Cerezo Osaka

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Cerezo Osaka
セレッソ大阪
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Full nameCerezo Osaka
Nickname(s)Sakura (cherry blossoms)
Founded1957;64 years ago (1957) (as Yanmar Diesel SC)
Ground Yanmar Stadium Nagai
Yodoko Sakura Stadium
Capacity47,853 (Yanmar)
18,007 (Yodoko)
Owner Yanmar
ChairmanHiroaki Morishima
Manager Levir Culpi
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 4th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Cerezo Osaka (セレッソ大阪, Seresso Ōsaka) is a Japanese professional football club based in Osaka. The club currently plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. The club's name Cerezo (Spanish for cherry tree) is also the flower of the city of Osaka. [1] The official hometowns for the club are Osaka and Sakai.

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History

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Old crest

The club, originally called Yanmar Diesel, started in 1957 as the company team of Yanmar and was an original founder ("Original Eight" [lower-alpha 1] ) of the now-disbanded Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965. With four Japanese league titles to its credit, it was a mainstay of the JSL Division 1 until 1990 when it was first relegated, and joined the former Japan Football League (JFL) in 1992.

In 1993, the club incorporated as Osaka Football Club Co., 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 club 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 Football Club Co., Ltd. to Cerezo Osaka Co., Ltd.

Grounds

The hometowns for the club are Osaka and Sakai. The club plays at Kincho Stadium, with some bigger games played at Yanmar Stadium Nagai. [3]

The club practices at Minami Tsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.

Mascots

The main club's mascot is a wolf, named Lobby. The other club's mascot is Madame Lobina, Lobby's mother. [4] On February 22nd, 2020, host and TV personality Roland was appointed Cerezo's "Official CereMan". [5]

Rivalries

Cerezo's biggest rival is fellow Osaka club Gamba Osaka. The matches played against Gamba are referred to as the Osaka derby.

Kits and colours

Cerezo's club 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.

Colours, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s)Main Shirt SponsorCollarbone SponsorAdditional Sponsor(s)Kit Manufacturer
2018 Yanmar -- Nippon Ham Singha KinchoNakabayashi- Puma
2019 Sharp
2020- /
Danish
2021Yodogawa Steel Works-

Kit evolution

Record as J.League member

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
ACL
SeasonDiv.TeamsPos.PW (OTW / PKW)DL (OTL/PKL)FAGDPtsAttendance/G
1995 J1148th5225 (0 / 0)-11 (0 / 2)4344-14112,0972nd round
1996 1613th3010-203856-18308,229Group stage4th round
1997 1711th3213 (1 / 2)-10 (5 / 1)5356-3439,153Group stage4th round
1998 189th3414 (1 / 0)-17 (1 / 1)5679-23449,864Group stage3rd round
1999 166th3015 (4 / 0)-10 (1 / 0)6445195310,2162nd round4th round
2000 165th3014 (3 / 0)-11 (2 / 0)544954813,5482nd roundQuarter-final
2001 1616th305 (3 / 0)218 (0 / 0)4170-292111,8571st roundFinal
2002 J2122nd4425127935340877,9524th round
2003 J1169th30124145556-14013,854Group stageFinal
2004 1615th3068164264-222614,323Group stage4th round
2005 185th3416117484085917,648Quarter-finalSemi-final
2006 1817th3469194470-262713,026Quarter-final4th round
2007 J2135th4824816725517806,6274th round
2008 154th42216158160216910,5544th round
2009 182nd513111910053471049,9122nd round
2010 J1183rd34171075131206115,026Group stage4th round
2011 1812th341110136753144314,145Quarter-finalSemi-finalQuarter-final
2012 1814th34119144753-64216,815Quarter-finalQuarter-final
2013 184th34161175332215918,819Quarter-final4th round
2014 1817th34710173648-123121,627Quarter-finalQuarter-finalRound of 16
2015 J2224th421813115740176712,2321st round
2016 224th42239106246167812,5093rd round
2017 J1183rd3419696443226320,970WinnerWinner
2018 187th34131110393815018,542Quarter-final4th roundGroup stage
2019 185th34185113929145921,518Play-offs4th round
2020 184th341861046379607,014Quarter-finalDid not qualify
2021 20
Key

  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average league home attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site


League history

Players

Current squad

As of 14 July 2021 [6]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Vietnam.svg  VIE Đặng Văn Lâm
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Matsuda
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryosuke Shindo
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riki Harakawa
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoyuki Fujita
6 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Tiago Pagnussat
9 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Adam Taggart
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroshi Kiyotake
13 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshiyuki Takagi
14 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Maruhashi
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayumu Seko
16 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoto Arai
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuhiro Sakamoto
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jun Nishikawa
19 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hirotaka Tameda
20 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshito Ōkubo
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Kim Jin-hyeon
22 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riki Matsuda
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koji Toriumi
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroaki Okuno
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Koike
28 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Motohiko Nakajima
29 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mutsuki Kato
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hinata Kida
32 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Toyokawa
33 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuya Nishio
34 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroto Yamada
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Haruki Arai (on loan from FC Tiamo Hirakata)
40 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taishi Matsumoto (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
48 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryusei Haruna
49 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoga Shimonaka
50 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenya Matsui

Out on loan

February 9th, 2021. [7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Nagaishi (on loan to Avispa Fukuoka)
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shu Mogi (on loan to Machida Zelvia)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reiya Morishita (on loan to Machida Zelvia)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Honoya Shoji (on loan to Zweigen Kanazawa)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuya Tabira (on loan to Iwate Grulla Morioka)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kakeru Funaki (on loan to SC Sagamihara)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daichi Akiyama (on loan to Gainare Tottori)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nagi Matsumoto (on loan to Tochigi SC)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takaya Yoshinare (on loan to Kamatamare Sanuki)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Towa Yamane (on loan to Mito HollyHock)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Fujio (on loan to Mito HollyHock)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuji Sawakami (on loan to SC Sagamihara)

Honours

Yanmar Diesel

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

Cerezo Osaka

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

Continental record

As of 24 June 2021
SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2011 AFC Champions League Group G Flag of Indonesia.svg Arema 2–14–02nd
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Taishan 4–00–2
Flag of South Korea.svg Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–00–1
Round of 16 Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka 1–0
Quarter-finals Flag of South Korea.svg Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–31–65–9
2014 AFC Champions League Group F Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 0–21–12nd
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Taishan 1–32–1
Flag of Thailand.svg Buriram United 4–02–2
Round of 16 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou 1–51–02–5
2018 AFC Champions League Group G Flag of South Korea.svg Jeju United 2–11–03rd
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou 0–01–3
Flag of Thailand.svg Buriram United 2–20–2
2021 AFC Champions League Play-off round Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne City Cancelled
Group J Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou 5–0 [lower-alpha 2] 2–0 [lower-alpha 2] 1st
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee 2–1 [lower-alpha 2] 0–0 [lower-alpha 2]
Flag of Thailand.svg Port 1–1 [lower-alpha 2] 3–0 [lower-alpha 2]
Round of 16 Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers
  1. The Original Eight of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965 were Mitsubishi, Furukawa, Hitachi, Yanmar, Toyo Industries, Yahata Steel, Toyota Industries and Nagoya Mutual Bank.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Played at a neutral venue.

Managers

[8]

ManagerNationalityTenure
Paulo Emilio Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 January 1994 – 31 December 1995
Hiroshi Sowa Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 January 1996 – 31 December 1996
Levir Culpi Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 February 1997 – 31 December 1997
Yasutaro Matsuki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 January 1998 – 31 December 1999
René Desaeyere Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1 February 1999 – 31 January 2000
Hiroshi Soejima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 February 2000 – 19 August 2001
João Carlos Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 20 August 2001 – 4 November 2001
Akihiro Nishimura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 5 November 2001 – 6 October 2003
Yuji Tsukada Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 7 October 2003 – 1 January 2004
Petar Nadoveza Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2 January 2004 – 1 February 2004
Fuad Muzurović Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 February 2004 – 22 March 2004
Albert Pobor Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 23 March 2004 – 28 June 2004
Shinji Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 July 2004 – 17 April 2006
Yuji Tsukada Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 18 April 2006 – 31 December 2006
Satoshi Tsunami Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 January 2007 – 7 May 2007
Levir Culpi Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 8 May 2007 – 31 December 2011
Sérgio Soares Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 January 2012 – 26 August 2012
Levir Culpi Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 27 August 2012 – 11 December 2013
Ranko Popović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1 January 2014 – 9 June 2014
Marco Pezzaiuoli Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 16 June 2014 – 8 September 2014
Yuji Okuma Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 8 September 2014 – 16 December 2014
Paulo Autuori Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 January 2015 – 17 November 2015
Kiyoshi Okuma Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 17 November 2015 – 31 January 2017
Yoon Jong-hwan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1 February 2017 – 31 December 2018
Miguel Ángel Lotina Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 February 2019 – 31 January 2021
Levir Culpi Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 February 2021 – present

In the popular Captain Tsubasa manga, a character named Teppei Kisugi becomes a professional football player and joins Cerezo Osaka.[ citation needed ]

Former players

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