|Full name||Cerezo Osaka|
|Nickname(s)||Sakura (cherry blossoms)|
|Founded||1957(as Yanmar Diesel SC)|
|Ground|| Yanmar Stadium Nagai |
Yodoko Sakura Stadium
|2020||J1 League, 4th of 18|
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. The official hometowns for the club are Osaka and Sakai.
The club, originally called Yanmar Diesel, started in 1957 as the company team of Yanmar and was an original founder ("Original Eight") 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.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.
The hometowns for the club are Osaka and Sakai. The club plays at Kincho Stadium, with some bigger games played at Yanmar Stadium Nagai.
The club practices at Minami Tsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.
The main club's mascot is a wolf, named Lobby. The other club's mascot is Madame Lobina, Lobby's mother.On February 22nd, 2020, host and TV personality Roland was appointed Cerezo's "Official CereMan".
Cerezo's biggest rival is fellow Osaka club Gamba Osaka. The matches played against Gamba are referred to as the Osaka derby.
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.
|Season(s)||Main Shirt Sponsor||Collarbone Sponsor||Additional Sponsor(s)||Kit Manufacturer|
|2021||Yodogawa Steel Works||-|
1994 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2003
2004 - 2005
2006 - 2007
2008 - 2009
1994 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2002
2003 - 2004
Yanmar Premium Cup
Kincho Stadium 5th Anniversary
|Season||Div.||Teams||Pos.||P||W (OTW / PKW)||D||L (OTL/PKL)||F||A||GD||Pts||Attendance/G|
|1995||J1||14||8th||52||25 (0 / 0)||-||11 (0 / 2)||43||44||-1||41||12,097||–||2nd round||–|
|1996||16||13th||30||10||-||20||38||56||-18||30||8,229||Group stage||4th round|
|1997||17||11th||32||13 (1 / 2)||-||10 (5 / 1)||53||56||-3||43||9,153||Group stage||4th round||–|
|1998||18||9th||34||14 (1 / 0)||-||17 (1 / 1)||56||79||-23||44||9,864||Group stage||3rd round||–|
|1999||16||6th||30||15 (4 / 0)||-||10 (1 / 0)||64||45||19||53||10,216||2nd round||4th round||–|
|2000||16||5th||30||14 (3 / 0)||-||11 (2 / 0)||54||49||5||48||13,548||2nd round||Quarter-final||–|
|2001||16||16th||30||5 (3 / 0)||2||18 (0 / 0)||41||70||-29||21||11,857||1st round||Final||–|
|2004||16||15th||30||6||8||16||42||64||-22||26||14,323||Group stage||4th round||–|
|2010||J1||18||3rd||34||17||10||7||51||31||20||61||15,026||Group stage||4th round||–|
|2014||18||17th||34||7||10||17||36||48||-12||31||21,627||Quarter-final||Quarter-final||Round of 16|
|2018||18||7th||34||13||11||10||39||38||1||50||18,542||Quarter-final||4th round||Group stage|
|2020 †||18||4th||34||18||6||10||46||37||9||60||7,014||Quarter-final||Did not qualify||–|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
February 9th, 2021.Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|2011||AFC Champions League||Group G||Arema||2–1||4–0||2nd|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||1–0||0–1|
|Round of 16||Gamba Osaka||1–0|
|Quarter-finals||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||4–3||1–6||5–9|
|2014||AFC Champions League||Group F||Pohang Steelers||0–2||1–1||2nd|
|Round of 16||Guangzhou||1–5||1–0||2–5|
|2018||AFC Champions League||Group G||Jeju United||2–1||1–0||3rd|
|2021||AFC Champions League||Play-off round||Melbourne City||Cancelled|
|Round of 16||Pohang Steelers|
|Paulo Emilio||Brazil||1 January 1994 – 31 December 1995|
|Hiroshi Sowa||Japan||1 January 1996 – 31 December 1996|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||1 February 1997 – 31 December 1997|
|Yasutaro Matsuki||Japan||1 January 1998 – 31 December 1999|
|René Desaeyere||Belgium||1 February 1999 – 31 January 2000|
|Hiroshi Soejima||Japan||1 February 2000 – 19 August 2001|
|João Carlos||Brazil||20 August 2001 – 4 November 2001|
|Akihiro Nishimura||Japan||5 November 2001 – 6 October 2003|
|Yuji Tsukada||Japan||7 October 2003 – 1 January 2004|
|Petar Nadoveza||Croatia||2 January 2004 – 1 February 2004|
|Fuad Muzurović||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1 February 2004 – 22 March 2004|
|Albert Pobor||Croatia||23 March 2004 – 28 June 2004|
|Shinji Kobayashi||Japan||1 July 2004 – 17 April 2006|
|Yuji Tsukada||Japan||18 April 2006 – 31 December 2006|
|Satoshi Tsunami||Japan||1 January 2007 – 7 May 2007|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||8 May 2007 – 31 December 2011|
|Sérgio Soares||Brazil||1 January 2012 – 26 August 2012|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||27 August 2012 – 11 December 2013|
|Ranko Popović||Serbia||1 January 2014 – 9 June 2014|
|Marco Pezzaiuoli||Germany||16 June 2014 – 8 September 2014|
|Yuji Okuma||Japan||8 September 2014 – 16 December 2014|
|Paulo Autuori||Brazil||1 January 2015 – 17 November 2015|
|Kiyoshi Okuma||Japan||17 November 2015 – 31 January 2017|
|Yoon Jong-hwan||South Korea||1 February 2017 – 31 December 2018|
|Miguel Ángel Lotina||Spain||1 February 2019 – 31 January 2021|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||1 February 2021 – present|
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