Cerezo Osaka

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Cerezo Osaka
セレッソ大阪
Full nameCerezo Osaka
Nickname(s)Sakura (cherry blossoms)
Founded1957; 64 years ago (1957)
GroundYanmar Stadium Nagai
Capacity47,853
OwnerYanmar
ChairmanHiroaki Morishima
ManagerMiguel Ángel Lotina
LeagueJ1 League
2019J1 League, 5th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Cerezo Osaka (セレッソ大阪, Seresso Ōsaka) are a Japanese professional football club based in Osaka. The club currently plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. The team name Cerezo (Spanish for cherry tree) is also the flower of the city of Osaka.[1] The official hometowns for the team are Osaka and Sakai.

History[edit source | edit]

The team, originally called Yanmar Diesel, started in 1957 as the company team of Yanmar and was an original founder of the now-disbanded Japan Soccer League. With four Japanese league titles to its credit, it was a mainstay of the JSL First Division until 1990 when it was first relegated, and joined the former Japan Football League in 1992.

In 1993, the club incorporated as Osaka Football Club Ltd., and adopted the name Cerezo after a public contest.[2] In 1994, they won the JFL championship and was promoted to the J1 League in 1995. This also coincided with a run to the finals of the Emperor's Cup, which they lost to Bellmare Hiratsuka.

Cerezo has relegated from J1 to J2 three times, but are currently playing in the J1 league. The team had an impressive third-place finish in the 2017 season.

On 4 November 2017 they won the J.League YBC Levain Cup, the first major title for Cerezo Osaka. The final match was against Kawasaki Frontale.

On 1 January 2018, Cerezo Osaka won the Emperor's Cup, securing their second major title. The final match was against Yokohama F. Marinos.

On 10 February 2018, they won the Xerox Super Cup, playing against Kawasaki Frontale.

In May 2018, the club changed its incorporated name from Osaka Soccer Club, Co. Ltd. to Cerezo Osaka Co., Ltd.

Colors[edit source | edit]

Cerezo's team colour is pink, like the cherry blossom flowers that the name is based on. Combination colours have been navy blue and black. This year, the uniform colour is pink (home) and white (away) for the field players, black (home) and pink (away) or green for the goal keepers.

During the Yanmar Diesel days in the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the uniform was all-red reminiscent of Deportivo Toluca.

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers[edit source | edit]

Season(s) Main Shirt Sponsor Collarbone Sponsor Additional Sponsor(s) Kit Manufacturer
2019 YANMAR - - Nipponham SINGHA KINCHO Nakabayashi PUMA
2020 SHARP

Grounds[edit source | edit]

The hometown for the team are Osaka and Sakai Japan. The team plays at Kincho Stadium, with some bigger games played at Yanmar Stadium Nagai.[3]

The team practices at Minami Tsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.

Team mascots[edit source | edit]

The main team mascot is a wolf, named Lobby. The other team mascot is Madame Lobina, Lobby's mother.[4]

Rivalries[edit source | edit]

Cerezo's biggest rival is fellow Osaka team Gamba Osaka. The matches played against Gamba are referred to as the Osaka derby.

Record as J.League member[edit source | edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup ACL
1995 J1 14 8 12,097 2nd round
1996 J1 16 13 8,229 Group stage 4th round
1997 J1 17 11 9,153 Group stage 4th round
1998 J1 18 9 9,864 Group stage 3rd round
1999 J1 16 6 10,216 2nd round 4th round
2000 J1 16 5 13,548 2nd round Quarter-final
2001 J1 16 16 11,857 1st round Final
2002 J2 12 2 7,952 4th round
2003 J1 16 9 13,854 Group stage Final
2004 J1 16 15 14,323 Group stage 4th round
2005 J1 18 5 17,648 Quarter-final Semi-final
2006 J1 18 17 13,026 Quarter-final 4th round
2007 J2 13 5 6,627 4th round
2008 J2 15 4 10,554 4th round
2009 J2 18 2 9,912 2nd round
2010 J1 18 3 15,026 Group stage 4th round
2011 J1 18 12 14,145 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
2012 J1 18 14 16,815 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2013 J1 18 4 18,819 Quarter-final 4th round
2014 J1 18 17 21,627 Quarter-final Quarter-final Round of 16
2015 J2 22 4 12,232 1st round
2016 J2 22 4 12,509 3rd round
2017 J1 18 3 20,970 Winner Winner
2018 J1 18 7 18,542 Quarter-final 4th round Group stage
2019 J1 18 5 21,518 Play-offs 4th round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League history[edit source | edit]

  • Japan Soccer League Division 1: 1965–1990 (as Yanmar Diesel)
  • Japan Soccer League Division 2: 1991 (as Yanmar Diesel)
  • Japan Football League Division 1: 1992–94 (as Yanmar Diesel until 1993; Cerezo Osaka since 1994)
  • J1 League: 1995–2001
  • J2 League: 2002
  • J1 League: 2003–2006
  • J2 League: 2007–2009
  • J1 League: 2010–2014
  • J2 League: 2015–2016
  • J1 League: 2017–present

Players[edit source | edit]

Current squad[edit source | edit]

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Out on loan[edit source | edit]

Last updated 11 July 2019.[6]

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Under-23 Squad[edit source | edit]

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Honours[edit source | edit]

Yanmar Osaka Soccer Club[edit source | edit]

Winners (4): 1971, 1974, 1975, 1980
Winners (3): 1973 (shared), 1983, 1984
Winners (3): 1968, 1970, 1974

Cerezo Osaka[edit source | edit]

  • Japan Football League
Winners (1): 1994 (as the company team)
Winners (1): 2017
Winners (1): 2017
Runners-up (3): 1994, 2001, 2003
Winners (1): 2018
Runners-up (1): 2018

Contiental record[edit source | edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 AFC Champions League Group G Template:Country data IDN Arema 2–1 0–4 2nd
China Shandong Luneng 4–0 2–0
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 1–0
Round of 16 Japan Gamba Osaka
0–1
Quarter-finals South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–3 6–1 5–9
2014 AFC Champions League Group F South Korea Pohang Steelers 0–2 1–1 2nd
China Shandong Luneng 1–3 1–2
Template:Country data THA Buriram United 4–0 2–2
Round of 16 China Guangzhou Evergrande 1–5 0–1 2–5
2018 AFC Champions League Group G South Korea Jeju United 2–1 0–1 3rd
China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–0 3–1
Template:Country data THA Buriram United 2–2 2–0

Managers[edit source | edit]

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Manager Nationality Tenure
Paulo Emilio Template:Fb 1 January 1994 – 31 December 1995
Hiroshi Sowa Template:Fb 1 January 1996 – 31 December 1996
Levir Culpi Template:Fb 1 February 1997 – 31 December 1997
Yasutaro Matsuki Template:Fb 1 January 1998 – 31 December 1999
René Desaeyere Template:Fb 1 February 1999 – 31 January 2000
Hiroshi Soejima Template:Fb 1 February 2000 – 19 August 2001
João Carlos Template:Fb 20 August 2001 – 4 November 2001
Akihiro Nishimura Template:Fb 5 November 2001 – 6 October 2003
Yuji Tsukada Template:Fb 7 October 2003 – 1 January 2004
Petar Nadoveza Template:Fb 2 January 2004 – 1 February 2004
Fuad Muzurović Template:Fb 1 February 2004 – 22 March 2004
Albert Pobor Template:Fb 23 March 2004 – 28 June 2004
Shinji Kobayashi Template:Fb 1 July 2004 – 17 April 2006
Yuji Tsukada Template:Fb 18 April 2006 – 31 December 2006
Satoshi Tsunami Template:Fb 1 January 2007 – 7 May 2007
Levir Culpi Template:Fb 8 May 2007 – 31 December 2011
Sérgio Soares Template:Fb 1 January 2012 – 26 August 2012
Levir Culpi Template:Fb 27 August 2012 – 11 December 2013
Ranko Popović Template:Fb 1 January 2014 – 9 June 2014
Marco Pezzaiuoli Template:Fb 16 June 2014 – 8 September 2014
Yuji Okuma Template:Fb 8 September 2014 – 16 December 2014
Paulo Autuori Template:Fb 1 January 2015 – 17 November 2015
Kiyoshi Okuma Template:Fb 17 November 2015 – 31 January 2017
Yoon Jong-hwan Template:Fb 1 February 2017 – 31 December 2018
Miguel Ángel Lotina Template:Fb 1 February 2019 – present

In popular culture[edit source | edit]

In the popular Captain Tsubasa manga, a character named Teppei Kisugi becomes a professional football player and joins Cerezo Osaka.[citation needed]

Former players[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. Club Guide Profile, Link to official team profile site.
  2. "Cerezo Osaka Profile". Cerezo Osaka official website. Archived from the original on 12 March 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Stadium Information, Link to stadiums.
  4. セレッソ大阪とは (in Japanese). Cerezo Osaka. Retrieved April 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "トップチーム選手".
  6. "ニュース". セレッソ大阪HP. Retrieved 10 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Club history". セレッソ大阪 沿革. Retrieved 10 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit source | edit]

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