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J1 team by team info

Here’s my at-a-glance guide to the teams in J1 this season, for The Japan News.

The Japan News, Saturday 1st March, 2014

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

2013: 19-6-9

Key addition: Yoshifumi Kashiwa (from Ventforet Kofu)

Three league titles in row not beyond the realms of possibility.

Yokohama F.Marinos

2013: 18-8-8

Key addition: Jungo Fujimoto (from Nagoya Grampus)

May not have enough quality up front to improve on last season.

Kawasaki Frontale

2013: 18-6-10

Key addition: Paulinho (loan from Tochigi SC)

AFC Champions League commitments may hamper serious title challenge.

Cerezo Osaka

2013: 16-11-7

Key addition: Diego Forlan (from Internacional (Brazil))

Addition of Forlan to talented young squad makes Cerezo the favorite.

Kashima Antlers

2013: 18-5-11

Key addition: Luis Alberto (from SC Braga (Portugal))

Could struggle after failing to adequately replace key outgoing players.

Urawa Reds

2013: 17-7-10

Key addition: Shusaku Nishikawa (from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)

Expectations to finally deliver glory are high, but  may fall short again.

Albirex Niigata

2013: 17-4-13

Key addition: Yuki Kobayashi (from Jubilo Iwata)

Overachieved last year, but have potential to compete again.

FC Tokyo

2013: 16-6-12

Key addition: Edu (from Liaoning Whowin (China))

Hard to see them climbing any higher than usual mid-table place.

Shimizu S-Pulse

2013: 15-5-14

Key addition: Milivoje Novakovic (from FC Koln (Germany))

Could be surprise package, if key players stay injury free and don’t transfer in summer.

Team by teams 2014

Kashiwa Reysol

2013: 13-9-12

Key addition: Leandro (from Al Sadd (Qatar))

Experienced coach and talented squad makes Reysol dark horse for  title.

Nagoya Grampus

2013: 13-8-13

Key addition: Ryunosuke Noda (from Sagan Tosu)

Season will be determined by how quickly they get out of blocks.

Sagan Tosu

2013: 13-7-14

Key addition: Michihiro Yasuda (from Jubilo Iwata)

Overly dependent on Yohei Toyoda’s goals. May get drawn into relegation battle.

Vegalta Sendai

2013: 11-12-11

Key addition: Michael McGlinchey (loan from Central Coast Mariners (Australia))

Year of transition and no experienced keeper, so mid-table safety would suffice.

Omiya Ardija

2013: 14-3-17

Key addition: Akihiro Ienaga (from RCD Mallorca (Spain))

Will likely be involved in relegation scrap despite arrival of some good individuals.

Ventforet Kofu

2013: 8-13-13

Key addition: Irfan Bachdim (from Chonburi FC (Thailand))

Survived relegation last year, but may not have enough to do so this season.

Gamba Osaka

2013: 25-12-5 (1st in J2)

Key addition: Masaaki Higashiguchi (from Albirex Niigata)

Title challenge not overly likely, but capable of causing many teams problems.

Vissel Kobe

2013: 25-8-9 (2nd in J2)

Key addition: Marquinhos (from Yokohama F.Marinos)

As always, made plenty of eye-catching signings, but may take time to gel.

Tokushima Vortis

2013: 20-7-15 (J2 Play Off champion)

Key addition: Kleiton Domingues (from Ituano (Brazil))

Division’s whipping boys on paper. Avoiding relegation would be outstanding success.


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