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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Caio Lucas playing for Benfica in 2019

Caio Lucas

Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Emirati Club Sharjah.

Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Emirati Club Sharjah.

Caio Lucas playing for Benfica in 2019

Moreover, he was named J. League's Young Player of the Year in 2014 and won the 2016 J1 League and 2015 J.League Cup.

Yuma Suzuki

Footballer who plays as a striker for Kashima Antlers.

Footballer who plays as a striker for Kashima Antlers.

J1 League: 2016

Frankowski in 2016

Bartosz Frankowski

Polish football referee who officiates in the Ekstraklasa.

Polish football referee who officiates in the Ekstraklasa.

Frankowski in 2016

He has also officiated matches in other countries, including in the 2016 J1 League of Japan and the 2018–19 Saudi Professional League, as well as the 2018 Moldovan Cup Final.

2018 J1 League

The 26th season of J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993.

The 26th season of J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993.

The 2017 J2 League champion Shonan Bellmare and the winner of the promotion play-offs Nagoya Grampus returned to the top flight a year after being relegated from J1 in the 2016 season.

Jubilo Iwata players and fans celebrate a goal in the J.League Cup in 2010

List of J1 League transfers winter 2015–16

Jubilo Iwata players and fans celebrate a goal in the J.League Cup in 2010

This is a list of Japanese football J1 League transfers in the winter transfer window 2015–16 by club.

Tulio with Japan in 2008

Marcus Tulio Tanaka

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a centre-back.

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a centre-back.

Tulio with Japan in 2008

Nearly nine months later, on 28 August 2016, Tulio re-signed for Nagoya Grampus under new manager Boško Gjurovski, before leaving Nagoya Grampus at the end of the 2016 season upon the expiration of his contract.

Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Yūichi Komano

Japanese professional footballer who plays as a defender for FC Imabari.

Japanese professional footballer who plays as a defender for FC Imabari.

Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Although he played many matches, Avispa finished at the bottom place in 2016 season and was relegated to J2 League.

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.

Hitoshi Sogahata

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Kashima Antlers and the Japan national team.

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Kashima Antlers and the Japan national team.

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 2016, Antlers won the champions in J1 League and qualified for 2016 Club World Cup as host country champions.

Okubo in 2016

Yoshito Ōkubo

Japanese professional footballer who most recently played as a forward for Cerezo Osaka.

Japanese professional footballer who most recently played as a forward for Cerezo Osaka.

Okubo in 2016

At the end of 2016 season and before J.League Championship, Okubo announced he would leave Kawasaki Frontale to sign for FC Tokyo in 2017.

Abe playing for Leicester City

Yuki Abe

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Japanese former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Abe playing for Leicester City
Abe (right) playing for Urawa Reds in 2007
Abe in his final season with Leicester City on 25 September 2011

In 2016, Reds won the champions in J.League Cup and the 2nd place in J1 League.