2017 J2 League

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Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2017
Champions Shonan Bellmare
2nd J2 title
4th D2 title
Promoted Shonan Bellmare
V-Varen Nagasaki
Nagoya Grampus
Relegated Thespakusatsu Gunma
Matches played462
Goals scored1,198 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorer Ibba Laajab (Yokohama FC)
(25 goals) [1]
Highest attendance36,755 [2]
Nagoya 1–1 Kyoto
(3 May 2017)
Lowest attendance1,191 [2]
Sanuki 0-0 Yamagata
(22 Oct 2017)
Average attendance6,970
2016
2018

The 2017 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2017 明治安田生命J2リーグ) season was the 46th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 19th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Contents

Clubs

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Greater Tokyo Area
Locations of the 2017 J2 League teams
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Greater Tokyo Area J2 League Teams

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime [lower-alpha 1]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama [lower-alpha 2]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu [lower-alpha 3]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto [lower-alpha 4]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano [lower-alpha 5]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata [lower-alpha 6]
Nagoya Grampus All Aichi Prefecture [lower-alpha 7] Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Oita Trinita Ōita Promoted from J3 League in 2016
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi [lower-alpha 8]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Shonan Bellmare Shonan part of Kanagawa [lower-alpha 9] Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma [lower-alpha 10]
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima [lower-alpha 11]
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki [lower-alpha 12]
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa Won J2-J3 Relegation Playoff
  1. centering on Matsuyama
  2. centering on Okayama, Kurashiki, Tsuyama
  3. centering on Gifu
  4. Kyoto, Uji, Joyo, Kyōtanabe, Mukō, Nagaokakyō, Kizugawa, Kameoka, Nantan, Kyotanba
  5. Matsumoto, Nagano, Azumino, Yamagata, Shiojiri, Ōmachi, Ikeda
  6. centering on Yamagata, Tendō, Tsuruoka
  7. centering on Nagoya, Toyota, Miyoshi
  8. centering on Yamaguchi, Shimonoseki, Sanyoonoda, Ube
  9. Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Atsugi, Isehara, Odawara, Chigasaki, Hadano, Fujisawa, Ōiso, Samukawa, Ninomiya, Kamakura, Minamiashigara, Oi, Kaisei, Nakai, Hakone, Matsuda, Manazuru, Yamakita, Yugawara
  10. centering on Kusatsu, Maebashi
  11. centering on Tokushima, Naruto, Mima, Matsushige, Itano, Aizumi, Kitajima
  12. centering on Nagasaki, Isahaya

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Japan.svg Masami Ihara Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Mikado ATHLETA
Ehime FC Flag of Japan.svg Shuichi Mase Flag of Japan.svg Shuto Kojima Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Japan.svg Tetsu Nagasawa Flag of Japan.svg Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Oki Flag of Japan.svg Yoshihiro Shoji New Balance
JEF United Chiba Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Esnáider Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Kitano Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Shimizu ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Nunobe Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Sugeno Wacoal
Machida Zelvia Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Soma Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Sorimachi Flag of Japan.svg Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Nishigaya Flag of Japan.svg Keisuke Funatani GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Kiyama Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Honda New Balance
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Japan.svg Yahiro Kazama Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Sato Mizuno
Oita Trinita Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Katanosaka Flag of Japan.svg Satoru Yamagishi Puma
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Mayor Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Torikai Finta
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Kiyokawa Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Sonoda Puma
Shonan Bellmare Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Kwi-jea Flag of Japan.svg Kaoru Takayama Penalty
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Morishita Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Yamagishi Finta
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Spain.svg Ricardo Rodríguez Flag of Japan.svg Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Lotina Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Takagi Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Murakami hummel
Yokohama FC Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nakata Flag of Japan.svg Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita Flag of Japan.svg Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

    Managerial changes

    TeamOutgoing managerDate of separationManner of departureIncoming managerDate of announcement
    Nagoya Grampus Flag of North Macedonia.svg Boško Gjurovski 6 November 2016 [3] End of caretaker spell Flag of Japan.svg Yahiro Kazama 4 January 2017 [4]
    Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ueno 23 May 2017 [5] Sacked Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Mayor 5 June 2017 [6]
    Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Kiyokawa 14 June 2017 [7] Sacked Flag of Japan.svg Tomoyoshi Ikeya 14 June 2017
    Yokohama FC Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nakata 15 October 2017 [8] Sacked Flag of Brazil.svg Edson Tavares 24 October 2017 [9]

    Foreign players

    Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the summer transfer window.

    ClubsPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5OtherFormer
    Nagoya Grampus Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Garcia Flag of Brazil.svg Gabriel Xavier Flag of Brazil.svg Washington Flag of South Korea.svg Lim Seung-gyeom Flag of Sweden.svg Robin Simović Flag of Brazil.svg Charles
    Shonan Bellmare Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tando Velaphi Flag of Brazil.svg André Bahia Flag of Brazil.svg Dinei Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Mrđa Flag of Brazil.svg Chiquinho
    Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Brazil.svg Euller Flag of Brazil.svg Gilsinho Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Flag of Brazil.svg Willian Popp Flag of South Korea.svg Won Du-jae Flag of Colombia.svg Danilson Córdoba
    Ehime FC Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ju Feng Flag of South Korea.svg Park Seung-su
    Fagiano Okayama Flag of Argentina.svg Nicolás Orsini Flag of South Korea.svg Jang Suk-won Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-min Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kyung-tae Flag of South Korea.svg Park Hyung-jin
    FC Gifu Flag of Brazil.svg Cristian Flag of Brazil.svg Henik Flag of Spain.svg Sisinio Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Ibáñez
    Oita Trinita Flag of Brazil.svg Chiquinho
    Mito HollyHock Flag of Brazil.svg Paulão Flag of South Korea.svg Kwon Young-jin
    JEF United Chiba Flag of Argentina.svg Joaquín Larrivey Flag of Argentina.svg Luis Ojeda Flag of Paraguay.svg Eduardo Aranda Flag of Paraguay.svg Jorge Salinas Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Byeom-yong Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Joo-young
    Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Flag of Brazil.svg Allan Flag of Brazil.svg Evson Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Joo-young Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Seon-ho Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik
    Montedio Yamagata Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Je-seung Flag of South Korea.svg Koo Bon-hyeok
    Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Argentina.svg Abel Luciatti Flag of Argentina.svg Leonardo Ramos Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Vidal Flag of South Korea.svg Park Chan-yong
    Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Brazil.svg Gustavo Flag of Brazil.svg Júnior Fell Flag of Brazil.svg Morbeck Flag of South Korea.svg Lim Jin-woo Flag of South Korea.svg Yang Sang-jun Flag of North Korea.svg An Byong-jun
    Kyoto Sanga Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kevin Oris Flag of South Korea.svg Ha Sung-min Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-jae
    Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Joon-gi Flag of South Korea.svg Kang Su-il Flag of South Korea.svg Yeo Sung-hye Flag of South Korea.svg Park Gon Flag of North Korea.svg Park Seung-ri Flag of South Korea.svg Han Ho-dong
    Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Martínez
    V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of Spain.svg Juanma Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Pallardó Flag of South Korea.svg Song Young-Min
    Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Flag of Serbia.svg Nikola Vasiljević Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-pil Flag of Serbia.svg Nikola Ašćerić
    Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Brazil.svg Davi Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of Brazil.svg Serginho Flag of South Korea.svg Goh Dong Min Flag of South Korea.svg Yeo Sung-hye
    Yokohama FC Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Chung-geun
    Machida Zelvia Flag of Montenegro.svg Boris Tatar Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Song-gi Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae
    Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of South Korea.svg Byeon Jun-byum Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Tea-sung Flag of Brazil.svg Mendes

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
    1 Shonan Bellmare (C, P)42241175836+2283Promotion to 2018 J1 League
    2 V-Varen Nagasaki (P)42248105941+1880
    3 Nagoya Grampus (O, P)42236138565+2075Qualification to promotion playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
    4 Avispa Fukuoka 422111105436+1874
    5 Tokyo Verdy 422010126449+1570
    6 JEF United Chiba 42208147058+1268
    7 Tokushima Vortis 421813117145+2667
    8 Matsumoto Yamaga 42199146145+1666
    9 Oita Trinita 421713125850+864
    10 Yokohama FC 421712136049+1163
    11 Montedio Yamagata 421417114547259
    12 Kyoto Sanga 421415135547+857
    13 Fagiano Okayama 421316134449555
    14 Mito HollyHock 421412164548354
    15 Ehime FC 421491954681451
    16 Machida Zelvia 421117145353050
    17 Zweigen Kanazawa 4213101949671849
    18 FC Gifu 4211131856681246
    19 Kamatamare Sanuki 428142041612038
    20 Renofa Yamaguchi 421152648692138
    21 Roasso Kumamoto 429102336592337
    22 Thespakusatsu Gunma (R)42553232885620Relegation to 2018 J3 League
    Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: 2017 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
    (C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:
    1. 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.

    Results

    Home \ Away AVI BEL EHI FAG GIF GRA HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN SPA TRI VVN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
    Avispa Fukuoka 2–10–11–01–03–10–00–13–12–02–12–12–11–31–20–11–00–11–10–01–30–2
    Shonan Bellmare 0–31–01–13–32–13–02–01–00–11–00–01–03–10–11–12–02–02–12–21–14–2
    Ehime FC 0–10–12–02–01–20–01–02–12–02–11–00–24–22–21–00–31–30–02–31–11–0
    Fagiano Okayama 1–10–20–11–10–13–02–10–12–12–11–12–12–10–32–00–13–20–02–11–10–1
    FC Gifu 1–21–12–11–12–62–14–60–11–12–21–23–22–01–24–41–20–20–11–20–21–0
    Nagoya Grampus 3–13–27–42–01–12–10–32–11–00–25–11–14–20–12–04–10–25–22–32–12–3
    Mito HollyHock 1–10–11–01–01–21–13–12–10–11–12–22–04–02–00–23–21–10–10–03–24–0
    JEF United Chiba 0–00–14–23–11–32–02–14–31–12–11–12–21–14–15–02–22–05–12–12–12–0
    Kamatamare Sanuki 2–23–02–21–11–30–22–01–10–01–30–00–41–20–10–10–00–01–11–02–21–0
    Montedio Yamagata 0–03–02–21–14–10–00–02–20–03–20–12–21–03–20–01–01–61–02–01–32–1
    Renofa Yamaguchi 1–23–51–10–10–11–31–00–11–02–01–21–13–22–30–30–21–11–21–20–10–1
    Roasso Kumamoto 1–10–12–10–10–00–12–31–02–11–10–20–31–20–10–24–01–12–01–40–11–4
    Kyoto Sanga 0–10–03–21–11–13–11–12–01–01–21–22–11–02–20–10–11–01–12–22–21–3
    Thespakusatsu Gunma 1–30–20–31–20–21–40–12–01–20–12–11–11–10–41–41–20–20–21–10–11–1
    Oita Trinita 1–10–01–11–13–34–10–01–22–11–12–02–11–31–01–20–20–10–02–21–31–0
    V-Varen Nagasaki 0–10–22–03–02–11–10–02–13–12–02–11–01–04–02–11–02–11–01–10–02–1
    Tokyo Verdy 0–02–33–31–11–02–14–03–03–33–11–21–01–23–11–02–12–11–21–13–12–1
    Tokushima Vortis 2–10–14–13–31–12–22–30–11–11–15–03–01–14–11–03–11–00–22–22–21–1
    Matsumoto Yamaga 0–11–22–11–12–11–20–13–14–03–22–31–00–13–00–23–01–13–13–11–14–0
    Yokohama FC 1–30–14–01–11–01–21–04–02–10–11–02–02–01–01–22–11–10–21–02–22–0
    Machida Zelvia 0–10–01–21–10–13–42–00–11–10–00–12–10–22–02–21–12–40–11–21–01–1
    Zweigen Kanazawa 0–50–01–21–20–13–42–02–11–11–13–20–20–22–02–21–12–40–10–43–22–2
    Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2017. Source: J.League Data
    Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Playoffs

    J1 League Promotion Playoffs

    Semifinals Final
          
    3 Nagoya Grampus 4
    6 JEF United Chiba 2
    3 Nagoya Grampus 0
    4 Avispa Fukuoka 0
    4 Avispa Fukuoka 1
    5 Tokyo Verdy 0

    Semifinals


    Avispa Fukuoka 1–0 Tokyo Verdy
    Yamase Soccerball shade.svg 14' Report
    Egao Kenkō Stadium, Kumamoto
    Attendance: 9,019

    Nagoya Grampus 4–2 JEF United
    Taguchi Soccerball shade.svg 61'
    Simović Soccerball shade.svg 66', 86', 90+6'
    Report Larrivey Soccerball shade.svg 45+2', 90'
    Paloma Mizuho Stadium, Nagoya, Aichi
    Attendance: 18,350

    Final


    Nagoya Grampus 0–0 Avispa Fukuoka
    Report
    Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi
    Attendance: 37,959

    Season statistics

    Top scorers

    As of match played 19 November 2017. [1]
    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1
    Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab Yokohama FC
    25
    2
    Flag of Japan.svg Daiki Watari Tokushima Vortis
    23
    3
    Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Avispa Fukuoka
    19
    Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Takasaki Matsumoto Yamaga
    Flag of Argentina.svg Joaquin Larrivey JEF United Chiba
    6
    Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Tokyo Verdy
    14
    Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Goto Oita Trinita
    8
    Flag of Japan.svg Tulio Kyoto Sanga
    13
    Flag of Sweden.svg Robin Simovic Nagoya Grampus
    Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
    Flag of Japan.svg Daizen Maeda Mito HollyHock

    Attendances

    PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
    1 Nagoya Grampus 322,67236,7557,04615,365−13.3%
    2 Matsumoto Yamaga 255,07615,8728,98212,146−10.9%
    3 JEF United Chiba 209,63715,9946,2309,983−3.0%
    4 Avispa Fukuoka 200,54616,3366,0219,550−25.7%
    5 Fagiano Okayama 198,88312,2866,2759,471−5.5%
    6 Shonan Bellmare 177,52712,4804,4538,454−26.7%
    7 Oita Trinita 169,32811,3706,1368,063+3.8%
    8 FC Gifu 146,51817,0273,6506,977+23.2%
    9 Kyoto Sanga 141,70510,7504,8966,748+3.4%
    10 Montedio Yamagata 138,23212,7433,7076,582+5.2%
    11 Roasso Kumamoto 137,69813,9903,9446,557+18.3%
    12 Tokyo Verdy 130,33414,5412,7866,206+14.9%
    13 Yokohama FC 125,30113,2442,2845,967+22.0%
    14 V-Varen Nagasaki 124,75622,4073,1895,941+13.7%
    15 Renofa Yamaguchi 114,5389,6513,3695,454−18.0%
    16 Tokushima Vortis 104,5777,5833,1064,979+9.1%
    17 Mito HollyHock 103,5499,2403,0234,931−8.1%
    18 Zweigen Kanazawa 92,33611,1732,7804,397+5.2%
    19 Machida Zelvia 85,1778,1242,3834,056−20.8%
    20 Ehime FC 81,1937,1171,9583,866−5.5%
    21 Thespakusatsu Gunma 80,4656,8281,4023,832−19.2%
    22 Kamatamare Sanuki 79,9087,9941,1913,805+3.2%
    League total3,219,93636,7551,1916,9700.0%

    Updated to games played on 19 November 2017
    Source: J. League Data
    Notes:
    Last year in J1 League. Last year in J3 League.

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