2008 J.League Division 1
6th J. League title
6th Japanese title
(all to the group stage)
|Goals scored||783 (2.56 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marquinhos (21 goal total)|
61,246 (Round 1,|
F. Marinos vs. Red Diamonds)
6,125 (Round 23,|
Ardija vs. F. Marinos)
The 2008 J. League Division 1 season is the 44th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 16th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season began on March 8 and ended on December 6.
A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. Starting this season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. The bottom two clubs were relegated to J2 League by default, while 16th-placed club had to defend their spot in the top-flight in the pro/rele series.
Following eighteen clubs played in J. League Division 1 during 2008 season. Of these clubs, Consadole Sapporo, Tokyo Verdy, and Kyoto Sanga F.C. are newly promoted clubs.
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seiro, Niigata|
|Consadole Sapporo||Sapporo, Hokkaido||Promoted from J2 League in 2007|
|Gamba Osaka||Suita, Osaka||2008 ACL Participant|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka|
|Kashima Antlers||Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki||2008 ACL Participant|
The Defending Champions
|Kashiwa Reysol||Kashiwa, Chiba|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Kawasaki, Kanagawa|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto||Promoted from J2 League in 2007|
|Nagoya Grampus||Nagoya, Aichi||Renamed from Nagoya Grampus Eight|
|Oita Trinita||All cities/towns in Oita|
|Omiya Ardija||Saitama, Saitama|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Shizuoka, Shizuoka|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Saitama, Saitama||2008 ACL Participant|
|Tokyo Verdy||Tokyo||Promoted from J2 League in 2007|
Renamed from Tokyo Verdy 1969
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe, Hyōgo|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa|
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
- Disciplinary points
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. The champions of this season qualifies to the AFC Champions League and one to three more clubs may also qualify.
- Changes from Previous Year
- Introduction of Disciplinary points for tie breaker (2008–)
- Top three clubs will qualify to AFC Champions League
- The J. League will not qualify to the abolished A3 Champions Cup.
||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Kashima Antlers (C)||34||18||9||7||56||30||+26||63||Qualification to 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|4||Oita Trinita||34||16||8||10||33||24||+9||56||Qualification to Pan-Pacific Championship 2009 1|
|7||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||15||8||11||50||42||+8||53|
|8||Gamba Osaka||34||14||8||12||46||49||−3||50||Qualification to 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage 2|
|9||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||13||9||12||43||32||+11||48|
|15||JEF United Chiba||34||10||8||16||36||53||−17||38|
|16||Júbilo Iwata (O)||34||10||7||17||40||48||−8||37||2008 Promotion/Relegation Series|
|17||Tokyo Verdy (R)||34||10||7||17||38||50||−12||37||Relegation to 2009 J. League Division 2|
|18||Consadole Sapporo (R)||34||4||6||24||36||70||−34||18|
Updated to games played on December 6, 2008.
Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Qualified as the winner of 2008 J. League Cup.
2 Qualified as the winner of 2008 Emperor's Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home ╲ Away||ALB||ANT||ARD||CON||FRO||GAM||GRA||JEF||JÚB||REY||SAN||SSP||TOK||TRI||RED||VER||VIS||FMA|
|JEF United Chiba||0–0||3–1||2–4||0–3||0–1||0–1||2–1||1–2||0–1||1–0||1–2||4–2||1–0||3–2||2–0||1–1||0–3|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||3–0||2–0||0–0||4–2||1–3||2–3||0–2||3–0||3–1||2–2||2–2||1–2||2–0||0–0||3–2||0–1||1–6|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||0–1||0–2||1–1||1–0||1–1||2–1||0–0||3–0||0–1||2–0||1–3||1–1||3–0||1–0||1–0||2–0||1–1|
|Most Valuable Player||Marquinhos||Kashima Antlers|
|Rookie of the Year||Yoshizumi Ogawa||Nagoya Grampus|
|Manager of the Year||Oswaldo de Oliveira||Kashima Antlers|
|Top Scorer||Marquinhos||Kashima Antlers||21 goals.|
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||809,353||57,050||16,225||47,609||+2.0%|
|4||Yokohama F. Marinos||402,593||61,246||9,583||23,682||−1.4%|
|14||JEF United Chiba||239,436||17,152||8,694||14,084||−0.4%|
Updated to games played on December 6, 2008
Source: J. League Division 1
† Team played previous season in J2.
- "2008 J1 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Retrieved 17 April 2010.