|Champions|| Sanfrecce Hiroshima |
2nd J. League title
7th Japanese title
|Relegated|| Oita Trinita |
|Champions League|| Sanfrecce Hiroshima |
Yokohama F. Marinos
|Goals scored||879 (2.87 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Yoshito Ōkubo |
F. Marinos vs Albirex
Júbilo vs Albirex
The 2013 J.League Division 1 season was the 48th season of Japanese top-flight football and 21st since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on 2 March and finished on 7 December.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima are the defending champions.
Vissel Kobe, Gamba Osaka and Consadole Sapporo were relegated at the end of the 2012 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the table. Consadole Sapporo returned to J2 after only one season in the top flight, while Vissel Kobe was relegated after six seasons in the top flight. Gamba Osaka, instead, was relegated for the first time since the creation of J. League in 1993 and first time since their forerunners, Matsushita Electric Soccer Club, were relegated to the second Division of Japan Soccer League after the 1986–87 season.
The three relegated teams were replaced by 2012 J.League Division 2 champions Ventforet Kofu, runners-up Shonan Bellmare and sixth-placed and play-off winner team Oita Trinita. Kofu made an immediate return to the top division, while Shonan after a two-year absence. In the end, Oita beat JEF United Chiba in the playoff final and returned in J1 after three seasons in the second division. Due to Oita's promotion, it will be the first time to have 2 clubs in the top-flight league competitions from Kyushu since 2006, and Kansai region will have only one club competing in the top flight first time since 1994 season due to Kobe and Gamba's relegations.
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Stadium||Capacity||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata||Big Swan Stadium||42,300|
|Kashima Antlers||Kashima, Ibaraki||Kashima Soccer Stadium||40,728|
|Omiya Ardija||Omiya, Saitama||NACK5 Stadium||15,500|
|Cerezo Osaka||Osaka||Nagai Stadium||47,816|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Yokohama & Yokosuka||Nissan Stadium||72,327|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Kawasaki, Kanagawa||Todoroki Athletics Stadium||26,232|
|Nagoya Grampus||Nagoya, Aichi||Mizuho Athletic Stadium||27,000|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka||Yamaha Stadium||15,165|
|Oita Trinita||Ōita||Ōita Stadium||40,000||Promoted from J2 League |
(6th place/play-off winner in J2 2012)
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Urawa, Saitama||Saitama Stadium||63,700|| 2013 ACL participant|
(3rd place in J1 2012)
|Kashiwa Reysol||Kashiwa, Chiba||Kashiwa Soccer Stadium||15,900|| 2013 ACL Participant |
(2012 Emperor's Cup Winners)
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Shizuoka||IAI Stadium Nihondaira||20,339|
|Sagan Tosu||Tosu, Saga||Tosu Stadium||24,490|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hiroshima||Hiroshima Big Arch||50,000|| 2013 ACL participant|
(Champions in J1 2012)
|Shonan Bellmare||Hiratsuka, Kanagawa||Shonan BMW Stadium||18,500||Promoted from J2 League|
(Runners-up in J2 2012)
|FC Tokyo||Tokyo||Ajinomoto Stadium||49,970|
|Vegalta Sendai||Sendai, Miyagi||Yurtec Stadium||19,694|| 2013 ACL participant|
(Runners-up in J1 2012)
|Ventforet Kofu||Kofu, Yamanashi||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium||17,000||Promoted from J2 League |
(Champions in J2 2012)
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player||Non-Visa Foreign||Type-C Contract|
|Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Urawa Red Diamonds|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C)||34||19||6||9||51||29||+22||63||Qualification for 2014 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|2||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||18||8||8||49||31||+18||62|
|6||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||17||7||10||66||56||+10||58|
|16||Shonan Bellmare (R)||34||6||7||21||34||62||−28||25||Relegation to 2014 J.League Division 2|
|17||Júbilo Iwata (R)||34||4||11||19||40||56||−16||23|
|18||Oita Trinita (R)||34||2||8||24||31||67||−36||14|
|9||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|10||Urawa Red Diamonds|
Updated to games played on 7 December 2013
Source: J. League
|March||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|October||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|DF||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|DF||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|MF||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||630,701||54,905||23,295||37,100||+1.3%|
|2||Yokohama F. Marinos||467,425||62,632||12,537||27,496||+19.8%|
Updated to games played on 7 December 2013
Source: J. League Division 1
† Team played previous season in J2.
Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 2000 season.
Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 2002 season.
Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 2003 season.
Statistics of J. League Cup in the 2001 season.
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The 2013 Nagoya Grampus season was Nagoya Grampus' 21st season in the J. League Division 1 and 31st overall in the Japanese top flight. It was Dragan Stojković last season as manager, as he left at the end of the season, and they finsed 11th in the J League, reached the group stage of the J. League Cup and were knocked out of the Emperor's Cup at the second round stage by Nagano Parceiro.
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Japanese football in 2013.
The 93rd Emperor's Cup (第93回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会) is the regular edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament. It started on 31 August 2013 and ended on 1 January 2014 with the final at National Stadium in Tokyo.
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The 2014 Vegalta Sendai season is Vegalta Sendai's fifth consecutive season and seventh season overall in J.League Division 1. Graham Arnold managed the team to start the season, but he parted ways with the club after taking just two points from the first six games. Arnold identified the advanced age of the Vegalta roster, with 17 players over the age of 30, as a factor in the team's poor performance and his split with management. Susumu Watanabe, a former assistant coach, succeeded Arnold as manager.
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The 2013 Sagan Tosu season was Sagan Tosu's second season in J.League Division 1 after being promoted for J.League Division 2 in 2011. They finished the season in twelfth position, whilst participating in the J.League Cup group stages and reaching the Semifinal of the Emperor's Cup.
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2013 Albirex Niigata season.
2014 Albirex Niigata season.