The Emperor's Cup JFA All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament known as The Emperor's Cup or The Emperor's Cup Soccer, is a Japanese association football competition. It has the longest tradition of any football tournament in Japan, dating back to 1921, before the formation of the J. League, Japan Football League and their predecessor, Japan Soccer League. Before World War II, teams could qualify not only from Japan proper but from Korea and sometimes Manchukuo; the women's counterpart is the Empress's Cup. As it is a competition to decide the "best football team in Japan", the cup is now open to every member club of the Japan Football Association, from J1 and J2 down to teams from J3, JFL, regional leagues, top college and high school teams from around the country; the Emperor's Cup is one of two well-known national football tournaments named after a monarch. The holder can wear a Yatagarasu emblem and obtains an AFC Champions League spot for the next season. Since the creation of the J. League in 1992, the professional teams have dominated the competition, although doubles, once common in the JSL, have become rare.
However, because the Emperor's Cup is contested in a knockout tournament format, the opportunity for "giant-killers" from the amateur ranks upsetting a top J. League squad is a real possibility. For example, a major upset occurred in the 2003/04 competition, when Funabashi Municipal High School took the 2003 J. League champion Yokohama F. Marinos to a penalty shootout. Although Waseda University was the last non-league winner in 1966, the previous non-top tier winner was in 2011. Since 1969, the Emperor's Cup final had traditionally been played on New Year's Day of the following year at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo and is regarded as the traditional closing match of the season. Since 2014, the venue has varied due to the National Olympic Stadium's renovation for the 2020 Summer Olympics; the 2014 Emperor's Cup final was not held on New Year's Day, but 13 December 2014, due to the Japanese National Team's involvement in 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The 2018 cup final was held on 9 December 2018.
Although an official reason has not been given, it appeared to be the Japanese National Team's involvement in 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The first matches to qualify for the Emperor's cup begin anywhere from April to August of that year, varies year to year. For the 97th Emperor's Cup, the games were played from 22 April 2017 and ended with the final on 1 January 2018; the knockout phase of the competition begins towards the end of the year. This phase is composed of all teams from J1 League and J2, the winners from each of the 47 prefectural championships, 1 organizer-nominated team among all amateur teams. J1 teams, sometimes J2 team receive bye in the knockout phase. In 2016, all J1 teams and the previous year's J2 champions received a bye, AFC Champions League participants received 3 byes. In 2017, all J1 and J2 teams received a bye. However, they lose home advantage starting from the third round, unless they are facing a higher-tier or higher ranked team. From 1965 to 1970, the top 4 JSL clubs at the end of the season qualified for the Cup and the other four spaces allotted were taken by finalists from universities.
From 1971 to 1994, as the League increased in size, the entire top division teams were entered automatically, while the second tier's member clubs participated in regional stages with other clubs. Beginning in 1995, the second tier clubs began to be admitted automatically instead of having to play regional stages, which in turn became prefectural stages. Before 2008, 48 teams took part in the first two rounds – the winner from each of the 47 prefectural championships and the collegiate champion; the top team in the JFL standings and all thirteen J2 teams joined in the third round. The eighteen J1 teams joined in the fourth round, making a total of 80 participating teams; the original All Japan Championship Tournament trophy was awarded to the JFA by the English Football Association in 1919. This trophy was used until January 1945, when the militarist government confiscated it and melted down to procure additional metal for the war effort; when the tournament was reinstated, the present trophy, showing the Imperial chrysanthemum seal began to be awarded.
In August 2011, the English FA presented its Japanese counterpart with a replica of the original trophy, made by London silversmiths Thomas Lyte. JFA President Junji Ogura expressed hope that the trophy, to be awarded at the 2011 final, would be "a symbol of peace"; the cup winner qualifies for AFC Champions League since 2001 tournament, where Shimizu S-Pulse qualified for the ACL 2002–03. Before the establishment of ACL, the cup winner qualified for the Asian Cup Winners' Cup. From 2012, as a part of the requirement of AFC, the champion team must hold a J1 Club License in order to enter the ACL. From the 2002–03 to 2008 ACL editions, the cup winner participated in the ACL that began one year later. In November 2007, the JFA announced that the 2
Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
The men's football tournament was held at the 2000 Summer Olympics from 15 to 30 September. It was the 20th edition of the men's Olympic football tournament; the final, played at the Olympic Stadium, attracted the Olympic Games Football attendance record of 104,098 to break the previous record of 101,799 set at the Rose Bowl for the gold medal match of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with Cameroon winning the gold. The following 16 teams qualified for the 2000 Olympic men's football tournament: Four countries competed for the first time in 2000: the Czech Republic and Slovakia, South Africa and Honduras. Http://www.rsssf.com/tableso/ol2000q.html#Oceania - OFC Results Six venues were used during the tournament, four of them outside of Sydney at cities around Australia. Stadium Australia hosted the Final. Note: Extra time periods were played under the golden goal rule. With six goals, Iván Zamorano of Chile is the top goalscorer in the tournament. In total, 103 goals were scored with six of them credited as own goals.
6 goals Iván Zamorano4 goals 3 goals 2 goals 1 goal 1 own goal Higham, James. Sport Tourism Destinations. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-7506-5937-6. Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 - Men, FIFA.com RSSSF Summary FIFA Technical Report, and
Australia the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area; the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north. The population of 25 million is urbanised and concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, its largest city is Sydney; the country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians for about 60,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, it is documented. After the European exploration of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, who named it New Holland, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia's national day; the population grew in subsequent decades, by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies established.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated. Australia has since maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, comprising six states and ten territories. Being the oldest and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils, Australia has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres. A megadiverse country, its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east and mountain ranges in the south-east. A gold rush began in Australia in the early 1850s, its population density, 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometre, remains among the lowest in the world. Australia generates its income from various sources including mining-related exports, telecommunications and manufacturing. Indigenous Australian rock art is the oldest and richest in the world, dating as far back as 60,000 years and spread across hundreds of thousands of sites. Australia is a developed country, with the world's 14th-largest economy.
It has a high-income economy, with the world's tenth-highest per capita income. It is a regional power, has the world's 13th-highest military expenditure. Australia has the world's ninth-largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 26% of the population. Having the third-highest human development index and the eighth-highest ranked democracy globally, the country ranks in quality of life, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights, with all its major cities faring well in global comparative livability surveys. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Pacific Islands Forum and the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism; the name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis, a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times. When Europeans first began visiting and mapping Australia in the 17th century, the name Terra Australis was applied to the new territories.
Until the early 19th century, Australia was best known as "New Holland", a name first applied by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1644 and subsequently anglicised. Terra Australis still saw occasional usage, such as in scientific texts; the name Australia was popularised by the explorer Matthew Flinders, who said it was "more agreeable to the ear, an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth". The first time that Australia appears to have been used was in April 1817, when Governor Lachlan Macquarie acknowledged the receipt of Flinders' charts of Australia from Lord Bathurst. In December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office. In 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known by that name; the first official published use of the new name came with the publication in 1830 of The Australia Directory by the Hydrographic Office. Colloquial names for Australia include "Oz" and "the Land Down Under". Other epithets include "the Great Southern Land", "the Lucky Country", "the Sunburnt Country", "the Wide Brown Land".
The latter two both derive from Dorothea Mackellar's 1908 poem "My Country". Human habitation of the Australian continent is estimated to have begun around 65,000 to 70,000 years ago, with the migration of people by land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now Southeast Asia; these first inhabitants were the ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal Australian culture is one of the oldest continual civilisations on earth. At the time of first European contact, most Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers with complex economies and societies. Recent archaeological finds suggest. Indigenous Australians have an oral culture with spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime; the Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, obtained their livelihood from seasonal horticulture and the resources of their reefs and seas. The northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited s
The J. League Cup is a Japanese football competition organized by J. League, it is the oldest professional domestic football competition in Japan. It has been sponsored by Yamazaki Biscuits of Yamazaki Baking since its inception in 1992, it is known as the J. League YBC Levain Cup or Levain Cup, it was known as the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup or Nabisco Cup until August 2016. It is regarded as the Japanese equivalent to league cup competitions played in many countries such as the Football League Cup in England. Before the J. League Cup was created, the old Japan Soccer League had its own Japan Soccer League Cup since the 1976 season; the tournament format varies each year depending on the schedule of international matches such as the Olympic Games and World Cup games. Since 2007, the winners are qualified for the Suruga Bank Championship held in the following summer. 1992 The founding ten clubs of the J. League participated as a warm-up to the upcoming inaugural league season. At the group stage, each team played the other teams once.
There was no draw and the golden goal, extra time and penalty shootout was employed to decide a tie if necessary. A sudden death was applied to the penalty shoot-out from the first kicker; the winner of a game got four points. A team who scored two or more goals in a game won one point; the top four teams of the group stage went on to the knock-out stage where the ties were single matches. 1993 Thirteen teams took part. At the group stage, the teams were divided into two groups, one consisting seven and the other consisting six; each team played the other teams in the same group once. The top two teams of each group were qualified for the knock-out stage where the ties were single matches. 1994 Fourteen teams took part. There was no group stage; the ties were single. 1995 No competition 1996. J. League associate member teams did not take part due to the congested schedule. At the group stage, the teams were divided into two groups; each team played the other teams in the same group twice. A tie was decided by the aggregate of two matches.
The winner of a tie got a draw earned one point. The top two teams of each group were qualified for the knock-out stage where the ties were single matches. 1997 Twenty teams participated. At the group stage, the teams were divided into five groups; each team played the other teams in the same group once. A win earned three points, a draw earned one point. There was no extra time at this stage; the top team of each group, as well as the three second-placed teams with the best records, were qualified for the knock-out stage where the ties were played over two matches. Although Sagan Tosu had forfeited their associate membership because of the bankruptcy of their forerunner Tosu Futures, they were allowed to enter the competition as a special case. 1998 Twenty teams participated. At the group stage, the teams were divided into four groups; each team played the other teams in the same group once. The top team of each group was qualified for the knock-out stage. 1999 All the twenty-six J1 and J2 clubs participated.
There was no group stage. The ties were played over two matches except the final where the winners were decided by a single game. 2000 All the twenty-seven J1 and J2 clubs participated. There was no group stage; the ties were played over two matches except the final where the winners were decided by a single game. 2001 All the twenty-eight J1 and J2 clubs participated. There was no group stage; the ties were played over two matches except the final where the winners were decided by a single game. 2002 All the sixteen J1 teams took part. At the group stage, the teams were divided into four groups; each team played the other teams in the same group twice. The top two teams of the each group were qualified for the knock-out stage where the ties were single matches. 2003 All the sixteen J1 teams took part. Kashima Antlers and Shimizu S-Pulse were exempted from the group stage because they participated in the AFC Champions League; the remaining fourteen teams were divided into four groups, two groups containing four teams and the other two groups containing three.
The top team of the each group and the second placed teams of the groups containing four teams as well as Kashima and Shimizu were qualified for the knock-out stage. The ties were played over two matches except the final where the winners were decided by a single game. 2004 All the sixteen J1 teams took part. At the group stage, the teams were divided into four groups; each team played the other teams in the same group twice. The top two teams of the each group were qualified for the knock-out stage where the ties were single matches. 2005 All the eighteen J1 teams took part. Yokohama F. Marinos and Jubilo Iwata were exempted from the group stage because they participated in the AFC Champions League; the remaining sixteen teams were divided into four groups. Each team played the other teams in the same group twice; the top team of the each group and the two second-placed teams with the best records as well as Marinos and Iwata were qualified for the knock-out stage. The ties were played over two matches except the final where the winners were decide
Daniele Amadeo "Danny" Tiatto is an Australian former footballer who played for Bulleen Lions, Melbourne Knights, Baden, Stoke City, Manchester City, Leicester City, Brisbane Roar, St Albans Saints and Werribee City. Tiatto commenced his senior career with Bulleen in the Victorian Premier League impressing enough to secure a move to the National Soccer League with Melbourne Knights. There he signalled his ability as a dashing left winger, helping the Knights in their golden era as they claimed back-to-back championships. In 1996, he joined Salernitana of the Italian Serie B on a temporary basis, but did not earn a permanent contract. A spell at Swiss club Baden followed, before Tiatto moved to the English club Stoke City on loan on 25 November 1997, he played 15 times for Stoke in 1997–98 scoring once which came in a 2–1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town on 7 March 1998. In the summer of 1998 Tiatto was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £300,000. Tiatto struggled to hold down a first team place during his first season at Manchester City due to indiscipline.
The next season was more successful for Tiatto, making 35 appearances as Manchester City gained promotion to the Premiership. The 2000–01 season saw Manchester City relegated, Tiatto performed well for the struggling club leading to speculation he would move on to another Premiership team, he won Manchester City's Player of the Year award for the season. The 2001–02 season saw Tiatto again form part of a promotion winning side. On the return to the top division Tiatto again found his first team opportunities limited. A sending off against Blackburn Rovers six minutes after coming on a substitute resulted in a long exile from the first team. Injuries restricted appearances, with Tiatto making just 13 starts in the final two years of his time at Manchester City. Tiatto signed for Leicester City on a two-year deal in the summer of 2004, after his contract Manchester City expired. Employed as a left-winger for Leicester City, Tiatto played anywhere down the left side, or in central midfield, he was a firm favourite with Leicester City fans and he was voted Leicester's 2005 Player of the Season by supporters.
However, Tiatto had a bad season in the 2005–06 season due to indiscipline and injury. Tiatto was the Leicester City club captain, having taken over the armband from Matt Elliott when the Scottish defender retired in 2005, before losing it to Paddy McCarthy at the end of the 2005–06 season. In February 2007, Tiatto signed a pre-contract agreement with Brisbane Roar FC in the Hyundai A-League for the 2007–08 season. On 1 July, Tiatto made his debut for the Roar coming on as a substitute against South African team Supersport United. Tiatto featured prominently in his sides two all draw against Adelaide United in Round One of the 2007–08 A-League season; however Tiatto was subsequently cited after the match for serious conduct relating to an ugly incident with Adelaide United defender Richie Alagich, received a two match suspension. During round 21, Tiatto scored his first goal for Brisbane Roar with a superb strike against Perth Glory. Soon after he threw his support behind axed keeper Liam Reddy to return in place of stand-in keeper Griffin McMaster for the A-League finals.
He has been released from the Roar. After having a falling out with Roar coach Ange Postecoglou, Tiatto was sacked from Brisbane; however in 2010, he signed a one-year deal with VPL club Melbourne Knights, the club he played for before moving overseas. He played for St Albans Saints and Werribee City. Tiatto won 25 caps for the Australian national team before his retirement from international football in October 2005, he represented Australia at under 23 level when he played at the 1996 Olympic Games. Sources: Source: With Australia: OFC Nations Cup: 1996, 2000With Melbourne Knights: NSL Championship: 1994-1995, 1995–1996Personal honours: Queensland Roar Member's Player of the Year: 2007-2008 Queensland Roar profile Oz Football profile
Frank Farina OAM is an Australian football coach and former player who played as a forward. His playing career spanned Australia, France and England, was a major player for the Australian National Team in the late 1980s and 1990s, as well as managing the national team in the early 2000s. Born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Farina spent part of his childhood in Papua New Guinea and grew up in Cairns, north Queensland and went to school at St Augustine's College, he won a prestigious position and scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1982 and played in the National Soccer League for the Canberra Arrows the following year. Farina's early playing career was spent in Australia, he played for Sydney City and Marconi-Fairfield. His early seasons were solid, scoring just under 10 goals a season for Canberra in the 1983 and 1984 season, he earned the Most Entertaining Player award for the National Soccer League from SBS-TV in 1984. He made his full international debut as a substitute in Australia's 2–3 loss in China in 1984.
Farina moved to Sydney City in 1985, that season City made the 1985 NSL Grand Final, losing 2–0 over two legs to Brunswick, as well as winning the 1986 National Cup. With the demise of Sydney City a few weeks into the 1987 season when owner Frank Lowy pulled out of funding the team, Farina moved to Marconi Fairfield for 1987 and 1988, his form and ability flourished, scoring 17 goals respectively. In both years he won the Golden Boot Award, the Players' Player Medal and, in 1988, the Most Entertaining Player award again from SBS-TV and the 1988 Oceania Player of the Year awards, he cemented his place in the Australian national team, the Socceroos, until his retirement from international competition in 1995, as well as attracting overseas interest. This interest led to him leaving Australia, for Belgium, Club Brugge in the latter half of 1988, his finishing ability was well regarded, he played over 70 games for Brugge, scoring 43 goals for the club, playing a major role in Club Brugge winning the Belgian First Division title in 1989/90 as well as the Belgian Cup in 1990/91 and Belgian Supercup in 1990 and 1991.
Farina won the Belgian Golden Boot and Best Foreign Player awards in Club Brugge's successful 1989/90 season. For Farina, his Belgian success was the high point of his European Playing Career, he subsequently transferring to Bari in Italy in 1991/1992, where he became the first Australian to play in Serie A on a record transfer fee for an Australian player of more than AUD$3m. However, with a change of coach nine games into the season and not in the same scoring form, he was considered one foreigner too many and dropped from the squad, he had a brief loan period at Notts County in England in 1991/1992 until another change of manager, transferred to RC Strasbourg in France in 1992/1993 where he had 2 solid seasons in French First Division, scoring 8 goals from 24 appearances in 1992/1993 6 goals from 23 appearances in 1993/1994. His final season playing in Europe was for Lille OSC who finished 14th in the French First Division, Farina scoring 6 Goals from 27 appearances. Farina's return to Australia was with the Brisbane Strikers, for the 1995/1996 Season, scoring 20 goals from 20 matches, coming 2nd in the Golden Boot awards behind Damien Mori.
Brisbane finished 5th in 1995/96. In 1996/1997, the Strikers needed a new Coach, Farina stepped up to the position as the new Player/Coach. Farina led the Strikers to their first NSL title that year, as they defeated Sydney United 2–0 in the Grand Final at Lang Park in front of a capacity crowd of a little over 40,000 fans, he was named the Coach of the Year in 1997. The Strikers could not back their title win however. Farina only managed a solitary goal in 18 appearances, with long-term injury and age getting the better of him, he left the Strikers, joined Marconi as a player/coach for a final season, with coaching being dominant, Farina only made 2 appearances for the Stallions, without scoring. However, he did coach the team to the Minor-Semi final place, eliminating the Northern Spirit losing 0–1 away to Perth Glory in the minor semi-final, he retired from playing that year. Farina was appointed the Australian National Coach in 1999, chosen over many candidates including the current caretaker coach Raul Blanco.
His first match was a 0–2 Loss against a second string Brazilian team in Sydney, followed by a 2–2 draw with Brazil in Melbourne 3 days later. The team under Farina won its first match in February 2000, with the majority of the European-based players in the side, they demolished Hungary 3–0 in Budapest. In 2000 Australia played in, won, the Oceania Nations Cup, subsequently qualified for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. Australia impressed at the 2001 Confederations Cup, qualifying as runners up from Group A on goal difference thanks to a memorable 1–0 win over reigning world champions France, before triumphing by the same scoreline in the 3rd place playoff vs Brazil In 2001, Australia began its quest to qualify for the World Cup for a 2nd time, Farina led the team to huge victories over Tonga, a record breaking 31–0 win against American Samoa, Archie Thompson breaking the record for most goals in a single international with 13. Australia defeated Tonga 2–0 to win their group New Zealand 6–1 on Aggregate to Qualify for a World Cup Playoff against Uruguay.
In between these matches, Australia defeated Mexico and France during the Confederation Cup group stage defeated Brazil 1–0 win claim
Shonan Bellmare is a Japanese professional association football club playing in the J1 League. The team is located in the west of Kanagawa Prefecture. Shonan refers to a coastal area along Sagami Bay. Bellmare is a portmanteau of the Italian words bello and mare, meaning "beautiful sea"; the club was founded in 1968 as Towa Real Estate SC in Tochigi. They were promoted to the Japan Soccer League Division 1 in 1972, they changed their name to Fujita Kogyo S. C. when Towa Estate Development gave up the ownership to their parent company Fujita Kogyo, which moved the club to Hiratsuka. They won the JSL three times between 1977 and 1981, they were relegated to the JSL's Division 2 in 1990. Although they won the last JSL Division 2 season in 1991–92, the professionalization and formation of the J. League meant they did not meet the new top flight league's criteria and the runners-up, Kashima Antlers, were promoted instead. In 1993, they adopted new name Shonan Bellmare, their application to the J. League Associate membership was accepted.
They won the league championship. After Hiratsuka City Council committed to finance the refurbishment of the Hiratsuka Stadium to meet the J. League requirements, J. League accepted the club; the club was forced to change their name to Bellmare Hiratsuka because J. League required the participants to designate only one city or town as their hometown and include its name in the club names at that time; the club struggled to cope with the J. League finished 11th out of 12 in the first stage of the 1994 season. However, they finished 2nd. With this momentum, the club won the 1994–1995 Emperor's Cup; this title qualified Bellmare for the 1996 Asian Cup Winners' Cup, which they won by beating Iraq's Al Talaba in the final. Hidetoshi Nakata joined the team in 1995 and they successfully recruited Brazilian-born Wagner Lopes and influential Korean international Hong Myung-bo; this is arguably the most successful period of the club. Four Bellmare players were selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, they were Nakata, Hong and a goalkeeper Nobuyuki Kojima.
However, as Nakata left for Italian club Perugia just after the World Cup, the club's fortune started to decline. The main sponsor Fujita decided to discontinue the financial support in 1999 due to their own financial difficulties, it forced the club to release some paid players including Lopes and Kojima. They finished bottom of J1 in 1999 and were relegated to J2; the club made a new start. The ownership was transferred to a community-owned organisation, they changed their name to Shonan Bellmare as J. League allowed them to enlarge their designated hometowns to include several cities and towns surrounding Hiratsuka; the club's performance on the pitch has not been strong and they have not been serious contenders for the promotion to J1 so far. A J1 comeback in 2010, if they are able to achieve promotion, will be the first without Fujita as their sponsor. Although for a time they refused to consider their history as the championship-winning Fujita corporate team in their current history, this year they celebrated the club's 40-year anniversary in 2009 as deduced from the badge in their Web site.
On December 5, 2009, Shonan returned to J1 as third-place finishers in 2009 seasons. Shonan's return to J1 was a brief one, their relegation back to J2 was confirmed with four games to go. In 2014, after a few years in and out of the top division, Shonan Bellmare dominated J2 during the 2014 campaign. Winning the second division with 101 points, 38 wins, 8 draws, only 3 losses, they earned promotion back to J. League's first division, J1, for the 2015 season. For the 2015 J1 season Shonan Bellmare partnered with Japanese energy management company, Eneres, to be the team's new main kit sponsor. During the 2015 season, Shonan Bellmare fared the best out of the three promoted sides from J2. Montedio Yamagata and Matsumoto Yamaga FC were relegated while Shonan stayed up, hanging around the middle of the table for most of the season, they finished the first stage in 10th place, 9th in the second stage, for an overall finish of 8th in the table. The 2015 season could be considered a success for Bellmare.
With 13 wins, 9 draws, 12 losses on the season, Shonan secured a winning record in the top division from a promoted side. In September 2018, Shonan entered into a partnership with the Davao Aguilas F. C. of the Philippines Football League. The Shonan area was part of a pre-modern province, Sagami Province, whereas Yokohama and Kawasaki were part of Musashi Province, hence Bellmare's intraprefectural rivalries with Yokohama F. Marinos, Yokohama FC and Kawasaki Frontale are based on the hard-working port cities of South Musashi as opposed to the more laid-back attitude of Sagami. Other historical rivals have been Urawa Red Diamonds and Júbilo Iwata. KeyTms. = Number of teams Pos. = Position in league Attendance/G = Average league attendance Source: J. League Data Site All Japan Vase: 1971 Japan Soccer League: 1977, 1979, 1981 JSL Cup: 1973 Emperor's Cup: 1977, 1979 Emperor's Cup: 1994 Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 1995 J. League Cup Winners: 2018 Kanto Football League: 1970–71 Division 1: 1972–89 Division 2: 1990–91 Division 2: 1992–93 (as F