We are coming towards the end of 2016 – an eventful year in anyone’s estimation. In that spirit, J.League Regista’s Ironman @NelloSplendor gives out his awards for 2016. I hope you like Gifs…..

 

2016 J. League Regista Awards

It has been a strange year in the J.League. All three leagues were at stake until the last game; we have a new Champion which scored only 59 points in all season (15 less than overall league table-leaders Urawa); Giravanz will have a beautiful stadium, but they’ll play in J3.

J. League is crazy, no doubt about that.

Meanwhile we’ll wait for a 2017 season with big promises (Can Urawa finally win both domestic and international silverware? Will Matsumoto get back to J1? And are Cerezo going to disappoint us like always?), but we look back on 2016 with a special treat for you.

Yes, the 2016 J. League Regista Awards are here. I’d like them with Jon Kabira and Masashi Nakayama hosting the show.

http://trivela.uol.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/12-Masashia-Nakayama.jpg

In the beautiful landscape of Tokyo, here we’ve the nominees for every category of J. League. We’ve some surprises, I can tell you that. But let’s start with some fireworks, just like the Oscars.

Best Fail

It isn’t easy, but J. League always presents some cases to show. So we went with five nominees, but we let you know that in every category we had to leave something out. In this one, Kentaro Kakoi, Daisuke Yoshimitsu against Oita and Renofa’s horror defense on Ishige’s goal.

Hiroki Fujiharu forgets how to shoot

No overage players in Tokyo 2020?

http://i.imgur.com/9FTZ6qV.gif

JEF being JEF (feat. Yuya Satō)

In this image, there’s probably every reason why JEF can’t come back from J2.

http://giphy.com/gifs/sato-jefunited-A7H6dXBgClZ2o

Yokohama FC’s masters of mistake

They played a great season, but on this occasion… well, defense wasn’t there.

http://giphy.com/gifs/mistakes-N2mbNEFx4paWQ

Rikihiro Sugiyama

Shimizu got promoted, but there was a GK-problem. They fielded FIVE different goalkeepers during 2016. Needless to say: Sugiyama hasn’t been a proper solution, despite playing the highest number of games (20).

http://giphy.com/gifs/sugiyama-W6cqzBLcziBW0

http://giphy.com/gifs/funayama-Fx6nAcBpz6JWw

Best Miss

Leandro was in contention, but we forgive him because he scored a lot this year.

Patric

Out of contract with Gamba after two wonderful seasons: beside injuries, there’s a reason.

http://giphy.com/gifs/patric-qwyb2AbBogf6M

Riku Matsuda

C’mon, man. You’re wide open, at least shoot on goal.

http://giphy.com/gifs/matsuda-w4FecJYS0GZna

Shoma Doi

You have to give him at least an excuse about finishing with a header.

http://giphy.com/gifs/doi-vzDb4ULdlh6Fi

Koji Yamase

He won’t play again in Kyoto, maybe traumatized by this missed sitter.

http://giphy.com/gifs/kyotosanga-yamase-hrRDRB5QT1e0w

Kosei Ishibitsu

Kyoto Sanga wants it bad.

http://giphy.com/gifs/kyotosanga-ishibitsu-FxfEL54f2V104

Best Farewell

Koji Morisaki & Hisato Sato

Hiroshima will miss them. For Morisaki it was the end of his career, Sato will play for Nagoya.

http://giphy.com/gifs/morisaki-kbEdGkw74pxRe

http://giphy.com/gifs/morisaki2-uainyMwbzuc80

Kim Min-woo

He’s going to serve Korean military for three years, but Saga is going to miss him.

https://s18.postimg.org/tuqi2wd2x/20161029_KMW_salute_at_Sagan.jpg

Daiki Takamatsu

Mr. Trinita. I don’t need anything else to say after a J3 promotion.

http://giphy.com/gifs/takamatsu1-oQkmWqTQV9qJG

 

Best Crowd

It’s like the Animation Feature category. But without Pixar winning.

J. League Cup – Urawa vs. Gamba

http://giphy.com/gifs/tifosi-P6UNJJOqk4vM4

J2 League – Matsumoto vs. Shimizu

http://giphy.com/gifs/tifosi-3JpVdh7hFLkuQ

Best Crowd-pleaser

Tomoaki Makino is making you safe

I’m the general, fawkes.

http://giphy.com/gifs/makino-gUvIOpeVOZJpC

Hayuma Tanaka is a fan

A true son of Nagano prefecture.

http://giphy.com/gifs/tanaka-JF7FB6Qw1xO92

Kazu Miura doing his thing

Like every year until the end of Earth.

http://giphy.com/gifs/miura-kazu-yokohamafc-pBAD3B9EvbNok

Best Referee Wrong Call

Like the technical awards, but no pats on the shoulder.

Thiago Quirino scores, but…

…how could this have been allowed?

http://giphy.com/gifs/thiago-quirino-shonan-Kzw59RZos3J3G

Inoha doesn’t know that

PK for Jubilo, despite I don’t see any slight sign of foul in this call.

http://giphy.com/gifs/inoha-tm3C6eYh1YMlq

Yuma Suzuki is already growing

Great player. And he dives well for being only 20.

http://giphy.com/gifs/kaminski-zPkjbbZCiJIaI

Best JPN Moment

Like the Foreign Film Award, but we’re staying on home soil.

Okazaki goal vs. Afghanistan

http://giphy.com/gifs/japan-okazaki-uPmGNWkELRvpK

Minamino goal vs. Nigeria

http://giphy.com/gifs/minamino-2BTkXfQg8BsrK

Yamaguchi goal vs. Iraq

http://i1.go2yd.com/image.php?url=0EaciX4DbK

Best Hali appearance

We’ve got some strange faces here.

Neo-realistic Hali

https://s12.postimg.org/s719pv66z/20160227_Halilhodzic.jpg

Cool Hali

https://s12.postimg.org/dzbl17ti3/20160508_Hali_in_Kashiwa.jpg

Sleepy Hali

http://giphy.com/gifs/halisleep-EmY0rzYoQIZ2M

Best WTF-moment

Okinawa Clown Band

http://giphy.com/gifs/clown-6eJ8yUvQY7fZS

Trumpet in Kawasaki

https://s12.postimg.org/od76haiwd/20160806_Trumpet_saki.jpg

Makino & Yasuda strange handshake

http://giphy.com/gifs/makinoyasuda-AyYatbuf6OoUw

Best Fight

We’ll let you know we left out Iwamasa vs. Suganuma, Okubo vs. Davi and Moriwaki vs. Kanazaki.

Yusuke Murakami vs. Koji Suzuki

A early appetizer.

http://giphy.com/gifs/suzuki-vvarennagasaki-machidazelvia-Vx47S2fJVLuSY

Shigeru Yokotani vs. Yoshito Okubo

This could be the most exaggerated clash in football. Rivaldo-style.

http://giphy.com/gifs/okubo-fAVJ1cedtiYko

Mu Kanazaki vs. Masatada Ishii

In this altercation, you can read also why Kashima displayed so badly in 2nd stage. Also why Kanazaki has been so vital for Antlers.

http://giphy.com/gifs/kanazaki-Lhc8pVAwteJuE

Best Celebration

Makino & the Diamonds

It looks your favourite pop-band from the 60s, but Japanese.

http://giphy.com/gifs/makino-urawa-red-diamonds-CvbFzuky4RjGM

A young trender: Yu In-soo

Big season for the South Korean footballer, but also a meme-sensation: Dab, Mannequin Challenge… do we have a Harlem Shake for him?

http://giphy.com/gifs/fctokyo-yuinsoo-muroya-atIcPOEsaU5mU

http://giphy.com/gifs/yuinsoo-Sd3RS0FIYUV5C

Calvin Jong-A-Pin

Kame-hame-ha!

http://giphy.com/gifs/jongapin-67JqCnxbgzmdW

Yuta Toyokawa feat. Drake

I don’t know if YT30 will be as good as in 2016 with Kashima Antlers. But he’s the best Drake-impersonator in Japanese football.

http://giphy.com/gifs/toyokawa-uUrjJBnQ6ABmo

Best Dance

Kengo Nagai

You, you, you!

http://giphy.com/gifs/katallertoyama-nagai-1hXNqi9Dh7HgY

Shota Kaneko

Michael Jackson-esque.

http://i.imgur.com/uM3XT2Q.gif

FC Ryukyu’s tradition

This gotta be something created during 2016. Here an example.

http://giphy.com/gifs/ryukyudance-KNk88DOJKU5Pi

Best Bench/Coach Moment

Takeshi Kiyama

Like Kimi Raikkonen: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing”.

http://giphy.com/gifs/kiyama-KiIA1zWlg6RFe

The Shaw-Albirex Redemption

Hiring Koichiro Katafuchi wasn’t so important to save the club from J2, but a win in Shizuoka against Jubilo… yes, it was. Just like this run of freedom.

http://giphy.com/gifs/albirex-IHBKj8c7EM1Zm

Best Trick

A Caio flick was in consideration, but we went with this five treats.

Ryosuke Shindo & The Madness

Beautiful shot by Tokura, but… that assist is crazy.

http://giphy.com/gifs/consadole-sapporo-tokura-qqpLJJYQRK8co

Yamato Machida & The No-Look

JEF United has been a disaster all season, but this assist and all Machida’s year are good news.

http://giphy.com/gifs/machida-Wr8kuMm4XEspi

Shunsuke Nakamura & The Class

How to boss Sagan with a shoulder-assist behind the back. I don’t even know what to say.

http://giphy.com/gifs/nakamura-yokohama-f-marinos-9MTuCL0lBJZy8

Yusuke Segawa & The Comb Assist

No wonder Omiya have bought him. They’re trying for another Esaka-deal.

http://giphy.com/gifs/segawa-AZkVsH9fCBkaI

Daisuke Kikuchi & The Human Shield

Nice (and clever) way to defend Omiya’s goal.

http://giphy.com/gifs/kikuchi-Mx5epEsOTtzK8

Best Save

Tsuyoshi Kodama, Takanori Sugeno and Gu Sung-yun were in contention for this category.

Tetsuya Enomoto

How did he get up there?

http://giphy.com/gifs/enomoto-NYqRK6F0KHJXW

Yuki Uekusa

There’s gotta be a reason why he ended the season as a starter. And Shimizu got promotion.

http://giphy.com/gifs/uekusa-sLBgXKpVNpIZy

Hirotsugu Nakabayashi

Probably the most underrated GK in all three professional leagues in Japan. I had to pick this one, but I had at least two other choices of him.

http://giphy.com/gifs/fagiano-nakabayashi-7Qo2ccifS0tzi

Akihiro Sato

Double save = double fun.

http://giphy.com/gifs/sato-4XRw7tjgR7K80

Kosuke Nakamura

He had an amazing J1-debut year. Still, no caps for Japan. Good work, Hali.

http://giphy.com/gifs/nakamura-kashiwareysol-wjcY3qd74LyCs

Best Goal

We had to separate goals in every competition, because there were too many of them.

Cups

Naoki Ishikawa

Vegalta lost the game against Grulla, but they won our hearts with this rocket.

http://giphy.com/gifs/ishikawa-iTNlCXqFscSNa

Anderson Lopes

How far he was? He shot from Kagoshima to Sagan’s goal.

http://giphy.com/gifs/alopes-WQ1hM8w3w4Eww

Mateus

Well, he locked a double spot for this category. And probably a easy win.

http://giphy.com/gifs/mateus-6FhiG7amtdWXC

http://giphy.com/gifs/mateus-vUcF4rcX4k2Gc

J3 League

Kenta Hirose

Probably he began the Tochigi run to almost getting promoted.

http://giphy.com/gifs/hirose-tochigisc-DgrkbnNSsglXy

Kenichi Tanimura

On the same day, Grulla’s no. 10 joked with YSCC defense.

http://giphy.com/gifs/grullamorioka-tanimura-NXSQQAAxZVfsk

Fernandinho

He’s 35 and playing for this version of Gainare, but still…

http://giphy.com/gifs/fernandinho-edeWhUlahu5UY

J2 League

We left out Yuki Matsushita and Julinho, but it wasn’t a easy choice.

Bruno Meneghel

His stint in Osaka won’t probably be remembered (6 goals in 20 games), but this goal in Yokohama is really good.

http://giphy.com/gifs/cerezoosaka-brunomeneghel-e0Ko41VKIEg9i

 

Ri Han-jae

Machida had a wonderful season. Their captain sealed with a win in Ehime and this screamer.

http://giphy.com/gifs/rihanjae-nCGgSx5NbO0WQ

Yoichiro Kakitani

We probably saw really little from his talent, but his goals we’re instrumental to see some happiness between Cerezo Osaka’s fans. You know, until promotion. Both Puskas Award material ignored.

http://giphy.com/gifs/cerezo-kakitani-kehthbvDzwehq

http://giphy.com/gifs/kakitani-cerezoosaka-d5c2gDLhm8Uww

Yatsunori Shimaya

In this goal, we can find how good Renofa Yamaguchi was in some moments of this season. And how they could have been better in others.

http://giphy.com/gifs/shimaya-13kfmtWKUdplBK

J1 League

Shinzo Kuroki

He’s been really good this year, but most of all this kind of plays sums up Urawa dominance on J. League.

http://giphy.com/gifs/urawa-kuroki-EcJEqdKg3MZi

Ryota Oshima

How can I jump all my opponents and slot the ball on the far post? Like this.

http://giphy.com/gifs/oshima-kawasakifrontale-zs5EUzgTLyLIs

Jun Kanakubo

Well, well: trick, run and great shoot on the upper angle of the goal. Well done.

http://giphy.com/gifs/vegaltasendai-kanakubo-TCeokAz9d46LS

Kohei Shimoda

One day in Osaka, he decided to shoot everything he could. Even from Gamba fans’ stand. And it’s not easy to make it twice, in the same exact goal’s spiderweb.

http://giphy.com/gifs/shonanbellmare-shimoda-Yn99Sg4Nv14xG

http://giphy.com/gifs/shonanbellmare-shimoda-PBG3UNNRjEcA8

Hisashi Jogo

He’s an Avispa fan, born-kid and captain. Scoring goals like these: what do you want more?

http://giphy.com/gifs/jogo-J8FNAjQYgHloQ

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Gabriele for all his hard work over the past year. He is always full of ideas & passion for the J.League. I’m sure there’ll be much more from him in the future. Grazie a mille!

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