1994 J.League

The J. League 1994 season is the second season of the J. League Division 1. The league fixture began on March 12, 1994 and ended on November 19, 1994. The Suntory Championship '94 took place on November 26 and December 2, 1994.


Competition Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place
League Competition
J. League Suntory Series Sanfrecce Hiroshima Shimizu S-Pulse Kashima Antlers
J. League NICOS Series Verdy Kawasaki Bellmare Hiratsuka Yokohama Marinos
Suntory Championship Verdy Kawasaki Sanfrecce Hiroshima n/a
Cup Tournaments
Emperor's Cup tba tba tba
Nabisco Cup Verdy Kawasaki Júblio Iwata Gamba Osaka
Yokohama Marinos
XEROX Super Cup Verdy Kawasaki Yokohama Flügels n/a

1994 J. League clubs

The following 12 clubs participated in J. League during 1994 season. Of these clubs, Bellmare Hiratsuka, and Júblio Iwata were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

1994 J. League format

In the 1994 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, twelve clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 22 games per club (per series). The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. The clubs were ranked by number of wins, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

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

1994 J. League final standings

Suntory Series (1st Stage) standings

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1Hiroshima Prefecture Sanfrecce Hiroshima221754426181994 Suntory Series Champions
Qualified to Suntory Championship '94
2Shizuoka Prefecture Shimizu S-Pulse22166412516
3Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Antlers22166453213
4Tokyo Verdy Kawasaki22148432122
5Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Flügle2213936279
6Chiba Prefecture JEF United Ichihara2210123443-9
7Shizuoka Prefecture Júblio Iwata229132732-5
8Aichi Prefecture Nagoya Grampus Eight229132328-5
9Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Marinos228142935-6
10Osaka Prefecture Gamba Osaka227153746-9
11Kanagawa Prefecture Bellmare Hiratsuka227152754-27
12Saitama Prefecture Urawa Red Diamonds226162643-17

NICOS Series (2nd Stage) standings

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1Verdy Kawasaki221754826221994 NICOS Series Champions
Qualifies to Suntory Championship '94
2Bellmare Hiratsuka22166482622
3Yokohama Marinos22148442618
4Sanfrecce Hiroshima2212102731-4
5Kashima Antlers22111144368
6Shimizu S-Pulse2211112831-3
7Júblio Iwata2211112937-8
8Yokohama Flügels229133133-2
9JEF United Ichihara229133542-7
10Gamba Osaka228142936-7
11Urawa Red Diamonds228143351-18
12Nagoya Grampus Eight226163354-21

Suntory Championship '94

November 26, 1994
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 - 1 Verdy Kawasaki
[Official Report] 35' Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima
Attendance: 42,316
Referee: Alberto Tehada

December 2, 1994
Verdy Kawasaki 1 - 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Rui Ramos 80' [Official Report]
Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 50,512
Referee: Zoran Petrović
VERDY KAWASAKI won the series on 2-0 aggregate.

Overall standings

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1Verdy Kawasaki4431139147441994 J. League Champions
Qualifies to 1995/96 ACC,
1995 Super Cup, and 1995 Sanwa Bank Cup
2Sanfrecce Hiroshima442915715714
3Kashima Antlers442717896821
4Shimizu S-Pulse442717695613
5Bellmare Hiratsuka4423217580-5
6Yokohama Marinos442222736112
7Yokohama Flügles44222267607
8Jübilo Iwata4420245669-13
9JEF United Ichihara4419256985-16
10Gamba Osaka4415296682-16
11Nagoya Grampus Eight4415295682-26
12Urawa Red Diamonds4414305994-35

Golden Boots ranking

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Germany Frank Ordenewitz JEF United Ichihara 30
2 Brazil Alcindo Sartori Kashima Antlers 28
3 Brazil Betinho Bellmare Hiratsuka 24
4 Japan Nobuhiro Takeda Verdy Kawasaki 23
Argentina Ramon Diaz Yokohama Marinos 23
6 Brazil Toninho Shimizu S-Pulse 22
7 Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 21
8 Japan Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 19
Czechoslovakia Ivan Hasek Sanfrecce Hiroshima 19
10 Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 16
Japan Toshihiro Yamaguchi Gamba Osaka 16
12 Czechoslovakia Pavel Černý Sanfrecce Hiroshima 15
Argentina Ramón Medina Bello Yokohama Marinos 15
14 Japan Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima 14
Brazil Bismarck Verdy Kawasaki 14


Individual Awards

Most Valuable PlayerBrazil Luiz Carlos PereiraVerdy Kawasaki
Rookie of the YearJapan Kazuaki TasakaBellmare Hiratsuka
Manager of the YearJapan Yasutaro MatsukiVerdy Kawasaki
Top Scorer Germany Frank OrdenewitzJEF United Chiba30 goals.

Best Eleven

GKShinkichi KikuchiVerdy Kawasaki Japan
DFPereiraVerdy Kawasaki Brazil
DFMasami IharaYokohama Marinos Japan
DFYoshihiro NatsukaBellmare Hiratsuka Japan
MFTetsuji HashirataniVerdy Kawasaki Japan
MFTsuyoshi KitazawaVerdy Kawasaki Japan
MFRuy RamosVerdy Kawasaki Japan
MFBismarckVerdy Kawasaki Brazil
MFBetinhoBellmare Hiratsuka Brazil
FWNobuhiro TakedaVerdy Kawasaki Japan
FWTakuya TakagiSanfrecce Hiroshima Japan

Average attendance



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