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2019 J2 League

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The 2019 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (Japanese: 2019 明治安田生命J2リーグ, Hepburn: 2019 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J2 Rīgu) season is the 48th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 21st season since the establishment of J2 League.

Clubs[edit source | edit]

Template:J2 League map 2019 After eight seasons of good success, Kashiwa Reysol had to say goodbye to the first division. The same happened to V-Varen Nagasaki, which came back to J2 after their debut season in the first tier.[1] In their place, Matsumoto Yamaga and Oita Trinita left J2 after getting promoted, while Tokyo Verdy lost the promotion/relegation play-off against Jubilo Iwata. Also another four teams changed category: Roasso Kumamoto and Kamatamare Sanuki left J2, while their places will be taken by newly-arrived FC Ryukyu and Kagoshima United FC will play their first J2-season ever in their history.[2]

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club Name Home Town(s) Stadium Capacity Last season
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata Denka Big Swan Stadium 42,300 J2 (16th)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Level5 Stadium 22,563 J2 (7th)
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[lower-alpha 1] Ningineer Stadium 20,000 J2 (18th)
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[lower-alpha 2] City Light Stadium 20,000 J2 (15th)
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu[lower-alpha 3] Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium 26,109 J2 (20th)
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Fukuda Denshi Arena 18,500 J2 (14th)
Kashiwa Reysol Chiba Prefecture Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium 15,349 Relegated from J1 J1 (17th)
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto[lower-alpha 4] Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium 20,588 J2 (19th)
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Machida Athletic Stadium 10,600 J2 (4th)
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki K's denki Stadium Mito 12,000 J2 (10th)
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[lower-alpha 5] ND Soft Stadium 20,315 J2 (12th)
Omiya Ardija Saitama, Saitama NACK5 Stadium Omiya 15,500 J2 (5th)
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi[lower-alpha 6] Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium 20,000 J2 (8th)
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Tochigi Green Stadium 18,025 J2 (17th)
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[lower-alpha 7] Pocarisweat Stadium 20,441 J2 (11th)
V-Varen Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture Nagasaki Athletic Stadium 20,246 Relegated from J1 J1 (18th)
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture[lower-alpha 8] Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000 J2 (9th)
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970 J2 (6th)
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium 15,454 J2 (3rd)
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium 20,000 J2 (13th)
FC Ryukyu Okinawa Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium 25,000 Promoted from J3(Champions)
Kagoshima United FC Kagoshima Shiranami Stadium 19,934 Promoted from J3(2nd)

Personnel and kits[edit source | edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Japan Kazuaki Yoshinaga Japan Masaru Kato Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka Japan Kiyokazu Kudo Japan Jun Suzuki Yonex
Ehime FC Japan Kenta Kawai Japan Go Nishida Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Japan Kenji Arima Japan Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu Japan Takeshi Oki Japan Masanori Abe New Balance
FC Ryukyu Japan Yasuhiro Higuchi[3] Japan Kazumasa Uesato sfida
JEF United Chiba Japan Atsuhiko Ejiri Japan Yūto Satō Kappa
Kagoshima United FC Template:Country data PRK Kim Jong-song[4] Japan Shuto Nakahara Puma
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Nelsinho Baptista Japan Hidekazu Otani Yonex
Kyoto Sanga Japan Ichizo Nakata Japan Takumi Miyayoshi Puma
Machida Zelvia Japan Naoki Soma Japan Yudai Inoue SVOLME
Mito HollyHock Japan Shigetoshi Hasebe Japan Junya Hosokawa GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Japan Takashi Kiyama Japan Takumi Yamada Penalty
Omiya Ardija Japan Takuya Takagi Japan Genki Omae Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Japan Masahiro Shimoda Japan Hidetoshi Miyuki Finta
Tochigi SC Japan Kazuaki Tasaka[5] Japan Kotaro Fujiwara ATHLETA
Tokushima Vortis Spain Ricardo Rodríguez Japan Ken Iwao Mizuno
V-Varen Nagasaki Japan Makoto Teguramori Japan Masato Kurogi Hummel
Ventforet Kofu Japan Akira Ito Japan Yuta Koide Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Japan Hideki Nagai Japan Naoya Kondo ATHLETA
Yokohama FC Japan Takahiro Shimotaira Japan Yuta Minami 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
JEF United Chiba Argentina Juan Esnáider 17 April 2019[6] Japan Atsuhiko Ejiri 18 April 2019[7]
Albirex Niigata Japan Koichiro Katafuchi 14 April 2019[8] Japan Kazuaki Yoshinaga 14 April 2019[8]
Yokohama FC Brazil Edson Tavares 14 May 2019[9] Japan Takahiro Shimotaira 14 May 2019[10]
Avispa Fukuoka Italy Fabio Pecchia 3 June 2019[11] Japan Kiyokazu Kudo 3 June 2019[12]
FC Gifu Japan Takeshi Oki 16 June 2019[13] Japan Makoto Kitano 18 June 2019[14]
Tokyo Verdy England Gary White 17 July 2019[15] Japan Hideki Nagai 17 July 2019[16]

Foreign players[edit source | edit]

The total number of foreign players is limitless, but clubs can only register up to five foreign players for a single match-day squad. Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Iran and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

Players in bold are players who join midway through the competition.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Player 7
Albirex Niigata Brazil Cauê Brazil Franci Brazil Leonardo Brazil Paulão Brazil Samuel Santos Brazil Silvinho South Korea Cho Young-cheol
Avispa Fukuoka Template:Country data COL Félix Micolta South Korea Won Du-jae Spain Jon Ander Serantes South Korea Yang Dong-hyen
Ehime FC Template:Country data AUT Mladen Jutrić South Korea Park Seong-su South Korea Woo Sang-ho
Fagiano Okayama Brazil Léo Mineiro Template:Country data MYS Hadi Fayyadh South Korea Choi Jung-won South Korea Lee Kyung-tae South Korea Lee Yong-jae South Korea Yu Yong-hyeon
FC Gifu Brazil Junior Barros Brazil Michael Spain Víctor Ibáñez Template:Country data GAB Frédéric Bulot Germany Jan-Ole Sievers South Korea Ham Yeong-jun New Zealand Ryan De Vries
JEF United Chiba Template:Country data AUS Jason Geria Brazil Alan Pinheiro Brazil Hebert Brazil Kléber Template:Country data VEN Williams Velásquez
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Cristiano Brazil Gabriel Brazil Júnior Santos Brazil Matheus Sávio Brazil Richardson Kenya Michael Olunga
Kyoto Sanga Brazil Juninho Brazil Renan Mota
Machida Zelvia Template:Country data MKD Dorian Babunski Template:Country data PRK Ri Han-jae Template:Country data PER Romero Frank South Korea Jeong Chung-geun
Mito HollyHock Brazil Jo Brazil Lelêu
Montedio Yamagata Brazil Alvaro Brazil Jefferson Baiano Brazil Rodolfo
Omiya Ardija Template:Country data MKD David Babunski Spain Juanma Template:Country data SWE Robin Simović
Renofa Yamaguchi Brazil Renan Template:Country data UZB Dostonbek Tursunov
Tochigi SC Brazil Henik Brazil Mendes Brazil Yuri South Korea Yoo Hyun South Korea Lee Rae-jun
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Diego Template:Country data NED Jordy Buijs Spain Sisi Template:Country data THA Chakkit Laptrakul Template:Country data UZB Zabikhillo Urinboev
Tokyo Verdy Brazil Jaílton Paraíba Brazil Klebinho Brazil Leandro Brazil Walmerson Template:Country data PRK Ri Yong-jik Serbia Nemanja Kojić South Korea Kang Soo-il
V-Varen Nagasaki Brazil Caio César Template:Country data COL Víctor Ibarbo South Korea Lee Jong-ho South Korea Lee Sang-min
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Allano Brazil Dudú Brazil Éder Lima Template:Country data NGR Peter Utaka
Yokohama FC Brazil Leandro Domingues Template:Country data NED Calvin Jong-a-Pin Norway Ibba Laajab
Zweigen Kanazawa Brazil Allan Template:Country data CRC Giovanni Clunie
FC Ryukyu Brazil Ramon Template:Country data CRC Danny Carvajal Template:Country data PRK Kim Song-sun
Kagoshima United Brazil Lucão Brazil Nildo Template:Country data PRK Han Yong-thae South Korea Ahn Joon-soo

League table[edit source | edit]

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Positions by round[edit source | edit]

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Promotion–Relegation Playoffs[edit source | edit]

In the first two rounds of the 2019 J.League J1/J2 Play-Offs (2019 J1参入プレーオフ), if the score is tied after 90 minutes, no extra time is played and the winner is the team with the best J2 League ranking. In the final match against the J1 team, if the score is tied after 90 minutes, no extra time is played and the J1 team wins.

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1st Round[edit source | edit]


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2nd Round[edit source | edit]


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Final[edit source | edit]


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Top scorers[edit source | edit]

As of matches played November 24th, 2019.[17]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
Brazil Leonardo Albirex Niigata
28
2
Kenya Michael Olunga Kashiwa Reysol
27
3
Japan Hiroto Goya V-Varen Nagasaki
22
4
Nigeria Peter Utaka Ventforet Kofu
20
5
Brazil Cristiano Kashiwa Reysol
19
6
Norway Ibba Yokohama FC
18
South Korea Lee Yong-jae Fagiano Okayama
8
Brazil Kléber JEF United Chiba
17
Japan Kazunari Ichimi Kyoto Sanga
10
Japan Junki Koike Tokyo Verdy
16
11
Japan Koji Suzuki FC Ryukyu
15
Japan Hayato Nakama Fagiano Okayama

Attendances[edit source | edit]

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Notes[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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  17. https://www.jleague.jp/en/stats/goal.html?s=J2

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