2009 J.League Division 1

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Template:Infobox football league season The 2009 J.League Division 1 season is the 45th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 17th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season started on March 7, 2009 and ended on December 5, 2009.

A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. At the end of the season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. Also starting this season, the bottom three clubs were relegated to J2 League by default.

Kashima Antlers became the first Japanese club win J.League Championship in three straight seasons.

Clubs[edit source | edit]

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Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2009 ACL Participant
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2009 ACL Participant
Two-time Defending Champions
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2009 ACL Participant
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata Promoted from J2 League in 2008
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi 2009 ACL Participant
Oita Trinita All cities/towns in Ōita
Omiya Ardija Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima Promoted from J2 League in 2008
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka

League 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 three clubs will be relegated to J2. The top three clubs will qualify to AFC Champions League in the following year.

Changes from Previous Year
  • Bottom three clubs are relegated by default; during 2004–2008 season, the 16th-place club needed to win playoffs to avoid relegation.
  • The fourth foreign player slot (AFC player slot) is introduced

League table[edit source | edit]

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Results[edit source | edit]

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Top scorers[edit source | edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[1]
1 Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata 20
2 Brazil Juninho Kawasaki Frontale 17
Brazil Edmilson Urawa Red Diamonds 17
4 Japan Naohiro Ishikawa FC Tokyo 15
Japan Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima 15
6 Template:Country data PRK Chong Tese Kawasaki Frontale 14
Japan Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse 14
8 Brazil Marquinhos Kashima Antlers 13
Brazil Pedro Júnior Gamba Osaka[note 1] 13
Japan Kazuma Watanabe Yokohama F. Marinos 13


  1. Transferred from Albirex Niigata after 24th week

Attendance[edit source | edit]

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Awards[edit source | edit]

Individual awards[edit source | edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Japan Mitsuo Ogasawara Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year Japan Kazuma Watanabe Yokohama F. Marinos
Manager of the Year Brazil Oswaldo de Oliveira Kashima Antlers
Top Scorer Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata 20 goals.

Best eleven[edit source | edit]

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Eiji Kawashima Kawasaki Frontale 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 Yuto Nagatomo FC Tokyo Template:Fb
MF Naohiro Ishikawa FC Tokyo Template:Fb
MF Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale Template:Fb
MF Mitsuo Ogasawara Kashima Antlers Template:Fb
MF Yasuhito Endō Gamba Osaka Template:Fb
FW Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata Template:Fb
FW Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse Template:Fb

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "2009 J1 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 17 April 2010.

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