2011 J.League Division 1

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J.League Division 1
Season2011
Champions Kashiwa Reysol
1st J. League title
2nd Japanese title
Relegated Ventforet Kofu
Avispa Fukuoka
Montedio Yamagata
Champions League Kashiwa Reysol
Nagoya Grampus
Gamba Osaka
FC Tokyo
Matches played306
Goals scored869 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorer Joshua Kennedy (19 goals)
Highest attendance54,441
Reds vs Reysol
Lowest attendance4,028
Avispa vs Ardija
Average attendance15,797
2010
2012

The 2011 J.League Division 1 season was the 46th season of professional football in Japan, and the 19th since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on March 5 and concluded on December 3. The season was put on hold from March 12 to April 23 due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, [1] therefore canceling a planned five-week summer break between June 27–July 29 in order to allow preparation of the Japanese national team for the 2011 Copa América. [2]

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The 2011 J.League Division 1 champion also qualified to the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup as the host team, entering the qualifying play-off round.

Kashiwa Reysol won a second league title, their first in 39 years and first in the professional J.League era. They also became the first League champions to win the title the season after being promoted as second division champions.

Clubs

FC Tokyo, Kyoto Sanga FC and Shonan Bellmare were relegated at the end of the 2010 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the table. Shonan had only played one season in Division 1 while Kyoto had enjoyed a three-year stay. FC Tokyo had been in the top flight for eleven seasons.

The three relegated teams were replaced by 2010 J.League Division 2 champions Kashiwa Reysol, runners-up Ventforet Kofu and third-placed team Avispa Fukuoka. Kashiwa had made an immediate return to the top division, while Kofu and Fukuoka ended three- and four-year absences respectively.

Club NameHome Town(s)Notes
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka Promoted from J2 League in 2010
Cerezo Osaka Osaka 2011 ACL Participant
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2011 ACL Participant
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2011 ACL Participant
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba Promoted from J2 League in 2010
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi 2011 ACL Participant
2010 Defending Champions
Omiya Ardija Omiya, Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Urawa, Saitama
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi Promoted from J2 League in 2010
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka

Personnel and kits

TeamManager1Captain1Kit Manufacturer1Shirt sponsor1
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiyuki Shinoda Flag of Japan.svg Kosuke Nakamachi svolmeEVERLIFE
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Serbia.svg Mihailo Petrović Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Nike, Inc. Deodeo
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Nasu Puma Yamaha
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Oswaldo de Oliveira Flag of Japan.svg Mitsuo Ogasawara NikeLIXIL
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Nelsinho Baptista Flag of Japan.svg Hidekazu Otani Yonex Hitachi
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Soma Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Igawa Puma Fujitsu
Vissel Kobe Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Wada Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Yoshida ASICS Rakuten
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Toshiya Miura Flag of Japan.svg Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno Hakubaku
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Stojković Flag of Japan.svg Seigo Narazaki Le Coq Sportif Toyota
Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Hisashi Kurosaki Flag of Japan.svg Isao Homma Adidas Kameda Seika
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Jun Suzuki Flag of Japan.svg Chikara Fujimoto Under Armour NTT DoCoMo
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Levir Culpi Flag of Japan.svg Teruyuki Moniwa Mizuno Yanmar
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Akira Nishino Flag of Japan.svg Tomokazu Myojin Umbro Panasonic
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Teguramori Flag of Japan.svg Atsushi Yanagisawa ASICSIRIS OHYAMA
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Iran.svg Afshin Ghotbi Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Ono PumaSuzuyo
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Montenegro.svg Željko Petrović Flag of Japan.svg Keita Suzuki Nike Meiji Seika
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg Katsuyuki Miyazawa PumaTsuyahime
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Japan.svg Kazushi Kimura Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura Nike Nissan

1 Subject to change during the season.

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Kashiwa Reysol (C)3423386542+2372Qualification to 2011 Club World Cup and 2012 Champions League
2 Nagoya Grampus 3421856736+3171Qualification to 2012 Champions League
3 Gamba Osaka 3421767851+2770
4 Vegalta Sendai 34141463925+1456
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 34168104640+656
6 Kashima Antlers 341311105340+1350
7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34148125249+350
8 Júbilo Iwata 34138135345+847
9 Vissel Kobe 34137144445146
10 Shimizu S-Pulse 341112114251945
11 Kawasaki Frontale 34135165253144
12 Cerezo Osaka 341110136753+1443
13 Omiya Ardija 3410121238481042
14 Albirex Niigata 34109153846839
15 Urawa Red Diamonds 34812143643736
16 Ventforet Kofu (R)34961942632133Relegation to 2012 J.League Division 2
17 Avispa Fukuoka (R)34642434754122
18 Montedio Yamagata (R)34562323644121
Updated to match(es) played on December 3, 2011. Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw. The winners of the 2011 Emperor's Cup, FC Tokyo, which played in the 2011 J.League Division 2, also qualified for the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League. If two clubs are tied for first place, both clubs will be declared champions.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Results

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD AVI CER FRO GAM GRA JÚB MON REY SFR SSP RED VEG VEN VIS FMA
Albirex Niigata 2–20–03–11–11–02–20–11–12–00–30–14–02–31–11–21–04–2
Kashima Antlers 1–23–36–02–12–21–41–12–03–10–12–03–00–03–00–11–10–3
Omiya Ardija 0–01–10–20–00–52–32–32–01–10–10–11–42–22–23–11–11–1
Avispa Fukuoka 0–31–21–00–32–12–30–31–20–20–22–12–21–20–31–02–20–1
Cerezo Osaka 1–11–30–17–13–3 1–1 2–32–36–05–05–44–03–11–10–40–30–1
Kawasaki Frontale 1–23–20–13–21–22–11–21–02–03–22–01–10–11–22–20–33–0
Gamba Osaka 2–11–02–02–0 2–1 6–32–22–23–22–05–32–21–01–00–23–22–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–02–12–25–23–12–04–12–13–00–03–21–11–10–14–13–11–1
Júbilo Iwata 1–01–21–24–10–42–11–20–14–06–11–1 2–1 1–11–12–13–01–2
Montedio Yamagata 0–10–20–10–50–00–10–50–21–12–11–31–10–00–13–12–00–2
Kashiwa Reysol 4–02–11–33–21–13–22–42–10–31–03–13–03–11–02–13–02–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–02–14–20–01–32–34–10–33–13–21–34–00–00–01–11–03–2
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–10–03–01–03–32–31–32–0 0–0 2–11–20–11–01–03–01–50–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–12–20–13–01–12–01–13–00–30–11–31–11–30–02–02–30–2
Vegalta Sendai 2–00–10–11–02–10–02–11–13–32–10–00–00–01–04–02–01–1
Ventforet Kofu 3–01–11–12–10–20–14–33–10–11–11–40–21–23–21–21–11–2
Vissel Kobe 2–10–10–10–04–11–00–40–13–12–00–41–01–11–01–14–22–0
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–01–11–03–22–12–11–11–21–02–10–21–11–11–21–34–01–0
Updated to match(es) played on December 3, 2011. Source: J. League Division 1
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals [3]
1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy Nagoya Grampus 19
2 Flag of Japan.svg Mike Havenaar Ventforet Kofu 17
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol 15
Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Keun-Ho Gamba Osaka 15
Flag of Japan.svg Tadanari Lee Sanfrecce Hiroshima 15
6 Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Akamine Vegalta Sendai 14
Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata 14
Flag of Japan.svg Keiji Tamada Nagoya Grampus 14
9 Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Lopes Albirex Niigata 13
Flag of Japan.svg Junya Tanaka Kashiwa Reysol 13

Awards

MVP

Best XI

PositionPlayer
GK Flag of Japan.svg Seigo Narazaki
DF Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Kondo
DF Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Sakai
DF Flag of Japan.svg Marcus Tulio Tanaka
MF Flag of Brazil.svg Jorge Wagner
MF Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues
MF Flag of Japan.svg Jungo Fujimoto
MF Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhito Endō
MF Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Kiyotake
FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy
FW Flag of Japan.svg Mike Havenaar

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 576,47754,44120,24033,910−15.1%
2 Albirex Niigata 442,83637,83013,64426,049−14.7%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 357,64737,7257,10421,038−18.1%
4 Kawasaki Frontale 294,77620,97313,11117,340−6.6%
5 Nagoya Grampus 284,59028,5156,79316,741−16.2%
6 Gamba Osaka 278,98120,99111,36416,411−1.5%
7 Kashima Antlers 274,655 1 25,0617,81016,156−22.9%
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 268,61421,52410,74515,801−12.2%
9 Vegalta Sendai 266,14419,22411,35615,656−9.7%
10 Cerezo Osaka 240,46537,1725,35114,145−5.9%
11 Vissel Kobe 224,96219,9136,15113,233+3.2%
12 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 224,44718,7887,09913,203−9.3%
13 Ventforet Kofu 205,80821,5896,89312,106−2.4%
14 Kashiwa Reysol 202,59330,8076,85511,917+47.2%
15 Júbilo Iwata 200,52530,5166,38611,796−2.8%
16 Avispa Fukuoka 177,05419,4214,02810,415+18.1%
17 Montedio Yamagata 158,52718,0085,0539,325−20.4%
18 Omiya Ardija 154,68112,2215,6279,099−17.8%
League total4,833,78254,4414,02815,797−14.3%

Updated to games played on December 3, 2011
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

Notes

This particular season was used as reference in the movie Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker. Many players in real life actually provide cameo roles for the film, including Kazuyoshi Miura (Yokohama FC), Yasuhito Endō (Gamba Osaka), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), and Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya Grampus). In the movie, a bomber threatens to bomb all the stadiums unless certain conditions are met. The main character, Conan Edogawa, must solve the case and find the culprit. In the movie, two additional fictional teams are added to the squad: Tokyo Spirits and Big Osaka, making the league with 20 teams.

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