1997 J.League

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996

The fifth season of the J-League.

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Júbilo Iwata

Professional Japanese association football team that currently play in the J1 League.

Yamaha Stadium Júbilo Iwata

In a seven-year period between 1997 and 2003, the club won a number of titles relying on Japanese players instead of foreigners who may leave on a transfer during the middle of the season.

Tokyo Verdy

Japanese professional football club based in Inagi, Tokyo.

Ruy Ramos

The 1996 J.League season saw Verdy Kawasaki finish 7th place overall, the lowest standing in the league's existence at that point, and would fall further in the 1997 season, finishing 16th and 12th, in the 1st stage and 2nd stage, respectively, and 15th overall out of 17 teams.

Shimizu S-Pulse

Professional Japanese football club.

S-Pulse fans make the hundred mile trip to FC Tokyo, September 2007
Mount Fuji as seen from Nihondaira Stadium
The home end before a game in 2013
Shimizu S-Pulse shirts.
Club mascot Palchan and co performing at the 2007 All Star game.
S-Pulse Dream plaza is on the site of a former Shimizukō Line station.
Shizuoka branch of the S-Pulse Dream House chain

Good examples being Naohiro Takahara and Takahiro Yamanishi, who, after graduating from Shimizu Higashi High School, went on to sign for the Júbilo team which won three J.League championships between 1997 and 2002.

Edílson

Brazilian football pundit and retired footballer who played as a forward.

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

In the two seasons in Japan, Edílson finished both as runner-up in Golden Boot ranking, scoring 21 goals in 1996, and 23 in 1997.

Masashi Nakayama

Japanese football manager and former player who is the assistant manager of Júbilo Iwata.

Masashi Nakayama's autograph

J1 League: 1997, 1999, 2002

Hiroshi Nanami

Japanese former professional football player and manager.

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

The club won the champions 1997 J1 League and 1998 J.League Cup.

Toshiya Fujita

Former Japanese football player.

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

J1 League: 1997, 1999, 2002

Hidetoshi Nakata

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Nakata in 2012
Nakata training with Japan at the 2006 World Cup
Nakata (middle) at a fashion event in Tokyo, November 2016

J. League Best XI: 1997

Salvatore Schillaci

Italian former footballer, who played as a striker.

In 1994, he joined Japanese club Júbilo Iwata, becoming the first Italian player to play in the J.League, and he won the J.League Division 1 title with the club in 1997.

Masami Ihara

Japanese former professional football player and manager.

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

He was selected Best Eleven for six years in a row (1991–92 to 1997)