|Full name||Gamba Osaka|
|Founded||1980 (as Matsushita Electric SC)|
|Ground||Panasonic Stadium Suita|
|Head coach||Tsuneyasu Miyamoto|
|2020||J1 League, 2nd of 18|
Gamba Osaka (ガンバ大阪, Gamba Ōsaka) is 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 club'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 club'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.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 ("Original Ten" ) of the J.League in 1993.
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.In an AFC Champions League match in 2006, Gamba Osaka defeated Vietnamese side Da Nang FC in a record-equaling victory of 15–0. 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). 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.
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 club 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).
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.
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 club, 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 club 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.However, the club bounced back in the 2013 season, becoming the J2 Champion and directly promoting to Division 1 again after only one season.
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.
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.Gamba Osaka successfully defended their status as Emperor's Cup winners, defeating Urawa Red Diamonds 2–1.
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.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.
Gamba's fiercest rival are fellow locals Cerezo Osaka with whom they contest the Osaka derby.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|
|1998||18||15th||8,723||Group Stage||3rd round||–||–|
|1999||16||11th||7,996||2nd round||4th round||–||–|
|2009||18||3rd||17,712||Quarter-final||Winners||Round of 16||–|
|2010||18||2nd||16,654||Quarter-final||Semi-final||Round of 16||–|
|2011||18||3rd||16,411||Semi-final||3rd round||Round of 16||–|
The Coaching Staff for the 2019 J1 League season;
|First-team Manager||Tsuneyasu Miyamoto|
|Head Coach||Satoshi Yamaguchi|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Naoki Matsuyo|
|Physical Coach||Toni Gil Puerto|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
In 2011, as part of the club's official celebration of their 20th anniversary, supporters cast votes to determine the greatest ever team.
Gamba Osaka (professional era)
Matsushita (amateur era)
|1980–1991||Yoji Mizuguchi||Emperor's Cup: 1990|
|1991–1994||Kunishige Kamamoto||The competition formed as the J.League in 1993.|
|1998–1999||Frédéric Antonetti||J.League Division 2 was launched in 1999.|
|2002–2012||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||José Carlos Serrão|
|2012||Masanobu Matsunami||Gamba was relegated to the J.League Division 2 2013.|
|2013–2017||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.
The following players have won the awards while at Gamba Osaka:
The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Gamba Osaka:
The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Gamba Osaka:
|Adelaide United FC||2008 AFC Champions League Final||3–0||2–0|
|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|
|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|
|Dalian Shide F.C.||2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage||3–0||0–2|
|Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C.||2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage||3–0||1–0|
|Henan Jianye F.C.||2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–1||1–1|
|Tianjin Teda F.C.||2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage||2–0||1–2|
|Guangzhou R&F F.C.||2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage||0–2||5–0|
|Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C.||2015 AFC Champions League Semi-finals||0–0||1–2|
|Shanghai SIPG F.C.||2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage||0–2||1–2|
|Jiangsu Suning||2017 AFC Champions League Group Stage||0–1||0–3|
|Manchester United F.C.||2008 FIFA Club World Cup Semi-finals||3–5|
|Sriwijaya FC||2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage||5–0||3–0|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||2008 AFC Champions League Semi-finals||1–1||3–1|
|Kawasaki Frontale||2009 AFC Champions League Round of 16||2–3||N.A.|
|Cerezo Osaka||2011 AFC Champions League Round of 16||0–1||N.A.|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–1||2–3|
|2015 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals||3–2||0–0|
|2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage||2–2||1–2|
|Jeonnam Dragons||2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–1||4–3|
|FC Seoul||2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–2||4–2|
|2015 AFC Champions League Round of 16||3–2||3–1|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage||2–1||0–0|
|2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–2||0–0|
|Seongnam FC||2010 AFC Champions League Round of 16||N.A.||0–3|
|2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage||2–1||0–2|
|Jeju United FC||2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage||3–1||1–2|
|2017 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–4||0–2|
|Pohang Steelers||2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage||0–3||0–2|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||2017 AFC Champions League Play-off||3–0||N.A.|
|C.F. Pachuca||2008 FIFA Club World Cup Third place||1–0|
|Warriors FC||2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage||3–0||4–2|
|Tampines Rovers||2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage||8–1||2–0|
|Al-Karamah SC||2008 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals||2–0||2–1|
|Chonburi F.C.||2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–1||2–0|
|Buriram United F.C.||2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–1||2–1|
|Chiangrai United F.C.||2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage||1–1||1–1|
|FC Bunyodkor||2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage||3–1||2–3|
|SHB Đà Nẵng F.C.||2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage||15–0||5–1|
In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, two characters are from Gamba Osaka: the defender Makoto Soda and the forward Takashi Sugimoto.
Urawa Red Diamonds, colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. The club plays in the J1 League, the top tier of football in the country. Its name comes from the former city of Urawa, now part of Saitama.
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Akira Kaji is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.
Yasuhito Endō is a Japanese footballer who plays for J2 League club Júbilo Iwata, on loan from Gamba Osaka. His brother Akihiro Endō was also a footballer.
Michihiro Yasuda is a Japanese footballer.
Shu Kurata is a Japanese international football player currently playing for Gamba Osaka in the J1 League. His regular playing position is attacking midfielder.
Takashi Usami is a Japanese footballer who plays for Gamba Osaka in the J1 League. He plays as an attacking midfielder, second striker or winger.
The 2011 J.League Division 1 season was the 46th season of professional football in Japan, and the 19th since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on March 5 and concluded on December 3. The season was put on hold from March 12 to April 23 due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, therefore canceling a planned five-week summer break between June 27–July 29 in order to allow preparation of the Japanese national team for the 2011 Copa América.
The 2011 Gamba Osaka season was Gamba Osaka's 19th season in the J.League Division 1 and 25th overall in the Japanese top flight. It also includes the 2011 J.League Cup, 2011 Emperor's Cup, and the 2011 AFC Champions League.
The 2011 Cerezo Osaka season is Cerezo Osaka's 2nd consecutive season, 13th season overall in J. League Division 1 and 39th overall in the Japanese top flight. It also includes the 2011 J. League Cup, 2011 Emperor's Cup, and the 2011 AFC Champions League.
The 2011 Kashima Antlers season was Kashima Antlers's 19th season in J.League Division 1 and 23rd season overall in the top flight. It also included the 2011 J.League Cup, 2011 Emperor's Cup, and the 2011 AFC Champions League. They finished the season 6th in the championship and lost the chance to break the record of 7 championships they share with Tokyo Verdy.
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto is a former Japanese association football player, who last coached Gamba Osaka. He played for Japan national team.
The 2011 Júbilo Iwata season was Júbilo Iwata's 18th consecutive season in J.League Division 1 and 29th overall in the Japanese top flight. It also included the 2011 J.League Cup, and the 2011 Emperor's Cup.
The 2012 Cerezo Osaka season is Cerezo Osaka's 3rd consecutive season, 14th season overall in J.League Division 1 and 40th overall in the Japanese top flight. It also includes the 2012 J.League Cup and the 2011 Emperor's Cup. 2012 is Sérgio Soares's first season at Cerezo after Levir Culpi left at the end of last season.
Shinya Yajima is a Japanese football player who plays for Gamba Osaka in the J1 League. He has previously played for both Urawa Red Diamonds and Fagiano Okayama. His regular playing position is midfielder.
The 2014 J.League Division 1 season was the 49th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 22nd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993. The season began on 1 March and ended on 8 December. Sanfrecce Hiroshima were the defending champions.
The 2015 Gamba Osaka season was Gamba Osaka's 22nd season in the J.League Division 1 and 28th overall in the Japanese top flight. It also includes the 2015 J.League Cup, 2015 Emperor's Cup, 2015 AFC Champions League, 2015 Japanese Super Cup and the 2015 Suruga Bank Championship.
Akito Takagi is a Japanese football player. He currently plays for Thespakusatsu Gunma in the J2 League. His playing position is either attacking midfielder or forward.
The 2014 season was Sanfrecce Hiroshima's sixth consecutive season in J.League Division 1, and 44th overall in the Japanese top flight. Sanfrecce Hiroshima also competed in the Emperor's Cup, J.League Cup, Japanese Super Cup, and the AFC Champions League.
The 2018 Kawasaki Frontale season is their 14th consecutive season in J1 League, they are defending champions after finishing top of the 2017 J1 League. They will also compete in the J.League Cup, Emperor's Cup, and AFC Champions League.
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