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1998 J.League

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The 1998 season was the sixth season of the J-League. The league began in March and ended in November. For this year, the division was contested by 18 teams. Júbilo Iwata won the 1st stage and Kashima Antlers won the 2nd stage. Kashima Antlers won the J.League title after winning both matches in the Suntory Championship.


First stage[edit source | edit]

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Second stage[edit source | edit]

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Playoffs[edit source | edit]

Suntory Championship[edit source | edit]

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Relegation playoffs[edit source | edit]

On the aggregate table, JEF United Ichihara, Avispa Fukuoka, and Vissel Kobe had earned within the 15th-18th places in the tables for both 1997 and 1998, while Consadole Sapporo had achieved within the same span on its sole season on the J.League. (Gamba Osaka, who had finished between Sapporo and Kobe, was reprieved because of the collapse and resignation of Yokohama Flügels.) These clubs thus were entered in an elimination promotion/relegation tournament along with Japan Football League runners-up Kawasaki Frontale, who unlike champions Tokyo Gas had a base more qualifiable for the J.League.

First round[edit source | edit]

Template:Footballbox collapsible Kawasaki forms J.League Division 2 the next season. Fukuoka advances to the next round.

Second round[edit source | edit]

The winners of this round stay in J.League Division 1 and the losers play a final elimination series to determine the club relegated to Division 2. Template:Footballbox collapsible


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Final round[edit source | edit]

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Template:Footballbox collapsible Fukuoka stays in J.League Division 1. Consadole is relegated to new J.League Division 2.

Awards[edit source | edit]

Individual Awards[edit source | edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Japan Masashi Nakayama Júbilo Iwata
Rookie of the Year Japan Shinji Ono Urawa Red Diamonds
Manager of the Year Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles Shimizu S-Pulse
Top Scorer Japan Masashi Nakayama Júbilo Iwata 36 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 Makoto Tanaka Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
DF Yutaka Akita Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
MF Shinji Ono Urawa Red Diamonds Template:Fb
MF Daisuke Oku Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
MF Toshiya Fujita Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
MF Hiroshi Nanami Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
MF Dunga Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
FW Masashi Nakayama Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
FW Atsushi Yanagisawa Kashima Antlers Template:Fb

References[edit source | edit]

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