Gamba Osaka

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Gamba Osaka
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Full name Gamba Osaka
Founded 1980; 35 years ago (1980)
Ground Osaka Expo '70 Stadium,
Suita, Osaka
Ground Capacity 21,000
Owner Panasonic
Chairman Teruhisa Noro
Manager Kenta Hasegawa
League J. League Division 1
2014 J. League Division 1, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season
Panasonic Sports
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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.


Founded in 1991 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[2] In an AFC Champions League match in 2006, Gamba Osaka defeated Vietnamese side Da Nang FC in a record equaling victory of 15–0.[3] 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).[4] 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.[5]

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 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).[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] Though, the team bounced back in 2013 season, winning the division 2 Champion and directly promoted to Division 1 again in only 1 season.

In 2014, Gamba won the Division 1 title, a year after they won the second division. Gamba became the second club in the professional era to achieve this feat (the first one was Kashiwa Reysol in 2011. Gamba also became the second club to win domestic treble after Kashima Antlers in 2000, winning J. League Cup and the Emperor's Cup that same year.

Year 2015 saw Gamba Osaka return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2012. After suffering defeats to Guangzhou R&F and Seongnam FC and drawing against Buriram United, Gamba bounced back with wins on their last three group stage matches to top their group. Gamba then advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating F.C. Seoul in the Round of 16 and are currently draw against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a two-way tie.


Expo '70 Stadium, home ground of Gamba Osaka

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 has built a new soccer-specific stadium called Suita City Football Stadium in the same park.[10]


Gamba's fiercest rival are fellow locals Cerezo Osaka with whom they contest the Osaka derby.

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
2014 J1 18 1 14,749 Winners Winners
2015 J1 18 3 15,999 Runners-up CL Semi-final
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site


Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2015.

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 Endō (captain)
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 Ken Tajiri
17 Japan MF Tomokazu Myojin
No. Position Player
18 Japan GK Yōsuke Fujigaya
19 Japan MF Kotaro Omori
20 Japan FW Shun Nagasawa
21 Japan MF Yōsuke Ideguchi
22 South Korea DF Oh Jae-Suk
24 Japan FW Shingo Akamine
26 Japan MF Naoya Seno
27 Japan MF Tatsuya Uchida
28 Japan MF Shota Yomesaka
29 Brazil FW Patric
30 Japan FW Sou Hirao
31 Japan GK Mizuki Hayashi
38 Japan MF Ritsu Doan
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 Yuto Uchida (at Tokushima Vortis)
Japan MF Kenya Okazaki (at Ehime FC)
No. Position Player
Japan FW Naoki Ogawa (at Fujieda MYFC)

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.[11]

Japan Yōsuke Fujigaya (2005–2013, 2015– )
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– )
Japan Hideo Hashimoto (1998–2011)
Japan Takahiro Futagawa (1999– )
Cameroon Patrick M'Boma (1997–1998)
Brazil Araújo (2005)


Japanese Competitions[edit]

Matsushita (Amateur era)

Gamba Osaka (Professional era)



Minor International Competitions[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Gamba Osaka: Club Introduction". J. League. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 derby title races: 6. Gamba Osaka & Cerezo Osaka (2005)". April 5, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gamba hammer Da Nang 15–0 to pick up first ACL points". Japan Times. April 5, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bare, Gamba Osaka roll over Dynamo 6–1: Brazilian striker nets four in Pan-Pacific final". Houston Dynamo. February 24, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bare set to leave Gamba for Al Ahli". ESPN soccernet. July 23, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Origins and History: Ninety Years of the JFA". JFA. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008 – Overview". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gamba claim Emperor's Cup". AFP. January 1, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Niigata's great escape". J. League. December 1, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Kaz Nagatsuka (December 28, 2013). "Gamba wait for new site". Japan Times. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ 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). October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 

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