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Gamba Osaka
ガンバ大阪
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Full name Gamba Osaka
Founded 1980; 34 years ago (1980) (originally)
1991 (Gamba Osaka)
Ground Osaka Expo '70 Stadium,
Suita, Osaka
Ground Capacity 21,000
Owner Japan Panasonic
Chairman Japan Teruhisa Noro
Manager Japan Kenta Hasegawa
League J. League Division 1
2013 1st
Website Club home page

Gamba Osaka (ガンバ大阪 Gamba Ōsaka?) is a Japanese professional association football club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. The team's name comes from the Italian word "gamba" meaning "leg" and the Japanese ganbaru (頑張る?), meaning "to do your best" or "to stand firm". Located in Suita, Osaka, the team's home stadium is Osaka Expo '70 Stadium.

History[edit]

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. 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 of the J. League in 1993.

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. In an AFC Champions League match in 2006, Gamba Osaka defeated Vietnamese side Da Nang FC in a record equaling victory of 15–0. And then in the proceeding summer, 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship final, Gamba Osaka beat MLS club Houston Dynamo 6-1 to win the tournament, in large part because of the brilliant display by Bare who scored 4 goals in the final (5 in all at the tourney). After his brilliant display and just having finished scoring 10 goals in 18 games for Gamba in the domestic league, he was sold to UAE club Al-Ahli for 1 billion yen.

In October 2008, Gamba for the first time in their history, reached the final of the 2008 AFC Champions League when they defeated fellow Japanese and league rivals Urawa Reds 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 team Adelaide United in the Final. They became the fifth Japanese club to win the maximum Asian title, after Urawa, Júbilo Iwata, and then-company-affiliated Yomiuri (Tokyo Verdy) and Furukawa Electric (JEF United Ichihara Chiba).

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 semi finals by 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.

On 1 January 2009, Ryuji Bando scored in extra time to lift Gamba Osaka to a 1–0 win over Kashiwa Reysol and take the 88th Emperor's Cup in Tokyo. The victory secured Gamba a place in the 2009 AFC Champions League, where it will defend the title it won last year. This was the team's second ever Emperor's Cup win, with the last 18 years before in its previous incarnation as Matsushita Electric Industrial Soccer Club.

In 1 December 2012, Gamba were relegated from Division 1 after losing 2-1 to Jubilo Iwata. Gamba finished 17th in the league despite scoring more goals than any other team, 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. Though, the team bounced back in 2013 season, winning the division 2 Champion and directly promoted to Division 1 again in only 1 season.

Stadium[edit]

The club has used the Osaka Expo '70 Stadium in the Expo Commemoration Park as its home stadium. The capacity of this tracked stadium is about 20,000. The club plans to build a new soccer-specific stadium in the same park.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 - - - - Group Stage Quarter-final - -
1993 J1 10 7 21,571 Semi-final 2nd Round - -
1994 J1 12 10 22,367 Semi-final Semi-final - -
1995 J1 14 14 13,310 - Semi-final - -
1996 J1 16 12 8,004 Group Stage Semi-final - -
1997 J1 17 4 8,443 Group Stage Semi-final - -
1998 J1 18 15 8,723 Group Stage 3rd Round - -
1999 J1 16 11 7,996 2nd Round 4th Round - -
2000 J1 16 6 9,794 2nd Round Semi-final - -
2001 J1 16 7 11,723 2nd Round Quarter-final - -
2002 J1 16 3 12,762 Semi-final 4th Round - -
2003 J1 16 10 10,222 Quarter-final 4th Round - -
2004 J1 16 3 12,517 Quarter-final Semi-final - -
2005 J1 18 1 15,966 Runners-up Semi-final - -
2006 J1 18 3 16,259 Quarter-final Runners-up CL Group Stage
2007 J1 18 3 17,439 Winners Semi-final - -
2008 J1 18 8 16,128 Semi-final Winners CL Winners
2009 J1 18 3 17,712 Quarter-final Winners CL Round of 16
2010 J1 18 2 16,654 Quarter-final Semi-final CL Round of 16
2011 J1 18 3 16,411 Semi-final 3rd Round CL Round of 16
2012 J1 18 17 14,778 Quarter-Final Runners-up CL Group Stage
2013 J2 22 1 12,286 - 3rd Round - -
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September, 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Masaaki Higashiguchi
3 Japan DF Takaharu Nishino
4 Japan DF Hiroki Fujiharu
5 Japan DF Daiki Niwa
6 South Korea DF Kim Jung-Ya
7 Japan MF Yasuhito Endo
8 Japan DF Keisuke Iwashita
9 Brazil FW Lins
10 Japan MF Takahiro Futagawa
11 Japan MF Shu Kurata
13 Japan MF Hiroyuki Abe
14 Japan DF Koki Yonekura
15 Japan DF Yasuyuki Konno
16 Japan GK Kohei Kawata
17 Japan MF Tomokazu Myojin
18 Japan GK Atsushi Kimura
19 Japan MF Kotaro Omori
No. Position Player
20 Japan FW Akihiro Sato
22 South Korea DF Oh Jae-Suk
23 Japan DF Yuto Uchida
24 Japan FW Naoki Ogawa
25 Japan MF Kenya Okazaki
26 Japan MF Yosuke Ideguchi
27 Japan MF Tatsuya Uchida
29 Brazil FW Patric
31 Japan GK Ken Tajiri
34 Japan MF Shota Yomesaka
36 Japan MF Mizuki Ichimaru
37 Japan FW Akito Takagi
38 Japan GK Mizuki Hayashi
39 Japan FW Takashi Usami

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan DF Keigo Numata (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
Brazil DF Evson (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
No. Position Player
Japan DF Katsuhisa Inamori (at Gainare Tottori)
Japan FW Shota Kawanishi (at Montedio Yamagata)

World Cup players[edit]

Honours[edit]

Japanese Competitions[edit]

Matsushita (Amateur era)

Gamba Osaka (Professional era)

Asia[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Minor International Competitions[edit]

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Witthaya Hloagune  Thailand 1988–92
Kunishige Kamamoto  Japan 1992–94
Siegfried Held  Germany 1994–95
Josip Kuže  Croatia 1996–97
Friedrich Koncilia  Austria 1997–98
Frédéric Antonetti  France 1998–99
Hiroshi Hayano  Japan 1999–01
Kazuhiko Takemoto  Japan 2001–02
Akira Nishino  Japan 1 Feb 2002 – 31 Dec 2011
José Carlos Serrão  Brazil 1 Jan 2012 – 25 March 2012
Masanobu Matsunami  Japan 26 March 2012 – 2 Jan 2013
Kenta Hasegawa  Japan 4 Jan 2013–

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan
Champions of Asia
2008
Succeeded by
Pohang Steelers
South Korea