Cerezo Osaka

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Cerezo Osaka
セレッソ大阪
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Full name Cerezo Osaka
Founded 1957; 57 years ago (1957)
Ground Kincho Stadium & Nagai Stadium
Ground Capacity 20,000 & 50,000
Owner Yanmar
Chairman Masao Okano
Manager Ranko Popović
League J. League Division 1
2013 J. League Division 1, 4th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Cerezo Osaka (セレッソ大阪 Seresso Ōsaka?) is a J. League Division 1 association football team. The team name Cerezo means cherry tree in Spanish, which is also the flower of Ōsaka city.

The team's home town is Osaka, Japan and it plays at Nagai Ball Gall Field, with some bigger games played at Nagai Stadium. It practices at Minamitsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.

In the popular Captain Tsubasa manga, a character named Teppei Kisugi becomes a professional soccer player and joins Cerezo Osaka.

History[edit]

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 thus 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.[1] In 1994, it 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 long-time league rivals Bellmare Hiratsuka.

In 2001, it finished in the last spot and was relegated to the J2 league. It managed to finish second in the 2002 season and returned to J1 in 2003.

In 2005 they came close to becoming J-League champions, and topped the league into the last match day. In their final match, they led F.C. Tokyo with minutes to go and were on course to win the title. However, Tokyo equalized in the 90th minute, and a number of other late goals around Japan meant they finished 5th. Arch-rivals Gamba Osaka, ended up winning the title. Cerezo returned to J2 for the 2007 season after finishing second to last in 2006. In 2009 they were promoted and returned to the top division, where they have been ever since. On 26 July 2013, Cerezo Osaka face off against Manchester United which ended 2-2.

Colours[edit]

Cerezo's basic kit color is pink, like the cherry blossom flowers the name is based on. Combination colors have been navy blue and black. Currently their kit is Pink with Purple vertical strips, made by Mizuno.

During the Yanmar Diesel days in the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the kit was an all-red reminiscent of Liverpool F.C.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
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
2012 J1 18 14 16,815 Quarter-Final Quarter-Final
2013 J1 18 4 18,819 Quarter-Final 4th Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League History[edit]

  • Division 1 (Japan Soccer League Div. 1): 1965–90 (as Yanmar Diesel)
  • Division 2 (Japan Soccer League Div. 2): 1991 (as Yanmar Diesel)
  • Division 2 (Japan Football League Div. 1): 1992–94 (as Yanmar Diesel until 1993; Cerezo Osaka since 1994)
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 1995–01
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2002
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2003–06
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2007–09
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2010–

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 February 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Hiroyuki Takeda
2 Japan DF Takahiro Ogihara
3 Japan DF Yuta Someya
4 Japan DF Kota Fujimoto (captain)
5 Japan MF Aria Jasuru Hasegawa
6 Japan MF Hotaru Yamaguchi
7 Japan DF Toru Araiba
8 Japan MF Yoichiro Kakitani
9 Japan FW Ryo Nagai
10 Uruguay FW Diego Forlán
11 Japan MF Jumpei Kusukami
13 Japan FW Takumi Minamino
14 Japan DF Yusuke Maruhashi
No. Position Player
15 Japan MF Takamitsu Yoshino
16 Japan DF Jun Ando
17 Japan MF Noriyuki Sakemoto
18 Australia MF Mitch Nichols
19 Japan DF Yuki Kotani
20 Japan FW Kenyu Sugimoto
21 South Korea GK Kim Jin-Hyeon
22 South Korea GK Gu Sung-Yun
23 Japan DF Tatsuya Yamashita
24 Japan MF Takeru Okada
26 Japan MF Daichi Akiyama
27 Japan GK Kenta Tanno
30 Serbia DF Gojko Kačar

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
25 Japan MF Masato Kurogi (to V-Varen Nagasaki)
Japan MF Mitsuru Maruoka (to Borussia Dortmund)
Japan MF Daiki Kogure (to Tokushima Vortis)

2012 Season Transfers[edit]

International Players[edit]

Japan
AFC
CONCACAF
CONMEBOL
UEFA

World Cup Players[edit]

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Cerezo Osaka:

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

Titles[edit]

Yanmar Osaka Soccer Club[edit]

Cerezo Osaka[edit]

  • Japan Football League: (1) 1994 (as the company team)

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Paulo Emilio  Brazil 1994–96
Hiroshi Sowa  Japan Jan 1, 1996–Dec 31, 1996
Levir Culpi  Brazil Feb 1, 1997–Dec 31, 1997
Yasutaro Matsuki  Japan 1998
René Desaeyere  Belgium 1999
Hiroshi Soejima  Japan Jan 1, 2000–Aug 1, 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 July 1, 2004–April 17, 2006
Yuji Tsukada  Japan April 18, 2006–Dec 31, 2006
Satoshi Tsunami  Japan Jan 1, 2007–May 7, 2007
Levir Culpi  Brazil May 8, 2007–Dec 31, 2011
Sérgio Soares  Brazil Jan 1, 2012–Aug 26, 2012
Levir Culpi  Brazil Aug 27, 2012–Dec 11, 2013
Ranko Popović  Serbia Jan 1, 2014–

History of Uniform Sponsors[edit]

Year Chest Sleeve Back Pants Supplier
1994 CAPCOM
/Nippon Ham
Yanmar Nippon Ham
/CAPCOM
- Mizuno
1995 Nippon Ham CAPCOM
1996
1997 Osaka
Olympic Bid Committee 2008
Yanmar
1998
1999 -
2000 Tamanoi Vinegar
2001
2002 Daiso House
2003 Daiso
2004 SPORTS DEPO
2005
2006 Yanmar SUPER H2O Nippon Ham
2007 OSAKA PiTaPa
2008
2009 -
2010 KINCHO SANYU
2011
2012

Affiliate Club[edit]

Slogans[edit]

Year Slogan
1994 Jump To J!
1995 To Be Professional
(真のプロフェッショナルをめざして)
2002 Passion to the Top
2003 PASSION SOUL (情熱魂)
2004 Be ONE!
2005 日々進化 (Evolving)
2006 さらなる挑戦 (A Further Challenge)
2007 猛進 (Rush)
2008 YOU ARE MY HEART
2009 ユアマイハート (You Are my Heart)
2010 攻めきる。~最後の笛が鳴るまで (Attack Until The Last Blow-Up)
2011 攻めきるMAXかかげよ桜冠 (Attack To The Max, Raise The Cherry Crown)
2012 追球 THE CEREZO (Pursuit)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cerezo Osaka Profile". Cerezo Osaka official website. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 

External links[edit]