J-League 1 2011 Round Up

The Japanese J.League kicked off this weekend and I thought it would be a good idea to get everybody up to date on who is wearing what and add a few comments of my own in. Hopefully this will become more of a regular thing and involve other leagues if reasonably popular with people. Keep your eyes peeled.

Nagoya Grampus - Le Coq Sportif

We start this J. League special with the current league champions. Made by Le Coq Sportif, Nagoya sport a kit filled with a lot more red than the previous season's effort. Orange and black chevrons cross the chest just below the sponsor logo and also black panels at the sides give it a nice simple almost classic look. The away kit is in the same design as the home except with the colours switched around. White becomes the predominant colour with orange replaced by black and the black becoming red. Being the 2010 champions both shirts are adorned with a golden J.League logo on the sleeve.

Nagoya Grampus Home 2011 (Le Coq Sportif)

Nagoya Grampus Away 2011 Le Coq Sportif

Gamba Osaka - Umbro

The tailored Umbro style seems to have yet reached the shores of Japan and can be seen in striking form on the Gamba Osaka shirts. More reminiscent of what we saw from Umbro a few years ago, these Gamba shirts are very eye catching, the different widths of the stripes, the use of fluo-yellow and the countless number of panels, these shirts are definitely something you won't be forgetting immediately. The away shirt, although toned down in the sense that it doesn't have barcode like stripes, is still something very unique to Gamba. Then there's the 3rd shirt to boot, fluo-yellow with blue and black centre stripes and all the other garb, a definite love it or hate it shirt.

Gamba Osaka Home 2011 Umbro

Gamba Osaka Away 2011 Umbro

Gamba Osaka Third 2011 Umbro

Cerezo Osaka - Mizuno

Onto the pink half of Osaka now. The pink colour actually comes from the cherry blossom flowers which the city is famous for and the club even takes it's name from. The home kit made by Mizuno is pretty much exactly the same as was used in the season prior, although now the side panels have changed a bit, and the Mizuno pattern on the sleeves have changed colour but nothing massive. The away kit however has changed, not by much, but it is different. The template is quite modern looking with a bit of a 2006 adidas feel, the plain white is accompanied by touches of dark blue and pink details all over the shirt.

Cerezo Osaka Home 2011 Mizuno

Cerezo Osaka Away 2011 Mizuno

Kashima Antlers - Nike

The traditional power houses of the J.League with 7 titles to their name, Kashima Antlers have a brand new kits for a brand new season, although you may not think so at first glimpse. The new home shirt is quite similar to what they had the previous year, but with a sponsor change and a faded pattern this is a new shirt alright. The away kit has more of a change to though, swapping from a grey/black colour scheme to white/beige, the kit also uses the zig-zig pattern commonly found on a lot of Nike shirts this season.

Kashima Antlers Home 2011 Nike

Kashima Antlers Away 2011 Nike

Kawasaki Frontale - Puma

A really good effort here for Frontale who jumped ship from Asics over to Puma. Kawasaki's home shirt uses a unique template which has yet to be seen on any other team in the world so far to my knowledge. Sometimes changing to a larger manufacturer a teams identifaction can get lost but this most certainly isn't the case. The home may seem really busy to some but I think it works well, the fading stripes, the symbol on the side of the shirt even though I'm not sure what it is, I like, and then the modern design of the template and collar. The away kit is a slightly more dull affair using the same template as this season's Tottenham shirt in roughly the same colours too.

Kawasaki Frontale Home 2011 Puma

Kawasaki Frontale Away 2011 Puma

Shimizu S-Pulse - Puma

Gone are the days of Shimizu's wonderful shirt with a map of the world on the front in a dazzling orange, although the orange is still here, it's not quite as original as it once was. Using the Puma template which can be found with floating around all over the place, it just isn't as emblematic as the shirts of old. The away kit uses exactly the same template with the colours switched.

Shimizu S-Pulse Home 2011 Puma

Shimizu S-Pulse Away 2011 Puma

Sanfrecce Hiroshima - Nike

One of my favourites from Japan this season. Sanfrecce swap from Mizuno to Nike and definitely for the better. The colours and the pattern work superbly well together, although maybe I feel this way since purple kits are a rarity to find anyway, so when one like this comes along it catches you off guard. Although a little let down by the DeoDeo sponsor, it more than makes up for it elsewhere. The away is also a sight to behold although all the different colours together on here really don't work as well.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Home 2011 Nike

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Away 2011 Nike

Yokohama F. Marinos - Nike

Nearly every season the F. Marinos release a good looking kit and to me this season is no exception. The two shades of blue in the chevron pattern on the front work excellently and the spots of red aren't too overpowering or garish either. The away, just like Hiroshima, is quite bewildering on the eye. Using fluo-yellow, dark blue and spots of red the players certainly won't have trouble finding each other.

Yokohama F. Marinos Home 2011 Nike

Yokohama F. Marinos Away 2011 Nike

Albirex Niigata - Adidas

Albirex are one of the few teams to have made the bold statement of deciding not to change anything with their kits for the 2011 season, both home and away are exactly the same as the previous season. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, for me they had one of the nicest strips last season and they're up there again this time around.

Albirex Niigata Home 2011 Adidas

Albirex Niigata Away 2011 Adidas

Well that's it for now stay tuned for the second half of the J.League 1 round-up.








Quoting Banned in DC:
Something that strikes me immediately about these kits is how classy all the crests are. MLS could learn from the J-League.

They look more professional than most of the MLS crests, although it is the club that designs the crest, not the shirtmaker


Most Japanese can understand the Roman alphabet, so it makes sense in terms of international presence to use it. Some teams use Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji, although this is unreadable for most non-Japanese. Albirex features Kanji which is a complicated business at the best of times!


Quoting phil:
Why are the J-league sponsors spelt out in English and not Japanese ?

In Japanese culture, especially advertising, English (or even French, German, etc.) is considered cool, even if it is spelled wrongly or grammatically incorrect sometimes. English lettering stands out and is often chosen over Japanese in many fields.


I heard that almost all Japanese sports brand companies that come from another countries such as Nike, Adidas, etc design their own unique kit regardless of main template that suggested to another countries. So they can make not boring kits.


Yes, KAMO Soccer Shop is the place to get new shirts.... Subside often has some older models, but the new ones are at Kamo. They range from 10,000 to 12,000 yen PLUS numbers and names at about another 7000 yen! With postage you are looking at 18-20,000 yen or more ;-(
I have a huge collection and always want to buy the new ones, but can't justify it too often!
Alan www.jsoccer.com


Does anyone know one of those asian manufacturers that make fake, but very very very close to original jerseys (great quality too) that will sell jerseys from this new J league teams?
Because I want few of these but I'm not paying €50 for one jersey.
I bought two asian jerseys for €40 and the quality is just as good as orginals.
can anyone recommend me a website?


Looking forward to J-2 shirts. My team, Tokyo Verdy have released their own shirt through their parent company and in turn it's turned out tragically bad.

Wish we could have Kappa back.

Also, i can get shirts in Japan if people need them, although they are pricey as hell!


Why are they pricey?
Sure do you know any website like
www.shirt-football.com or .9footballshirt.com
that produce soccer jerseys fom ther J League?
But with quality too. Like someone already asked, what website to buy these cheap and in good quality.


are you still able to get shirts ?

if so email me @ [email protected]

and we can talk


Some great shirts on show this season. Especially like Sanfrecce's home shirt. Mental geometric shapes of awesome. Already bought/got my Red Diamonds home and away shirt from a pal in Japan.

They are uber expensive in Japan. they generally cost around, for short sleeve, 10,230 Yen which is about £70/75 (pushing 80 euros I guess). You got to have some "dissposeable" cash at the end of the day.

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