2012 J.League Division 1

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J.League Division 1
Season2012
Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1st J. League title
6th Japanese title
Relegated Vissel Kobe
Gamba Osaka
Consadole Sapporo
Champions League Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Vegalta Sendai
Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashiwa Reysol
Matches played306
Goals scored855 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Hisato Satō (22 goals)
Biggest home win Kashima Antlers 7–0 Consadole Sapporo
Biggest away win Gamba Osaka 2–6 Kashiwa Reysol
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–5 Kashiwa Reysol
Highest scoring Gamba Osaka 7–2 Consadole Sapporo
(9 goals)
Highest attendance51,879
Reds vs Grampus
Lowest attendance5,432
Sagan vs Albirex
Average attendance17,566
2011
2013

The 2012 J.League Division 1 season was the 47th season of Japanese top-flight football and 20th since the establishment of the J.League. The season started on March 10 and finished on December 1. [1]

Contents

Sanfrecce Hiroshima won the 2012 J.League Division 1 championship on 24 November and advanced to the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup as the host team, entering the qualifying play-off round. [2] [3] This was their first title in the J.League era and first league title since 1970, marking their sixth title overall. [4] Additionally, this was the first time since 1966 that clubs from the traditional regions of Kantō, Tōkai or Kansai – the corridor from Tokyo to Osaka – did not make the top two, and this time it was a team from Tōhoku, Vegalta Sendai, who finished in second place despite leading the table most of the season. [5]

Clubs

Ventforet Kofu, Avispa Fukuoka and Montedio Yamagata were relegated at the end of the 2011 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the table. Avispa Fukuoka and Ventforet Kofu returned to J2 after only one season in the top flight, while Montedio Yamagata were relegated after three seasons in J1.

The three relegated teams were replaced by 2011 J.League Division 2 champions FC Tokyo, runners-up Sagan Tosu and third-placed team Consadole Sapporo. FC Tokyo made an immediate return to the top division, while Consadole Sapporo ended a three-year absence. In the end, Sagan Tosu reached J1 after thirteen seasons in the second division.

Club NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki
Omiya Ardija Omiya, Saitama
Cerezo Osaka Osaka
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō Promoted from J2 League
(3rd place in J2 2011)
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama, Kanagawa & Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2012 ACL Participant
(3rd place in J1 2011)
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi 2012 ACL Participant
(Runners-up in J1 2011)
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Urawa, Saitama
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba 2012 ACL Participant
2011 Defending Champions
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga Promoted from J2 League
(Runners-up in J2 2011)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima
FC Tokyo TokyoPromoted from J2 League
(Champions in J2 2011)
2012 ACL Participant
(2011 Emperor's Cup Winners)
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerType-C ContractNon-Visa Foreign
Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Mineiro Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Lopes Flag of Brazil.svg Michael Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Young-Geun Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-Su
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Dutra Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho Flag of Brazil.svg Renato
Omiya Ardija Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Flag of Slovenia.svg Milivoje Novaković Flag of Slovenia.svg Zlatan Ljubijankič Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Young-Cheol Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Keun-Ho
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Fábio Simplício Flag of East Timor.svg Heberty Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-Hyeon Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Song-Gi
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Brazil.svg Ramón Flag of Brazil.svg Tele Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jae-Hwan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jade North
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Brazil.svg Dutra Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Brazil.svg Jeci Flag of Brazil.svg Renato Flag of Brazil.svg Rene Santos
Gamba Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jung-Ya
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Flag of Colombia.svg Danilson Córdoba Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Souto Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Byung-Kuk Flag of South Korea.svg Han Sang-Woon Flag of South Korea.svg Baek Sung-Dong Flag of North Korea.svg Hwang Song-Su
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Brazil.svg Márcio Richardes Flag of Brazil.svg Popó Flag of Serbia.svg Ranko Despotović
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Jorge Wagner Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Flag of Brazil.svg Neto Baiano Flag of South Korea.svg Kweon Han-Jin Flag of North Korea.svg An Yong-Hak
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Hyun-Sung Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Ki-Je Flag of North Korea.svg Kang Song-Ho
Sagan Tosu Flag of Brazil.svg Tozin Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-Woo Flag of South Korea.svg Yeo Sung-Hye Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kun-Hoan
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Croatia.svg Mihael Mikić Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Seok-Ho Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Dae-Heon
FC Tokyo Flag of Brazil.svg Edmilson Flag of Brazil.svg Lucas Flag of Serbia.svg Nemanja Vučićević Flag of South Korea.svg Jang Hyun-Soo
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg Deyvid Sacconi Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson Flag of South Korea.svg Park Joo-Sung Flag of North Korea.svg Ryang Yong-Gi
Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kwang-Seon Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Chun-Suk Flag of Brazil.svg Fernando Flag of South Korea.svg Park Kang-Jo

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C)3419786334+2964Qualification to 2012 Club World Cup and 2013 Champions League
2 Vegalta Sendai 34151275943+1657Qualification to 2013 Champions League [lower-alpha 1]
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 34151094742+555
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 34131474433+1153
5 Sagan Tosu 34158114839+953
6 Kashiwa Reysol 34157125752+552Qualification to 2013 Champions League [lower-alpha 1]
7 Nagoya Grampus 34157124647152
8 Kawasaki Frontale 34148125150+150
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 34147133940149
10 FC Tokyo 34146144744+348
11 Kashima Antlers 341210125043+746
12 Júbilo Iwata 34137145753+446
13 Omiya Ardija 341111123845744
14 Cerezo Osaka 34119144753642
15 Albirex Niigata 341010142934540
16 Vissel Kobe (R)34116174150939Relegation to 2013 J.League Division 2
17 Gamba Osaka (R)34911146765+238
18 Consadole Sapporo (R)34422825886314
Updated to match(es) played on 1 December 2012. Source: J.League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 The winners of the 2012 Emperor's Cup qualified for the group stage of the 2013 AFC Champions League.

Results

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD CER CON FMA FRO GAM GRA JÚB RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VIS
Albirex Niigata 1–11–20–14–10–00–11–15–01–60–01–10–20–21–00–20–10–0
Kashima Antlers 0–11–03–27–01–20–15–02–32–11–32–00–02–21–25–13–31–0
Omiya Ardija 1–10–00–32–10–00–21–01–12–02–02–41–01–21–00–11–32–2
Cerezo Osaka 0–10–11–34–02–02–2 2–1 0–23–21–11–23–21–43–21–11–21–2
Consadole Sapporo 0–10–00–51–00–22–30–42–10–01–20–22–31–30–20–12–12–4
Yokohama F. Marinos 3–20–01–11–12–12–20–01–14–01–21–21–00–03–01–00–23–1
Kawasaki Frontale 1–02–24–10–11–00–02–30–14–34–20–21–21–42–10–13–20–1
Gamba Osaka 1–12–23–1 2–2 7–21–23–22–21–21–22–62–31–13–12–21–12–3
Nagoya Grampus 2–11–20–00–13–11–12–30–52–01–21–01–01–21–01–00–05–1
Júbilo Iwata 0–03–04–04–34–11–02–22–10–22–21–02–11–1 0–1 3–11–11–3
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–12–11–10–01–21–21–10–52–02–01–04–32–01–02–20–02–0
Kashiwa Reysol 2–01–11–44–13–13–31–02–21–20–31–21–12–52–11–12–31–0
Sagan Tosu 1–02–01–10–01–01–00–14–11–33–23–13–11–00–11–01–13–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–12–00–04–13–01–33–04–11–12–01–01–24–11–20–12–13–2
Shimizu S-Pulse 0–13–00–01–11–00–00–01–33–2 3–2 0–23–51–12–11–13–11–1
FC Tokyo 0–21–20–12–05–03–11–23–23–22–11–10–13–20–10–16–20–1
Vegalta Sendai 0–11–04–11–14–12–22–12–14–02–23–20–01–12–20–14–02–1
Vissel Kobe 1–01–23–02–32–11–23–31–10–11–21–03–10–00–10–10–20–1
Updated to match(es) played on 1 December 2012. Source: J. League Division 1
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
22
2 Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
19
3 Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Akamine Vegalta Sendai
14
Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Gamba Osaka
14
5 Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson Vegalta Sendai
13
Flag of Japan.svg Masato Kudo Kashiwa Reysol
13
Flag of Japan.svg Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse
13
Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
13
9 Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Kashima Antlers
11
Flag of Japan.svg Akihiro Sato Gamba Osaka
11
Flag of Japan.svg Yoichiro Kakitani Cerezo Osaka
11
12 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol
10
Flag of Brazil.svg Lucas FC Tokyo
10
Flag of Brazil.svg Renato Kawasaki Frontale
10
Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Yokohama F. Marinos
10
Flag of Japan.svg Kensuke Nagai Nagoya Grampus
10
17 Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers
9
Flag of Brazil.svg Márcio Richardes Urawa Red Diamonds
9
Flag of Japan.svg Toshiyuki Takagi Shimizu S-Pulse
9
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Yamada Júbilo Iwata
9
Flag of Japan.svg Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus
9
Flag of Japan.svg Keijiro Ogawa Vissel Kobe
9

Source: J. League Division 1

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 622,77251,87925,74336,634+8.0%
2 Albirex Niigata 425,30935,50615,85425,018−4.0%
3 FC Tokyo 407,24334,82216,22923,955+36.4%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 390,07836,4127,10122,946+9.1%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 302,71920,99612,50917,807+2.7%
6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 301,24932,72411,12317,721+34.2%
7 Nagoya Grampus 291,63230,3547,95917,155+2.5%
8 Cerezo Osaka 287,52436,7238,22616,913+19.6%
9 Vegalta Sendai 282,20018,72211,83116,600+6.0%
10 Kashima Antlers 261,48423,50710,62615,381−4.8%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 257,05423,1888,71015,121−4.3%
12 Gamba Osaka 251,23219,3938,21814,778−10.0%
13 Vissel Kobe 248,85322,7668,75514,638+10.6%
14 Kashiwa Reysol 234,06426,10610,35113,768+15.5%
15 Júbilo Iwata 223,07128,7458,97813,122+11.2%
16 Consadole Sapporo 204,14125,3536,87012,008+14.6%
17 Sagan Tosu 203,84422,1165,43211,991+55.1%
18 Omiya Ardija 180,83112,7097,93610,637+16.9%
League total5,375,30051,8795,43217,566+11.2%

Updated to games played on 1 December 2012
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

Awards

Individual Awards

AwardRecipientClubNotes
Most Valuable Player Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Rookie of the Year Flag of Japan.svg Gaku Shibasaki Kashima Antlers
Manager of the Year Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Top Scorer Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima 22 goals.

Best Eleven

PosFootballerClubNationality
GK Shusaku Nishikawa Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Yūichi Komano Júbilo Iwata Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Hiroki Mizumoto Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Toshihiro Aoyama Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Yojiro Takahagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
FW Wilson Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
FW Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

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