1995 J.League

The J.League 1995 season is the third season of the J.League Division 1. The league fixture began on March 18, 1995, and ended on November (date), 1995. The Suntory Championship '95 took place on November 30 and December 6, 1995.

J.League
Season1995
ChampionsYokohama Marinos
1st J. League title
Asian Club ChampionshipYokohama Marinos
Matches played364
Goals scored1,214 (3.34 per match)
Top goalscorerMasahiro Fukuda (32 goals)
Highest attendance56,652 - Reds vs. Verdy (May 3)
Lowest attendance7,012 - Sanfrecce vs. Grampus (April 12)
Average attendance16,922
1994
1996
Geographic location of fourteen J.League clubs in 1995.

HonoursEdit

Competition Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
League competition
J.League Suntory Series Yokohama Marinos Verdy Kawasaki Urawa Red Diamonds
J.League NICOS Series Verdy Kawasaki Grampus Yokohama Marinos
Suntory Championship Yokohama Marinos Verdy Kawaski n/a
Cup tournaments
Emperor's Cup Nogoya Grampus Eight Sanfrecce Hiroshima tba
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Nabisco Cup Not held due to fixture congestion
XEROX Super Cup Verdy Kawasaki Belmare Hiratsuka n/a

1995 J.League clubsEdit

Following fourteen clubs participated in J.League during 1995 season. Of these clubs, Kashiwa Reysol, and Cerezo Osaka were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

1995 J.League formatEdit

In the 1995 season, the league followed split-season format, and each halves (or stages) were known as Suntory Series and NICOS Series for sponsorship purposes. In each series, fourteen clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 26 games per club (per series). The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. The points system is introduced for the first time and a club received 3pts for any win, 1pts for PK loss, and 0pts for regulation or extra time loss. The clubs were ranked by points and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Extra match or a coin toss

The club that finished at the top of the table is declared stage champion and qualifies for the Suntory Championship. The first stage winner, hosts the first leg in the championship series. If the same club win both stages, the runners-up of each stages plays against each other and the winners challenges the stage winner at the championship game.

Changes in Competition Format
  • Number of competing clubs increased from 12 to 14
  • Number of games per club in a series increased from 22 to 26 games and from 44 to 52 games per season
  • Points system were introduced
  • Due to fixture congestion, Yamazaki Nabisco Cup was canceled that year

1995 J.League final standingsEdit

Suntory Series (1st Stage) standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W PKL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Yokohama Marinos 26 17 1 8 47 38 +9 52 1995 Suntory Series Champions Qualified to Suntory Championship '95
2   Verdy Kawasaki 26 16 1 9 46 36 +10 49
3   Urawa Red Diamonds 26 15 3 8 41 34 +7 48
4   Nagoya Grampus Eight 26 15 1 10 50 48 +2 46
5   Júbilo Iwata 26 15 0 11 48 40 +8 45
6   JEF United Ichihara 26 14 3 9 48 40 +8 45
7   Bellmare Hiratsuka 26 14 1 11 60 47 +13 43
8   Kashima Antlers 26 14 0 12 38 38 0 42
9   Cerezo Osaka 26 13 2 11 43 44 −1 41
10   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 26 13 0 13 38 33 +5 39
11   Gamba Osaka 26 10 1 15 49 54 −5 31
12   Shimizu S-Pulse 26 10 0 16 35 63 −28 30
13   Yokohama Flügels 26 9 1 16 42 54 −12 28
14   Kashiwa Reysol 26 7 1 18 30 46 −16 22
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Win = 3pts; P.K. loss = 1pt; Regulation, E.T. loss = 0pts

NICOS Series (2nd stage) standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W PKL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Verdy Kawasaki 26 19 2 5 60 26 +34 59 1995 NICOS Series Champions Qualified to Suntory Championship '95
2 Nagoya Grampus Eight 26 17 0 9 49 34 +15 51
3 Yokohama Marinos 26 15 1 10 39 37 +2 46
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 26 15 0 11 42 34 +8 45
5 Kashiwa Reysol 26 14 1 11 57 54 +3 43
6 Kashima Antlers 26 14 1 11 44 41 +3 43
7 JEF United Ichihara 26 14 1 11 49 51 −2 43
8 Urawa Red Diamonds 26 14 0 12 44 38 +6 42
9 Júbilo Iwata 26 13 1 12 40 37 +3 40
10 Cerezo Osaka 26 12 1 13 36 39 −3 37
11 Yokohama Flügels 26 11 1 14 36 57 −21 34
12 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 26 9 1 16 31 43 −12 28
13 Gamba Osaka 26 8 2 16 38 53 −15 26
14 Bellmare Hiratsuka 26 7 1 18 34 55 −21 22
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Win = 3pts; P.K. loss = 1pt; Regulation, E.T. loss = 0pts

1995 Suntory ChampionshipEdit

Yokohama Marinos1–0Verdy Kawasaki
Bisconti   49'

Verdy Kawasaki0–1Yokohama Marinos
Ihara   29'
Attendance: 48,271

Yokohama Marinos won the series 2–0 on aggregate.

Overall standingsEdit

Golden Boot rankingEdit

Golden Boot standings after Suntory Series (1st Stage)
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Salvatore Schillaci Júblio Iwata 24
2   Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 16
3   Masahiro Fukuda Urawa Red Diamonds 15
  Betinho Bellmare Hiratsuka 15
  Valdes Cerezo Osaka 15
6   Nobuhiro Takeda Verdy Kawasaki 13
  Oleh Protasov Gamba Osaka 13
8   Uwe Bein Urawa Red Diamonds 11
  David Bisconti Yokohama Marinos 11
  Toninho Shimizu S-Pulse 11
Overall Golden Boot ranking
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Masahiro Fukuda Urawa Red Diamonds 32
2   Salvatore Schillaci Júblio Iwata 31
3   David Bisconti Yokohama Marinos 27
4   Betinho Bellmare Hiratsuka 25
5   Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23
  Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 23
7   Wynton Rufer JEF United Ichihara 21
  Ramón Medina Bello Yokohama Marinos 21
9   Nobuhiro Takeda Verdy Kawasaki 20
  Hans Gillhaus Gamba Osaka 20

AwardsEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player   Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight
Rookie of the Year   Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi Yokohama Marinos
Manager of the Year   Arsène Wenger Nagoya Grampus Eight
Top Scorer   Masahiro Fukuda Urawa Red Diamonds 32 goals.

Best ElevenEdit

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Shinkichi Kikuchi Verdy Kawasaki   Japan
DF Naoki Soma Kashima Antlers   Japan
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos   Japan
DF Masaharu Suzuki Yokohama Marinos   Japan
DF Guido Buchwald Urawa Red Diamonds   Germany
MF Tetsuji Hashiratani Verdy Kawasaki   Japan
MF Bismarck Verdy Kawasaki   Brazil
FW Masahiro Fukuda Urawa Red Diamonds   Japan
FW Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki   Japan
FW Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight   FR Yugoslavia
FW Hiroaki Morishima Cerezo Osaka   Japan

AttendanceEdit

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