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2010 J. League Division 1

J. League Division 1
Season 2010
Champions Nagoya Grampus
1st J. League title
1st Japanese title
Relegated FC Tokyo
Kyoto Sanga
Shonan Bellmare
Champions League Nagoya Grampus
Gamba Osaka
Cerezo Osaka
Kashima Antlers
Matches played 306
Goals scored 813 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer Joshua Kennedy, Ryoichi Maeda (17 goals total)
Highest attendance 55,410 (Round 10,
Red Diamonds vs. Grampus)
Lowest attendance 5,334 (Round 11,
Sanfrecce vs. Cerezo)
Average attendance 18,428
2009
2011

The 2010 J. League Division 1 season was the 46th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 18th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season began on March 6 and ended on December 4.[1]

A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. At the end of the season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. Also the bottom three clubs were relegated to J2 League by default.

Nagoya Grampus won their first ever Japanese championship. This was also the first time since the advent of the J. League that the top scorer scored less than 20 goals; the honour of scoring 17 goals was shared between Nagoya's Joshua Kennedy and Júbilo Iwata's Ryoichi Maeda. Additionally, this was also the first Japanese top division season in which clubs from the Kantō region did not place among the top three.

Clubs

The following eighteen clubs will play in J. League Division 1 during the 2010 season. Of these clubs, Vegalta Sendai, Cerezo Osaka and Shonan Bellmare are the newly promoted clubs. For the first time since 1995 season all top flight teams are located on a single island (Honshū).

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata
Cerezo Osaka Osaka, Osaka Promoted from J2 League in 2009
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Gamba Osaka Suita, Osaka 2010 ACL Participant
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka
Kashima Antlers Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 2010 ACL Participant
Three-time Defending Champions
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2010 ACL Participant
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata
Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Aichi
Omiya Ardija Saitama, Saitama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima 2010 ACL Participant
Shonan Bellmare Southcentral cities/towns in Kanagawa Promoted from J2 League in 2009
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama, Saitama
Vegalta Sendai Sendai, Miyagi Promoted from J2 League in 2009
Vissel Kobe Kobe, Hyōgo
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa

Format

Eighteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 34 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The bottom three clubs will be relegated to J. League Division 2. The top three clubs will qualify to AFC Champions League in the following year.

Changes from previous year
  • Regular season schedule had two months break after May 16 games, due to 2010 FIFA World Cup. Season was resumed from July 17, with exceptions for clubs advancing to the Round of 16 of 2010 AFC Champions League, which 11th-week matches were rescheduled to July 14.

Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Nagoya Grampus (C) 34 23 3 8 54 37 +17 72 Qualification to 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Gamba Osaka 34 18 8 8 65 44 +21 62
3 Cerezo Osaka 34 17 10 7 58 32 +26 61
4 Kashima Antlers 34 16 12 6 51 31 +20 60
5 Kawasaki Frontale 34 15 9 10 61 47 +14 54
6 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 15 9 10 60 49 +11 54
7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 14 9 11 45 38 +7 51
8 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 15 6 13 43 39 +4 51
9 Albirex Niigata 34 12 13 9 48 45 +3 49
10 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 14 6 14 48 41 +7 48
11 Júbilo Iwata 34 11 11 12 38 49 −11 44
12 Omiya Ardija 34 11 9 14 39 45 −6 42
13 Montedio Yamagata 34 11 9 14 29 42 −13 42
14 Vegalta Sendai 34 10 9 15 40 46 −6 39
15 Vissel Kobe 34 9 11 14 37 45 −8 38
16 FC Tokyo (R) 34 8 12 14 36 41 −5 36 Relegation to 2011 J. League Division 2
17 Kyoto Sanga (R) 34 4 7 23 30 60 −30 19
18 Shonan Bellmare (R) 34 3 7 24 31 82 −51 16

Updated to games played on December 4, 2010.
Source: J.League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Kashima Antlers qualified as 2010 Emperor's Cup winners.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results

Home \ Away[1]
Albirex Niigata 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1
Kashima Antlers 2–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–0
Omiya Ardija 2–2 0–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–1
Shonan Bellmare 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–6 1–3 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–6 1–3 1–4 1–0 2–2 1–4
Cerezo Osaka 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 6–2 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–1 2–3 0–0 2–1 2–0
Kawasaki Frontale 2–1 1–2 0–0 4–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 3–0 1–3
Gamba Osaka 0–0 1–1 5–1 2–1 3–2 4–4 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–4 0–2
Nagoya Grampus 1–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–3 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1
Júbilo Iwata 1–1 2–3 1–1 3–2 0–3 3–1 4–3 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–3 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–3 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–5 0–3 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–0
Kyoto Sanga 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 3–4 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–4 2–0 0–4 2–1 3–0 1–2
Shimizu S-Pulse 0–2 2–1 2–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 0–3 1–5 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 5–1 1–0 1–2
FC Tokyo 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–4 2–3
Vegalta Sendai 2–3 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 1–1 0–1 0–1
Vissel Kobe 1–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–4 1–3 1–2 3–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 3–0 1–3 0–2 3–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–4 0–1 1–0
Updated to games played on December 4, 2010.
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals[2]
1 Australia Joshua Kennedy Nagoya Grampus
17
Japan Ryoichi Maeda Júbilo Iwata
17
3 Brazil Edmilson Urawa Red Diamonds
16
Brazil Marcio Richardes Albirex Niigata
16
5 Brazil Adriano Cerezo Osaka
14
Japan Shoki Hirai Gamba Osaka
14
Brazil Juninho Kawasaki Frontale
14
8 Japan Jungo Fujimoto Shimizu S-Pulse
13
Japan Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse
13
Japan Keiji Tamada Nagoya Grampus
13

Attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 678,994 55,410 21,625 39,941 -0.90343813616829−9.6%
2 Albirex Niigata 519,221 41,002 19,152 30,542 -0.91317347365903−8.6%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 436,624 43,025 12,184 25,684 0.16443759350773+16.4%
4 FC Tokyo 426,899 30,672 17,477 25,112 -0.97017462525112−2.9%
5 Kashima Antlers 356,430 35,251 9,472 20,966 -0.96988481287875−3.0%
6 Nagoya Grampus 339,638 34,098 7,991 19,979 0.25433199397288+25.4%
7 Kawasaki Frontale 315,550 22,407 7,348 18,562 -0.98487822995702−1.5%
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 306,022 38,851 7,117 18,001 0.00367995539448+0.3%
9 Vegalta Sendai 294,644 26,391 12,119 17,332 0.3382750366767+33.8%
10 Gamba Osaka 283,111 20,973 9,093 16,654 -0.94026648599819−5.9%
11 Cerezo Osaka 255,439 37,860 8,041 15,026 0.51594027441485+51.5%
12 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 247,550 23,948 5,334 14,562 -0.92615912993703−7.3%
13 Vissel Kobe 218,004 19,506 8,707 12,824 -0.98132843587389−1.8%
14 Júbilo Iwata 206,324 31,266 7,030 12,137 -0.89750794941951−10.2%
15 Montedio Yamagata 199,069 20,231 7,019 11,710 -0.97130059721301−2.8%
16 Shonan Bellmare 188,614 14,095 6,032 11,095 0.43661789460054+43.6%
17 Omiya Ardija 188,088 29,575 7,831 11,064 -0.8071788137448−19.2%
18 Kyoto Sanga 178,673 15,222 6,818 10,510 -0.94463419018515−5.5%
League total 5,638,894 55,410 5,334 18,428 −2.9%

Updated to games played on December 4, 2010
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

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