J.League
Season1994
ChampionsVerdy Kawasaki
2nd J. League title
7th Japanese title
Asian Club ChampionshipVerdy Kawasaki
Matches played264
Goals scored841 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorerFrank Ordenewitz (30 goals)
Highest attendance55,125 - Urawa Reds vs. Verdy (September 17)
Lowest attendance7,854 - Urawa Reds vs. Sanfrecce (March 23)
Total attendance5,152,117
Average attendance19,516
1993
1995

The J.League 1994 season was the second season of the J.League. 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.

Honours

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
Cup Tournaments
Emperor's Cup Bellmare Hiratsuka Cerezo Osaka Yokohama Marinos
Gamba Osaka
Nabisco Cup Verdy Kawasaki Júbilo Iwata Gamba Osaka
Yokohama Marinos
XEROX Super Cup Verdy Kawasaki Yokohama Flügels

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 Team Pld W L GF GA GD Qualification
1 Hiroshima Prefecture Sanfrecce Hiroshima 22 17 5 44 26 +18 1994 Suntory Series Champions Qualified to Suntory Championship '94
2 Shizuoka Prefecture Shimizu S-Pulse 22 16 6 41 25 +16
3 Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Antlers 22 16 6 45 32 +13
4 Tokyo Verdy Kawasaki 22 14 8 43 21 +22
5 Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Flügels 22 13 9 36 27 +9
6 Chiba Prefecture JEF United Ichihara 22 10 12 34 43 −9
7 Shizuoka Prefecture Júbilo Iwata 22 9 13 27 32 −5
8 Aichi Prefecture Nagoya Grampus Eight 22 9 13 23 28 −5
9 Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Marinos 22 8 14 29 35 −6
10 Osaka Prefecture Gamba Osaka 22 7 15 37 46 −9
11 Kanagawa Prefecture Bellmare Hiratsuka 22 7 15 27 54 −27
12 Saitama Prefecture Urawa Red Diamonds 22 6 16 26 43 −17
Source:[citation needed]

NICOS Series (2nd stage) standings

Pos Team Pld W L GF GA GD Qualification
1 Verdy Kawasaki 22 17 5 48 26 +22 1994 NICOS Series Champions Qualifies to Suntory Championship '94
2 Bellmare Hiratsuka 22 16 6 48 26 +22
3 Yokohama Marinos 22 14 8 44 26 +18
4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 22 12 10 27 31 −4
5 Kashima Antlers 22 11 11 44 36 +8
6 Shimizu S-Pulse 22 11 11 28 31 −3
7 Júbilo Iwata 22 11 11 29 37 −8
8 Yokohama Flügels 22 9 13 31 33 −2
9 JEF United Ichihara 22 9 13 35 42 −7
10 Gamba Osaka 22 8 14 29 36 −7
11 Urawa Red Diamonds 22 8 14 33 51 −18
12 Nagoya Grampus Eight 22 6 16 33 54 −21
Source:[citation needed]

Suntory Championship '94

Sanfrecce Hiroshima0 – 1Verdy Kawasaki
35' Kitazawa
Hiroshima Big Arch
Attendance: 42,316
Referee: Alberto Tejada

Verdy Kawasaki1 – 0Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Ruy Ramos 80'
Tokyo National Stadium
Attendance: 50,512
Referee: Zoran Petrović
VERDY KAWASAKI won the series on 2-0 aggregate.

Overall standings

Pos Team Pld W L GF GA GD Qualification
1 Verdy Kawasaki 44 31 13 91 47 +44 1994 J.League Champions Qualifies to 1995/96 ACC, 1995 Super Cup, and 1995 Sanwa Bank Cup
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 44 29 15 71 57 +14
3 Kashima Antlers 44 27 17 89 68 +21
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 44 27 17 69 56 +13
5 Bellmare Hiratsuka 44 23 21 75 80 −5
6 Yokohama Marinos 44 22 22 73 61 +12
7 Yokohama Flügels 44 22 22 67 60 +7
8 Júbilo Iwata 44 20 24 56 69 −13
9 JEF United Ichihara 44 19 25 69 85 −16
10 Gamba Osaka 44 15 29 66 82 −16
11 Nagoya Grampus Eight 44 15 29 56 82 −26
12 Urawa Red Diamonds 44 14 30 59 94 −35
Source:[citation needed]

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 Hašek 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

Awards

Individual Awards

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Brazil Luiz Carlos Pereira Verdy Kawasaki
Rookie of the Year Japan Kazuaki Tasaka Bellmare Hiratsuka
Manager of the Year Japan Yasutaro Matsuki Verdy Kawasaki
Top Scorer Germany Frank Ordenewitz JEF United Chiba 30 goals.

Best Eleven

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Shinkichi Kikuchi Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
DF Pereira Verdy Kawasaki  Brazil
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos  Japan
DF Yoshihiro Natsuka Bellmare Hiratsuka  Japan
MF Tetsuji Hashiratani Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
MF Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
MF Ruy Ramos Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
MF Bismarck Verdy Kawasaki  Brazil
MF Betinho Bellmare Hiratsuka  Brazil
FW Nobuhiro Takeda Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
FW Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan

References