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Introducing the J.League Legends. #3, Gary Lineker

Former English international striker Gary Lineker’s move to Nagoya Grampus was big news for Japanese football back in the day.

The top scorer of the 1986 FIFA World Cup came to Japan in 1993, and the arrival of the international star made the opening of the J.League that year even more appealing.

His yearly salary of 300 million yen was the highest in the league and many fans had high hopes for the performance of the world-class striker.

Alas, the 33-year-old was already past his prime, and he was unable to show his full potential while struggling to improve his form in an unfamiliar environment, also due to several injuries.

He scored his first goal in Japan early in the season with a header off a corner against Yokohama Flügels, but that ended up being his only goal in his 1993. He then netted three more in the next season, but four goals in 18 appearances during his two years in Japan was far below the expectations of Japanese football fans.

The English superstar announced his retirement at the end of the 1994 season after failing to show to the Japanese fans his extraordinary finishing skills and his clean playing style.

 

 

J.LEAGUE News

Postponement of EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced to postpone the eSports competition "EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE" which was initially scheduled on Friday, 8th May and Saturday, 9th May 2020, following to the Electronic Arts' decision to suspend all EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series events due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Future schedules will be decided after the suspension of EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series is lifted.

■Announcement by Electronic Arts Inc.
https://www.ea.com/news/coronavirus-competitive-gaming-suspension

 

J.LEAGUE News

Introducing the J.League Legends. #2 Arsène Wenger

It was 1995 when Arsène Wenger came to Japan. The then young French manager’s mission was to revive Nagoya Grampus Eight, who had been struggling since the opening of the J.League.

Although his success didn’t come immediately, his management skills eventually allowed talents such as Dragan Stojković and Takafumi Ogura shine brightly. After trying many players regardless of their age, Wenger managed to create a team with a winning mentality, and Nagoya started to win consecutive games. They jumped up to the 4th place in the Suntory Series (the seasonal 1st Stage) and to the 2nd place in the Nicos Series (the 2nd Stage). As a result, they finished at the 3rd place in the overall standings of the year.

Wenger was awarded the J.League Manager of the Year’s prize, even though he did not win the league. Then he and his team went on to win the Emperor’s Cup to bring the first ever title to the club.

The Frenchman kept coaching Nagoya the following year and joined the title race until the middle of the season, but he then moved to England in September, to manage Arsenal.

In a year and a half in Japan, Wenger had a high winning rate (38 victories) while losing only 18 times  (back then, the league had the golden goal and penalties rule for each game, and there were no draws). His time at Nagoya was not long, but the achievement of turning what seemed to be destined to be a small club into a powerhouse is still remembered.

 

 

J.LEAGUE News

Remarks by Mitsuru Murai, J.LEAGUE Chairman, in Media Briefing on 25th March 2020

J.LEAGUE held an extraordinary executive committee yesterday and J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai spoke to the media, about the further extending suspension of matches to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 ““The decision was made unanimously among the committee members of 56 clubs, with premises of the statement received from experts in the governmental panel on 19th March, and advice received from the three medical experts at the liaison council with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) held on 23rd March with regards to holding events.

 Based on the statement and the advice, J.LEAGUE has agreed to “prevent further spread of the COVID-19 infection” and “cooperate with the governmental views and administrative policies”. At the same time, J.LEAGUE also agreed to continue efforts to provide the value of sports to everyone and to make necessary preparations.

 At the committee today, there were 5 points of agreement, which are as follows:

(1) To extend the suspension of matches

 J.LEAGUE aimed to resume on 3rd April, but it will be postponed. One reason was considering preparations to safely welcome the spectators to the venues. One of the supplies we need to secure is thermometer equipment to measure body temperature. We estimated we will need about 450 of them to cover all J1, J2, and J3 venue gates and the VIP related gates.
 The equipment will be secured in phases, starting from 3rd April to 18th April. Hence, we had no choice but to extend suspension beyond 3rd April. For staff at the venues, we have 70,000 masks and 300 liters of disinfection-related items (equivalent for about 100,000 staff) already secured besides the thermometers and we expect to secure the thermometers by 18th April.
 It was difficult for us to get ahead with securing the supplies in the midst of a time where the need is common to everyone in Japan. We are preparing by explaining the need in a reasonable term. Considering all the necessary supplies, we had no choice but to extend the suspension of matches.

(2) Date to resume the matches

 We will have the thermometers available by 18th April, but we believe operating them will require high-quality skills. Since the measurements will be made in the open air, various factors such as wind, temperature, shade, etc. need to be considered. We believe we will need a certain time to prepare using the thermometers after we secure them on 18th April. We will aim to start J3 matches ahead of J1 and J2 matches, given the various circumstances such as the number and capacity of spectators (*1).
 As we get ahead of J3 matches, all members of the J.LEAGUE will cooperate and fully support to raise the proficiency of J1 and J2 clubs to manage using the supplies. As for J2, we aim to resume on Saturday, 2nd May. As for J1, we aim to resume on Saturday, 9th May, which is after the Golden Week (*2). By taking phases to resume the matches, it will give a period of time for clubs with higher capacity to become more proficient in using the supplies. In addition, we will avoid having J1 matches during Golden Week, where a great move of people is expected.
 (*1) The J3 draws smaller crowds compared to J1 and J2 and it will be easier to enforce the safety measures first.
 (*2) Golden Week is a holiday season in Japan

(3) About density

 Our decision is made after careful consideration of the advice received from the medical experts in holding events. The main precaution for holding an event is that (1) the event is held in a closed space and (2) in a dense crowd of people (3) who are chanting closely together. The first factor, fortunately, does not apply to J.LEAGUE matches, whereas we need to consider the remaining two factors; density and closeness.
 With regards to density, it is said big events can bring people from all around the country to come, and there is a possibility a cluster of people with coronavirus go back to their homes. We are still in discussion, but we may ask people to refrain from going to away games for about 2 months after the matches resume. This is the third point we agreed on. We understand there may be spectators who come from far away to home game venues, and there may be those who live nearby to come to away game venues, but we plan to lay down specific rules such as not setting any seats to chant for the away team. This is our stance on density.

(4) About closeness

 We assume to basically have spectators take a certain distance in between, with every other seat be left empty. As a result, the capacity of the venue will be 50% less than usual. We have agreed to reduce the degree of closeness by aiming to keep the number of spectators to less than 50% of its capacity. This is the fourth point we agreed on.

(5) Responding to request for voluntary restraint

 We aim to resume on 25th April, 2nd May and 9th May, but we are still at an unpredictable point with the changing situation of the spread of the COVID-19. If the government or any administration requests a voluntary restraint, we will follow the request and be flexible in deciding to play the game without spectators or change the schedule. This is the fifth point we agreed on.

 The above five points are the points we agreed on. One of the other points we discussed was setting basic rules of ways of cheering. For example, we discussed the possibilities to refrain from styles of cheering out loud or high-fiving and crossing shoulders. Another opinion that was often expressed was with regards to the players. The situation where dates to resume the matches were postponed again and again was making the players more difficult to keep up their condition mentally and physically. I mentioned in the past that I would be making decisions in a two-week interval, considering the government has been announcing their views in a two-week interval. However, I have decided to aim 25th April. Now with the aim dates to resume, I hope the players will target those dates to prepare their conditions.

 Lastly, this was a fairly difficult decision to make. I would like to thank all the executive committee members from the 56 clubs for agreeing beyond individual interests. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to NPB, where the decision was based on the advice of the government's expert panel and the experts who we worked with NPB. I once again feel I could not have made such a decision on my own. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company has been very flexible and calm in waiting for our decision. YAMAZAKI-BISCUITS Co., Ltd. has not made any requests regarding the tournament format. It was all freehand and left for us to decide. Like broadcasting a training match between Kashima Antlers and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo the other day, DAZN has continued to support us, even though they may be struggling to have new subscribers. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the support, with further possibilities to broadcast more matches in April, where the teams prepare for the upcoming matches.”

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE Further Extends Suspension of Matches

J.LEAGUE announced to further extend suspension of matches below on account of the novel coronavirus outbreak and to prevent cluster of the coronavirus from expanding further.

■Matches Suspended

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 7th sec. Friday, 3rd April
Saturday, 4th April
9
8th sec. Saturday, 11th April
Sunday, 12th April
9
9th sec. Saturday, 17th April
Sunday, 18th April
9
10th sec. Saturday, 25th April
Sunday, 26th April
9
11th sec. Wednesday, 29th April
Wednesday, 13th May
9
12th sec. Friday, 1st May
Saturday, 2nd May
Sunday, 3rd May
9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 8th sec. Saturday, 4th April
Sunday, 5th April
11
9th sec. Saturday, 11th April
Sunday, 12th April
11
10th sec. Friday, 17th April
Saturday, 18th April
Sunday, 19th April
11
11th sec. Saturday, 25th April
Sunday, 26th April
11
12th sec. Wednesday, 29th April 11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 5th sec. Saturday, 4th April
Sunday, 5th April
9
6th sec. Saturday, 11th April
Sunday, 12th April
9
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage 4th sec. Wednesday, 8th April 8
Group Stage 5th sec. Wednesday, 22nd April 8
Group Stage 6th sec. Wednesday, 6th May 8

Previously announced matches suspended : https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/16824/

 

J.LEAGUE News

Introducing the J.League Legends. #1, Zico

The “God of Football” came to Japan in 1991. Although Zico had once hang up his boots, he was back to join Sumitomo Metal Industries Factory Football Club (which later became Kashima Antlers), two years ahead of the creation of the J.League.

Zico was already 40 on the opening of the J.League in 1993, but that day Kashima’s number 10 put on an incredible performance. He scored three goals, including an amazing free-kick to become the first player to score a hat-trick in the history of the league.

Led by Zico’s great talent, Kashima won the First Stage, even though ahead of the season they were singled out as one of the weakest teams. In 1993 Zico could not play many games due to physical limitations, but scored nine goals in 16 appearances. He also netted five goals in seven games the following year, but announced his retirement after the First Stage.

From his wonderful technique to his exemplary professionalism, Zico’s influence on Japanese football is immense. He maintained his bond with Antlers and was appointed Technical Advisor in 1995. Later he became the head coach of the Japanese national team in 2002 and took the team to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Currently he is back at Kashima and supports the team as Technical Director.

 

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE to Change Format in the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE decided to change format in the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and apply exceptional rules for promotion/relegation in all categories after the board of directors held on 17 March and the extraordinary executive committee held today.

Further announcements of when to resume and details on league format and match schedules will be made on 25 March.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE League Format

Apply exceptional rules below for promotion/relegation after resume (in all J1, J2 and J3 category)
Promotion
    *No promotion in J1
    *2 clubs promote from J2 to J1
    *2 clubs promote from J3 to J2
     (number of clubs to promote may change due to licensing regulations)
Relegation
    *No relegations

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai

“Including the committee held today, the league has had many thorough discussions in the past weeks. We may face circumstances or unfairness when we resume, such as in the use of home stadiums, tight schedules and in difference in # of home/away matches, but the decision was unanimously made among our members with determination to continue playing football by avoiding relegations.” 

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE to Extend Suspension of Matches

J.LEAGUE announced to extend suspension of matches scheduled in March after the executive committee and board of directors meeting held today.

■Matches postponed

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd sec. Friday, 28th February
Saturday, 29th February
Sunday, 1st March
9*
3rd sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
9*
4th sec. Friday, 13th March
Saturday, 14th March
9*
5th sec. Wednesday, 18th March 9
6th sec. Sunday, 22th March 9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd sec. Saturday, 29th February
Sunday, 1st March
11*
3rd sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
11*
4th sec. Saturday, 14th March
Sunday, 15th March
11*
5th sec. Wednesday, 18th March 11
6th sec. Saturday, 21st March
Sunday, 22nd March
11
7th sec. Saturday, 28th March
Sunday, 29th March
11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
9*
2nd sec. Saturday, 14th March
Sunday, 15th March
9*
3rd sec. Saturday, 21st March
Sunday, 22nd March
9
4th sec. Saturday, 28 March
Sunday, 29th March
9
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage 2nd sec. Wednesday, 26th February*
Wednesday, 11th March
8*
Group Stage 3rd sec. Wednesday, 4th March 8*

*previously announced

J.LEAGUE News

Announcement of New J.LEAGUE Board of Directors

J.LEAGUE announced the appointment of members of the board of directors effect from 12 March, 2020.

Position Name Organisation
Chairman Mitsuru Murai Japan Professional Football League
Vice Chairman Hiromi Hara Japan Professional Football League
Senior Managing Director Masaaki Kimura Japan Professional Football League
*Director (full-time) Shinji Kubota Japan Professional Football League
*Director (full-time) Yuriko Saeki Japan Professional Football League
Director (part-time) Yoshikazu Nonomura President, Consadole Co., Ltd.
Director (part-time) Kunio Numata President, FC Mito Hollyhock Co., Ltd.
*Director (part-time) Naoki Ogane President, TOKYO FOOTBALL CLUB Co., Ltd.
Director (part-time) Hiroyuki Shimokawa Chairman, Zelvia Co., Ltd.
*Director (part-time) Yoshihiro Warashina Chairman, Kawasaki Frontale Co., Ltd.
Director (part-time) Masaki Tsukano President, SC TOTTORI Co., Ltd.
*Director (part-time) Toru Enoki President, Oita Football Club Co., Ltd.
* Director (part-time) Takayuki Tateishi CEO, STVV NV
Director (part-time) Dai Tamesue President, DEPORTARE PARTNERS
Director (part-time) Kumi Fujisawa President, Sophia Bank
*Director (part-time) Retz Fujisawa Representative Director, RCF
Executive Director, Japan Association of New Public
* Director (part-time) Wataru Baba Executive Officer Business Innovation Division General Manager, Panasonic Corporation
Auditor (part-time) Noriko Otsuka Representative, Noriko OTSUKA CPA Firm
Auditor (part-time) Tadashi Yamazaki PROPERTY INNOVATION CONSULTING Co., Ltd.
Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Takao Konishi President, J.LEAGUE INC.
Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Shingo Toyama Corporate Executive Officer, Europe Business, BeNEXT Technologies Inc.
*Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Yasuharu Sorimachi Former Head Coach, Matsumoto YamagaFC
*Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Hideyuki Hata President, ONE Championship Japan
*Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Ryuji Bando MR12, Football Commentator

*Newly appointed or change in position

-Period: 2 years (March 12, 2020 to end of General Meeting scheduled in March, 2022)
-Member of the board must be under 65 years of age as of 1 April 2020.

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE reach basic agreement with the J.Clubs to extend suspension of matches

J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai commented that the league reached to a basic agreement with the J.Clubs to extend suspension of matches until at least 3 April on account of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

J.LEAGUE has decided to suspend matches until 18 March last week and has been holding liaison councils with medical experts and Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB). During the second meeting held on 9 March, the league was advised by experts to consider further suspension to hold matches beyond 18 March.

“We held a video conference with the clubs after the liaison council and we came to a basic agreement to suspend all matches scheduled in March," Murai said. "We will do our utmost efforts and preparations to resume on 3 April.”

Official announcement will be made after the executive committee and board of directors meeting scheduled on 12 March.

 

J.LEAGUE News

EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE to start from 28th March, 2020

The J.League is again hosting an eSports competition starting from 28th March, 2020 which will award valuable EA SPORTS™ FIFA Global Series Points on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup™ 2020.

EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE will be played in FIFA Ultimate Team™ mode on EA SPORTSFIFA 20, the game produced by Electronic Arts (EA). The preliminary tournament takes place online and the final round will be played offline.

The winner will receive EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Points which will contribute to onward qualification to the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs*, which then progresses to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2020 hosted by FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

The J.League seeks to give everyone diverse opportunities to experience sport close up as a part of their everyday life, regardless of age or gender.

The EA SPORTS FIFA Global Series allows this 3rd time eSports competition since 2018 to have the dual aims of sending players out to the world and spreading awareness of the joys of football.

The champion and other top finishers will earn EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Points, and the champion will also be awarded prize money of one million yen. The runner-up will be awarded prize money of three hundred thousand yen.

■FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE 
Overview
How to Participate
* Eligibility restrictions apply. See OFFICIAL RULES for details

The FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE Overview

■Title
FIFA20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE

■Host
Japan Professional Football League

■Special Cooperation
To be decided

■Top Partner
To be decided

■Date
《Preliminary Round》
Contestants will be divided into groups and compete online on the following dates:
(1)Sat.28 March (2) Sun. 29 March (3) San. 5 April

《Final Round》
(1)Fri. 8 May (2) Sat. 9 May

■Venue
《Preliminary Round》Played online
《Final Round》Japan Football Museum 1F Virtual Stadium

■Broadcast
J.League official YouTube channel, J.League official LINE LIVE (TBD)

■Videogame
EA SPORTS FIFA20
This football computer game was developed by EA SPORTS and released by 
Electronic Arts in September, 2019. The players of all 18 J1 teams are listed using their real names.

■Terminal 
PlayStation 4
PlayStation and PS4 are registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

■Clubs
2019 J1 Clubs 
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, Vegalta Sendai, Kashima Antlers, Urawa Reds, F.C. Tokyo, Kawasaki Frontale, Yokohama F・Marinos, Shonan Bellmare, Matsumoto Yamaga F.C., Shimizu S-Pulse, Jubilo Iwata, Nagoya Grampus, Gamba Osaka, Cerezo Osaka, Vissel Kobe, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Sagan Tosu, Oita Trinita

■Matches
《Preliminary Round》
All matches will be played as single tournaments using FUT Friendly Seasons. Extra time will be played when a match is tied at the end of normal time. The winner is decided on penalties if the scores are level at the end of extra time.
The winner of the semi-final and final match is decided on BO3 (who win the first 2 matches).

《Final Round》
Qualifiers for the final round will wear the strip of a J1 club.
In the videogame, players will play with the J1 team whose colors they are wearing.
A special game account will be created to enable the use of all players.
Each team must have 2 (two) J1 club players who belong to the played team on the pitch at all times.

■Competition format
The preliminary round shall be online and the final round, offline.
《Preliminary Round》
Each of the 18 J1 clubs will host a knockout tournament and either one or two players from each tournament will qualify for the final.
Each J.League club is entitled to nominate one player separately to advance to the final round. The tournament winner will advance in the case of a club which nominates a player, or the winner and runner-up in the case of a club which does not.

《Final Round》
・Group Stage
The final round will be contested by 36 players (anticipated), two from each J1 club, consisting of players advancing from the preliminary round and players specially nominated by J.League clubs*.
The players will be divided into 6 groups of 6 from which 16 players, namely the top 2 finishers in each group and 4 third-placed finishers with the best results, will advance to the knock-out tournament.
Matches at the group stage will be contested over two legs, home and away 
No extra time will be played when a total score over the 2 legs is tied at the end of normal time.

・Knock-out Stage
Matches in the knock-out tournament will be contested over two legs, home and away.
Extra time will be played when a total score over the 2 legs is tied at the end of normal time. The winner is decided on penalties if the scores are level at the end of extra time.

*Players nominated by J.League clubs
Eligibility applies to players registered with EA SPORTS FIFA 20 who represented one of the 18 J1 clubs during the 2019 season.
Each club may nominate one player. (Clubs may select not to nominate a player.) 

■Prizes
Champion eJ.LEAGUE Cup / Prize money of 1 million yen
450 Global Series Points for the EA SPORTS FIFA20 Global Series
※Points may only be awarded to contestants who registered on FUTChampions.com by 31st January, 2020.

Runner-up Prize money of 300,000 yen

EA SPORTS FIFA20 Global Series Points 
Champion 450 points
Runner-up 200 points
3rd/4th 110 points
5th-8th 80 points
9th-16th 40 points
17th and lower 20 points

The FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE How to Participate

■Application Period
17:00 Monday, March 16 – 12:00 Wednesday, March 25, 2020

■Application Method
Register from the tournaments appearing in the Events section on PS4®
※A link is available from the special page on the J.LEAGUE.jp website (in Japanese):
https://www.jleague.jp/ejleague/fifa/2020/
※Online applications only.
※Only one application per person.

■Participation fee 
None

■Eligibility 
○Aged 16 and above (as of 1st April, 2020) and able to participate in the final round on Friday, 8th May and Saturday, 9th May, the FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs, and 2020 FIFA eWorld Cup.
※Applicants under the age of 20 must provide the signed, written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

○Japanese residency and sufficient Japanese language ability to communicate with the competition secretariat and other competitors. (Any nationality)

■Handling of Personal Information
○Whenever receiving personal information, the J.League always states its 
purpose clearly and obtains the client’s consent for this by fair and appropriate means. The J.League only uses such personal information within the scope required for the stated purposes.

○The J.League only permits the use of personal information received from 
clients either at the J.League or by J.League subcontractors and partners for 
the following stated purposes:  
・The keeping, use and analysis of information within the scope of J.League activities
・Providing requested materials and information when possible
・Responding to questions, feedback and requests
・Communications
・Other purposes laid down in the terms of J.League services.  

■Inquiries: eJ.League Secretariat MAIL [email protected]

※This outline has been excerpted from the eJ.LEAGUE 2020 tournament regulations. Please refer to the full regulations for further details.

 

J.LEAGUE News

NPB and J.LEAGUE establish Liaison Council regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) and Japan Professional Football League (J.LEAGUE) will establish a liaison council to share knowledge and discuss about effective measures to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

NPB and J.LEAGUE will work hand-in-hand as professional sports to protect the health of all peoples, including the fans, players, coaches and team staffs, with the assistance of experts on infectious disease. A group of experts in the council will form a collective opinion and the 2 organizations will consider the opinion put forward along with the governmental view when making their decisions.

The first council meeting will be held from 12:00 PM on Tuesday, 3 March at NPB secretariat.

1. Aim of the Liaison Council
-Gather accurate information and analysis on the spread of COVID-19
-Share and discuss effective measures to consider when making decisions on holding matches, preventing further spread, etc.
-Disclose all information shared within the council and contribute to enhance capability to respond to the threat in the sporting world

2. Members of the Liaison Council
NPB:
Commissioner, Representatives from 12 teams
J.LEAGUE:
Chairman, 9 Executive Directors, 3 from Japan Football Association
Experts:
Mitsuo KAKU
 (Professor, Infection Control and Prevention, Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University/Emeritus Professor, Tohoku University)
Hiroshige MIKAMO
 (Professor, Department of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Aichi Medical University Graduate School of Medicine)
Kazuhiro TATEDA
(Professor, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University)

 

J.LEAGUE News

Postponement of 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and J.LEAGUE YBC Levain Cup in between 28th February and 15th March

Following the postponement of the J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP on the 26th February, J.LEAGUE will also postpone all J.LEAGUE matches scheduled in between 28th February and 15th March.

The decision has been made at the Board of Directors held today, considering the statement made by the experts on a government panel that the upcoming one to two weeks are critical to prevent clusters of the new coronavirus from further spreading.

J.LEAGUE will take every effort to take measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and to prepare to resume the matches. Substitutional dates and handling of tickets will be announced once decided.

■Matches postponed

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd sec. Friday, 28th February
Saturday, 29th February
Sunday, 1st March
9
3rd sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
9
4th sec. Friday, 13th March
Saturday, 14th March
9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd sec. Saturday, 29th February
Sunday, 1st March
11
3rd sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
11
4th sec. Saturday, 14th March
Sunday, 15th March
11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
9
2nd sec. Saturday, 14th March
Sunday, 15th March
9
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage 2nd sec. Wednesday, 26th February*
Wednesday, 11th March
8
Group Stage 3rd sec. Wednesday, 4th March 8

*previously announced

J.LEAGUE News

Postponement of J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage 2nd Sec Matches

J.LEAGUE announced the matches below will be postponed, considering the statement made by the experts on a government panel that the upcoming one to two weeks are critical to prevent clusters of the new coronavirus from expanding further. J.LEAGUE will discuss on the possibility of postponing further matches scheduled until 15th March at the Board of Directors today.

J.LEAGUE will take every effort to take measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and to prepare to resume the matches. Substitutional dates and handling of tickets will be announced once it is decided.

J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

Group Date Kickoff Match Venue
Group A 2/26 wed 19:00 Nagoya Grampus vs Shimizu S-Pulse Paloma Mizuho
Group B 2/26 wed 19:00 Vegalta Sendai vs Cerezo Osaka Yurtec.S
2/26 wed 19:30 Urawa Reds vs Matsumoto Yamaga Saitama.S
Group C 2/26 wed 19:00 Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo EDION Stadium.H
2/26 wed 19:00 Sagan Tosu vs Yokohama FC EKI.S
Group D 2/26 wed 19:00 Shonan Bellmare vs Kashiwa Reysol BMW.S Hiratsuka
2/26 wed 19:00 Oita Trinita vs Gamba Osaka SHOWA DENKO.D

 

J.LEAGUE News

Regarding measures to prevent contagion and spread of the new coronavirus

Heading to the start of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE, J.LEAGUE will take every possible measures and would like to request the cooperation of everyone to prevent contagion by and spread of the new coronavirus.

J.LEAGUE will take the following measures:

1. All J.Clubs will have a staff in charge to liaise with the J.LEAGUE to promptly discuss and take necessary actions
2. Consider rescheduling fixtures if further spread is confirmed
3. Have staffs at the stadiums wear masks
4. Share the measures taken at the FUJI XEROX SUPER CUP to J.Clubs as an example and take measures based on each clubs’ circumstances

(Reference)
Measures took during the FUJI XEROX SUPER CUP held on 8th February
Supply alcohol disinfectant sprays at the gates and restrooms
Periodically announce through the giant screens, etc to use a mask, tissues, handkerchiefs, shirt sleeves to cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing
Increase number of doctors and nurses

J.LEAGUE has the social responsibility to provide a secured stadium environment and develop a culture to enjoy sports in Japan by holding the J.LEAGUE matches. We strongly believe we can serve the role by taking all the measures we can to prevent contagion and spread of the new coronavirus. We will continue to take prompt actions following the announcements from the government.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Overseas Broadcasting details determined for the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced that the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE will be available for viewing in the following regions and broadcasters. Further announcements may follow upon determination of additional regions and broadcasters during the season.

 

Region Broadcasting Network URL Subject Competition
China PR K-BALL (China Sports Media) https://www.sportsmedia.com.cn/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE,
MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
Hong Kong i-Cable http://www.i-cable.com/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Taiwan ELTA https://eltaott.tv/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Macau TDM https://portugues.tdm.com.mo/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Malaysia, Brunei Astro www.stadiumastro.com MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Australia OPTUS https://sport.optus.com.au/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
United Kingdom, Ireland Premier Sports https://www.premiersports.com/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Israel The Sports Channel https://www.sport5.co.il/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Thailand SIAMSPORT https://www.siamsport.co.th/home MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
Worldwide excluding Japan
(News rights only)
SNTV https://www.sntv.com/ MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
* News distribution only

*Worldwide (excluding Japan and China PR) sales through Dentsu

J.LEAGUE News

Chairman’s New Year Message

On behalf of the entire J.LEAGUE, I wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with more happiness and prosperity.

Last year in the 2019 season, the total attendance number reached a record high of 11,415,463 and the average attendance per match in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE was over 20,000. It is our great joy to see the growth since the league started and we would like to express our heartful thanks to everyone’s continuous support.

Looking ahead to our 28th season this year, we will step up our efforts to make the league more competitive and riveting.
We will accelerate our youth development with Project DNA, to become a league with promising talents by the year 2030.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in all 321 matches will be introduced, to provide fans with more variety of angles to watch the matches.
We will invest on promoting our digital strategy, to increase the number of fans and offer the best hospitality at the stadiums.

A social platform will also be launched soon. The platform will be a hub, hoping for the league and the 56 J clubs, including FC. Imabari recently joined, to help develop collaborations among various sectors in their communities with social activities.

While we take our challenges as a football league, Japan will also host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this year. I would like to invite you to join us, in anticipating what will be accomplished this year. 2020 promises to be an exciting year!

Mitsuru Murai
Chairman
Japan Professional Football League

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE Agrees on Overseas Broadcasting Rights from 2020 to 2022 with Dentsu Inc. and China Sports Media Co., Ltd.

J.LEAGUE announced an agreement on overseas broadcasting rights of its 2020-2022 season with Dentsu Inc. (President & CEO: Toshihiro Yamamoto; Head Office: Tokyo, Japan) and China Sports Media Co., Ltd. (CEO: Zhao Jun; Head Office: Beijing, China).

■Dentsu Inc.
Contract Period:
2020-2022 season

Licensed Territories:
Worldwide excluding Japan and China PR

Licensed Details:
Exclusive broadcasting rights of MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE (include sublicensing rights)

■China Sports Media Co., Ltd.
Contract Period:
2020-2022 season

Licensed Territories:
China PR (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan)

Licensed Details:
Exclusive broadcasting rights of MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE and MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
(include sublicensing rights)

 

J.LEAGUE News

Broadcasting details determined for the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE WORLD CHALLENGE 2019

It has been determined that the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE WORLD CHALLENGE 2019, scheduled to take place on Friday, July 19 at Nissan Stadium, will be broadcasted by the following broadcasters and in the following regions. 

■Date
Friday, July 19, 2019

■Kick-off
19:00

■Participating clubs
Kawasaki Frontale (2018 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE 2018 Champion)
Chelsea FC (England)

■Broadcasting networks

OTT:
<DAZN>
Japan, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Spain
https://watch.dazn.com/en-JP/sports/

OTT:
<China Sports Media/K-BALL>
China PR
https://www.toutiao.com/a1638751335707661 

TV:
<PPTV HD>
Thailand
https://www.facebook.com/PPTVHD36/

OTT:
<Rakuten Sports>
Broadcasted worldwide with exception of Japan, China PR, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Ireland
https://sports.rakuten.com/videos/236vi.

In Japan, the match will be broadcasted by:
TV:
<FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK> 
https://www.fujitv.co.jp/sports/soccer/jwc/index.html (Japanese)

OTT:
<DAZN> 
https://watch.dazn.com/en-JP/sports/

 

J.LEAGUE News

Appointment of J.League Global Ambassadors

J.League has appointed football legends Zico, Guido Buchwald, Dunga and Hong Myung Bo as J.League Global Ambassadors.

The purpose of these appointments is to promote J.League’s appeal and values across the world. Moreover, by creating sustainable relationships with these global legends, the J.League aims to rebuild connections with the community of their former clubs in Japan.

In the future, there are plans to appoint more legends as ambassadors, to further promote J.League all over the world. The details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.


■ J.League Global Ambassadors *As of June 27, 2019:

Zico
Guido Buchwald
Dunga
Hong Myung Bo

■ Primary activities of the J.League Global Ambassadors

①Support J.League’s public relations activities
・Participating in J.League events

②International spokespersons for J.League
・Supporting J.League’s strategies abroad and in Asia
・Introducing J.League in their home countries

③Activities with their former clubs
・Participating in events by interacting with clubs, fans and local communities

④Support for recovery in case of natural disasters
・Visiting the areas affected by natural disasters and interacting with local citizens

■J.League Global Ambassador

Name Biography
Zico

■Name: Zico
■Full name: Arthur Antunes Coimbra
■Date of birth: March 3, 1953
■Nationality: Brazilian
■Playing career (Clubs)
CR Flamengo (1971, Brazil) - Udinese (1983, Italy) - R Flamengo (1986, Brazil) -
Sumitomo Metal Industries Football Club (1991) - Kashima Antlers (1992-1994) 

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 23 apps 14 goals
League Cup: 13 apps 7 goals
Emperor’s Cup: 6 apps 3 goals

■Coaching career 
1999 Kashima Antlers General Manager
2002-2006 Japan national team Manager
2006-2008 Fenerbahce SK (Turkey) Manager
2008 FC Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) Manager
2009 CSKA Moscow (Russia) Manager
2009-2010 Olympiacos (Greece) Manager
2011-2012 Iraq national team Manager
2013-2014 Al-Gharafa (Qatar) Manager
2014-2016 FC Goa (India) Manager

■Others: 
1996-2002 Kashima Antlers Technical Director 
1998 Brazil national team Technical Coordinator
2018- Kashima Antlers Technical Director

Guido Buchwald

■Name: Guido Buchwald
■Date of birth: January 24, 1961
■Nationality: German
■Playing career (Clubs)
Stuttgarter Kickers (1978, West Germany) – VfB Stuttgart (1983, West Germany/Germany) –
Urawa Reds (1994-1997, Japan) – Karlsruher SC (1998, Germany)

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 127 apps 11 goals
League Cup: 20 apps 0 goal
Emperor’s Cup: 10 apps 0 goal

■Coaching career
1999-2001 Karlsruher SC Sporting Director
2002-2003 Urawa Reds Technical Advisor
2004-2006 Urawa Reds Manager
2007-November 2007 Alemannia Aachen (Germany) Manager
2008-2010 Stuttgarter Kickers (Germany) Advisor
2009-2011 JFA Advisor
2010-2013 Stuttgarter Kickers Vice-president/Sporting Director
2015-January 2019 Stuttgart Ambassador, Scout, etc.
2016-January 2019 Stuttgart Member of the Supervisory Board

Dunga

■Name: Dunga
■Full name: Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri
■Date of birth: October 31, 1963
■Nationality: Brazilian
■Playing career (Clubs)
Internacional (1980, Brazil) – Corinthians (1985, Brazil) – Santos (1986, Brazil) –
Vasco da Gama (1987, Brazil) – Pisa (1987, Italy) – Fiorentina (1988m Italy)  -
Pescara (1992, Italy) – VfB Stuttgart (1993, Germany) – Jubilo Iwata (1995-1998, Japan) – Internacional (1999, Brazil)

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 99 apps 16 goals
League Cup: 24 apps 1 goal
Emperor’s Cup: 3 apps 0 goal

■Coaching career
1999-2004: Jubilo Iwata Advisor
2006-2010: Brazil national team Manager
2011-2012: Al-Rayyan SC (Qatar) Manager
2013: Internacional (Brazil) Manager
July 2014-June 2016: Brazil national team Manager

Hong Myung Bo

■Full name: Hong Myung Bo
■Date of birth: February 12, 1969
■Nationality: Korea Republic
■Playing career (Clubs)
Pohang Steelers (1992, Korea Republic) – Bellmare Hiratsuka (1997, Japan) –
Kashiwa Reysol (1999, Japan) - Pohang Steelers (2002, Korea Republic) – LA Galaxy (2003-04, USA)

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 114 apps 7 goals
League Cup: 10 apps 2 goals
Emperor’s Cup 11 apps 3 goals

■Coaching career
2005 Korea Republic national team Assistant Coach
2007-2008 U-23 Korea Republic national team Assistant Coach
2009 U-20 Korea Republic national team Manager
2009-2012 U-23 Korea Republic national team Manager
2014-2015 Korea Republic national team Manager
2016-2017 Hangzhou Greentown (China) Manager