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Cerezo Osaka (セレッソ大阪, Seresso Ōsaka) is a Japanese football team, currently playing in the J.League. The team name Cerezo (Spanish for cherry tree) is also the flower of Ōsaka city.[1] The official home town for the team are Osaka City and Sakai City.

Cerezo Osaka
セレッソ大阪
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Full nameCerezo Osaka
Nickname(s)Sakura (cherry blossoms)
Founded1957; 62 years ago (1957)
GroundYanmar Stadium Nagai
Capacity47,853
OwnerYanmar
ChairmanHiroaki Morishima
ManagerMiguel Ángel Lotina
LeagueJ1 League
2018J1 League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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HistoryEdit

 
Old crest

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.

ColorsEdit

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.

GroundsEdit

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 Minamitsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.

Team mascotsEdit

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

RivalriesEdit

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 memberEdit

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-finals
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-finals 4th round Group stage
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League historyEdit

  • 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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 11 July 2019.[5]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Kentaro Kakoi
2   DF Riku Matsuda
3   MF Yasuki Kimoto
4   DF Kota Fujimoto
5   MF Naoyuki Fujita
6   MF Leandro Desábato
7   MF Kota Mizunuma (co-captain)
8   MF Yoichiro Kakitani (co-captain)
9   FW Ken Tokura
10   MF Hiroshi Kiyotake (captain)
11   MF Souza
13   FW Toshiyuki Takagi
14   DF Yusuke Maruhashi
15   DF Ayumu Seko
16   FW Eiichi Katayama
19   FW Ryuji Sawakami
20   FW Bruno Mendes (on loan from Deportivo Maldonado)
No. Position Player
21   GK Kim Jin-hyeon (co-captain)
22   DF Matej Jonjić
23   DF Tatsuya Yamashita
24   FW Pierce Waring
25   MF Hiroaki Okuno
27   GK Kenta Tanno
28   FW Motohiko Nakajima
29   DF Kakeru Funaki
30   MF Musashi Oyama
32   MF Atomu Tanaka
34   FW Hiroto Yamada
36   MF Toshiki Onozawa
38   MF Masataka Nishimoto (U-23 captain)
39   MF Mitsuru Maruoka
40   FW Mizuki Ando
45   GK Shu Mogi
51   MF Jun Nishikawa (designated special player)

Out on loanEdit

Last updated 11 July 2019.[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
17   MF Takaki Fukumitsu
26   MF Daichi Akiyama (to Montedio Yamagata)
31   FW Towa Yamane (to Zweigen Kanazawa)
  GK Ahn Joon-soo (to Kagoshima United FC)
  GK Takumi Nagaishi (to Renofa Yamaguchi FC)
  GK Honoya Shoji (to Oita Trinita)
No. Position Player
  DF Reiya Morishita (to Tochigi SC)
  MF Hinata Kida (to Avispa Fukuoka)
  MF Taiga Maekawa (to Avispa Fukuoka)
  MF Hirofumi Yamauchi (to FC Machida Zelvia)
  FW Takeru Kishimoto (to Tokushima Vortis)

Under-23 SquadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
33   FW Tawan Khotrsupho (on loan from BG Pathum United)
35   MF Phongrawit Jantawong (on loan from BG Pathum United)
37   DF Temma Nomura
41   MF Nagi Matsumoto
42   FW Shota Fujio
43   DF Ryuya Nishio
No. Position Player
44   DF Taiyo Shimokawa
46   GK Teruki Origuchi
47   GK Go Kambayashi
48   MF Takaya Yoshinare
49   DF Kaito Hayashida
50   MF Riyon Tori

HonoursEdit

Yanmar Osaka Soccer ClubEdit

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

Cerezo OsakaEdit

  • 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

ManagersEdit

[7]

Manager Nationality Tenure
Paulo Emilio   Brazil 1994–96
Hiroshi Sowa   Japan 1 Jan 1996–31 Dec 1996
Levir Culpi   Brazil 1 Feb 1997–31 Dec 1997
Yasutaro Matsuki   Japan 1998
René Desaeyere   Belgium 1999
Hiroshi Soejima   Japan 1 Jan 2000–1 Aug 2001
João Carlos   Brazil 2001
Akihiro Nishimura   Japan 2001–03
Yuji Tsukada   Japan 2003
Petar Nadoveza   Croatia 2004
Fuad Muzurović   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004
Albert Pobor   Croatia 2004
Shinji Kobayashi   Japan 1 July 2004 – 17 April 2006
Yuji Tsukada   Japan 18 April 2006–31 Dec 2006
Satoshi Tsunami   Japan 1 Jan 2007–7 May 2007
Levir Culpi   Brazil 8 May 2007–31 Dec 2011
Sérgio Soares   Brazil 1 Jan 2012–26 Aug 2012
Levir Culpi   Brazil 27 Aug 2012–11 Dec 2013
Ranko Popović   Serbia 1 Jan 2014–9 Jun 2014
Marco Pezzaiuoli   Germany 16 Jun 2014–8 Sep 2014
Yuji Okuma   Japan 8 Sep 2014–16 Dec 2014
Paulo Autuori   Brazil 1 Jan 2015–17 Nov 2015
Kiyoshi Okuma   Japan 17 Nov 2015–2017
Yoon Jong-hwan   South Korea 2017–2018
Miguel Ángel Lotina   Spain 2019–

In popular cultureEdit

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

Former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  3. ^ Stadium Information, Link to stadiums.
  4. ^ セレッソ大阪とは (in Japanese). Cerezo Osaka. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Player/Staff List".
  6. ^ "ニュース". セレッソ大阪HP. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Club history". セレッソ大阪 沿革. Retrieved 10 January 2018.

External linksEdit