2009 J.League Division 1

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J.League Division 1
Season2009
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 played306
Goals scored791 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Ryoichi Maeda (20 goals total)
Highest attendance53,783 (Round 34,
Red Diamonds vs. Antlers)
Lowest attendance5,567 (Round 12,
Sanga vs. JEF United)
Average attendance18,985
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.

Contents

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.

Clubs

Japan location map with Tokyo Greater Area Inset.svg

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 NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, 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 Ōita
Omiya Ardija Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima Promoted from J2 League in 2008
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka

League format

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 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

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Kashima Antlers (C)3420685130+2166Qualification for 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage [lower-alpha 1]
2 Kawasaki Frontale 3419786440+2464
3 Gamba Osaka 34186106244+1860
4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34151185344+956
5 FC Tokyo 34165134739+853
6 Urawa Red Diamonds 34164144343052
7 Shimizu S-Pulse 34131294441+351
8 Albirex Niigata 341311104231+1150
9 Nagoya Grampus 34148124642+450
10 Yokohama F. Marinos 341113104337+646
11 Júbilo Iwata 341181550601041
12 Kyoto Sanga 341181535471241
13 Omiya Ardija 34912134047739
14 Vissel Kobe 34109154048839
15 Montedio Yamagata 34109153240839
16 Kashiwa Reysol (R)347131441571634Relegation to 2010 J.League Division 2
17 Oita Trinita (R)34862026451930
18 JEF United Chiba (R)345121732562427
Updated to match(es) played on December 5, 2009. Source: J.League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  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.

Results

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD FRO GAM GRA JEF JÚB MON REY SFR SAN SSP TOK TRI RED VIS FMA
Albirex Niigata 2–10–02–21–22–12–23–31–10–13–31–20–11–10–00–12–02–1
Kashima Antlers 0–12–02–3 [lower-alpha 1] 5–11–43–01–02–01–12–12–12–13–11–02–01–00–0
Omiya Ardija 0–13–12–33–20–21–11–10–31–10–12–10–00–33–01–11–10–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–01–13–11–03–13–22–02–01–17–04–11–12–12–00–22–22–0
Gamba Osaka 0–20–14–12–12–32–04–12–14–02–24–11–44–21–01–03–20–0
Nagoya Grampus 1–00–31–10–22–10–13–32–02–30–01–13–11–23–20–11–02–1
JEF United Chiba 0–10–20–21–10–30–21–11–20–02–11–11–22–10–20–11–11–1
Júbilo Iwata 0–20–03–12–11–32–13–22–62–30–13–0 3–0 0–13–11–11–01–1
Montedio Yamagata 0–11–10–00–11–10–01–03–10–01–20–00–11–00–02–31–00–0
Kashiwa Reysol 0–41–22–22–30–21–21–11–20–11–20–05–00–32–12–30–11–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–21–02–31–12–20–04–10–13–14–14–10–02–01–02–14–33–2
Kyoto Sanga 1–00–11–33–12–10–12–12–31–01–22–00–12–11–11–01–02–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–12–21–01–00–20–02–2 5–1 4–11–11–13–31–23–12–21–00–0
FC Tokyo 1–41–23–22–30–03–01–23–21–04–00–00–02–12–00–11–00–0
Oita Trinita 0–01–21–11–01–32–11–22–10–10–00–11–02–10–11–00–21–2
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–00–10–32–30–00–33–13–24–11–42–11–00–13–11–02–01–2
Vissel Kobe 1–01–01–23–13–12–22–21–13–13–10–01–10–10–23–23–22–2
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–12–11–02–11–22–11–11–01–23–32–43–02–00–11–22–05–0
Updated to match(es) played on December 5, 2009. Source: J. League Division 1
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. The 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 Soccerball shade.svg 30' — Chong Tese Soccerball shade.svg 19', 32', Juninho Soccerball shade.svg 66'). The game resumed on October 7 from the 74th minute. (Iwamasa Soccerball shade.svg 74') [1]

Top scorers

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

Notes:

  1. Transferred from Albirex Niigata after 24th week

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 751,56553,78318,77744,210−7.1%
2 Albirex Niigata 568,58240,26824,39233,446−3.0%
3 FC Tokyo 440,03240,70118,22125,884+0.7%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 374,97540,22811,02522,057−6.9%
5 Kashima Antlers 367,48637,87814,47321,617+9.7%
6 Kawasaki Frontale 320,39422,39014,69618,847+7.3%
7 Oita Trinita 313,28124,83314,16318,428−9.3%
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 304,90030,8519,75617,935+8.0%
9 Gamba Osaka 301,10520,39410,15917,712+9.8%
10 Nagoya Grampus 270,77332,4359,35515,928−3.8%
11 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 267,29927,1139,47915,723+45.0%
12 JEF United Chiba 250,41317,91612,34914,730+4.6%
13 Omiya Ardija 233,01337,8427,79613,707+46.6%
14 Júbilo Iwata 229,89122,1528,71613,523−12.6%
15 Vissel Kobe 222,15320,7216,00213,068+0.7%
16 Montedio Yamagata 204,95320,1026,55412,056+92.2%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 199,55232,8548,12411,738−4.6%
18 Kyoto Sanga 189,14918,1215,56711,126−18.7%
League total5,809,51653,7835,56718,985−1.1%

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

Awards

Individual awards

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

Best eleven

PosFootballerClubNationality
GK Eiji Kawashima Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Daiki Iwamasa Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Atsuto Uchida Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Yuto Nagatomo FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Naohiro Ishikawa FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Mitsuo Ogasawara Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

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References

  1. J. League official website -News Release Archived 2009-09-22 at the Wayback Machine – 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. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 17 April 2010.