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1993 J.League

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The J.League 1993 season was the inaugural season of the J.League Division 1. The league fixtures began on May 15, 1993, and ended on December 15, 1993. The first ever Suntory Championship took place in the following year, January 9 and January 16, 1994.

Honours[edit source | edit]

Competition Champion Runners-Up 3rd Place
Domestic league
J.League Suntory Series Kashima Antlers Verdy Kawasaki Yokohama Marinos
J.League NICOS Series Verdy Kawasaki Shimizu S-Pulse Yokohama Marinos
Suntory Championship Verdy Kawasaki Kashima Antlers n/a
Cup competitions
Emperor's Cup Yokohama Flügels Kashima Antlers Shimizu S-Pulse
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Nabisco Cup Verdy Kawasaki Shimizu S-Pulse Yokohama Flügels
Gamba Osaka
XEROX Super Cup Not held

Clubs[edit source | edit]

Geographic location of ten J.League clubs in 1993.

Ten clubs participated in J.League during 1993 season:

  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Red Diamonds
  • JEF United Ichihara
  • Verdy Kawasaki
  • Yokohama Marinos
  • Yokohama Flügels
  • Shimizu S-Pulse
  • Nagoya Grampus Eight
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Format[edit source | edit]

In the first year, the league followed split-season format, and each halves (or stages) were known as Suntory Series and NICOS Series for sponsorship purposes. In each series, ten clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 18 games per club (per series). The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. The clubs were ranked by number of wins, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Extra match or a coin toss

The club that finished at the top of the table is declared stage champion and qualifies for the Suntory Championship. The first stage winner, hosts the first leg in the championship series. If the same club win both stages, the runners-up of each stages plays against each other and the winners challenges the stage winner at the championship game.

Results[edit source | edit]

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Final standings[edit source | edit]

Suntory Series (1st Stage) Standings[edit source | edit]

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NICOS Series (2nd stage) Standings[edit source | edit]

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Suntory Championship '93[edit source | edit]

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VERDY KAWASAKI won the series on 3-1 aggregate.

Overall standings[edit source | edit]

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Average attendance[edit source | edit]

In its first year, the league averaged 17,976 fans and had over 3.2 million fans total over the course of the season. The following chart shows the league ranked in terms of average attendance:

Team Name Total Number of Fans Attendance Average
Verdy Kawasaki 454,237 25,235
Gamba Osaka 388,286 21,571
JEF United Ichihara 364,922 20,273
Nagoya Grampus Eight 357,451 19,858
Shimizu S-Pulse 332,312 18,462
Yokohama Marinos 302,054 16,781
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 299,586 16,644
Yokohama Flügels 278,346 15,464
Kashima Antlers 252,291 14,016
Urawa Red Diamonds 206,265 11,459
Total 3,235,750 17,976

Awards[edit source | edit]

MVP

Japan Kazuyoshi Miura

Rookie of the Year

Masaaki Sawanobori

Manager of the Year

Japan Yasutaro Matsuki

Best XI
Position Player
GK Japan Shigetatsu Matsunaga
DF Japan Shunzo Ono
DF Japan Tetsuji Hashiratani
DF Brazil Pereira
DF Japan Masami Ihara
DF Japan Takumi Horiike
MF Brazil Santos
MF Japan Yasuto Honda
MF Japan Ruy Ramos
FW Japan Kazuyoshi Miura
FW Argentina Ramón Díaz

References[edit source | edit]

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