Gamba Osaka

Gamba Osaka (ガンバ大阪, Gamba Ōsaka) is a Japanese professional football club based in Suita, Osaka Prefecture. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. The club's name Gamba comes from the Italian word "gamba" meaning "leg" and the Japanese ganbaru (頑張る), meaning "to do your best" or "to stand firm". The club's home stadium is Suita City Football Stadium.

Gamba Osaka
Gamba Osaka logo.svg
Full nameGamba Osaka
Nickname(s)Nerazzurri (Black-and-Blues)
Founded1980; 41 years ago (1980)[1] (as Matsushita Electric SC)
GroundPanasonic Stadium Suita
ChairmanTakashi Yamauchi
Head coachTsuneyasu Miyamoto
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 2nd of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Gamba Osaka is among the most accomplished Japanese clubs, having won several top-tier domestic titles, as well as the 2008 AFC Champions League.


Founded in 1980 as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (which was renamed "Panasonic Corporation" on 1 October 2008) soccer club in Nara Prefecture and a member of the Japan Soccer League.[2] It was mostly made of remaining players and staff of the defunct Yanmar Club, the former B-team of Yanmar Diesel F.C., later to be known as Cerezo Osaka. Gamba Osaka was an original member ("Original Ten"[a]) of the J.League in 1993.[2]

In 2005, the club claimed its first J.League championship on a dramatic final day during which any of five clubs could have claimed the championship. Gamba needed to win, and have cross town rivals Cerezo Osaka draw or lose. Gamba defeated a valiant Kawasaki Frontale 4–2, while victory was snatched from Cerezo by a last-minute FC Tokyo equalizer.[3] In an AFC Champions League match in 2006, Gamba Osaka defeated Vietnamese side Da Nang FC in a record-equaling victory of 15–0.[4] In the 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship final, Gamba Osaka beat MLS club Houston Dynamo 6–1 to win the tournament, in large part because of Bare who scored 4 goals in the final (5 in all at the tournament).[5] After his brilliant display and having just scored 10 goals in 18 games for Gamba in the domestic league, he was sold to UAE club Al-Ahli for 1 billion yen.[6]

Gamba Osaka playing against the Melbourne Victory in the 2008 AFC Champions League

In October 2008, Gamba for the first time in their history, reached the final of the AFC Champions League after defeating fellow Japanese league rivals Urawa Red Diamonds 4–2 on aggregate after a 1–1 draw at home in the first leg, Gamba registered one of the most historic comebacks in Champions League history when they came back from being behind 1–0 before half time to win 1–3 with all goals scored in the second half at Saitama. Gamba Osaka went on to win the 2008 AFC Champions League title after winning 5–0 on aggregate against the giant-killing Australian club Adelaide United in the Final. They became the fifth Japanese club to win the maximum Asian title, after Urawa, Júbilo Iwata, then-company-affiliated Yomiuri (now Tokyo Verdy), and Furukawa Electric (now JEF United Ichihara Chiba).[7]

In December 2008, Gamba made it to the semi finals of the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup after beating Australian club Adelaide United 1–0. They were beaten in the semifinals by 2007–08 Premier League and UEFA Champions League winners Manchester United. On 21 December 2008 they played for third place against Mexican side C.F. Pachuca with Gamba winning the match 1–0.[8]

In December 2012, Gamba were relegated from Division 1 after losing 2–1 to Júbilo Iwata. Gamba finished 17th in the league despite scoring more goals than any other club, including Champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Ultimately, although Gamba had a positive goal difference at the end of the season, Gamba could not overcome their poor defense, which allowed the second most goals in Division 1 after Consadole Sapporo. This also made Gamba Osaka the fastest club to suffer relegation from the top division after winning the AFC Champion's League and playing in the FIFA Club World Cup, the relegation being only four years later.[9] However, the club bounced back in the 2013 season, becoming the J2 Champion and directly promoting to Division 1 again after only one season.[10]

In 2014, Gamba won the Division 1 title, a year after winning the second division, becoming the second club in the professional era to achieve this feat (after Kashiwa Reysol in 2011). That same year, Gamba also became the second club to win the domestic treble (after Kashima Antlers in 2000), by winning the J.League Cup and the Emperor's Cup as well.[11]

Year 2015 saw Gamba Osaka return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2012, where they advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated by The Tournament Winner and 2015 FIFA Club World Cup Fourth Place Guangzhou Evergrande 1–2 on aggregate. Domestically, Gamba Osaka advanced to the final of both the J.League Cup and the J1 League Championship, losing to Kashima Antlers 0–3 and Club World Cup Third Place Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3–4 respectively.[12] Gamba Osaka successfully defended their status as Emperor's Cup winners, defeating Urawa Red Diamonds 2–1.[13]


A panoramic view of Suita City Football Stadium

Gamba Osaka used the Osaka Expo '70 Stadium in the Expo Commemoration Park as its home stadium from 1980 through 2015, which seats around 21,000.

The club began construction in December 2013 of a new soccer-specific stadium called Suita City Football Stadium in the same park, with a seating capacity of 39,694.[14] The new stadium had its inaugural official match during the Panasonic Cup on February 14, 2016, an exhibition match during which Gamba Osaka hosted fellow J1 club Nagoya Grampus.[15]


Gamba's fiercest rival are fellow locals Cerezo Osaka with whom they contest the Osaka derby.[16] Also have a heavy rivalry with Saitama's Urawa Red Diamonds, which they make the "National Derby" of Japan.

Record as J.League memberEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL FIFA CWC
1993 J1 10 7th 21,571 Semi-final 2nd round
1994 12 10th 22,367 Semi-final Semi-final
1995 14 14th 13,310 Semi-final
1996 16 12th 8,004 Group Stage Semi-final
1997 17 4th 8,443 Group Stage Semi-final
1998 18 15th 8,723 Group Stage 3rd round
1999 16 11th 7,996 2nd round 4th round
2000 16 6th 9,794 2nd round Semi-final
2001 16 7th 11,723 2nd round Quarter-final
2002 16 3rd 12,762 Semi-final 4th round
2003 16 10th 10,222 Quarter-final 4th round
2004 16 3rd 12,517 Quarter-final Semi-final
2005 18 1st 15,966 Runners-up Semi-final
2006 18 3rd 16,259 Quarter-final Runners-up Group Stage
2007 18 3rd 17,439 Winners Semi-final
2008 18 8th 16,128 Semi-final Winners Winners 3rd Place
2009 18 3rd 17,712 Quarter-final Winners Round of 16
2010 18 2nd 16,654 Quarter-final Semi-final Round of 16
2011 18 3rd 16,411 Semi-final 3rd round Round of 16
2012 18 17th 14,778 Quarter-Final Runners-up Group Stage
2013 J2 22 1st 12,286 3rd round
2014 J1 18 1st 14,749 Winners Winners
2015 18 2nd 15,999 Runners-up Winners Semi-final
2016 18 4th 25,342 Runners-up Quarter-final Group Stage
2017 18 10th 24,277 Semi-final Quarter-final Group Stage
2018 18 9th 23,485 Quarter-final 2nd round
2019 18 7th 27,708 Semi-final 3rd round
2020 18 2nd 7,597 Group Stage Runners-up
2021 20 TBD
  • Tms. = Number of clubs
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance = Average league attendance per game
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Coaching staffEdit

The Coaching Staff for the 2019 J1 League season;[17]

Position Staff
First-team Manager   Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Head Coach   Satoshi Yamaguchi
Goalkeeper Coach   Naoki Matsuyo
Coach   Arata Kodama
Physical Coach   Toni Gil Puerto


Current squadEdit

As of 10 April 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   JPN Masaaki Higashiguchi
3 DF   JPN Gen Shoji
4 DF   JPN Hiroki Fujiharu
5 DF   JPN Genta Miura (captain)
6 MF   KOR Ju Se-jong
8 MF   JPN Kosuke Onose
9 FW   BRA Leandro Pereira
10 MF   JPN Shu Kurata
11 FW   JPN Yuji Ono
13 DF   JPN Shunya Suganuma
14 MF   JPN Yuya Fukuda
15 MF   JPN Yosuke Ideguchi
16 DF   JPN Yota Sato
17 MF   JPN Kohei Okuno
18 FW   BRA Patric
19 DF   KOR Kim Young-gwon
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   JPN Kazunari Ichimi
21 MF   JPN Shinya Yajima
22 GK   JPN Jun Ichimori
23 GK   JPN Mizuki Hayashi
24 DF   JPN Keisuke Kurokawa
25 GK   JPN Kei Ishikawa
27 DF   JPN Ryu Takao
28 FW   BRA Wellington Silva
29 MF   JPN Yuki Yamamoto
30 DF   JPN Dai Tsukamoto
31 GK   JPN Taichi Kato (on loan from Ehime FC)
32 FW   BRA Tiago Alves
33 FW   JPN Haruto Shirai
34 FW   JPN Shuhei Kawasaki
39 FW   JPN Takashi Usami
40 DF   KOR Shin Won-ho

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   JPN Kosei Tani (on loan at Shonan Bellmare)
MF   JPN Yasuhito Endō (on loan at Júbilo Iwata)
MF   JPN Ren Shibamoto (on loan at SC Sagamihara)
FW   JPN Keito Nakamura (on loan at FC Juniors OÖ)
FW   JPN Shoji Toyama (on loan at Ehime FC)

Notable playersEdit

Yasuhito Endō, most capped player and number-one goalscorer in Gamba's history.
Greatest ever team

In 2011, as part of the club's official celebration of their 20th anniversary, supporters cast votes to determine the greatest ever team.[18]

  Yōsuke Fujigaya (2005–2013, 2015–2017)
  Akira Kaji (2006–2014)
  Sidiclei (2004–2007)
  Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (1995–2006)
  Satoshi Yamaguchi (2001–2011)
  Yasuhito Endō (1998– )
  Tomokazu Myojin (2006–2015 )
  Hideo Hashimoto (1998–2011)
  Takahiro Futagawa (1999–2018 )
  Patrick M'Boma (1997–1998)
  Araújo (2005)




Gamba Osaka (professional era)

Matsushita (amateur era)





Managerial historyEdit



Dates Name Honours Notes
1980–1991   Yoji Mizuguchi Emperor's Cup: 1990
1991–1994   Kunishige Kamamoto The competition formed as the J.League in 1993.
1995   Sigfried Held
1995–1997   Josip Kuže
1997–1998   Friedrich Koncilia
1998–1999   Frédéric Antonetti J.League Division 2 was launched in 1999.
1999–2001   Hiroshi Hayano
2001   Kazuhiko Takemoto
2002–2012   Akira Nishino J.League Division 1: 2005
J.League Cup: 2007
Emperor's Cup: 2008, 2009
AFC Champions League: 2008
J.League Manager of the Year: 2005
AFC Coach of the Year: 2008
2012   José Carlos Serrão
2012   Masanobu Matsunami Gamba was relegated to the J.League Division 2 2013.
2013–2017   Kenta Hasegawa J.League Division 2: 2013
J.League Division 1: 2014
J.League Cup: 2014
Emperor's Cup: 2014, 2015
J.League Manager of the Year: 2014
Gamba was promoted to the J.League Division 1 2014.
J3 League was launched in 2014.
2018   Levir Culpi
2018–   Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

Player statisticsEdit

Top scorers by seasonsEdit

Season Name Goals
1993   Akihiro Nagashima 12
1994   Toshihiro Yamaguchi 16
1995   Hans Gillhaus 20
1996   Mladen Mladenović 11
1997   Patrick M'Boma 25
1998   Hiromi Kojima 17
1999   Hiromi Kojima
  Luizinho Vieira
2000   Hiromi Kojima 9
2001   Nino Bule 17
2002   Magrão 22
2003   Magrão 15
2004   Masashi Oguro 20
2005   Araújo 33
2006   Magno Alves 26
Season Name Goals
2007   Baré 20
2008   Baré 10
2009   Leandro 11
2010   Shoki Hirai 14
2011   Lee Keun-ho 15
2012   Leandro 14
2013   Takashi Usami 19
2014   Takashi Usami 10
2015   Takashi Usami 19
2016   Shun Nagasawa
2017   Shun Nagasawa 10
2018   Hwang Ui-Jo 16
2019   Ademilson 10
2020   Patric 11

Award winnersEdit

The following players have won the awards while at Gamba Osaka:



World Cup playersEdit

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Gamba Osaka:

Olympic playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Gamba Osaka:

Former playersEdit

International resultsEdit

Opponent Season Home Away
  Adelaide United FC 2008 AFC Champions League Final 3–0 2–0
  2008 FIFA Club World Cup Quarter-finals 1–0
2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–2 0–2
2017 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–3 3–0
  Melbourne Victory FC 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–0 4–3
2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage 5–1 1–1
2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 1–2
  Dalian Shide F.C. 2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–0 0–2
  Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. 2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–0 1–0
  Henan Jianye F.C. 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 1–1
  Tianjin Teda F.C. 2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–0 1–2
  Guangzhou R&F F.C. 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–2 5–0
  Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. 2015 AFC Champions League Semi-finals 0–0 1–2
  Shanghai SIPG F.C. 2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–2 1–2
  Jiangsu Suning 2017 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–1 0–3
  Manchester United F.C.   2008 FIFA Club World Cup Semi-finals 3–5
  Sriwijaya FC 2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage 5–0 3–0
  Urawa Red Diamonds 2008 AFC Champions League Semi-finals 1–1 3–1
  Kawasaki Frontale 2009 AFC Champions League Round of 16 2–3 N.A.
  Cerezo Osaka 2011 AFC Champions League Round of 16 0–1 N.A.
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 2–3
2015 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals 3–2 0–0
  Jeonnam Dragons 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 4–3
  FC Seoul 2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–2 4–2
2015 AFC Champions League Round of 16 3–2 3–1
  Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–1 0–0
2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–2 0–0
  Seongnam FC 2010 AFC Champions League Round of 16 N.A. 0–3
2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–1 0–2
  Jeju United FC 2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–1 1–2
2017 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–4 0–2
  Pohang Steelers 2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–3 0–2
  Johor Darul Ta'zim 2017 AFC Champions League Play-off 3–0 N.A.
  C.F. Pachuca   2008 FIFA Club World Cup Third place 1–0
  Warriors FC 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–0 4–2
  Al-Karamah SC 2008 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals 2–0 2–1
  Chonburi F.C. 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 2–0
  Buriram United F.C. 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 2–1
  FC Bunyodkor 2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–1 2–3
  SHB Đà Nẵng F.C. 2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage 15–0 5–1

In popular cultureEdit

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, two characters are from Gamba Osaka: the defender Makoto Soda and the forward Takashi Sugimoto.



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External linksEdit

Preceded by
Urawa Red Diamonds
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Pohang Steelers