Cerezo Osaka

Cerezo Osaka
Cerezo Osaka
Full name Cerezo Osaka
Founded 1957
Ground Nagai Ball Gall Field
(Capacity: 20,000)
Chairman Nobuyoshi Fujita
Manager Levir Culpi
League J. League Division 1
2010 3rd Place
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Cerezo Osaka (セレッソ大阪 Seresso Ōsaka?) is a J. League Division 1 association football team. The team name Cerezo means cherry tree in Spanish, which is also the flower of Ōsaka city.

The team's home town is Osaka, Japan and plays at Nagai Ball Gall Field, with some bigger games played at Nagai Stadium. It practices at Minamitsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.

A fictional character named Teppei Kisugi from the popular Captain Tsubasa manga, becomes a professional soccer player and joins Cerezo Osaka.



old crest

The team, originally called Yanmar Diesel, started in 1957 as the company team of Yanmar and was an original founder of the now-disbanded Japan Soccer League. With four Japanese league titles to its credit, it was a mainstay of the JSL First Division until 1990 when it was first relegated, and thus joined the former Japan Football League in 1992.

In 1993, the club incorporated as Osaka Football Club Ltd., and adopted the name Cerezo after a public contest.[1] In 1994, it 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 long-time league rivals Bellmare Hiratsuka; this was the last final to date in which a non-top-flight club was a finalist.

In 2001, it finished in the last spot and was relegated to the J2 league. It managed to finish in second for the 2002 season and returned to J1 in 2003.

In 2005 they came close to becoming J-League champions, and topped the league into the last match day. In their final match, they led F.C. Tokyo with minutes to go and were on course to win the title. However, Tokyo equalised on 89 minutes, and a number of other late goals around Japan meant they finished 5th. Arch-rivals Gamba Osaka, who were originally formed from players from Yanmar Club, the former B-squad of Yanmar Diesel, ended up winning the title. Cerezo returned to J2 for the 2007 season after finishing second to last in 2006. In 2009 they were promoted and returned to the top division, where they have spent the majority of their career.


Cerezo's basic kit color is pink, like the cherry blossom flowers the name is based on. Combination colors have been navy blue and black.

During the Yanmar Diesel days in the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the kit was an all-red reminiscent of Liverpool F.C.

Record as J. League member

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
1995 J1 14 8 12,097 - 2nd Round
1996 J1 16 13 8,229 Group Stage 4th Round
1997 J1 17 11 9,153 Group Stage 4th Round
1998 J1 18 9 9,864 Group Stage 3rd Round
1999 J1 16 6 10,216 2nd Round 4th Round
2000 J1 16 5 13,548 2nd Round Quarter-final
2001 J1 16 16 11,857 1st Round Final
2002 J2 12 2 7,952 - 4th Round
2003 J1 16 9 13,854 Group Stage Final
2004 J1 16 15 14,323 Group Stage 4th Round
2005 J1 18 5 17,648 Quarter-final Semi-final
2006 J1 18 17 13,026 Quarter-final 4th Round
2007 J2 13 5 6,627 - 4th Round
2008 J2 15 4 10,554 - 4th Round
2009 J2 18 2 9,912 - 2nd Round
2010 J1 18 3 15,026 Group Stage 4th Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League History

  • Division 1 (Japan Soccer League Div. 1): 1965–90 (as Yanmar Diesel)
  • Division 2 (Japan Soccer League Div. 2): 1991 (as Yanmar Diesel)
  • Division 2 (Japan Football League Div. 1): 1992–94 (as Yanmar Diesel until 1993; Cerezo Osaka since 1994)
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 1995–01
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2002
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2003–06
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2007–09
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2010–


Current squad

As of July 17, 2011 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Kenya Matsui
2 Japan DF Takahiro Ogihara
3 Japan DF Teruyuki Moniwa
4 Japan DF Kota Fujimoto
5 Japan MF Masaki Chugo
6 Japan MF Hotaru Yamaguchi
9 Brazil MF Fabio Lopes
10 Brazil MF Martinez
11 Japan FW Ryuji Bando
13 Japan MF Hiroshi Kiyotake
14 Japan MF Yusuke Maruhashi
15 Japan FW Rui Komatsu
16 South Korea MF Kim Bo-Kyung
17 Japan MF Noriyuki Sakemoto
19 Japan FW Ryo Nagai
No. Position Player
20 Japan MF Daisuke Takahashi
21 South Korea GK Kim Jin-Hyun
22 Japan DF Taikai Uemoto
23 Japan MF Shu Kurata
24 North Korea DF Kim Song-Gi
25 Japan MF Masato Kurogi
26 Japan MF Kazuya Murata
27 Japan GK Kenta Tanno
28 Japan MF Naoto Noguchi
29 Japan DF Ryosuke Tada
30 Japan GK Kenjiro Ogino
31 Japan FW Kenyu Sugimoto
32 Japan DF Hiroyuki Omata
33 Japan DF Yutaro Takahashi

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Japan FW Yoichiro Kakitani (to Tokushima Vortis)

International Players


World Cup Players

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002


Yanmar Osaka Soccer Club

Cerezo Osaka

  • Japan Football League: (1) 1994 (as the company team)


Manager Nat. Tenure
Paulo Emilio  Brazil 1994–96
Hiroshi Sowa  Japan 1996
Levir Culpi  Brazil 1997
Yasutaro Matsuki  Japan 1998
René Desaeyere  Belgium 1999
Hiroshi Soejima  Japan 2000–01
João Carlos  Brazil 2001
Akihiro Nishimura  Japan 2001–03
Yuji Tsukada  Japan 2003
Petar Nadoveza  Croatia 2004
Fuad Muzurović  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004
Albert Pobor  Croatia 2004
Shinji Kobayashi  Japan 2004–06
Yuji Tsukada  Japan 2006
Satoshi Tsunami  Japan 2007
Levir Culpi  Brazil 2007–


  1. ^ "Cerezo Osaka Profile". Cerezo Osaka official website. http://www.cerezo.co.jp/english/history.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 

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