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1996 J.League

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Template:Infobox football league season The 1996 J.League season was the fourth season since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on March 16, 1996, and ended on November 9, 1996.

Clubs[edit source | edit]

The following sixteen clubs participated in J.League during the 1996 season. Of these clubs, Kyoto Purple Sanga, and Avispa Fukuoka were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

Format[edit source | edit]

In the 1996 season, the league abolished the split-season format and followed a single-season format; sixteen clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 30 games per club. The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. A club received 3 points for any win, 1 point for PK loss, and 0 pts for regulation or extra time loss. The clubs were ranked by points, 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 was declared season champion.

Changes in competition format
  • Number of competing clubs increased from 14 to 16
  • Followed single-season format instead of split-season format
  • Suntory Final Series was held this year, instead of Suntory Championship
  • Number of games per club reduced to 30 from 52 games per season

Final standings[edit source | edit]

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Golden Boots ranking[edit source | edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23
2 Brazil Edílson Kashiwa Reysol 21
3 Brazil Evair Yokohama Flügels 20
4 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Júbilo Iwata 15
5 Brazil Magrão Verdy Kawasaki 13
6 Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 12
Template:Country data Czechoslovakia Ivan Hašek JEF United Ichihara 12
8 Croatia Mladen Mladenovic Gamba Osaka 11
Template:Country data Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
Japan Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima 11
Japan Yasuyuki Moriyama Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
Japan Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 11
Brazil Mazinho Kashima Antlers 11
Japan Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds 11

Awards[edit source | edit]

Individual awards[edit source | edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Brazil Jorginho Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year Japan Toshihide Saito Shimizu S-Pulse
Manager of the Year Brazil Nicanor Kashiwa Reysol
Top Scorer Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23 goals.

Best Eleven[edit source | edit]

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Seigo Narazaki Yokohama Flügels Template:Fb
DF Naoki Soma Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos Template:Fb
DF Guido Buchwald Urawa Red Diamonds Template:Fb
MF Jorginho Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
MF Masakiyo Maezono Yokohama Flügels Template:Fb
MF Motohiro Yamaguchi Yokohama Flügels Template:Fb
MF Hiroshi Nanami Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
FW Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki Template:Fb
FW Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight Template:FR-YUG
FW Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds Template:Fb

See also[edit source | edit]

External links[edit source | edit]

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