|
|FW||Yasuhito Endō||Gamba Osaka|
|FW||Atsushi Yanagisawa||Kyoto Sanga FC|
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||809,353||57,050||16,225||47,609||+2.0%|
|4||Yokohama F. Marinos||402,593||61,246||9,583||23,682||−1.5%|
|14||JEF United Chiba||239,436||17,152||8,694||14,084||−0.5%|
Updated to games played on December 6, 2008
Source: J. League Division 1
† Team played previous season in J2.
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