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2008 J.League Division 1

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Template:Infobox football league season The 2008 J.League Division 1 season is the 44th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 16th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season began on March 8 and ended on December 6.

A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. Starting this season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. The bottom two clubs were relegated to J2 League by default, while 16th-placed club had to defend their spot in the top-flight in the pro/rele series.

Clubs[edit source | edit]

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Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaido Promoted from J2 League in 2007
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2008 ACL Participant
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2008 ACL Participant
The Defending Champions
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto Promoted from J2 League in 2007
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi Renamed from Nagoya Grampus Eight
Oita Trinita All cities/towns in Ōita
Omiya Ardija Saitama
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama 2008 ACL Participant
Tokyo Verdy Tokyo Promoted from J2 League in 2007
Renamed from Tokyo Verdy 1969
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka

Format[edit source | edit]

Eighteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 34 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The bottom two clubs will be relegated to J2, while the 16th placed club plays a two-legged Promotion/Relegation Series. The champions of this season qualifies to the AFC Champions League and one to three more clubs may also qualify.

Changes from Previous Year

Table[edit source | edit]

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Results[edit source | edit]

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Awards[edit source | edit]

Individual Awards[edit source | edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Brazil Marquinhos Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year Japan Yoshizumi Ogawa Nagoya Grampus
Manager of the Year Brazil Oswaldo de Oliveira Kashima Antlers
Top Scorer Brazil Marquinhos Kashima Antlers 21 goals.

Best Eleven[edit source | edit]

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Seigo Narazaki Nagoya Grampus Template:Fb
DF Daiki Iwamasa Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
DF Atsuto Uchida Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus Template:Fb
DF Yuji Nakazawa Yokohama F. Marinos Template:Fb
DF Satoshi Yamaguchi Gamba Osaka Template:Fb
MF Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale Template:Fb
MF Yoshizumi Ogawa Nagoya Grampus Template:Fb
FW Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka Template:Fb
FW Marquinhos Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
FW Atsushi Yanagisawa Kyoto Sanga FC Template:Fb

Attendance[edit source | edit]

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References[edit source | edit]

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External links[edit source | edit]

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