1998 J.League

Statistics of J. League in the 1998 season.


It was contested by 18 teams, and Kashima Antlers won the championship.

First stage

1Shizuoka Prefecture Jubilo Iwata1713/00/04/0521839
2Shizuoka Prefecture Shimizu S-Pulse1713/00/04/0321439
3Aichi Prefecture Nagoya Grampus Eight179/30/14/0372133
4Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Marinos1710/10/05/1392132
5Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Antlers1710/10/06/0412832
6Tokyo Verdy Kawasaki1710/00/15/1342530
7Saitama Prefecture Urawa Red Diamonds178/12/05/1302328
8Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Flugels177/21/07/0333226
9Osaka Prefecture Cerezo Osaka177/10/08/1364723
10Chiba Prefecture Kashiwa Reysol176/12/07/1323522
11Chiba Prefecture JEF United Ichihara177/00/08/2313121
12Kanagawa Prefecture Bellmare Hiratsuka175/21/08/1273420
13Hiroshima Prefecture Sanfrecce Hiroshima175/20/17/2223319
14Osaka Prefecture Gamba Osaka174/21/09/1272917
15Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Purple Sanga174/20/08/3203316
16Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo173/10/38/2284411
17Hyōgo Prefecture Vissel Kobe173/00/013/120489
18Fukuoka Prefecture Avispa Fukuoka172/01/210/222477

Second stage

1Kashima Antlers1712/30/02/0381542
2Jubilo Iwata1713/00/03/1552139
3Urawa Red Diamonds1711/00/04/2321733
4Yokohama Marinos1710/10/03/3402732
5Shimizu S-Pulse178/31/14/0392131
6Nagoya Grampus Eight179/11/05/1342630
7Yokohama Flugels178/01/08/0373225
8Kashiwa Reysol178/01/16/1242625
9Sanfrecce Hiroshima177/11/16/1231924
10Consadole Sapporo178/00/17/1293024
11Kyoto Purple Sanga176/21/08/0273023
12Bellmare Hiratsuka177/01/09/0263222
13Cerezo Osaka177/00/19/0203221
14Vissel Kobe175/01/010/1254116
15Avispa Fukuoka174/10/012/0113814
16Gamba Osaka173/20/111/0203213
17Verdy Kawasaki173/00/112/113289
18JEF United Ichihara171/01/112/218444


Suntory Championship

November 21, 1998
Jubilo Iwata 1 - 2 Kashima Antlers
Nakayama 7' [Official Report] Hasegawa 72'
Muroi 110'

November 28, 1998
Kashima Antlers 2 - 1 Jubilo Iwata
Akita 39'
Bismarck 41'
[Official Report] Fujita 84'

Relegation playoffs

On the aggregate table, JEF United Ichihara, Avispa Fukuoka, and Vissel Kobe had earned within the 15th-18th places in the tables for both 1997 and 1998, while Consadole Sapporo had achieved within the same span on its sole season on the J. League. These clubs thus were entered in an elimination promotion/relegation tournament along with Japan Football League runners-up Kawasaki Frontale, who unlike champions Tokyo Gas had a base more qualifiable for the J. League.

First round

November 19, 1998
Avispa Fukuoka 32 (AET) Kawasaki Frontale
Kudo 24'
Yamashita 89'
Fernando 104' (golden goal)
[Official Report] Ito 17'
Ruschel 61'

Kawasaki forms J. League Division 2 the next season. Fukuoka advances to the next round.

Second round

The winners of this round stay in J. League Division 1 and the losers play a final elimination series to determine the club relegated to Division 2.

November 22, 1998
Vissel Kobe 21 Consadole Sapporo
Nagashima 34' (pen.)
Kaimoto 41'
[Official Report] Tanada 50'

November 26, 1998
Consadole Sapporo 02 Vissel Kobe
[Official Report] Tomàs 48'
Watada 89'
Muroran City Stadium, Muroran

November 22, 1998
Avispa Fukuoka 02 JEF United Ichihara
[Official Report] Takeda 65'
Scholten 76'

November 26, 1998
JEF United Ichihara 21 Avispa Fukuoka
Suzuki 49'
Sakai 60'
[Official Report] Mori 63'

Final round

December 2, 1998
Avispa Fukuoka 10 Consadole Sapporo
Ueno 61' [Official Report]

December 5, 1998
Consadole Sapporo 03 Avispa Fukuoka
[Official Report] Ueno 52'
Fernando 84'
Ishimaru 89'
Muroran City Stadium

Fukuoka stays in J. League Division 1. Sapporo is relegated to new J. League Division 2.


Individual Awards

Most Valuable PlayerJapan Masashi NakayamaJúbilo Iwata
Rookie of the YearJapan Shinji OnoUrawa Red Diamonds
Manager of the YearArgentina Osvaldo ArdilesShimizu S-Pulse
Top Scorer Japan Masashi NakayamaJúbilo Iwata36 goals.

Best Eleven

GKSeigo NarazakiYokohama Flügels Japan
DFNaoki SomaKashima Antlers Japan
DFMakoto TanakaJubilo Iwata Japan
DFYutaka AkitaKashima Antlers Japan
MFShinji OnoUrawa Red Diamonds Japan
MFDaisuke OkuJubilo Iwata Japan
MFToshiya FujitaJubilo Iwata Japan
MFHiroshi NanamiJubilo Iwata Japan
MFDungaJubilo Iwata Brazil
FWMasashi NakayamaJubilo Iwata Japan
FWAtsushi YanagisawaKashima Antlers Japan


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