2014 J.League Division 2

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J.League Division 2
Season2014
Champions Shonan Bellmare
1st J2 title
3rd D2 title
Promoted Shonan Bellmare
Matsumoto Yamaga
Montedio Yamagata
Relegated Kataller Toyama
Matches played462
Goals scored1,124 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorer Masashi Oguro (26 goals)
Highest attendance20,636
Trinita vs Roasso
Lowest attendance1,450
Kamatamare vs Tochigi SC
Average attendance6,589
2013
2015

The 2014 J.League Division 2 season was the 43rd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 16th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season commenced on 2 March and ended on 23 November. Post-season promotion and relegation playoffs will be played until 7 December.

Contents

Clubs

Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe have stayed in the second division for just a year, winning a promotion as champions and runners-up respectively. Fourth-placed Tokushima Vortis won the promotion playoffs and become the very first Shikoku club to play in the top flight since the establishment of Japan Soccer League, the first amateur nationwide football league in Japan. Shonan Bellmare and Oita Trinita were relegated from the first division immediately after promotion, and Júbilo Iwata have suffered their debut relegation after 20 years in the first division.

On the other end of the table, Kamatamare Sanuki have been promoted from 2013 Japan Football League, replacing Gainare Tottori whom they defeated in the J2–JFL playoffs.

On 29 September the J.League licensing board issued J1 licenses to all J2 clubs except Mito HollyHock, FC Gifu, and Giravanz Kitakyushu. [1] This means these three clubs are not eligible to play in J1 for 2015 season and therefore cannot be promoted directly or via playoffs.

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka
Shonan Bellmare Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Relegated from J1 League in 2013
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu Not eligible for J1 promotion
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Not eligible for J1 promotion
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki Not eligible for J1 promotion
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka Relegated from J1 League in 2013
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa Promoted from JFL in 2013
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Oita Trinita Ōita Relegated from J1 League in 2013
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki
Matsumoto Yamaga Matsumoto, Nagano
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kwang-seon Flag of South Korea.svg Oh Chang-hyun Flag of South Korea.svg Park Kun Flag of Malaysia.svg Tam Sheang Tsung
Shonan Bellmare Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Brazil.svg Paulão Flag of Brazil.svg Renan Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Shung-hoon Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Ho-seung Flag of Indonesia.svg Stefano Lilipaly
Ehime FC Flag of Brazil.svg Ricardo Lobo Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-je Flag of South Korea.svg Moon Dong-ju Flag of South Korea.svg Han Hee-hoon
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Brazil.svg Hugo Flag of the United States.svg Piakai Henkel
FC Gifu Flag of Brazil.svg Henik Flag of Brazil.svg Kleiton Domingues Flag of Colombia.svg Cristian Nazarit Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago Pereira
Giravanz Kitakyushu
Mito HollyHock Flag of Brazil.svg Osmar Flag of South Korea.svg Yun Yeong-seung Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Song-gi
JEF United Chiba Flag of Brazil.svg Jair Flag of Brazil.svg Kempes Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Hyun-hun Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Seung-woo
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Brazil.svg Ferdinando Flag of Brazil.svg Popó Flag of Brazil.svg Tinga Flag of South Korea.svg Baek Sung-dong
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Brazil.svg Allan Flag of Brazil.svg Evson Flag of France.svg Andrea Blede Flag of South Korea.svg Song Han-Ki
Kataller Toyama Flag of South Korea.svg Park Tae-Hong Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Young-keun Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gao Zhunyi
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Souza Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Byeom-yong Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Joo-young Flag of Peru.svg Romero Frank
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Flag of Brazil.svg Fábio Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Byeong-yeon Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jeong-seok Flag of Brazil.svg Pablo
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Brazil.svg Jairo Flag of Serbia.svg Miloš Bajalica Flag of South Korea.svg Oh Seung-hoon Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Te-song
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Lovinho Flag of Brazil.svg Eder Flag of South Korea.svg Kweon Han-jin Flag of North Korea.svg Hwang Song-su Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Tae-jun Flag of Brazil.svg Kaique
Tochigi SC Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Min-soo Flag of South Korea.svg Cha Young-hwan
Oita Trinita Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Flag of Montenegro.svg Dzenan Radoncic Flag of South Korea.svg Gang Yoon-goo Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jeong-hyun Flag of Colombia.svg Jonathan
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Abuda Flag of Brazil.svg Nildo Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-pil
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of Croatia.svg Stipe Flag of Serbia.svg Knez Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-Jae Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Dae-heon Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Hoon-sung
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Brazil.svg Sabia Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Jun-Hyeob Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Sung-yeul
Yokohama FC Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo Flag of South Korea.svg Park Sung-ho Flag of South Korea.svg Na Sung-soo Flag of North Korea.svg An Yong-hak Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Shonan Bellmare (C, P)4231838625+61101Qualification for 2015 J1 League
2 Matsumoto Yamaga (P)42241176535+3083
3 JEF United Chiba 421814105544+1168Qualification for Promotion Playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Júbilo Iwata 421813116755+1267
5 Giravanz Kitakyushu 421811135050065Ineligible for promotion
6 Montedio Yamagata (P)421810145744+1364Qualification for Promotion Playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
7 Oita Trinita 421712135255363
8 Fagiano Okayama 421516115248+461
9 Kyoto Sanga 421418105752+560
10 Consadole Sapporo 421514134844+459
11 Yokohama FC 421413154947+255
12 Tochigi SC 421510175258655
13 Roasso Kumamoto 421315144553854
14 V-Varen Nagasaki 421216144542+352
15 Mito HollyHock 421214164646050Ineligible for promotion
16 Avispa Fukuoka 421311185260850
17 FC Gifu 421310195461749Ineligible for promotion
18 Thespakusatsu Gunma 42147214554949
19 Ehime FC 421212185458448
20 Tokyo Verdy 429151831481742
21 Kamatamare Sanuki 427122334713733Qualification for Relegation Playoffs [lower-alpha 2]
22 Kataller Toyama (R)42582928744623Relegation to 2015 J3 League [lower-alpha 2]
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2014. Source: J.League data
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Only teams that meet J1 license criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
  2. 1 2 The playoffs and direct exchange between J2 and J3 are subject to eligibility of J2-licensed teams in top 2 of 2014 J3 League

Results

Home \ Away AVI BEL CON EHI FAG GIF GIR HOL JEF JÚB KAM KAT MON ROS SAN SPA TOC TRI VVN VER YAM YFC
Avispa Fukuoka 0–02–21–12–31–00–10–11–03–11–22–10–11–31–01–12–01–22–50–11–21–0
Shonan Bellmare 2–02–03–02–00–02–04–21–11–13–12–01–02–13–01–02–14–01–21–01–14–1
Consadole Sapporo 1–12–00–13–13–23–04–00–21–11–12–11–12–20–11–01–11–12–10–01–00–1
Ehime FC 0–01–02–32–30–02–10–22–20–12–04–04–04–00–00–20–11–20–32–11–42–1
Fagiano Okayama 1–10–02–01–12–10–31–11–01–12–20–01–41–12–31–23–11–12–12–10–00–0
FC Gifu 1–22–31–14–32–21–10–22–20–43–13–01–02–32–11–01–32–31–13–03–11–2
Giravanz Kitakyushu 3–50–42–00–32–12–01–01–03–22–12–20–11–11–32–10–11–12–12–10–02–1
Mito HollyHock 1–20–10–00–00–13–21–11–24–10–02–30–10–05–12–01–22–10–01–11–22–2
JEF United Chiba 3–00–62–01–01–01–01–31–02–21–12–12–03–03–03–20–22–11–10–00–10–0
Júbilo Iwata 3–31–20–12–01–13–13–11–02–04–23–20–23–12–22–02–31–11–01–21–12–2
Kamatamare Sanuki 1–10–21–01–22–11–21–10–00–11–42–10–31–12–21–00–10–10–10–10–50–1
Kataller Toyama 1–20–10–21–30–30–00–20–31–10–11–11–10–21–20–11–01–11–00–33–21–2
Montedio Yamagata 2–11–32–12–00–23–11–20–01–10–14–01–01–21–01–26–12–02–11–20–02–4
Roasso Kumamoto 2–11–30–23–10–00–30–12–10–00–04–12–01–31–40–12–11–11–10–00–12–2
Kyoto Sanga 3–12–21–10–01–10–01–11–13–32–34–11–12–20–00–30–02–22–01–00–02–1
Thespakusatsu Gunma 1–20–13–03–23–22–20–00–11–21–11–02–01–11–10–12–02–12–41–01–30–2
Tochigi SC 1–10–32–13–30–13–01–10–10–20–21–22–11–11–12–13–04–01–03–21–21–1
Oita Trinita 3–02–31–02–21–01–01–02–32–42–01–03–01–00–10–32–12–11–13–20–21–0
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–00–30–12–11–10–21–11–12–11–11–12–00–00–10–12–01–10–00–00–21–0
Tokyo Verdy 0–50–00–01–10–10–11–01–01–10–10–10–11–21–01–01–11–11–11–51–31–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–11–41–22–11–21–00–13–02–12–10–02–10–02–12–23–12–12–00–01–12–0
Yokohama FC 2–01–32–20–00–20–11–01–10–04–04–22–02–10–10–21–03–01–11–20–00–2
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2014. Source: J. League data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs

Promotion Playoffs to Division 1

Because Giravanz Kitakyushu did not obtain J1 license for 2015 season, they were ineligible to participate in the playoffs. Thus, JEF United Chiba who finished third in the season received a bye into the final.

 Semifinal  Final
         
   3 JEF United Chiba 0
  4 Júbilo Iwata 1   6 Montedio Yamagata 1
  6 Montedio Yamagata 2 

Semifinal


Júbilo Iwata 1–2 Montedio Yamagata
Yamazaki Soccerball shade.svg 45+3' Report Diego Soccerball shade.svg 26'
Yamagishi Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Attendance: 11,239
Referee: Jumpei Iida

Final


JEF United Chiba 0–1 Montedio Yamagata
Yamazaki Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Attendance: 35,504
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

J3 Relegation Playoffs

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Kamatamare Sanuki 1–0 Nagano Parceiro 0–01-0

Nagano Parceiro 0–0 Kamatamare Sanuki
Report
Nagano Athletic Stadium, Nagano
Attendance: 8,944
Referee: Itaru Hirose

Kamatamare Sanuki 1–0 Nagano Parceiro
Kijima Soccerball shade.svg 71'

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Masashi Oguro Kyoto Sanga
26
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Shonan Bellmare
20
3 Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Funayama Matsumoto Yamaga
19
4 Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
17
Flag of Colombia.svg Cristian Nazarit FC Gifu
17
6 Flag of Japan.svg Tomoki Ikemoto Giravanz Kitakyushu
15
7 Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Montedio Yamagata
14
Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Lovinho Thespakusatsu Gunma
14
Flag of Japan.svg Shohei Okada Shonan Bellmare
14
Flag of Japan.svg Ken Tokura Consadole Sapporo
14

Updated to games played on 23 November 2014
Source: J. League data

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Matsumoto Yamaga 267,40218,4968,60812,733+15.3%
2 Consadole Sapporo 232,25520,6336,64611,060+9.8%
3 JEF United Chiba 195,99914,5755,9579,333−6.7%
4 Júbilo Iwata 184,26113,1776,1088,774−19.5%
5 Shonan Bellmare 178,04114,1555,9638,478−14.5%
6 Oita Trinita 176,85920,6365,0288,422−29.3%
7 Fagiano Okayama 176,47712,3596,1178,404−2.0%
8 FC Gifu 159,25915,1383,1627,584+67.6%
9 Kyoto Sanga 157,91112,4523,6807,520−4.7%
10 Roasso Kumamoto 147,04612,6613,5807,002+12.4%
11 Montedio Yamagata 133,31613,3444,2706,348−9.6%
12 Tokyo Verdy 114,02312,6582,4345,430−14.4%
13 Tochigi SC 111,1789,1313,1555,294+7.6%
14 Yokohama FC 108,0648,7022,5775,146−15.1%
15 Avispa Fukuoka 106,3037,8753,4445,062−11.6%
16 V-Varen Nagasaki 101,61112,6383,0174,839−21.5%
17 Mito HollyHock 99,4227,0333,3594,734+2.2%
18 Kataller Toyama 89,5968,0182,6224,266−4.6%
19 Ehime FC 80,2288,2952,0573,820−3.3%
20 Thespakusatsu Gunma 78,9616,4071,5093,760+5.3%
21 Giravanz Kitakyushu 76,0726,5161,4623,622+14.1%
22 Kamatamare Sanuki 69,66410,4211,4503,317+6.1%
League total3,043,94820,6361,4506,589−1.1%

Updated to games played on 23 November 2014
Source: J. League data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.
Team played previous season in JFL.

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