2017 J2 League

The 2017 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2017 明治安田生命J2リーグ) season was the 46th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 19th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2017
ChampionsShonan Bellmare
2nd J2 title
4th D2 title
PromotedShonan Bellmare
V-Varen Nagasaki
Nagoya Grampus
RelegatedThespakusatsu Gunma
Matches played462
Goals scored1,198 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorerIbba Laajab (Yokohama FC)
(25 goals)[1]
Highest attendance36,755[2]
Nagoya 1–1 Kyoto
(3 May 2017)
Lowest attendance1,191[2]
Sanuki 0-0 Yamagata
(22 Oct 2017)
Average attendance6,970
2016
2018

ClubsEdit

Locations of the 2017 J2 League teams
Greater Tokyo Area J2 League Teams

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[a]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[b]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu[c]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto[d]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano[e]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[f]
Nagoya Grampus All Aichi Prefecture[g] Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Oita Trinita Ōita Promoted from J3 League in 2016
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi[h]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Shonan Bellmare Shonan part of Kanagawa[i] Relegated from J1 League in 2016
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma[j]
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[k]
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki[l]
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa Won J2-J3 Relegation Playoff
  1. ^ centering on Matsuyama
  2. ^ centering on Okayama, Kurashiki, Tsuyama
  3. ^ centering on Gifu
  4. ^ Kyoto, Uji, Joyo, Kyōtanabe, Mukō, Nagaokakyō, Kizugawa, Kameoka, Nantan, Kyotanba
  5. ^ Matsumoto, Nagano, Azumino, Yamagata, Shiojiri, Ōmachi, Ikeda
  6. ^ centering on Yamagata, Tendō, Tsuruoka
  7. ^ centering on Nagoya, Toyota, Miyoshi
  8. ^ centering on Yamaguchi, Shimonoseki, Sanyoonoda, Ube
  9. ^ Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Atsugi, Isehara, Odawara, Chigasaki, Hadano, Fujisawa, Ōiso, Samukawa, Ninomiya, Kamakura, Minamiashigara, Oi, Kaisei, Nakai, Hakone, Matsuda, Manazuru, Yamakita, Yugawara
  10. ^ centering on Kusatsu, Maebashi
  11. ^ centering on Tokushima, Naruto, Mima, Matsushige, Itano, Aizumi, Kitajima
  12. ^ centering on Nagasaki, Isahaya

Personnel and kitsEdit

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Avispa Fukuoka   Masami Ihara   Yuta Mikado ATHLETA
Ehime FC   Shuichi Mase   Shuto Kojima Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama   Tetsu Nagasawa   Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu   Takeshi Oki   Yoshihiro Shoji New Balance
JEF United Chiba   Juan Esnáider   Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki   Makoto Kitano   Kenta Shimizu ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga   Takanori Nunobe   Takanori Sugeno Wacoal
Machida Zelvia   Naoki Soma   Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga   Yasuharu Sorimachi   Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock   Takayuki Nishigaya   Keisuke Funatani GAViC
Montedio Yamagata   Takashi Kiyama   Takuya Honda New Balance
Nagoya Grampus   Yahiro Kazama   Hisato Sato Mizuno
Oita Trinita   Tomohiro Katanosaka   Satoru Yamagishi Puma
Renofa Yamaguchi   Carlos Mayor   Yuya Torikai Finta
Roasso Kumamoto   Hiroyuki Kiyokawa   Takuya Sonoda Puma
Shonan Bellmare   Cho Kwi-jea   Kaoru Takayama Penalty
Thespakusatsu Gunma   Hitoshi Morishita   Yuya Yamagishi Finta
Tokushima Vortis   Ricardo Rodríguez   Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy   Miguel Ángel Lotina   Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
V-Varen Nagasaki   Takuya Takagi   Yusuke Murakami hummel
Yokohama FC   Hitoshi Nakata   Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa   Masaaki Yanagishita   Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of separation Manner of departure Incoming manager Date of announcement
Nagoya Grampus   Boško Gjurovski 6 November 2016[3] End of caretaker spell   Yahiro Kazama 4 January 2017[4]
Renofa Yamaguchi   Nobuhiro Ueno 23 May 2017[5] Sacked   Carlos Mayor 5 June 2017[6]
Roasso Kumamoto   Hiroyuki Kiyokawa 14 June 2017[7] Sacked   Tomoyoshi Ikeya 14 June 2017
Yokohama FC   Hitoshi Nakata 15 October 2017[8] Sacked   Edson Tavares 24 October 2017[9]

Foreign playersEdit

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the summer transfer window.

Clubs Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Nagoya Grampus   Felipe Garcia   Gabriel Xavier   Washington   Lim Seung-gyeom   Robin Simović   Charles
Shonan Bellmare   Tando Velaphi   André Bahia   Dinei   Dragan Mrđa   Chiquinho
Avispa Fukuoka   Euller   Gilsinho   Wellington   Willian Popp   Won Du-jae   Danilson Córdoba
Ehime FC   Ju Feng   Park Seung-su
Fagiano Okayama   Nicolás Orsini   Jang Suk-won   Kim Jong-min   Lee Kyung-tae   Park Hyung-jin
FC Gifu   Cristian   Henik   Sisinio   Víctor Ibáñez
Oita Trinita   Chiquinho
Mito HollyHock   Paulão   Mohamad Assalam Asyraq Salehudin   Kwon Young-jin
JEF United Chiba   Joaquín Larrivey   Luis Ojeda   Eduardo Aranda   Jorge Salinas   Kim Byeom-yong   Lee Joo-young
Kamatamare Sanuki   Alex   Allan   Evson   Lee Joo-young   Yoon Seon-ho   Ri Yong-jik
Montedio Yamagata   Lee Je-seung   Koo Bon-hyeok
Renofa Yamaguchi   Abel Luciatti   Leonardo Ramos   Marcelo Vidal   Park Chan-yong
Roasso Kumamoto   Gustavo   Júnior Fell   Morbeck   Lim Jin-woo   Yang Sang-jun   An Byong-jun
Kyoto Sanga   Kevin Oris   Ha Sung-min   Lee Yong-jae
Thespakusatsu Gunma   Matheus   Choi Joon-gi   Kang Su-il   Yeo Sung-hye   Park Gon   Park Seung-ri   Han Ho-dong
Tokyo Verdy   Alan Pinheiro   Douglas   Carlos Martínez
V-Varen Nagasaki   Juanma   Miguel Pallardó   Song Young-Min
Tokushima Vortis   Carlinhos   Nikola Vasiljević   Kim Jong-pil   Nikola Ašćerić
Matsumoto Yamaga   Davi   Diego   Paulinho   Serginho   Goh Dong Min   Yeo Sung-hye
Yokohama FC   Leandro Domingues   Calvin Jong-a-Pin   Ibba Laajab   Jeong Chung-geun
Machida Zelvia   Boris Tatar   Kim Song-gi   Ri Han-jae
Zweigen Kanazawa   Byeon Jun-byum   Kim Tea-sung   Mendes

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Shonan Bellmare (C, P) 42 24 11 7 58 36 +22 83 Promotion to 2018 J1 League
2 V-Varen Nagasaki (P) 42 24 8 10 59 41 +18 80
3 Nagoya Grampus (O, P) 42 23 6 13 85 65 +20 75 Qualification to promotion playoffs[a]
4 Avispa Fukuoka 42 21 11 10 54 36 +18 74
5 Tokyo Verdy 42 20 10 12 64 49 +15 70
6 JEF United Chiba 42 20 8 14 70 58 +12 68
7 Tokushima Vortis 42 18 13 11 71 45 +26 67
8 Matsumoto Yamaga 42 19 9 14 61 45 +16 66
9 Oita Trinita 42 17 13 12 58 50 +8 64
10 Yokohama FC 42 17 12 13 60 49 +11 63
11 Montedio Yamagata 42 14 17 11 45 47 −2 59
12 Kyoto Sanga 42 14 15 13 55 47 +8 57
13 Fagiano Okayama 42 13 16 13 44 49 −5 55
14 Mito HollyHock 42 14 12 16 45 48 −3 54
15 Ehime FC 42 14 9 19 54 68 −14 51
16 Machida Zelvia 42 11 17 14 53 53 0 50
17 Zweigen Kanazawa 42 13 10 19 49 67 −18 49
18 FC Gifu 42 11 13 18 56 68 −12 46
19 Kamatamare Sanuki 42 8 14 20 41 61 −20 38
20 Renofa Yamaguchi 42 11 5 26 48 69 −21 38
21 Roasso Kumamoto 42 9 10 23 36 59 −23 37
22 Thespakusatsu Gunma (R) 42 5 5 32 32 88 −56 20 Relegation to 2018 J3 League
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: 2017 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Only teams that meet J1 license criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AVI BEL EHI FAG GIF GRA HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN SPA TRI VVN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
Avispa Fukuoka 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–2
Shonan Bellmare 0–3 1–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–2
Ehime FC 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 4–2 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–3 0–0 2–3 1–1 1–0
Fagiano Okayama 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 2–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1
FC Gifu 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–6 2–1 4–6 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–0 1–2 4–4 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–0
Nagoya Grampus 3–1 3–2 7–4 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–2 5–1 1–1 4–2 0–1 2–0 4–1 0–2 5–2 2–3 2–1 2–3
Mito HollyHock 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 4–0
JEF United Chiba 0–0 0–1 4–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–1 4–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 5–0 2–2 2–0 5–1 2–1 2–1 2–0
Kamatamare Sanuki 2–2 3–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0
Montedio Yamagata 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–6 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–2 3–5 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1
Roasso Kumamoto 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 0–1 1–4
Kyoto Sanga 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3
Thespakusatsu Gunma 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–4 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–1
Oita Trinita 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 4–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–0
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–1 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1
Tokyo Verdy 0–0 2–3 3–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–0 3–3 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1
Tokushima Vortis 2–1 0–1 4–1 3–3 1–1 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 3–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–3 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0
Yokohama FC 1–3 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–2 2–0
Machida Zelvia 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–4 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–4 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Zweigen Kanazawa 0–5 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–1 3–4 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–4 0–1 0–4 3–2 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2017. Source: J.League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

J1 League Promotion PlayoffsEdit

Semifinals Final
      
3 Nagoya Grampus 4
6 JEF United Chiba 2
3 Nagoya Grampus 0
4 Avispa Fukuoka 0
4 Avispa Fukuoka 1
5 Tokyo Verdy 0

SemifinalsEdit


Avispa Fukuoka1–0Tokyo Verdy
Yamase   14' Report
Attendance: 9,019

Nagoya Grampus4–2JEF United
Taguchi   61'
Simović   66'86'90+6'
Report Larrivey   45+2'90'
Attendance: 18,350

FinalEdit


Nagoya Grampus0–0Avispa Fukuoka
Report
Attendance: 37,959

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of match played 19 November 2017.[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
  Ibba Laajab Yokohama FC
25
2
  Daiki Watari Tokushima Vortis
23
3   Wellington Avispa Fukuoka 19
  Hiroyuki Takasaki Matsumoto Yamaga
  Joaquin Larrivey JEF United Chiba
6   Alan Pinheiro Tokyo Verdy 14
  Yusuke Goto Oita Trinita
8   Tulio Kyoto Sanga 13
  Robin Simovic Nagoya Grampus
  Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
  Daizen Maeda Mito HollyHock

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Nagoya Grampus 322,672 36,755 7,046 15,365 −13.3%
2 Matsumoto Yamaga 255,076 15,872 8,982 12,146 −10.9%
3 JEF United Chiba 209,637 15,994 6,230 9,983 −3.0%
4 Avispa Fukuoka 200,546 16,336 6,021 9,550 −25.7%
5 Fagiano Okayama 198,883 12,286 6,275 9,471 −5.5%
6 Shonan Bellmare 177,527 12,480 4,453 8,454 −26.7%
7 Oita Trinita 169,328 11,370 6,136 8,063 +3.8%
8 FC Gifu 146,518 17,027 3,650 6,977 +23.2%
9 Kyoto Sanga 141,705 10,750 4,896 6,748 +3.4%
10 Montedio Yamagata 138,232 12,743 3,707 6,582 +5.2%
11 Roasso Kumamoto 137,698 13,990 3,944 6,557 +18.3%
12 Tokyo Verdy 130,334 14,541 2,786 6,206 +14.9%
13 Yokohama FC 125,301 13,244 2,284 5,967 +22.0%
14 V-Varen Nagasaki 124,756 22,407 3,189 5,941 +13.7%
15 Renofa Yamaguchi 114,538 9,651 3,369 5,454 −18.0%
16 Tokushima Vortis 104,577 7,583 3,106 4,979 +9.1%
17 Mito HollyHock 103,549 9,240 3,023 4,931 −8.1%
18 Zweigen Kanazawa 92,336 11,173 2,780 4,397 +5.2%
19 Machida Zelvia 85,177 8,124 2,383 4,056 −20.8%
20 Ehime FC 81,193 7,117 1,958 3,866 −5.5%
21 Thespakusatsu Gunma 80,465 6,828 1,402 3,832 −19.2%
22 Kamatamare Sanuki 79,908 7,994 1,191 3,805 +3.2%
League total 3,219,936 36,755 1,191 6,970 0.0%

Updated to games played on 19 November 2017
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Last year in J1 League. Last year in J3 League.

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