2010 J.League Division 1

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J.League Division 1
Season2010
Champions Nagoya Grampus
1st J. League title
1st Japanese title
Relegated FC Tokyo
Kyoto Sanga
Shonan Bellmare
Champions League Nagoya Grampus
Gamba Osaka
Cerezo Osaka
Kashima Antlers
Matches played306
Goals scored813 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer Joshua Kennedy, Ryoichi Maeda (17 goals total)
Highest attendance55,410 (Round 10,
Red Diamonds vs. Grampus)
Lowest attendance5,334 (Round 11,
Sanfrecce vs. Cerezo)
Average attendance18,428
2009
2011

The 2010 J.League Division 1 season was the 46th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 18th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season began on March 6 and ended on December 4. [1]

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 the bottom three clubs were relegated to J2 League by default.

Nagoya Grampus won their first Japanese championship. This was also the first time since the advent of the J.League that the top scorer scored less than 20 goals; the honour of scoring 17 goals was shared between Nagoya's Joshua Kennedy and Júbilo Iwata's Ryoichi Maeda. Additionally, this was also the first Japanese top division season in which clubs from the Kantō region did not place among the top three.

Clubs

Japan location map with Tokyo Greater Area Inset.svg

The following eighteen clubs will play in J.League Division 1 during the 2010 season. Of these clubs, Vegalta Sendai, Cerezo Osaka and Shonan Bellmare are the newly promoted clubs. For the first time since 1995 season all top-flight teams are located on a single island (Honshū).

Club NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata
Cerezo Osaka Osaka Promoted from J2 League in 2009
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2010 ACL Participant
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2010 ACL Participant
Three-time Defending Champions
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2010 ACL Participant
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi
Omiya Ardija Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima 2010 ACL Participant
Shonan Bellmare Southcentral cities/towns in Kanagawa Promoted from J2 League in 2009
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi Promoted from J2 League in 2009
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka

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 J.League Division 2. The top three clubs will qualify to AFC Champions League in the following year.

Changes from previous year

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Nagoya Grampus (C)3423385437+1772Qualification for 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage [lower-alpha 1]
2 Gamba Osaka 3418886544+2162
3 Cerezo Osaka 34171075832+2661
4 Kashima Antlers 34161265131+2060
5 Kawasaki Frontale 34159106147+1454
6 Shimizu S-Pulse 34159106049+1154
7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34149114538+751
8 Yokohama F. Marinos 34156134339+451
9 Albirex Niigata 34121394845+349
10 Urawa Red Diamonds 34146144841+748
11 Júbilo Iwata 3411111238491144
12 Omiya Ardija 34119143945642
13 Montedio Yamagata 341191429421342
14 Vegalta Sendai 34109154046639
15 Vissel Kobe 34911143745838
16 FC Tokyo (R)34812143641536Relegation to 2011 J.League Division 2
17 Kyoto Sanga (R)34472330603019
18 Shonan Bellmare (R)34372431825116
Updated to match(es) played on December 4, 2010. Source: J.League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Kashima Antlers qualified as 2010 Emperor's Cup winners.

Results

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD BEL CER FRO GAM GRA JÚB MON SFR SAN SSP TOK RED VEG VIS FMA
Albirex Niigata 2–10–03–11–12–11–24–11–13–12–21–14–12–10–21–11–12–1
Kashima Antlers 2–23–01–00–12–12–11–01–23–10–02–11–11–12–01–03–02–0
Omiya Ardija 2–20–13–03–02–21–30–10–02–10–02–13–00–21–20–32–21–1
Shonan Bellmare 2–01–11–30–41–61–30–10–01–11–32–23–61–31–41–02–21–4
Cerezo Osaka 2–12–12–02–10–0 1–1 0–16–23–01–13–11–04–12–30–02–12–0
Kawasaki Frontale 2–11–20–04–21–21–24–01–12–02–01–00–02–11–13–23–01–3
Gamba Osaka 0–01–15–12–1 3–2 4–41–22–01–02–01–11–12–03–22–22–40–2
Nagoya Grampus 1–11–42–12–11–02–33–12–02–12–11–03–30–13–12–12–01–1
Júbilo Iwata 1–12–31–13–20–33–14–31–20–02–12–3 2–1 2–12–10–13–20–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–01–11–01–13–30–02–10–11–01–01–00–30–31–13–10–00–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4–01–11–23–00–50–30–21–01–12–13–01–12–12–11–01–13–0
Kyoto Sanga 0–21–10–20–10–13–41–20–20–11–20–32–42–00–42–13–01–2
Shimizu S-Pulse 0–22–12–15–03–22–00–31–5 0–0 3–02–11–11–22–15–11–01–2
FC Tokyo 1–11–10–13–00–01–21–10–11–11–10–21–12–20–10–02–21–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 2–01–10–12–12–03–00–22–10–10–10–12–01–11–01–10–42–3
Vegalta Sendai 2–32–13–12–11–11–11–31–23–02–01–11–01–33–21–10–10–1
Vissel Kobe 1–20–03–10–00–00–41–31–23–00–21–22–01–00–01–02–01–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 3–01–30–23–00–04–01–00–21–00–12–12–21–21–21–40–11–0
Updated to match(es) played on December 4, 2010. Source: J. League Division 1
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals [2]
1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy Nagoya Grampus 17
Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata 17
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Edmilson Urawa Red Diamonds 16
Flag of Brazil.svg Márcio Richardes Albirex Niigata 16
5 Flag of Brazil.svg Adriano Cerezo Osaka 14
Flag of Japan.svg Shoki Hirai Gamba Osaka 14
Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho Kawasaki Frontale 14
8 Flag of Japan.svg Jungo Fujimoto Shimizu S-Pulse 13
Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse 13
Flag of Japan.svg Keiji Tamada Nagoya Grampus 13

Awards

MVP

Best XI

PositionPlayer
GK Flag of Japan.svg Seigo Narazaki
DF Flag of Japan.svg Marcus Tulio Tanaka
DF Flag of Japan.svg Takahiro Masukawa
DF Flag of Japan.svg Tomoaki Makino
MF Flag of Colombia.svg Danilson
MF Flag of Brazil.svg Márcio Richardes
MF Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Nakamura
MF Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhito Endō
MF Flag of Japan.svg Jungo Fujimoto
FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy
FW Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Maeda

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 678,99455,41021,62539,941−9.7%
2 Albirex Niigata 519,22141,00219,15230,542−8.7%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 436,62443,02512,18425,684+16.4%
4 FC Tokyo 426,89930,67217,47725,112−3.0%
5 Kashima Antlers 356,43035,2519,47220,966−3.0%
6 Nagoya Grampus 339,63834,0987,99119,979+25.4%
7 Kawasaki Frontale 315,55022,4077,34818,562−1.5%
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 306,02238,8517,11718,001+0.4%
9 Vegalta Sendai 294,64426,39112,11917,332+33.8%
10 Gamba Osaka 283,11120,9739,09316,654−6.0%
11 Cerezo Osaka 255,43937,8608,04115,026+51.6%
12 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 247,55023,9485,33414,562−7.4%
13 Vissel Kobe 218,00419,5068,70712,824−1.9%
14 Júbilo Iwata 206,32431,2667,03012,137−10.2%
15 Montedio Yamagata 199,06920,2317,01911,710−2.9%
16 Shonan Bellmare 188,61414,0956,03211,095+43.7%
17 Omiya Ardija 188,08829,5757,83111,064−19.3%
18 Kyoto Sanga 178,67315,2226,81810,510−5.5%
League total5,638,89455,4105,33418,428−2.9%

Updated to games played on December 4, 2010
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

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