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The 2007 J.League Division 1 season was the 15th season since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on March 3 and ended on December 1.

J.League Division 1
Season2007
ChampionsKashima Antlers
5th J. League title
5th Japanese title
RelegatedSanfrecce Hiroshima
Ventforet Kofu
Yokohama FC
Champions LeagueKashima Antlers
Urawa Red Diamonds
Gamba Osaka
(all to the group stage)
Matches played306
Goals scored867 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorerJuninho (22 goals total)
Highest attendance62,132 (Round 33,
Red Diamonds vs. Antlers)
Lowest attendance4,114 (Round 30,
Yokohama FC vs. Ardija)
Average attendance19,066
2006
2008

Contents

GeneralEdit

Promotion and relegationEdit

Changes in competition formatsEdit

HonoursEdit

ClubsEdit

Following eighteen clubs participated in J.League Division 1 during 2007 season. Of these clubs, Yokohama FC, Kashiwa Reysol, and Vissel Kobe were newly promoted clubs.

  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Red Diamonds
  • Omiya Ardija
  • JEF United Chiba
  • Kashiwa Reysol  
  • FC Tokyo
  • Kawasaki Frontale
  • Yokohama F. Marinos
  • Yokohama FC  
  • Ventforet Kofu
  • Albirex Nigata
  • Shimizu S-Pulse
  • Jublio Iwata
  • Nagayo Grampus Eight
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Vissel Kobe  
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  • Oita Trinita

FormatEdit

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

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 two clubs will be relegated to J2, while the 16th placed club plays a two-legged Promotion/Relegation Series.

Changes from Previous Year

none

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Kashima Antlers (C) 34 22 6 6 60 36 +24 72 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 20 10 4 55 28 +27 70 2008 AFC Champions League Knockout Stage
3 Gamba Osaka 34 19 10 5 71 37 +34 67 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage[a][b]
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 18 7 9 53 36 +17 61
5 Kawasaki Frontale 34 14 12 8 66 48 +18 54
6 Albirex Niigata 34 15 6 13 48 47 +1 51
7 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 14 8 12 54 35 +19 50
8 Kashiwa Reysol 34 14 8 12 43 36 +7 50
9 Júbilo Iwata 34 15 4 15 54 55 −1 49
10 Vissel Kobe 34 13 8 13 58 48 +10 47
11 Nagoya Grampus Eight 34 13 6 15 43 45 −2 45
12 FC Tokyo 34 14 3 17 49 58 −9 45
13 JEF United Chiba 34 12 6 16 51 56 −5 42
14 Oita Trinita 34 12 5 17 42 60 −18 41
15 Omiya Ardija 34 8 11 15 24 40 −16 35
16 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (R) 34 8 8 18 44 71 −27 32 2007 Promotion/Relegation Series
17 Ventforet Kofu (R) 34 7 6 21 33 65 −32 27 Relegation to 2008 J.League Division 2
18 Yokohama FC (R) 34 4 4 26 19 66 −47 16
Updated to match(es) played on December 1, 2007. Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Urawa Red Diamonds won the 2006 Emperor's Cup and have already qualified for AFC Champions League. Since Urawa takes the extra spot as the defending 2007 ACL champion; therefore Gamba Osaka received the third ACL spot as the third place team of the league.
  2. ^ Gamba Osaka qualifies to Pan-Pacific Championship as the Nabisco Cup winner.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD FRO GAM GRA JEF JÚB REY SFR SSP TOK TRI RED VEN VIS YFC FMA
Albirex Niigata 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 0–6
Kashima Antlers 3–1 0–0 4–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 5–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–1
Omiya Ardija 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–3 1–0 0–0
Kawasaki Frontale 4–3 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–0 3–0 2–1 5–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 6–0 1–2
Gamba Osaka 3–1 5–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 5–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 6–2 1–0 0–1 5–0 1–1 2–1 0–2
Nagoya Grampus Eight 2–0 3–0 5–0 2–2 1–4 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–3 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–3
JEF United Chiba 1–2 3–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 3–2 6–0 2–4 3–2 4–2 4–0 2–3
Júbilo Iwata 2–4 1–3 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 4–2 0–1 5–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–3 3–0 1–0
Kashiwa Reysol 0–0 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–5 2–0 2–4 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
FC Tokyo 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–7 1–1 0–1 4–1 0–1 0–1 2–4 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–1
Oita Trinita 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–4 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–4 0–0 2–2 4–1 2–0 2–0 0–3
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–1 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–6 3–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–4 4–3 1–0 1–1
Vissel Kobe 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 5–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 4–1 3–0 0–0
Yokohama FC 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–4 1–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 1–0
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–0 2–3 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 4–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–1 5–0 0–1 1–0 1–4 8–1
Updated to match(es) played on December 1, 2007. Source: J. League Division 1
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

AttendanceEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 793,347 62,123 16,709 46,667 +2.4%
2 Albirex Niigata 650,698 42,015 31,500 38,276 −1.1%
3 FC Tokyo 429,934 38,439 17,264 25,290 +5.0%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 408,656 53,916 10,828 24,039 +1.6%
5 Oita Trinita 335,896 27,811 14,671 19,759 −2.9%
6 Gamba Osaka 296,465 20,982 12,163 17,439 +7.3%
7 Kawasaki Frontale 294,751 23,355 13,185 17,338 +20.9%
8 Júbilo Iwata 278,109 35,072 9,292 16,359 −9.1%
9 Kashima Antlers 276,058 36,146 8,036 16,239 +5.2%
10 Shimizu S-Pulse 271,180 20,318 11,460 15,952 +11.5%
11 Nagoya Grampus Eight 264,939 34,347 7,553 15,585 +4.4%
12 JEF United Chiba 240,535 16,756 9,481 14,149 +5.6%
13 Yokohama FC 238,662 46,697 4,114 14,039 +174.3%
14 Ventforet Kofu 233,476 36,756 8,373 13,734 +12.5%
15 Kashiwa Reysol 220,442 35,013 8,947 12,967 +55.7%
16 Vissel Kobe 211,822 22,236 7,769 12,460 +80.3%
17 Omiya Ardija 194,912 33,162 6,149 11,465 +12.0%
18 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 194,199 22,675 6,037 11,423 +2.2%
League total 5,834,081 62,123 4,114 19,066 +4.2%

Updated to games played on December 1, 2007
Source: J. League Division 1
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

AwardsEdit

IndividualEdit

Award Recipient Club Notes
Player of the Year   Robson Ponte Urawa Red Diamonds
Young Player of the Year   Takanori Sugeno Yokohama FC
Manager of the Year   Oswaldo de Oliveira Kashima Antlers
Top Scorer   Juninho Kawasaki Frontale 22 goals
Fair Play Player Award   Daisuke Sakata Yokohama F. Marinos
  Teruyoshi Ito Shimizu S-Pulse
  Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Referee of the Year   Masayoshi Okada
Assistant Referee of the Year   Toru Sagara
Meritoriousness Player Award   Yasuto Honda
  Amaral
  Shoji Jo

Best ElevenEdit

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Ryōta Tsuzuki (1) Urawa Red Diamonds   Japan
DF Daiki Iwamasa (1) Kashima Antlers   Japan
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka (4) Urawa Red Diamonds   Japan
DF Satoshi Yamaguchi (1) Gamba Osaka   Japan
MF Yuki Abe (3) Urawa Red Diamonds   Japan
MF Keita Suzuki (2) Urawa Red Diamonds   Japan
MF Robson Ponte (1) Urawa Red Diamonds   Brazil
MF Kengo Nakamura (2) Kawasaki Frontale   Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō (5) Gamba Osaka   Japan
FW Juninho (1) Kawasaki Frontale   Brazil
FW Baré (1) Gamba Osaka   Brazil

* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2007 J1 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2010.

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