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J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Vissel Kobe

・Team
In the past season Vissel Kobe featured the so-called “Big Three”: David Villa, Lukas Podolski and Andres Iniesta, and naturally were a strong title contender, but unexpectedly struggled from the beginning. After replacing the manager twice, they finally improved their form with Thorsten Fink at the helm, and summer signings Thomas Vermaelen and Gotoku Sakai. In the end, they finished eighth in the league, but won the Emperor’s Cup — their first ever title.
Despite Villa hanging up his boots and Podolski leaving the club, Kobe did not sign any world-famous player. Instead, they opted for Douglas, who might not be so well known outside of Japan, but has a great record at Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Shimizu S-Pulse. His performance will be a big factor for their success this season. On the opening day in 2020, Vissel suffered in front of Yokohama FC’s solid defense in a 1-1 draw, but they are certainly one of the teams that could lead this year’s title race.

・Key Player
Andres Iniesta
The Spanish superstar is a world-class superstar that needs no introduction. His dribbling, passes, control, shots… any of his skill is way above the J.League standard. He turned 36 this year, but he will continue to entertain fans with his ever-lasting technique.

・New Signing
Douglas
The Brazilian striker joined Kobe from Shimizu S-Pulse. In 2015, Douglas scored 21 goals to help Sanfrecce to win the league. His strong physicality makes him a great target man, and he often finds the net with his powerful left foot or precise headers.

 

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J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Cerezo Osaka

・Team
While Cerezo feature great attacking talents such as Hiroshi Kiyotake (who has played in Spain), Yoichiro Kakitani and Ken Tokura, in 2019, under Spanish manager Lotina, they were the team that conceded the least goals in the league. In addition to the solid defense which helped them climb to the 5th place, they now need to improve their attack this year to hope to win the league for the first time.

Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, who joined from J2 side Montedio Yamagata, could be an important player to help achieve such goal. He is a winger who boasts sharp dribbling and will provide an extra option for the attack. Both Yuta Toyokawa, coming from Belgian side Eupen, and promising youngster Jun Nishikawa as well are players who can make a difference. Cerezo have beaten Oita Trinita 1-0 in the opening match. Since their solid defense seems to be still intact, they surely are contenders to join the title race.

・Key Player
Matej Jonjić
The 187 cm tall Croatian center back supports Cerezo’s solid defense with his incredible aerial strength. He is also highly skilled and plays an important role by distributing long passes as well as scoring headers from set pieces.

・New Signing
Jun Nishikawa
Nishikawa is a high school graduate who, among other clubs, had caught the attention of FC Barcelona. The left-footed attacker, gifted with skillful dribbling and great finishing, already made his J1 debut last season while attending high school. He has enough potential to secure a starting spot in his first season as a professional footballer.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Gamba Osaka

・Team
Gamba have been unable to join the title race in the last three seasons, despite fielding talented squads and featuring Japanese stars such as Takashi Usami, Yasuhito Endo and Yosuke Ideguchi. For the 2020 campaign the Osaka club further reinforced the team by signing Gen Shoji and Yuji Ono, to try to win the league for the first time since 2014.

Under the management of former Japanese international Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, Gamba adopt a 3-5-2 system and try to take advantage of the speedy wingers and talented attackers such as Usami and Ademilson. They had a great start of the season, defeating the reigning champions Yokohama F.Marinos 2-1, thanks to solid defense and smart attacking breaks. With great talent in their squad, Gamba's success will depend greatly on the 43-year-old manager’s strategy.

・Key Player
Ademilson
Thanks to his powerful dribbling and sharp finishing, last year the Brazilian striker coming from FC São Paulo FC went double-digit goals for the first time, in his fourth season at Gamba. He contributes to the team not only by scoring goals but he also regularly provides decisive assists.

・New Signing
Gen Shoji
The Japanese international center back returned to Japan after a stint at French side Toulouse. His great defensive ability is supported by his strong physicality, and his passing and vision are clearly above average. After the injury-plagued spell in France, he attempts to make a comeback at Gamba, where he spent his days as a U15 team member.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Nagoya Grampus

・Team
Nagoya Grampus seemed to be a competitor for the title race at the beginning of the past season, but gradually ran out of steam. The situation became so dramatic that they had to change manager Yahiro Kazama with Massimo Ficcadenti, who managed to avoid relegation. For this first full season under the Italian, Nagoya signed experienced players such as Hiroyuki Abe and Sho Inagaki. With a reinforced squad, they were mostly dominant against Vegalta Sendai in the opening match, but the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

While Mu Kanazaki returned from Sagan Tosu during the break, the 2018 J1 top scorer Jô left the club right before the restart. There were also some concerns over players’ conditions after Kanazaki and Langerak tested positive for COVID-19 — both have now recovered. In any case, Grampus can always count on speedy attack and solid defence built in the style of Ficcadenti.

・Key Player
Langerak
Langerak is the undisputed regular goalkeeper of Nagoya since his arrival in 2018. The Australian international, capable of crucial saves, tested positive for COVID-19 while the league was on hold, but already recovered and returned to normal training.

・New Signing
Hiroyuki Abe
Abe has three J1 titles under his belt, with Gamba Osaka in 2014 and with Kawasaki Frontale in 2017 and 2018. The Japanese attacker, who boasts powerful dribbling and accurate shots from long distance, already introduced himself to his new supporters with a goal in the first game of the season.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Shimizu S-Pulse

・Team
Shimizu struggled to avoid relegation last season and finished twelfth. This year, they try to make a comeback with more attack-minded football under Peter Cklamovski, former assistant coach at Yokohama F.Marinos.

The departure of some key players including Douglas and Ko Matsubara was a big blow, but S-Pulse added to the roster top foreign talents in Teerasil Dangda and Valdo. More over, there there are many promising youngsters such as Yugo Tatsuta, Yuta Taki and Kenta Nishizawa, all with big potential.

On the Opening day of the season ,Shimizu took the lead against FC Tokyo, but lost 1-3 after conceding toward the end of the match. While combinations between the players need to improve, the there were glimpses of the good organization the new manager is demanding. If S-Pulse manage to get accustomed to their new style of football early in the season, they could be dark horse in this campaign.

・Key Player
Shota Kaneko
The 163 cm tall attacker poses a great threat from the wing, thanks to his great skill and quickness. He also helps defending with his tireless workload.

・New Signing
Teerasil Dangda
Teerasil is a Thai football hero who has earned more than 100 caps for the national team. He can score in a variety of ways, thanks to a good combination of his aerial strength and technique. He also combines well with his teammates as a skillful target man. Teerasil had a good start of the season by finding the net in the opening match.

 

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Shonan Bellmare

・Team
Cho Kwi-jae, the manager who led Shonan Bellman for several seasons, left upon accusations of power harassment during the last season. The team’s form was negatively affected by the managerial change, and Shonan were caught in a fight to avoid relegation. Although they managed to survive by winning the playout game, it surely was a tough year for them.

This one as well is also expected to be a difficult season, as many of the core players have left after the struggles of 2019. In fact, Bellman lost at home 3-2 to Urawa Reds in the opening match. However, during some of the match they were capable to show sparks of the aggressive “Shonan Style” football from the Cho Kwi-jae’s era.

New signings left positive impressions, as Naoki Ishihara scored a goal and others, including Akito Fukuta, played a good match. There is room for improvement with fresh talents such as Mitski Saito and Toichi Suzuki developing quickly, and if these youngsters can help leading the team, Shonan might be able to forget last year’s nightmarish season.

・Key Player
Mitsuki Saito
Saito is a young defensive midfielder who grew up at Shonan Bellmare’s academy. Although he is only 166 cm tall, he has great ability at recovering the ball, tireless stamina and  he does not fear physical contact. He also contributes offensively with sharp passes and he is often seen sprinting into the box.

・New Signing
Tarik
The Norwegian international, gifted with great finishing skills is expected to be the main source of goals at Shonan in 2020. The striker has a rich experience in European leagues, having played in the Netherlands and Germany. He is capable of unleashing accurate shots with both feet, while his dedicated defensive efforts can be a great help for his team.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Yokohama FC

・Team
Yokohama FC struggled at the beginning of the past season in J2, but things started to click when manager Takahiro Shimotaira took charge after Match-day 13. They registered 19 wins, seven draws and three losses in the following 29 matches, and finished second after Kashiwa Reysol, to earn a spot in J1 for the first time in 13 years.
In addition to young talents such as rookie Yusuke Matsuo, 18-year-old Koki Saito and new signing Kazunari Ichimi, their attacking department also features legendary veterans; 53-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura, 42-year-old Shunsuke Nakamura, 39-year-old Daisuke Matsui and 36-year-old Leandro Domingues.
In the opening match, they managed a 1-1 draw with Andreas Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe. Although the opponents were the dominant side, Yokohama FC picked up a point away from home, thanks to a solid defensive effort. Their last season in J1 ended with an immediate return to J2 and only four wins. This time, the combination of veteran and young talents under Shimotaira must be the key to avoid relegation.

・Key Player
Shunsuke Nakamura
The Japanese legend who played in Italy, Scotland and Spain turns 42 this year. Despite his age, the accuracy of his left foot is still intact, as shown in this season’s opening match.

・New Signing
Maguinho
The Brazilian right back joined Yokohama FC on loan from Kawasaki Frontale. He can produce chances with his powerful dribbling and precise crosses, and also shines in one-on-one defending. After an unsatisfactory season in 2019, he aims to redeem himself at his new club.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Yokohama F.Marinos

・Team
The unique and entertaining style of football Yokohama FM have been working on under Ange Postecoglou blossomed last year, during the manager’s second season in charge. Especially in the final part of 2019, F.Marinos overwhelmed the opposition and won the league for the fourth time in their history, their first championship in 15 years.

To defend the title this year, they added top players in each position, while keeping most of the squad from the previous season. In addition to the signing of Ado Onaiwu, who has developed dramatically at Oita Trinita, Yokohama FM announced the return of Jun Amano who had moved to Sporting Lokeren on loan last summer, as well as the signing of former Kashiwa Reysol defender Ryuta Koike, also returning from Belgium. With these reinforcements, the squad seems even stronger than in the last season.

The goal is to achieve the double by winning both J.League and AFC Champions League; however, the season started with a 2-1 loss at home at the hands of Gamba Osaka.

・Key Player
Marcos Júnior
The Brazilian attacker scored 15 goals in his first season in Japan, and was crowned as the joint-top scorer with his teammate Teruhito Nakagawa. His top skills and positioning are a key factor in Yokohama’s attacking football.

・New Signing
Ado Onaiwu
Onaiwu had a breakthrough season last year during his loan spell at Oita Trinita, where he scored 10 goals, and has the potential to turn into a goal-machine with the reigning champions. He boasts great physical ability to work as a target man, as well as strong eagerness to point toward the goal.

 

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Kawasaki Frontale

・Team
In 2019 Kawasaki won the Levain Cup for the first time, but failed to defend their league title and finished fourth due to a poor start of the season. They adopted a new 4-3-3 system this year to further improve their chances to win back the title.

Many of the new signings are rookies, a sign that the club considers their existing squad strong enough. The midfield, featuring Ryota Oshima and Akihiro Ienaga, is one of the most dominant in the league, and Frontale have great firepower up front in Leandro Damião and Yu Kobayashi.

In the past season Kawasaki failed to win several matches they dominated; accordingly, it is crucial for them to improve the quality of their finishing. However, the problem continued in the 2020’s opening match against Sagan Tosu, which ended in a scoreless draw. The first game after the break will be against Kashima Antlers, and will be a good test to see if Frontale can manage some improvement.

・Key Player
Leandro Damião
The former Brazilian international was crowned as the top scorer at the London Olympics. His full potential was not on display in the first season with Frontale, as he scored only nine goals. However, his powerful and accurate shots were a constant threat to the opponents. In addition to attacking ability, he shows great dedication by tirelessly chasing the ball to contribute to the team’s defensive effort.

・New Signing
Miki Yamane
Coming from Shonan Bellmare, Yamane can play in any position in the defensive line. At Kawasaki, he is likely to play as right back, where Frontale lack depth. Not only he is capable of stopping the opponents with powerful defense, but also can produce chances with aggressive overlaps and accurate crosses.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — FC Tokyo

・Team
FC Tokyo had a great start last season and was one of the protagonists of the title race until the very end. Although they finished below champions Yokohama F.Marinos, the second-place finish marked the best campaign in the history of the club.

In order to win the league for the first time, the capital’s club added to the roster two Brazilian attackers, Adailton and Leandro, whose capabilities are well proven in J.League. The attacking top-three, that also includes Diego Oliveira, will be the most powerful weapon of the team this year. Indeed, FC Tokyo have beaten Shimizu S-Pulse 3-1 on the opening day with each of the Brazilian stars scoring a goal.

Moreover, the squad features international-level talented players such as Kento Hashimoto and Sei Muroya. The third year under manager Kenta Hasegawa could be the one where they achieve their goal, especially if they successfully improve their direct style of football.

・Key Player
Diego Oliveira
An all-round striker, gifted with speed, skill and strength, Diego Oliveira often completes FC Tokyo’s counterattacks by beating the opposition’s defensive line with quick movements and finding the net with powerful strikes. Another of his characteristics is tireless pressing, to help his teammates in the defensive phase.

・New Signing
Adaílton
The Brazilian winger, who joined from Jubilo Iwata, provides accurate crosses after beating the opponents’ defenders with explosive dribbling. Although his finishing leaves something to be desired, his eagerness toward the goal is always a threat.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Kashiwa Reysol

・Team
Kashiwa dominated last year’s J2, the Japanese second division, to achieve a speedy comeback to the top flight. This year, they hope to repeat their 2011 season when they incredibly won J1 in the season following promotion. 
The team is led by manager Nelsinho, just like in that historic season, and was reinforced in each position with quality players such as Kim Seung-gyu. The Brazilian coach has a strong affinity with  victory and adapts flexible tactics for each opponents. Intense defense in particular is crucial to Nelsinho’s philosophy. At the same time, the two powerful strikers Olunga and Cristiano make Reysol’s attack very hard to deal with, continuously posing serious threats, often from counterattacks. Kashiwa had a great start of the season, defeating Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 4-2 in their first match back in J1.

・Key Player
Olunga
The Kenyan international striker boasts wonderful physical ability; his power, speed and size are all above average, providing the capability of scoring goals in many diverse ways. Olunga netted a record-breaking eight goals in a single match on the last day of J2 in the past season, and already scored a brace in the opening match this season.

・New Signing
Kim Seung-gyu
The biggest assets of the South Korean international goalkeeper, who joined form Ulsan Hyundai, are great reflexes and accurate delivery. He also has a rich experience in J.League, as he was between the sticks for three and a half seasons at Vissel Kobe. The competition with Japan goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura will be very intense!

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Urawa Reds

・Team
In the past year Urawa Reds reached the AFC Champions League final; however, they struggled in the domestic league, fighting to avoid relegation for part of the season.
Despite their troubles, Reds did not hire much reinforcements for 2020, and the signing of Leonardo from Albirex Niigata was the most notable addition. The Brazilian striker could play an important role in Urawa’s attempt to return to glory.
Their squad is one of the best in the league, featuring top players in each position, such as Shinzo Koroki, Yosuke Kashiwagi, Tomoaki Makino and Shusaku Nishikawa. Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki changed their formation from their classic 3-4-2-1 to 4-4-2 in order to transform the talented team into a more aggressive combo.
Reds have beaten Shonan Bellmare 3-2 in this season’s opening match. Although there was some concern over their defensive stability, their attack gave a positive impression with new signing Leonardo already opening his account in the Japanese top flight. More of their new brand of aggressive football is to be expected in the rest of the year.

・Key Player
Shinzo Koroki
Urawa’s undisputed goal machine went two-digit goals for the eight consecutive seasons. Koroki’s smart movements help him to receive the ball in favorable positions, and easily find the back of the net, thanks to his top-class finishing. Moreover, his strong physicality facilitates his work as a target man.

・New Signing
Leonardo
The Brazilian striker was crowned top scorer at Gainare Tottori in J3 two years ago, and at Albirex Niigata in J2 in the past season. His biggest asset are his accurate shots. The 22-year-old is developing quickly and seems ready to show his ability in J1.

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Kashima Antlers

・Team
Kashima Antlers came close to every title last season; J.League, Levain Cup, Emperor’s Cup and ACL Champions League. However, in the end, they could not clinch any of them. To make a fresh start, the club appointed former Brazilian international Zago as new manager went through a drastic renovation of their squad.

Their defensive line in particular was reinforced through a big makeover, with Tatsuki Nara and Katsuya Nagato brought in to fix last season’s weaknesses. Up front, Everaldo and Juan Alano, who joined from Brazil to replace Serginho and Leandro in the attacking department, are highly skilled and expected to play a crucial role in producing goals.

Their opening match against Sanfrecce Hiroshima ended in a 3-0 defeat, as the new signings were still not well integrated and Zago’s style of football was not displayed as hoped. The results of this transition period can be crucial for Antlers’ future.

・Key player
Léo Silva
This is the fourth season at Kashima for the Brazilian volante. He displays powerful and tireless defensive skills, while he also plays an important role in attack, thanks to his accurate passes and strong dribbling. When needed, he also gets involved in finishing.

・New signing
Ryuji Izumi
Izumi is a versatile player, and was one of the key elements at Nagoya Grampus in the past season. While his technique is displayed mostly when possession, his stamina and dedication enable him to make a notable defensive contribution as well. His natural position is offensive midfielder, but he can play in almost any position: defensive midfielder, full back and even as center-back.

 

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Vegalta Sendai

・Team
After the six-year reign of Susumu Watanabe, Vegalta Sendai started this season under a new manager: Takashi Kiyama. The former Yamagata boss demands hard work from his team: defending with high intensity and attacking speedily will at be the core of this year’s Vegalta.

Confidence in their defense comes from the presence of Simão Mate and Jakub Słowik. The back line is reinforced by Brazilian left defender Pará, who replace Katsuya Nagato. Unfortunately, in the offensive department, new signing Isaac Cuenca suffered a serious injury before the season opener. However, Sendai announced the return of striker Takuma Nishimura, who is expected to improve their firepower.

They drew 1-1 with Nagoya Grampus on the opening day, but as players have now a better understanding of the new manager’s tactics, Vegalta Sendai have the potential to take a big step forward towards the rest of the season.

・Key player
Simão Mate
A strong center-back from Mozambique, Simão joined Vegalta last season, after playing in several countries, including Greece and Spain. He is not particularly tall for a center back; however, he has great capability to shut out opponents with his powerful defending. He is also known for his excellent leadership, which was rewarded by an appointment as captain for this season.

・New signing
Takuma Nishimura
Nishimura is a no-nonsense type of striker who has returned to Sendai after playing in Russia and Portugal for a year and a half. His typical goal features great instinct and high-quality finishing. Nishimura aims to score several goals in this J.League season to show how his experience in Europe made him a better player.

 

J.LEAGUE News

2020 J.LEAGUE Match Schedules

J.LEAGUE announced the new match schedules for the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP. Please see below links for details.
The first 2 matches in each league (J1 2nd-3rd sec. J2 2nd-3rd sec. and J3 1st-2nd sec.) will be held without spectators.

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

  Announcement Details
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd – 13th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
14th – 34th sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule*2
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage
2nd – 3rd sec.
・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
Prime Stage ・Dates
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd – 15th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
16th – 42nd sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st – 12th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
13th – 34th sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule*2

*1 Kick-off times for 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE: 14th – 34th sec., 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE: 16th – 42nd sec., and 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE: 13th to 34th sec. will be announced in early August and early October.
*2 Dates will be possible dates

 

J1 LEAGUE

J.League returns on July 4! Introduction to all teams and their key players — Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo

・Team
Sapporo finished fourth two years ago, when Mihailo Petrovic took charge, but dropped to the 10th place in 2019, after losing steam towards the end of the year. They still reached the Levain Cup final for the first time in their history and put up a good fight, although they were defeated by Kawasaki Frontale in the end.

The last two seasons validated their attacking brand of football, which accepts taking the risks that come with building up from the back. Consadole try to overwhelm the opponents with quick passing and speedy attack from both flanks before their three offensive players, Jay Bothroyd, Musashi Suzuki and Chanathip, finish the job.

Without any top transfer, this season they focus on continuity. Though their defensive vulnerability led to a 4-2 defeat against Kashiwa Reysol in the opening game, Sapporo showed powerful attacking as well, especially towards the end. Their firepower will be a big threat this season as well.

・Key player
Chanathip
A skillful attacker dubbed “Thai Messi”, Chanathip leads Sapporo’s attack with his dazzling dribbling and passing, as well as powerful shots. After three years of excellence he is now one of the star players in J.League.

・New signing
Shunta Tanaka
A rookie defender, who joined from Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, and already received a call-up to the Japanese national team last year, before graduating. He boasts the strong physicality needed for defense, but also great distribution skills after recovering the ball. While his natural position is center back, he can also play as a defensive midfielder.

 

J.LEAGUE News

About schedule announcements of the 2020 J.LEAGUE

The J.LEAGUE will make announcements of its 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP match schedules on the following date.

Date   Announcement Details
17:00
Monday
15 June
(TBD)
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd – 13th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
14th – 34th
sec.*1
・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd – 15th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
16th – 42nd
sec.*1
・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st – 12th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
13th – 34th
sec.*1
・Fixture schedule*2
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage
2nd – 3rd sec.
・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
Prime Stage ・Dates

*1 Kick-off times for 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE: 14th – 34th sec., 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE: 16th – 42nd sec., and 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE: 13th to 34th sec. will be announced in early August and early October.
*2 Dates will be possible dates

 

J.LEAGUE News

Change of Competition Format of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced further change in the format of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE after the third extraordinary board of directors held today. 

■Change of the Competition Format
1. Schedule
 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE: Friday 21 February – Saturday 19 December
 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE: Sunday 23 February – Sunday 20 December
 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE: Saturday 27 June – Sunday 20 December

2. Matches
 As a safety measure to prevent infection, matches featuring teams from the same geographical area will be taken priority in scheduling.

3. Number of substitutes
 - increase the maximum number of substitutions from three to five
 - can make substitutions up to three times (excluding during half time)

*Previously announced changes: https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/16961/

 

J.LEAGUE News

About the resumption/opening dates of the J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced to resume the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE on 4 July and the MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE on 27 June. The MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE will also start on 27 June.

The matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators to the stadiums in the future, taking into account the situation with the COVID-19 in the country.

All fixtures will be rescheduled and the league will take priority to schedule matches featuring teams from the same geographical area as one safety measure to prevent infection. Further details are scheduled to be announced on 15 June.

The 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Play-Off 2nd Stage scheduled on 17 June will be postponed. Further details on the tournament format and the resumption date of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP will be announced as soon as they are determined.

■Matches to be rescheduled

  Sec.
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd sec. – 34th sec.
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd sec. – 42nd sec.
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st sec. – 38th sec.

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE PLAYBACK Watch the best 20 matches of 2019 in full!

Starting on May 9, the J.League official SNS will stream 2019 season's full matches. (*Unavailable in some regions including Japan)

These 20 best matches will be rerun.

Watch them here!

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https://www.youtube.com/jleagueinternational
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https://www.facebook.com/jleagueofficial.English/
J.League Official facebook account (Thai)
https://www.facebook.com/jleagueofficial.Thai/

1.Yokohama F・Marinos show their incredible attacking ability on the opening match of the 2019 season!

Match Stats
https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/022307/live/

2.Anderson Lopes with an incredible four-goal haul!

Match Stats
https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/030901/live/

3.Thai stars Chanathip and Thitiphan face each other!

Match Stats
https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/040601/live/

4.Chanathip scores his first goal in this match!

Match Stats
https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/042001/live/

5.A winner in the additional time! Sendai striker scores a dramatic goal against his former club

Match Stats
https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/042807/live/

6.A golazo by Leandro Damião! Kawasaki beat Shimizu

Match Stats
https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/051204/live/

7.Shonan complete an incredible comeback!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/051703/live/

8.Villa and Iniesta each score a brace!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/063001/live/

9.An equalizer in the additional time! Yoshifumi Kashiwa nets two goals

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/063014/live/

10.Torres scores a brace in his first match after announcing his planned retirement

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/063005/live/

11.Douglas helps Shimizu beat Kobe, despite Villa's beautiful goal

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/070602/live/

12.Jay displays his world-class aerial strength

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/072001/live/

13.Iniesta scores in the Hanshin derby!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/080201/live/

14.Sapporo beat Shimizu with a goal show! Chanathip scores a brace

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/081701/live/

15.Torres' final match. Watch his countryman Iniesta's beautiful skill!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/082301/live/

16.The beginning of Yokohama F・Marinos' incredible streak! New signing Erik shows a stunning bicyle kick!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/082402/live/

17.Theerathon scores his first J.League goal!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/083102/live/

18.Cerezo win the intense Osaka derby

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/092810/live/

19.Unstoppable speed! 'MVP' Nakagawa scores an incredible goal!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/110907/live/

20.The final showdown between the top two teams! Yokohama F・Marinos become champions for the first time in 15 years!

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https://www.jleague.jp/en/match/j1/2019/120703/live/