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J1 League live streaming - how to watch live online

Japan's J1 League is arguably the leading football league in Asia and lovers of the 'beautiful game' can enjoy the best of the action from the Japanese top flight each week live online.

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The J1 League is the only division in Asia to be given the top class 'A' ranking by the Asian Football Confederation, which backs up the argument that the 18-team league is indeed a class apart from their continental neighbours.

Jerome Polenz of the Wanderers and Satoru Yamagishi of Sanfrecce Hiroshima contest the ball  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Japan's season typically runs from May until November each year with a new a three stage system introduced in 2015, which sees first and second league phases, followed by a third and final championship stage for the top teams from each of the first two stages.

The top three clubs at the end of the campaign qualify to the following season's AFC Champions League, the continent's premier club competition, while the bottom three sides face relegation to the J2 League.

Japan has always attracted a host of talented Brazilian players to its top flight, which has certainly added to it appeal, with the likes of Marquinhos, Emerson, Araújo, Robson Ponte and Leandro Domingues all winning the Player of the Year Award in recent seasons.

One of the most famous moves to the league, though, was that of former Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Gary Lineker, who ended his career with an injury-plagued stint at Nagoya Grampus Eight way back in the 1990s. Lineker made just 23 appearances for the club over two seasons, scoring nine times, before announcing his retirement from the game in 1994.

Brazilian World Cup winner Dunga has also plied his trade in Japan and won the Player of  the Year Award in 1997.

Kashima Antlers currently hold the record of most titles in the division with seven. Júbilo Iwata and Yokohama F. Marinos both have three championships to their name, while 2012 champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima have two.


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