2016 J1 League

The 51st season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 24th since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

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J.League Championship

Two-legged championship series which determined the season champion for the first 12 J.League seasons excluding the 1996 season.

Two-legged championship series which determined the season champion for the first 12 J.League seasons excluding the 1996 season.

The J.League Championship returned for the 2015 season and 2016 season in a heavily modified format to previous incarnations.

Nagoya Grampus

Japanese association football club that plays in the J1 League, following promotion from the J2 League in 2017.

Japanese association football club that plays in the J1 League, following promotion from the J2 League in 2017.

After a brief return in 1987–88, they were promoted for good in 1989–90 and remained in the top flight for 26 years, until 2016.

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996

Kashima Antlers

The Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ) are a football club in Kashima, Ibaraki, currently playing in the J1 League, top tier of Japanese professional football leagues.

The Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ) are a football club in Kashima, Ibaraki, currently playing in the J1 League, top tier of Japanese professional football leagues.

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996
Outside the Kashima Soccer Stadium
Kashima players training at Azadi Stadium
Kashima Antlers celebrate after winning the 2018 AFC Champions League.

Champions (8): 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016

Urawa Red Diamonds

Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ), colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ) (1950–present, also Mitsubishi Urawa Football Club (April 1992–January 1996)), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan.

Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ), colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ) (1950–present, also Mitsubishi Urawa Football Club (April 1992–January 1996)), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan.

International friendly match against Manchester United, July 30, 2005, Saitama Stadium

Runners-up (5): 2004, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2016

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996

2016 Emperor's Cup

The 2016 edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament, which was held from 27 August 2016 to its final on 1 January 2017.

The 2016 edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament, which was held from 27 August 2016 to its final on 1 January 2017.

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996

Kashima Antlers would have qualified for the group stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League as the winner, but as they had already earned a spot by winning the 2016 J1 League, Kawasaki Frontale achieved it by way of finishing third in the 2016 J1 League.

Yamamoto playing for Júbilo in 2010

Kosuke Yamamoto

Japanese footballer who plays for Júbilo Iwata.

Japanese footballer who plays for Júbilo Iwata.

Yamamoto playing for Júbilo in 2010

After a two years-loan and some good displays with Albirex, Júbilo took back Yamamoto for 2016 season.

Moestafa El Kabir

Moroccan professional footballer who plays as a forward.

Moroccan professional footballer who plays as a forward.

El Kabir on the pitch in casual clothes.

It was announced on 22 July 2016 that El Kabir joined J1 League side Sagan Tosu for the 2016 season.

Jung with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2011

Jung Sung-ryong

South Korean football goalkeeper, who currently plays for Kawasaki Frontale.

South Korean football goalkeeper, who currently plays for Kawasaki Frontale.

Jung with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2011
Jung celebrating Seongnam's 2010 AFC Champions League title with his teammates.
Jung playing for Suwon in 2011.
Jung saving a penalty from Aaron Ramsey during the quarter–finals against Great Britain.

At the end of his first season with Kawasaki, they finished runners-up in the 2016 J1 League and the 2016 Emperor's Cup.

Yu Kobayashi (footballer)

Japanese football player currently playing for Kawasaki Frontale and the Japanese national team.

Japanese football player currently playing for Kawasaki Frontale and the Japanese national team.

J.League Best XI (2): 2016, 2017

Yahiro Kazama

Former Japanese football player and manager.

Former Japanese football player and manager.

Kazama led the club to won the 3rd place 2 times (2013 and 2016) and 2nd place 2016 Emperor's Cup.