J.League Manager of the Year

Annual award given to one manager by the J.League based on their performance during the season.

- J.League Manager of the Year

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J.League

Japan's professional football league including the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League of the Japanese association football league system.

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Manager of the Year Award

Steve Perryman

English former professional footballer who is best-known for his successes with Tottenham Hotspur during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Perryman with Tottenham Hotspur in 1981
Steve Perryman attempting to intercept in a match against Ajax, Cup Winners' Cup first round in 1981

J. League Manager of the Year: 1999

Nelsinho Baptista

Brazilian retired footballer who played as a right back, and manager who currently works as the manager of Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol.

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 same year, Nelsinho Baptista received the J. League Manager of the Year at the J. League awards in Yokohama.

Nagoya Grampus

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

J.League Manager of the Year

Guido Buchwald

German former professional football player.

Buchwald with Urawa in 2004.

J.League Manager of the Year: 2006

Dragan Stojković

Serbian former footballer who played as a midfielder, and the current manager of the Serbia national team.

Stojković in 2021
Stojković coaching Guangzhou R&F in 2016

After the successful 2010 season, Stojković was awarded the J. League Manager of the Year.

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.

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.

J.League Manager of the Year

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Japanese professional football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima.

J.League Manager of the Year

Takeshi Okada

Japanese former football player and manager.

On 6th June 2009, Japan players celebrate qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with head coach Takeshi Okada after winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Final round Group 1 match between Uzbekistan 0-1 Japan at Pakhtakor Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

J.League Manager of the Year: 2003, 2004

Yoon Jong-hwan

South Korean manager and former football player.

J.League Manager of the Year (1): 2017