1997 J.League

The 1997 season was the fifth season of the J-League. The league began in March and ended in November. For this year, the division was contested by 17 teams. Kashima Antlers won the 1st stage and Júbilo Iwata won the 2nd stage. Júbilo won the J.League title after winning both matches in the Suntory Championship.

J.League
Season1997
ChampionsJúbilo Iwata
1st J. League title
Asian Club ChampionshipJúbilo Iwata
Matches played272
Goals scored898 (3.3 per match)
Top goalscorerPatrick Mboma (25 goals)
Highest attendance38,707 - Reds vs. Sanfrecce (April 19)
Lowest attendance2,245 - JEF Utd. vs. Sanfrecce (May 7)
Average attendance10,131
1996
1998

First stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW PKW OTL PKL L GF GA GD Pts
1   Kashima Antlers 16 12 0 1 0 0 3 32 15 +17 37
2   Yokohama Flügels 16 11 1 0 0 0 4 35 16 +19 35
3   Kashiwa Reysol 16 10 1 0 1 1 3 34 18 +16 32
4   Bellmare Hiratsuka 16 8 2 0 0 0 6 25 20 +5 28
5   Yokohama Marinos 16 7 3 1 0 0 5 31 31 0 28
6   Júbilo Iwata 16 8 1 0 3 0 4 32 21 +11 26
7   Shimizu S-Pulse 16 7 2 0 2 0 5 25 24 +1 25
8   Gamba Osaka 16 8 0 0 0 0 8 28 23 +5 24
9   Urawa Red Diamonds 16 6 1 1 0 0 8 25 24 +1 21
10   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 16 6 1 1 2 0 6 22 23 −1 21
11   Cerezo Osaka 16 6 0 1 2 1 6 21 26 −5 19
12   Nagoya Grampus Eight 16 6 0 0 1 0 9 18 24 −6 18
13   Kyoto Purple Sanga 16 6 0 0 1 1 8 19 32 −13 18
14   Vissel Kobe 16 5 1 0 2 0 8 24 34 −10 17
15   JEF United Ichihara 16 3 2 0 0 0 11 21 34 −13 13
16   Verdy Kawasaki 16 2 2 0 1 2 9 16 27 −11 10
17   Avispa Fukuoka 16 3 0 0 2 0 11 11 27 −16 9

Second stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW PKW OTL PKL L GF GA GD Pts
1 Júbilo Iwata 16 12 2 0 0 0 2 40 14 +26 40
2 Gamba Osaka 16 10 2 0 1 0 3 38 23 +15 34
3 Yokohama Marinos 16 8 4 0 0 0 4 42 28 +14 32
4 Kashima Antlers 16 9 2 0 1 0 4 46 23 +23 31
5 Nagoya Grampus Eight 16 10 0 0 0 0 6 23 24 −1 30
6 Shimizu S-Pulse 16 9 1 0 3 0 3 27 16 +11 29
7 Urawa Red Diamonds 16 8 1 0 2 0 5 26 21 +5 26
8 Cerezo Osaka 16 7 1 1 3 0 4 32 30 +2 24
9 Bellmare Hiratsuka 16 6 1 1 1 1 6 30 32 −2 21
10 Kashiwa Reysol 16 6 1 0 0 1 8 29 31 −2 20
11 Yokohama Flügels 16 5 1 1 2 0 7 23 27 −4 18
12 Verdy Kawasaki 16 4 2 0 0 0 10 22 38 −16 16
13 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 16 5 0 0 2 0 9 21 27 −6 15
14 JEF United Ichihara 16 3 3 0 3 1 6 22 32 −10 15
15 Avispa Fukuoka 16 3 0 1 3 0 9 18 31 −13 10
16 Kyoto Purple Sanga 16 3 0 0 2 1 10 21 38 −17 9
17 Vissel Kobe 16 1 2 0 0 0 13 19 44 −25 7
Key
  • PLD = Games Played
  • W = Games Won - 3 points for a win
  • OTW = Games won in overtime - 2 points for overtime win
  • PKW = Games won by penalty kicks after overtime played - 1 point for a win
  • OTL = Games lost in overtime - zero points for overtime loss
  • PKL = Games lost by penalty kicks after overtime played - zero points for a penalty loss
  • GF = Goals scored for
  • GA = Goals conceded
  • GD = Goal difference - GF - GA = GD

Suntory ChampionshipEdit

Júbilo Iwata3 – 2Kashima Antlers
Nakayama   1',   46'
Shimizu   119'
Bismarck   62'
Mazinho Oliveira   88'
Attendance: 17,269
Referee: Masayoshi Okada

Kashima Antlers0 – 1Júbilo Iwata
Nakayama   81'
Attendance: 15,276
Referee: Leslie Mottram

Golden Boots RankingEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Patrick Mboma Gamba Osaka 25
2   Edílson Kashiwa Reysol 23
3   Mazinho Oliveira Kashima Antlers 22
  Akihiro Nagashima Vissel Kobe 22
5   Masahiro Fukuda Urawa Red Diamonds 21
  Julio Salinas Yokohama Marinos 21
7   Válber da Silva Costa Yokohama Flügels 20
8   Wagner Lopes Bellmare Hiratsuka 18
  Masashi Nakayama Júbilo Iwata 18
10   Paulo Jamelli Kashiwa Reysol 14

AwardsEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player   Dunga Júbilo Iwata
Rookie of the Year   Atsushi Yanagisawa Kashima Antlers
Manager of the Year   João Carlos Kashima Antlers
Top Scorer   Patrick Mboma Gamba Osaka 25 goals.

Best ElevenEdit

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Tomoaki Ogami Júbilo Iwata   Japan
DF Naoki Soma Kashima Antlers   Japan
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos   Japan
DF Yutaka Akita Kashima Antlers   Japan
MF Bismarck Kashima Antlers   Brazil
MF Hidetoshi Nakata Bellmare Hiratsuka   Japan
MF Motohiro Yamaguchi Yokohama Flügels   Japan
MF Hiroshi Nanami Júbilo Iwata   Japan
FW Dunga Júbilo Iwata   Brazil
FW Masashi Nakayama Júbilo Iwata   Japan
FW Patrick Mboma Gamba Osaka   Cameroon

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