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2018 J2 League

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The 2018 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2018 明治安田生命J2リーグ) season was the 47th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 20th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Clubs[edit source | edit]

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata Relegated from J1
Omiya Ardija Saitama Relegated from J1
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[lower-alpha 1]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[lower-alpha 2]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu[lower-alpha 3]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto[lower-alpha 4]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano[lower-alpha 5]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[lower-alpha 6]
Oita Trinita Ōita
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi[lower-alpha 7]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Promoted from J3
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[lower-alpha 8]
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture[lower-alpha 9] Relegated from J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa

Personnel and kits[edit source | edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Japan Masakazu Suzuki Japan Ryota Isomura Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka Japan Masami Ihara Japan Hisashi Jogo Yonex
Ehime FC Japan Shuichi Mase Japan Kazuhisa Kawahara Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Japan Tetsu Nagasawa Japan Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu Japan Takeshi Oki Japan Yuto Ono New Balance
JEF United Chiba Argentina Juan Esnáider Japan Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki Japan Makoto Kitano Japan Kazumasa Takagi ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga Japan Takanori Nunobe Japan Yuta Someya Wacoal
Machida Zelvia Japan Naoki Soma Template:Country data PRK Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Japan Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock Japan Shigetoshi Hasebe Japan Junya Hosokawa GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Japan Takashi Kiyama Japan Takumi Yamada New Balance
Oita Trinita Japan Tomohiro Katanosaka Japan Akira Takeuchi Puma
Omiya Ardija Japan Masatada Ishii Japan Kosuke Kikuchi Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Japan Masahiro Shimoda Japan Hidetoshi Miyuki Finta
Roasso Kumamoto Japan Hiroki Shibuya Japan Akihiro Sato Puma
Tochigi SC Japan Yuji Yokoyama Japan Koji Hirose ATHLETA
Tokushima Vortis Spain Ricardo Rodríguez Japan Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina Japan Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
Ventforet Kofu Japan Tatsuma Yoshida Japan Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno
Yokohama FC Brazil Edson Tavares Japan Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa Japan Masaaki Yanagishita Japan Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

Managerial changes[edit source | edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Ventforet Kofu Japan Tatsuma Yoshida 30 April 2018[1] Japan Nobuhiro Ueno 30 April 2018
Kyoto Sanga Japan Takanori Nunobe 11 May 2018[2] Serbia Boško Gjurovski 11 May 2018
Ehime FC Japan Shuichi Mase 15 May 2018[3] Japan Kenta Kawai 15 May 2018
Albirex Niigata Japan Masakazu Suzuki 8 August 2018[4] Japan Koichiro Katafuchi 22 August 2018

Foreign players[edit source | edit]

The total number of foreign players is restricted to five per club. Clubs can register up to four foreign players for a single match-day squad, of which a maximum of three are allowed from nations outside the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Albirex Niigata Brazil Alex Muralha Brazil Cauê Brazil Jonathan Reis Brazil Thalles South Korea Song Ju-hun Brazil Bruno Meneghel
Omiya Ardija Brazil Marcelo Toscano Brazil Mateus Template:Country data MKD David Babunski Template:Country data SWE Robin Simović South Korea Kim Dongsu Brazil Cauê
Avispa Fukuoka Brazil Dudu Brazil Léo Mineiro South Korea Won Du-jae South Korea Yu In-soo Brazil Euller
Brazil Túlio de Melo
Ehime FC South Korea Park Seung-su South Korea Woo Sang-ho
Fagiano Okayama Brazil Ricardo Santos South Korea Choi Jung-won South Korea Jeong Chung-geun South Korea Lee Kyung-tae South Korea Lee Yong-jae
FC Gifu Argentina Ezequiel Ham Brazil Michael New Zealand Ryan De Vries South Korea Jeon San-hae Spain Víctor Ibáñez South Korea Woo Sang-ho
JEF United Chiba Argentina Joaquín Larrivey Argentina Diego Rodríguez Template:Country data AUS Jason Geria Brazil Hebert Template:Country data PAR Jorge Salinas
Kamatamare Sanuki Brazil Alex South Korea Park Chan-yong South Korea Song Young-min
Kyoto Sanga Brazil Juninho Brazil Kaio China Wu Shaocong South Korea Kim Cheol-ho Template:Country data URU Renzo López Template:Country data URU Matías Caseras
Brazil Alexandre
Machida Zelvia Template:Country data MKD Dorian Babunski Template:Country data PER Romero Frank South Korea Jung Han-cheol Template:Country data PRK Ri Han-jae
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Dinei Brazil Paulinho Brazil Serginho South Korea Goh Dong Min South Korea Jo Jin-woo Template:Country data SIN Anders Aplin
Mito HollyHock Brazil Batista Brazil Diego Brazil Jefferson Baiano Template:Country data CRC Danny Carvajal
Montedio Yamagata Brazil Álvaro Brazil Bruno Lopes Brazil Felipe Alves Brazil Jairo
Oita Trinita Brazil Willian South Korea Mun Kyung-gun Template:Country data PRK Hwang Song-su South Korea Lim Seung-gyeom
Renofa Yamaguchi Brazil Julinho Brazil Renan Brazil Washington Brazil Gerson
South Korea Min Kyung-jun
Roasso Kumamoto South Korea Lim Jin-woo South Korea Yang Sang-jun Template:Country data PRK An Byong-jun
Tochigi SC  Brazil Alex Brazil Paulao Brazil Henik Brazil Mendes Switzerland Johnny Leoni Template:Country data AUS Diogo Ferreira
Template:Country data SVN Nejc Pečnik
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Bueno Template:Country data NGR Peter Utaka South Korea Kim Jong-pil Spain David Barral Spain Sisinio Brazil Nathan Júnior
Template:Country data CRC Danny Carvajal
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Diego Brazil Éder Lima Brazil Ferrugem Brazil Junior Barros South Korea Byeon Jun-byum Brazil Dinei
Brazil Lins
Tokyo Verdy Brazil Alan Pinheiro Brazil Douglas Brazil Leandro Template:Country data PRK Ri Yong-jik Spain Carlos Martínez
Yokohama FC Brazil Bruno Meneghel Brazil Leandro Domingues Template:Country data NED Calvin Jong-a-Pin Norway Ibba Laajab South Korea Bae Seung-jin South Korea Jeong Chung-geun
Zweigen Kanazawa Brazil Allan Brazil Rodrigo Maranhão

League table[edit source | edit]

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Results[edit source | edit]

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Promotion–Relegation Playoffs[edit source | edit]

Because Machida Zelvia did not own a J1 license for the 2019 season, they were ineligible to participate in the play-offs. Thus, Yokohama FC, finishing third in the season, received a bye into the second round, from which the winner will play the team finishing 16th in J1.

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First Semi-Final[edit source | edit]


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Second Semi-Final[edit source | edit]


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Final[edit source | edit]

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Top scorers[edit source | edit]

As of matches played 17 November 2018.[5]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
Japan Genki Omae Omiya Ardija
24
2
Japan Ado Onaiwu Renofa Yamaguchi
22
3
Japan Takayuki Funayama JEF United Chiba
19
4
Norway Ibba Yokohama FC
17
5
Brazil Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
13
6
Japan Masashi Oguro Tochigi SC
12
Japan Seigo Kobayashi Renofa Yamaguchi
Japan Yuki Nakashima Machida Zelvia
Brazil Mateus Omiya Ardija
Japan Kenji Baba Oita Trinita
Japan Noriaki Fujimoto

Attendances[edit source | edit]

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. http://www.ventforet.jp/news/press_release/515714
  2. http://www.sanga-fc.jp/news/p/12954/
  3. Lua error in ...ribunto/includes/engines/LuaCommon/lualib/mwInit.lua at line 23: bad argument #1 to 'old_ipairs' (table expected, got nil).
  4. http://www.albirex.co.jp/news/top_team/55740
  5. https://www.jleague.jp/en/stats/goal.html?s=J2

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