2013 J.League Division 1

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J.League Division 1
Season2013
Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2nd J. League title
7th Japanese title
Relegated Oita Trinita
Júbilo Iwata
Shonan Bellmare
Champions League Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Yokohama F. Marinos
Kawasaki Frontale
Cerezo Osaka
Matches played306
Goals scored879 (2.87 per match)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Ōkubo
(26 goals)
Highest attendance62,632
F. Marinos vs Albirex
Lowest attendance5,698
Júbilo vs Albirex
Average attendance17,226
2012
2014

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. [1]

Contents

Sanfrecce Hiroshima are the defending champions.

Clubs

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 NameHome Town(s)StadiumCapacityNote(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 40,000Promoted 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 18,500Promoted 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 17,000Promoted from J2 League
(Champions in J2 2012)

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract
Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Roger Gaúcho Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kun-Hoan Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-Su
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Davi Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho
Omiya Ardija Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lucas Neill Flag of Slovenia.svg Milivoje Novaković Flag of Slovenia.svg Zlatan Ljubijankič Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Young-Cheol
Shonan Bellmare Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Santana Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Flag of North Macedonia.svg Stevica Ristić Flag of South Korea.svg Han Kook-Young
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Branquinho Flag of Brazil.svg Edno Flag of Brazil.svg Fábio Simplício Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-Hyeon Flag of South Korea.svg Gu Sung-Yun
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Brazil.svg Dutra Flag of Brazil.svg Fabio Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Dong-Ho
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Flag of Brazil.svg Jeci Flag of Brazil.svg Renato Flag of North Korea.svg Ahn Byung-Jun Flag of Brazil.svg Robson
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Flag of Colombia.svg Danilson Córdoba Flag of North Macedonia.svg Nikola Jakimovski Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Pereira
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Byung-Kuk Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Woo-Young Flag of South Korea.svg Baek Sung-Dong
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Brazil.svg Márcio Richardes
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Cléo Flag of Brazil.svg Jorge Wagner Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Chang-Soo
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of Montenegro.svg Dženan Radončić Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Min-Soo Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Ki-Je
Sagan Tosu Flag of Brazil.svg Nilson Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-Woo Flag of South Korea.svg Yeo Sung-Hye Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jung-Ya Flag of Colombia.svg Jonathan
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Croatia.svg Mihael Mikić Flag of South Korea.svg Park Hyung-Jin Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Dae-Heon Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Seok-Ho Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jeong-Seok
Oita Trinita Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Mancha Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Jung-Han Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jung-Hyon
FC Tokyo Flag of Brazil.svg Lucas Flag of Serbia.svg Nemanja Vučićević Flag of South Korea.svg Jang Hyun-Soo
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Brazil.svg Gilsinho Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Paraná Flag of Brazil.svg Patric Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Sung-Kuen
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg Diogo Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson Flag of East Timor.svg Heberty Flag of North Korea.svg Ryang Yong-Gi

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C)3419695129+2263Qualification for 2014 AFC Champions League Group stage [lower-alpha 1]
2 Yokohama F. Marinos 3418884931+1862
3 Kawasaki Frontale 34186106551+1460
4 Cerezo Osaka 34161175332+2159
5 Kashima Antlers 34185116052+859
6 Urawa Red Diamonds 34177106656+1058
7 Albirex Niigata 34174134842+655
8 FC Tokyo 34166126147+1454
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 34155144857950
10 Kashiwa Reysol 34139125659348
11 Nagoya Grampus 34138134748147
12 Sagan Tosu 34137145463946
13 Vegalta Sendai 341112114138+345
14 Omiya Ardija 34143174548345
15 Ventforet Kofu 348131330411137
16 Shonan Bellmare (R)34672134622825Relegation to 2014 J.League Division 2
17 Júbilo Iwata (R)344111940561623
18 Oita Trinita (R)34282431673614
Updated to match(es) played on 7 December 2013. Source: J.League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. The winners of the 2013 Emperor's Cup qualify for the group stage of the 2014 AFC Champions League. As the Emperor's Cup winners were Yokohama F. Marinos, who had already qualified to ACL through the championship, the remaining spot was awarded to the fourth-placed team.

Results

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD BEL CER FMA FRO GRA JÚB RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK TRI VEG VEN
Albirex Niigata 2–31–03–21–01–02–12–04–20–23–23–11–23–10–32–31–01–1
Kashima Antlers 1–01–01–01–02–14–13–11–11–23–11–20–23–13–23–13–20–0
Omiya Ardija 1–13–12–10–31–02–32–13–01–02–31–12–12–22–50–10–21–2
Shonan Bellmare 0–21–20–10–31–21–11–11–12–21–21–10–21–13–22–13–21–2
Cerezo Osaka 1–01–21–22–12–10–02–12–02–21–14–11–04–11–00–01–10–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 0–21–12–14–21–12–11–22–13–01–12–11–01–03–21–10–01–1
Kawasaki Frontale 2–14–22–11–22–21–02–12–14–03–10–12–02–02–21–14–21–1
Nagoya Grampus 2–03–12–12–01–11–21–21–12–03–23–21–12–10–22–10–20–0
Júbilo Iwata 2–12–30–14–02–20–12–42–31–20–13–30–2 0–1 0–03–11–11–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–03–14–02–02–52–31–31–02–12–16–23–10–12–24–31–11–1
Kashiwa Reysol 1–12–10–45–21–32–13–13–31–32–62–11–12–24–13–10–02–0
Sagan Tosu 1–31–12–11–02–00–15–41–11–04–10–30–20–12–33–21–02–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–00–03–11–01–01–34–21–12–11–20–02–03–11–21–01–05–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–24–31–03–11–10–51–22–1 1–0 0–21–26–40–40–03–12–02–1
FC Tokyo 2–01–40–12–11–20–22–03–12–23–23–02–30–12–02–02–04–1
Oita Trinita 1–32–30–21–20–20–10–11–21–12–20–02–41–12–31–20–10–1
Vegalta Sendai 0–12–12–10–01–10–02–12–11–13–32–11–10–21–22–16–01–1
Ventforet Kofu 1–13–00–30–11–20–01–30–12–10–13–10–02–00–21–10–00–1
Updated to match(es) played on 7 December 2013. Source: J. League Division 1
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale
26
2 Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Kawamata Albirex Niigata
23
3 Flag of Japan.svg Yoichiro Kakitani Cerezo Osaka
21
4 Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
20
5 Flag of Japan.svg Masato Kudo Kashiwa Reysol
19
Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers
19
7 Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
17
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuma Watanabe FC Tokyo
17
9 Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Yokohama F. Marinos
16
10 Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds
13
Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson Vegalta Sendai
13

Updated to games played on 7 December 2013
Source: J. League

Awards

Player of the Month

MonthPlayerClub
March Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura [2] Yokohama F. Marinos
April Flag of Slovenia.svg Zlatan Ljubijankič [2] Omiya Ardija
May Flag of Japan.svg Yoichiro Kakitani Cerezo Osaka
JuneN/A [3]
July Flag of Japan.svg Shusaku Nishikawa Sanfrecce Hiroshima
August Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers
September Flag of Japan.svg Aria Jasuru Hasegawa FC Tokyo
October Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuya Enomoto Yokohama F. Marinos
November Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale

Best XI

PositionPlayerClub
GK Flag of Japan.svg Shusaku Nishikawa Sanfrecce Hiroshima
DF Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Nasu Urawa Red Diamonds
DF Flag of Japan.svg Masato Morishige FC Tokyo
DF Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Nakazawa Yokohama F. Marinos
MF Flag of Japan.svg Hotaru Yamaguchi Cerezo Osaka
MF Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiro Aoyama Sanfrecce Hiroshima
MF Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura Yokohama F. Marinos
MF Flag of Japan.svg Yoichiro Kakitani Cerezo Osaka
FW Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers
FW Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale
FW Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Kawamata Albirex Niigata

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 630,70154,90523,29537,100+1.3%
2 Yokohama F. Marinos 467,42562,63212,53727,496+19.8%
3 Albirex Niigata 443,90633,37818,91926,112+4.4%
4 FC Tokyo 426,24640,37112,90525,073+4.7%
5 Cerezo Osaka 319,92836,3619,11918,819+11.3%
6 Kawasaki Frontale 282,95221,65712,34516,644−6.5%
7 Kashima Antlers 279,11532,3056,68116,419+6.7%
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 275,55627,91110,04516,209−8.5%
9 Nagoya Grampus 274,29730,4789,23716,135−5.9%
10 Vegalta Sendai 252,72517,89211,75514,866−10.4%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 240,32421,4209,23814,137−6.5%
12 Ventforet Kofu 214,44128,9067,75412,614+21.2%
13 Kashiwa Reysol 213,40634,0217,01312,553−8.8%
14 Sagan Tosu 184,24222,5306,29211,515−4.0%
15 Oita Trinita 202,55723,8147,06711,915+22.6%
16 Omiya Ardija 189,34213,3657,41211,138+4.7%
17 Júbilo Iwata 185,20720,0495,69810,895−17.0%
18 Shonan Bellmare 168,48113,7866,0809,911+44.6%
League total5,271,04762,6325,69817,226−1.9%

Updated to games played on 7 December 2013
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

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