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.
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.
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?
JEF being JEF (feat. Yuya Satō)
In this image, there’s probably every reason why JEF can’t come back from J2.
Yokohama FC’s masters of mistake
They played a great season, but on this occasion… well, defense wasn’t there.
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).
Leandro was in contention, but we forgive him because he scored a lot this year.
Out of contract with Gamba after two wonderful seasons: beside injuries, there’s a reason.
C’mon, man. You’re wide open, at least shoot on goal.
You have to give him at least an excuse about finishing with a header.
He won’t play again in Kyoto, maybe traumatized by this missed sitter.
Kyoto Sanga wants it bad.
Koji Morisaki & Hisato Sato
Hiroshima will miss them. For Morisaki it was the end of his career, Sato will play for Nagoya.
He’s going to serve Korean military for three years, but Saga is going to miss him.
Mr. Trinita. I don’t need anything else to say after a J3 promotion.
It’s like the Animation Feature category. But without Pixar winning.
J. League Cup – Urawa vs. Gamba
J2 League – Matsumoto vs. Shimizu
Tomoaki Makino is making you safe
I’m the general, fawkes.
Hayuma Tanaka is a fan
A true son of Nagano prefecture.
Kazu Miura doing his thing
Like every year until the end of Earth.
Best Referee Wrong Call
Like the technical awards, but no pats on the shoulder.
Thiago Quirino scores, but…
…how could this have been allowed?
Inoha doesn’t know that
PK for Jubilo, despite I don’t see any slight sign of foul in this call.
Yuma Suzuki is already growing
Great player. And he dives well for being only 20.
Best JPN Moment
Like the Foreign Film Award, but we’re staying on home soil.
Okazaki goal vs. Afghanistan
Minamino goal vs. Nigeria
Yamaguchi goal vs. Iraq
Best Hali appearance
We’ve got some strange faces here.
Okinawa Clown Band
Trumpet in Kawasaki
Makino & Yasuda strange handshake
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.
Shigeru Yokotani vs. Yoshito Okubo
This could be the most exaggerated clash in football. Rivaldo-style.
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.
Makino & the Diamonds
It looks your favourite pop-band from the 60s, but Japanese.
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?
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.
You, you, you!
FC Ryukyu’s tradition
This gotta be something created during 2016. Here an example.
Best Bench/Coach Moment
Like Kimi Raikkonen: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing”.
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.
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.
Yamato Machida & The No-Look
JEF United has been a disaster all season, but this assist and all Machida’s year are good news.
Shunsuke Nakamura & The Class
How to boss Sagan with a shoulder-assist behind the back. I don’t even know what to say.
Yusuke Segawa & The Comb Assist
No wonder Omiya have bought him. They’re trying for another Esaka-deal.
Daisuke Kikuchi & The Human Shield
Nice (and clever) way to defend Omiya’s goal.
Tsuyoshi Kodama, Takanori Sugeno and Gu Sung-yun were in contention for this category.
How did he get up there?
There’s gotta be a reason why he ended the season as a starter. And Shimizu got promotion.
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.
Double save = double fun.
He had an amazing J1-debut year. Still, no caps for Japan. Good work, Hali.
We had to separate goals in every competition, because there were too many of them.
Vegalta lost the game against Grulla, but they won our hearts with this rocket.
How far he was? He shot from Kagoshima to Sagan’s goal.
Well, he locked a double spot for this category. And probably a easy win.
Probably he began the Tochigi run to almost getting promoted.
On the same day, Grulla’s no. 10 joked with YSCC defense.
He’s 35 and playing for this version of Gainare, but still…
We left out Yuki Matsushita and Julinho, but it wasn’t a easy choice.
His stint in Osaka won’t probably be remembered (6 goals in 20 games), but this goal in Yokohama is really good.
Machida had a wonderful season. Their captain sealed with a win in Ehime and this screamer.
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.
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.
He’s been really good this year, but most of all this kind of plays sums up Urawa dominance on J. League.
How can I jump all my opponents and slot the ball on the far post? Like this.
Well, well: trick, run and great shoot on the upper angle of the goal. Well done.
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.
He’s an Avispa fan, born-kid and captain. Scoring goals like these: what do you want more?