2014 J.League Division 1

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J.League Division 1
Season2014
Champions Gamba Osaka
2nd J.League title
2nd Japanese title
Relegated Omiya Ardija
Cerezo Osaka
Tokushima Vortis
Champions League Gamba Osaka
Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashima Antlers
Matches played306
Goals scored774 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Ōkubo (18 goals)
Highest attendance56,758
Reds vs Gamba
Lowest attendance0
Reds vs S-Pulse
Average attendance17,240
2013
2015

The 2014 J.League Division 1 season was the 49th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 22nd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993. The season began on 1 March and ended on 8 December. Sanfrecce Hiroshima were the defending champions.

Contents

Due to Japan's participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there was an extended break to allow for preparation after the 14th-week matches on 17 and 18 May, with the league resuming on 15 July for four clubs who participated in the 2014 AFC Champions League to play rescheduled 12th-week matches, and 19 July for other 14 clubs. [1]

2014 saw the league played via a home and away system over a single season for the last time until at least 2020. From 2015 the league will revert to an Apertura and Clausura system, with a multi-team play-off 'super stage' to decide the champions, similar to the format used when the J.League began. [2]

The league was won by Gamba Osaka, who won their second J.League title following a 0–0 away draw against Tokushima Vortis. They became the second league champions (after Kashiwa Reysol) to win the first division after being promoted as second division champions.

Clubs

18 teams compete in this year's competition. Both Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe return to J1 after a single season outside the top flight; they finished as the J.League Division 2 champions and runners-up, respectively. Tokushima Vortis, who finished fourth in the regular season and won the promotion playoff, will make their top-flight debut, becoming the first club from Shikoku to do so. Those three teams replaced Oita Trinita, Shonan Bellmare and Júbilo Iwata; Júbilo were relegated from J1 for the first time after twenty seasons in the top tier, while Bellmare and Trinita were bumped down after cameo appearances in J1.

Club NameCoachHome Town(s)StadiumCapacityNote(s)
Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita Niigata & Seirō, Niigata Big Swan Stadium 42,300
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Toninho Cerezo Kashima, Ibaraki Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Shibuya Omiya, Saitama NACK5 Stadium 15,500
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Okuma Osaka Nagai Stadium 47,816 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J.League fourth-placed)
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiro Higuchi Yokohama, Kanagawa & Yokosuka, Kanagawa Nissan Stadium 72,327 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J.League runners-up)
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg Yahiro Kazama Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 26,232 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J.League Third placed team)
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Hasegawa Suita, Osaka Osaka Expo '70 Stadium 21,000Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2013
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Japan.svg Akira Nishino Nagoya, Aichi Mizuho Athletic Stadium 27,000
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Serbia.svg Mihailo Petrović Urawa, Saitama Saitama Stadium 63,700
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Nelsinho Baptista Kashiwa, Chiba Kashiwa Soccer Stadium 15,900
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Japan.svg Katsumi Oenoki Shizuoka IAI Stadium Nihondaira 20,339
Sagan Tosu Flag of Japan.svg Megumu Yoshida Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 24,490
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000 2014 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2013 J.League winners)
FC Tokyo Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Ficcadenti Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi All cities/towns in Tokushima Pocarisweat Stadium 20,441Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2013
(through a play-off system)
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Watanabe Sendai, Miyagi Yurtec Stadium 19,694
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Jofuku Kofu, Yamanashi Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000
Vissel Kobe Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Adachi Kobe, Hyōgo Misaki Park Stadium 30,132Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2013

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract [3]
Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Silva Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Myung-Jae Flag of South Korea.svg Song Ju-Hun
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Davi Flag of Brazil.svg Jorge Wagner Flag of Brazil.svg Luís Alberto Flag of Brazil.svg Caio
Omiya Ardija Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Paraiba Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Mrđa Flag of Slovenia.svg Zlatan Ljubijankić Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Won-hee
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Germany.svg Cacau Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Seong-jun Flag of Uruguay.svg Diego Forlán Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-Hyeon Flag of South Korea.svg Gu Sung-Yun
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Brazil.svg Fabio Flag of Brazil.svg Rafinha
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Brazil.svg Jeci Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of Brazil.svg Renato Flag of North Korea.svg An Byong-Jun
Gamba Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Lins Flag of Brazil.svg Patric Flag of South Korea.svg Oh Jae-Suk
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Flag of Brazil.svg Régis Flag of Colombia.svg Danilson Córdoba Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Kennedy Flag of Brazil.svg Gustavo
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Brazil.svg Márcio Richardes
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Chang-Soo
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dejan Jaković Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of Slovenia.svg Milivoje Novaković Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Ki-Je Flag of Brazil.svg Bueno
Sagan Tosu Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Sung-Keun Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-Hyeok Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-Woo
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Croatia.svg Mihael Mikić Flag of South Korea.svg Byeon Jun-Byum Flag of South Korea.svg Park Hyung-Jin Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Seok-Ho
FC Tokyo Flag of Brazil.svg Edu Flag of Italy.svg Michele Canini
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Flag of Brazil.svg Gilsinho Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Paraná Flag of Indonesia.svg Irfan Bachdim Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Quirino
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg Ramon Lopez Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson Flag of North Korea.svg Ryang Yong-Gi
Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Fabio Simplicio Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Flag of Brazil.svg Pedro Júnior Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Woo-Young
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Adriano Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Flag of Colombia.svg Esteven Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-min Flag of North Korea.svg Lee Yon-Jick Flag of South Korea.svg Son Se-Hwang

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureIncoming manager
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Arnold Mutual consent Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Watanabe
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Serbia.svg Ranko Popović Mutual consent Flag of Germany.svg Marco Pezzaiuoli
Shimizu S-Pluse Flag of Iran.svg Afshin Ghotbi Mutual consent Flag of Japan.svg Katsumi Oenoki
Sagan Tosu Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Jung-Hwan Sacked Flag of Japan.svg Megumu Yoshida
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Kiyoshi Okuma Sacked Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Shibuya
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Germany.svg Marco Pezzaiuoli Sacked Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Okuma

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Gamba Osaka (C)3419695931+2863Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage [lower-alpha 1]
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 3418885232+2062
3 Kashima Antlers 34186106439+2560
4 Kashiwa Reysol 3417984840+860Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
5 Sagan Tosu 34193124133+860
6 Kawasaki Frontale 34167115643+1355
7 Yokohama F. Marinos 34149113729+851
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 341311104437+750
9 FC Tokyo 341212104733+1448
10 Nagoya Grampus 34139124748148
11 Vissel Kobe 341112114950145
12 Albirex Niigata 34128143036644
13 Ventforet Kofu 34914112731441
14 Vegalta Sendai 349111435501538
15 Shimizu S-Pulse 341061842601836
16 Omiya Ardija (R)34981744601635Relegation to 2015 J2 League
17 Cerezo Osaka (R)347101736481231
18 Tokushima Vortis (R)34352616745814
Updated to match(es) played on 8 December 2014. Source: J.League Data
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Because Gamba Osaka won the 2014 Emperor's Cup, the group stage spot has been given to third-placed Kashima Antlers, while ACL qualification spot has been awarded to the fourth-placed Kashiwa Reysol.

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Gamba Osaka 145911141615131415161511161311865787555422222211
Urawa Red Diamonds 69551164354122111121111111111111122
Kashima Antlers 2111112411237444444433443234433333
Kashiwa Reysol 1012141012991096674567989676898998766554
Sagan Tosu 1149485535311222211322334553554445
Kawasaki Frontale 8141614947889786833333244222345345666
Yokohama F. Marinos 33235710111314111215129810111111101010101010101081010777
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6476321242445675576899979887988998
FC Tokyo 1012131615121312101012131210109757558786666677889
Nagoya Grampus 1276461112151513141113151514141516141414121211121212121211121110
Vissel Kobe 8118127331235633566989656677791099101011
Albirex Niigata 51010681067778587810111010101111111112111111111112111212
Ventforet Kofu 17151513131516141212131416141616161414151515151513131415161313131313
Vegalta Sendai 13161717171717171717171714111112131313121213141414151313131414141414
Shimizu S-Pulse 4812151614116681010991215121212131312131315171616151615151515
Omiya Ardija 1616118101314161616151617171717171717171717171717161514141516161616
Cerezo Osaka 15532258911119910131413151615161616161616141717171717171717
Tokushima Vortis 18181818181818181818181818181818181818181818181818181818181818181818
Leader and qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
Relegation to 2015 J2 League
Updated to match(es) played on 8 December 2014. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 12 results for 2014 AFC Champions League Participants (Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Yokohama F. Marinos, Cerezo Osaka vs. Kawasaki Frontale), held on 15 July 2014, are included in Matchday 15 ranking. Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Kawasaki Frontale and Cerezo Osaka qualified to the Round of 16 of the 2014 AFC Champions League, in which the First Leg matches overlap with matches for Matchday 12

Results

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD CER FMA FRO GAM GRA RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS VOR
Albirex Niigata 1–22–11–00–03–00–21–10–20–21–00–02–10–11–00–01–11–2
Kashima Antlers 1–22–20–21–02–12–31–21–12–30–15–12–12–22–01–02–31–0
Omiya Ardija 2–22–12–02–31–30–21–20–21–21–33–32–11–04–00–20–31–3
Cerezo Osaka 0–01–41–12–21–2 2–2 1–21–02–00–10–14–10–00–11–31–23–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–01–32–00–02–02–00–20–12–21–21–01–00–10–20–01–13–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–04–13–45–40–32–11–02–11–12–01–12–30–01–12–02–24–0
Gamba Osaka 5–00–22–1 2–0 2–01–00–10–11–24–11–14–02–11–12–03–13–0
Nagoya Grampus 0–12–32–11–21–11–11–21–21–12–32–52–32–20–02–02–11–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–01–14–01–01–01–00–21–23–10–11–01–11–04–00–02–22–1
Kashiwa Reysol 1–01–02–22–10–04–11–00–13–22–00–03–11–10–03–02–02–0
Sagan Tosu 0–20–31–11–01–00–12–01–01–11–01–22–20–22–12–02–15–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–00–31–10–01–22–10–14–00–25–21–01–11–02–01–11–13–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–11–32–03–00–10–20–32–21–43–00–11–31–31–00–01–11–0
FC Tokyo 1–31–10–12–01–10–43–00–14–44–02–12–14–03–01–11–14–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–20–12–23–31–20–00–03–34–21–20–31–03–21–01–14–32–1
Ventforet Kofu 1–10–40–10–01–02–13–32–00–03–01–02–00–10–00–02–00–1
Vissel Kobe 1–00–02–12–21–21–21–51–33–11–10–10–03–12–12–11–03–0
Tokushima Vortis 1–20–50–20–20–30–40–00–20–20–20–10–10–40–00–12–22–2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 December 2014. Source: J. League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale
18
2 Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
15
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Vissel Kobe
14
4 Flag of Brazil.svg Pedro Júnior Vissel Kobe
13
Flag of Japan.svg Yoshinori Muto FC Tokyo
13
Flag of Slovenia.svg Milivoje Novaković Shimizu S-Pulse
13
8 Flag of Japan.svg Yu Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale
12
Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds
12
Flag of Japan.svg Kensuke Nagai Nagoya Grampus
12
11 Flag of Brazil.svg Edu FC Tokyo
11
Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Kashiwa Reysol
11
Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
11

Updated to games played on 8 December 2014
Source: J. League Data

Awards

Individual

AwardRecipientClubNotes
Most Valuable Player Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka
Rookie of the Year Flag of Brazil.svg Caio Kashima Antlers
Manager of the Year Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Hasegawa Gamba Osaka
Top scorer Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 18 goals.

Best Eleven

PositionFootballerClubNationality
GK Shusaku Nishikawa (3) Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Kosuke Ota (1) FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Masato Morishige (2) FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Tsukasa Shiotani (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Gaku Shibasaki (1) Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Yoshinori Muto (1) FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Léo Silva (1) Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
MF Yasuhito Endō (11) Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Yoshito Ōkubo (2) Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Takashi Usami (1) Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Patric (1) Gamba Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil

* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 603,77056,758035,516−4.3%
2 FC Tokyo 428,18442,05913,04825,187+0.5%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 392,49640,57111,08823,088−16.0%
4 Albirex Niigata 390,64835,5332,10422,979−12.0%
5 Cerezo Osaka 367,65142,72310,26221,627+14.9%
6 Kashima Antlers 300,31032,0998,84017,665+7.6%
7 Nagoya Grampus 284,47438,9665,59916,733+3.7%
8 Kawasaki Frontale 283,24119,66810,60916,661+0.1%
9 Vegalta Sendai 257,94918,91411,14415,173+2.1%
10 Vissel Kobe 255,18525,3829,37515,010+30.3%
11 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 254,95124,7349,51514,997−7.5%
12 Gamba Osaka 250,73819,56910,89814,749+20.0%
13 Shimizu S-Pulse 241,57719,8248,53914,210+0.5%
14 Sagan Tosu 240,32323,2778,27614,137+22.8%
15 Ventforet Kofu 206,90436,5055,41612,170−3.5%
16 Omiya Ardija 183,79114,1827,00110,811−2.9%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 182,16114,6236,11510,715−14.6%
18 Tokushima Vortis 151,03417,2743,5948,884+104.3%
League total5,275,38756,758017,240+0.1%

Updated to games played on 8 December 2014
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

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