J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Yokohama F Marinos


Marinos had a pretty good season last year as they reached the final of the Emperor’s Cup and finished 5th in the league. In the end they weren’t too far behind a place in the ACL, which would have exceeded expectations.

Since last year they have changed the manager and former Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and Australia NT boss Ange Postecoglou will be in charge this season.  If he can make the team play like Brisbane and Melbourne did at their best in A-League we should be in for a treat, but Australian managers doesn’t exactly have a good track record in Japan, with current Sydney FC-manager Graham Arnold’s failed spell at Vegalta a few seasons back fresh in mind.

They also lost influential players like Martinus and Saito, and they have lost a lot of creativity in midfield. Not sure Otsu from Reysol and Yun from FC Seoul have what it takes to fill those shoes, but given some time I think this Marinos-side as well can be very potent. They still got a good striker in Hugo Vieira in the no 9 role, and can easily see him be a contender for the top-scorer title or atleast hit 15+ goals if all goes well.   A finish on the upper half of the table seems likely.

Last season:

5th place

Expected finish: 5th – 9th place

Transfers In:

DF Nishiyama (S/R)
MF Yun il-Lok (I)
AM Otsu (R)

FW Nakagawa (S/R)

Transfers Out:

DF Park (S/R)
MF Maeda (R)
AM Martinus (I/K)
AM Saito (K)

(K = Key player,  I = Important Player, R = Regular Starter, S = Squad Player, K/I = Key/Important etc)

Starting Lineup:

  • 4-2-3-1:
  • Iikura
  • Matsubara – Nakazawa (I) – Degenek – Yamanaka
  • Nakamachi – Kida
  • Otsu – Amano – Yun (I)
  • Hugo Oliveira (I)

Points Breakdown:


Overall:  20,5/30p

Prediction:  7th – 11th


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