1996 J.League

The 1996 J.League season was the fourth season since the establishment of the J.League Division 1. The season began on March 16, 1996, and ended on November 9, 1996.

ClubsEdit

The following sixteen clubs participated in J.League during the 1996 season. Of these clubs, Kyoto Purple Sanga, and Avispa Fukuoka were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

FormatEdit

In the 1996 season, the league abolished the split-season format and followed a single-season format; sixteen clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 30 games per club. The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. A club received 3 points for any win, 1 point for PK loss, and 0 pts 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 was declared season champion.

Changes in competition format
  • Number of competing clubs increased from 14 to 16
  • Followed single-season format instead of split-season format
  • Suntory Final Series was held this year, instead of Suntory Championship
  • Number of games per club reduced to 30 from 52 games per season

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W PKL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Kashima Antlers 30 21 3 6 61 34 +27 66 1996 J.League Champions Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*, 1997/98 ACC, and 1997 Super Cup
2   Nagoya Grampus Eight 30 21 0 9 63 39 +24 63 Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*
3   Yokohama Flügels 30 21 0 9 58 44 +14 63
4   Júbilo Iwata 30 20 2 8 53 38 +15 62
5   Kashiwa Reysol 30 20 0 10 67 52 +15 60
6   Urawa Red Diamonds 30 19 2 9 51 31 +20 59
7   Verdy Kawasaki 30 19 0 11 68 42 +26 57
8   Yokohama Marinos 30 14 0 16 39 40 −1 42
9   JEF United Ichihara 30 13 1 16 45 47 −2 40
10   Shimizu S-Pulse 30 12 1 17 50 60 −10 37
11   Bellmare Hiratsuka 30 12 0 18 47 58 −11 36
12   Gamba Osaka 30 11 0 19 38 59 −21 33
13   Cerezo Osaka 30 10 0 20 38 56 −18 30
14   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 30 10 0 20 36 60 −24 30
15   Avispa Fukuoka 30 9 2 19 42 64 −22 29
16   Kyoto Purple Sanga 30 8 0 22 22 54 −32 24
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Win = 3 pts; P.K. loss = 1 pt; Regulation, E.T. loss = 0 pts

Golden Boots rankingEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23
2   Edílson Kashiwa Reysol 21
3   Evair Yokohama Flügels 20
4   Salvatore Schillaci Júbilo Iwata 15
5   Magrão Verdy Kawasaki 13
6   Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 12
  Ivan Hašek JEF United Ichihara 12
8   Mladen Mladenovic Gamba Osaka 11
  Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
  Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima 11
  Yasuyuki Moriyama Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
  Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 11
  Mazinho Kashima Antlers 11
  Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds 11

AwardsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player   Jorginho Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year   Toshihide Saito Shimizu S-Pulse
Manager of the Year   Nicanor Kashiwa Reysol
Top Scorer   Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23 goals.

Best ElevenEdit

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Seigo Narazaki Yokohama Flügels   Japan
DF Naoki Soma Kashima Antlers   Japan
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos   Japan
DF Guido Buchwald Urawa Red Diamonds   Germany
MF Jorginho Kashima Antlers   Brazil
MF Masakiyo Maezono Yokohama Flügels   Japan
MF Motohiro Yamaguchi Yokohama Flügels   Japan
MF Hiroshi Nanami Júbilo Iwata   Japan
FW Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki   Japan
FW Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight   FR Yugoslavia
FW Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds   Japan

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