Gamba Osaka

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Gamba Osaka
Gamba Osaka logo.svg
Full nameGamba Osaka
Founded1991; 29 years ago (1991)[1]
GroundPanasonic Stadium Suita
ChairmanTakashi Yamauchi
ManagerTsuneyasu Miyamoto
LeagueJ1 League
2019J1 League, 7th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Gamba Osaka (ガンバ大阪, Gamba Ōsaka) are 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 team'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 team's home stadium is Suita City Football Stadium.

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 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 team 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 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. This also made Gamba Osaka the fastest team 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 team 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.


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL FIFA CWC
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 Group Stage
2007 J1 18 3 17,439 Winners Semi-final
2008 J1 18 8 16,128 Semi-final Winners Winners 3rd Place
2009 J1 18 3 17,712 Quarter-final Winners Round of 16
2010 J1 18 2 16,654 Quarter-final Semi-final Round of 16
2011 J1 18 3 16,411 Semi-final 3rd round Round of 16
2012 J1 18 17 14,778 Quarter-Final Runners-up Group Stage
2013 J2 22 1 12,286 3rd round
2014 J1 18 1 14,749 Winners Winners
2015 J1 18 2 15,999 Runners-up Winners Semi-final
2016 J1 18 4 25,342 Runners-up Quarter-final Group Stage
2017 J1 18 10 24,277 Semi-final Quarter-final Group Stage
2018 J1 18 9 23,485 Quarter-final 2nd round
2019 J1 18 7 27,708 Semi-final 3rd round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance = Average league attendance per game
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Coaching staff[edit]

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

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


Current squad[edit]

The Gamba Osaka squad for the 2020 J1 League season.[17]

As of 23 February 2020.

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 Gen Shoji
4 Japan DF Hiroki Fujiharu
5 Japan DF Genta Miura (captain)
7 Japan MF Yasuhito Endō
8 Japan MF Kosuke Onose
9 Brazil FW Ademilson
10 Japan MF Shu Kurata
11 Japan FW Yuji Ono
13 Japan DF Shunya Suganuma
14 Japan MF Yuya Fukuda
15 Japan MF Yosuke Ideguchi
16 Japan GK Jun Ichimori
17 Japan MF Ryo Shinzato
18 Brazil FW Patric
19 South Korea DF Kim Young-gwon
20 Japan FW Daisuke Takagi
21 Japan MF Shinya Yajima
No. Position Player
23 Japan MF Mizuki Ichimaru
24 Japan DF Keisuke Kurokawa
25 Japan GK Kei Ishikawa
26 Japan MF Kohei Okuno
27 Japan DF Ryu Takao
28 Philippines DF Tabinas Jefferson
29 Japan MF Yuki Yamamoto
30 Japan DF Dai Tsukamoto
31 Japan GK Haruki Saruta
32 Japan MF Ren Shibamoto
33 Japan FW Takashi Usami
34 Japan FW Shuhei Kawasaki
35 Japan DF Tatsuya Yamaguchi
36 Japan DF Riku Matsuda
37 Japan FW Haruto Shirai
38 Japan FW Shoji Toyama
39 Japan FW Kazuma Watanabe
40 South Korea DF Shin Won-ho

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
2 Japan DF Hiroki Noda (at Montedio Yamagata)
14 Japan DF Koki Yonekura (at JEF United Chiba)
17 Japan MF Mizuki Ichimaru (at FC Gifu)
18 Japan FW Akito Takagi (at Montedio Yamagata)
20 Japan FW Hiroto Goya (at V-Varen Nagasaki)
No. Position Player
25 Japan MF Jungo Fujimoto (at Kyoto Sanga FC)
38 Japan FW Keito Nakamura (at FC Twente)
Japan GK Ryota Suzuki (at JEF United Chiba)
Japan FW Kazunari Ichimi (at Kyoto Sanga FC)

Under-23 squad[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 GK Yukihiro Komai
China GK Wang Xinyu
Japan DF Keishi Murakami
Japan DF Sho Nishimura
Japan DF Shohei Ogushi
Japan DF Hayato Okuda
Japan DF Shinri Ono
Japan MF Ko Ise
No. Position Player
Japan MF Soma Meshino
Japan MF Yuto Nagao
Japan MF Jiro Nakamura
Japan MF Naoya Takahashi
Japan FW Shuhei Kawasaki
Japan FW Shoji Toyama
Japan FW Dai Tsukamoto

Notable players[edit]

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]

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

Club captains[edit]

  • Japan Akihiro Nagashima 1992-1993
  • Japan Isogai Yoko 1994-1996
  • Japan Hayato Okanaka 1997-1998
  • Japan Minoru Tadam 1999
  • Japan Miyamoto Tsuneyasu 2000
  • Japan Kiba Masao 2001-2003
  • Japan Miyamoto Tsuneyasu 2004
  • Japan Siji Clay 2005
  • Japan Yuta Tadashi 2006-2007
  • Japan Naoki Matsushiro 2008-2009
  • Japan Tomokazu Myojin 2010-2012
  • Japan Yasuhito Endo 2013-




Gamba Osaka (Professional era)

Matsushita (Amateur era)





Managerial history[edit]



Dates Name Honours Notes
1980–1991 Japan Yoji Mizuguchi Emperor's Cup: 1990
1991–1994 Japan Kunishige Kamamoto The competition formed as the J.League in 1993.
1995 Germany Sigfried Held
1995–1997 Croatia Josip Kuže
1997–1998 Austria Friedrich Koncilia
1998–1999 France Frédéric Antonetti J.League Division 2 was launched in 1999.
1999–2001 Japan Hiroshi Hayano
2001 Japan Kazuhiko Takemoto
2002–2012 Japan 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 Brazil José Carlos Serrão
2012 Japan Masanobu Matsunami Gamba was relegated to the J.League Division 2 2013.
2013–2017 Japan 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 Brazil Levir Culpi
2018– Japan Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

Player statistics[edit]

Top scorers by seasons[edit]

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

Award winners[edit]

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



World Cup players[edit]

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

Olympic players[edit]

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

Former players[edit]

International results[edit]

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

In popular culture[edit]

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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  11. ^ "Gamba Osaka complete domestic treble". Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Hiroshima hold off Gamba to win 3rd J-League title in 4 years". The Mainich. The Mainichi Newspapers. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
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  15. ^ "Gamba open new stadium with preseason victory". japantimes. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  16. ^ "The story behind the Osaka derby". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Gamba Osaka 2019 Squad". Gamba Osaka (in Japanese). Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  18. ^ ガンバ大阪歴代ベストイレブン 遠藤、宮本らが選出. Ameba news (in Japanese). 2 October 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
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  20. ^ "History of Gamba Osaka". Gamba Osaka Official Site. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Japan Football Hall of Fame". JFA. Japan Football Association.

External links[edit]

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