2009 J.League Division 1
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|
|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|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hiroshima||Promoted from J2 League in 2008|
|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]
|1||Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||20|
|Edmilson||Urawa Red Diamonds||17|
|4||Naohiro Ishikawa||FC Tokyo||15|
|Hisato Satō||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||15|
|6||Template:Country data PRK Chong Tese||Kawasaki Frontale||14|
|Shinji Okazaki||Shimizu S-Pulse||14|
|Pedro Júnior||Gamba Osaka[note 1]||13|
|Kazuma Watanabe||Yokohama F. Marinos||13|
- Transferred from Albirex Niigata after 24th week
Attendance[edit source | edit]
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Awards[edit source | edit]
Individual awards[edit source | edit]
|Most Valuable Player||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Kashima Antlers|
|Rookie of the Year||Kazuma Watanabe||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Manager of the Year||Oswaldo de Oliveira||Kashima Antlers|
|Top Scorer||Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||20 goals.|
Best eleven[edit source | edit]
References[edit source | edit]
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