Cerezo Osaka

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Cerezo Osaka
セレッソ大阪
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Full name Cerezo Osaka
Nickname(s) Sakura (cherry blossoms)
Founded 1957; 61 years ago (1957)
Ground Kincho Stadium & Yanmar Stadium Nagai
Capacity 18,007 & 47,853
Owner Yanmar
Chairman Minoru Tamada
Manager Yoon Jong-hwan
League J1 League
2017 J1 League, 3rd
Website Club website
Current season

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 towns for the team are Osaka City and Sakai City.

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 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]

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.

Grounds[edit]

The hometowns 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 mascots[edit]

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

Rivalries[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]

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
2014 J1 18 17 21,627 Quarter-Final Quarter-Final
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
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League history[edit]

  • Japan Soccer League Division 1: 1965–90 (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: 1995–01
  • J2 League: 2002
  • J1 League: 2003–06
  • J2 League: 2007–09
  • J1 League: 2010–2014
  • J2 League: 2015–2016
  • J1 League: 2017–

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24th July, 2018.[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 Japan GK Takumi Nagaishi
2 Japan DF Riku Matsuda
3 Japan DF Teruyuki Moniwa
4 Japan DF Kota Fujimoto
5 Japan DF Yusuke Tanaka
6 Japan MF Hotaru Yamaguchi (captain)
7 Japan MF Kota Mizunuma
8 Japan MF Yoichiro Kakitani
9 Japan FW Kenyu Sugimoto
10 Japan MF Hiroshi Kiyotake (co-captain)
11 Brazil MF Souza
12 United States FW Bryan K. Enatsu
13 Japan FW Toshiyuki Takagi
14 Japan DF Yusuke Maruhashi
15 Japan MF Yasuki Kimoto
16 Japan FW Eiichi Katayama
17 Japan MF Takaki Fukumitsu
18 South Korea FW Yang Dong-Hyun
19 Japan FW Ryuji Sawakami
20 Japan MF Noriyuki Sakemoto
21 South Korea GK Kim Jin-Hyeon
22 Croatia DF Matej Jonjić
23 Japan DF Tatsuya Yamashita
No. Position Player
24 Japan MF Kazuya Yamamura
25 Japan MF Hirofumi Yamauchi
26 Japan MF Daichi Akiyama (co-captain)
27 Japan GK Kenta Tanno
28 Japan FW Motohiko Nakajima
29 Japan DF Kakeru Funaki
30 Japan MF Musashi Oyama
31 Japan FW Towa Yamane
32 Japan MF Atomu Tanaka
33 Japan FW Rei Yonezawa
34 Japan FW Hiroto Yamada
35 Japan MF Masaki Okino
36 Japan MF Toshiki Onozawa
37 Japan DF Reiya Morishita (U-23 co-captain)
38 Japan MF Masataka Nishimoto (U-23 captain)
39 Thailand MF Chaowat Veerachat (on loan from Bangkok Glass)
40 Japan FW Mizuki Ando
41 Japan MF Naoya Uozato
43 Spain MF Osmar Barba (on loan from FC Seoul)
44 Australia FW Pierce Waring
45 Japan GK Shu Mogi

Out on loan[edit]

Last updated 10 January 2018.[6]

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

No. Position Player
Japan GK Kentaro Kakoi (to Avispa Fukuoka)
South Korea GK Ahn Joon-Soo (to Kagoshima United FC)
Japan FW Takeru Kishimoto (to Mito Hollyhock)
No. Position Player
Japan FW Taiga Maekawa (to Tokushima Vortis)
Japan MF Mitsuru Maruoka (to Renofa Yamaguchi)

Honours[edit]

Yanmar Osaka Soccer Club[edit]

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

Cerezo Osaka[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

Managers[edit]

[7]

Manager Nat. 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–

In popular culture[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]

References[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.
  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.

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