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Gamba Osaka

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About Gamba Osaka

is a Japanese professional association football club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. The team's name comes from the Italian language word "gamba" meaning "leg" and the Japanese , meaning "to do your best" or "to stand firm". Located in Suita, Osaka, the team's home stadium is Osaka Expo '70 Stadium. Gamba are one of J._League_records Club to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception in 1993.

History

Founded in 1980 as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (which was renamed "Panasonic Corporation" on October 1st, 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 of the J. League in 1993 and has remained one of five sides to never be relegated from the top division since then. The closest they came to relegation was in 1997, when they finished below Consadole Sapporo who despite finishing 14th in the overall table lost all their playout matches and had to form the new J. League Division 2 with clubs from the Japan Football League (1992–1998).

In 2005 J. League, 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 2006 match in 2006, Gamba Osaka defeated Vietnamese side Da Nang FC in a record equaling victory of 15–0. In the Pan-Pacific Championship 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship final, Gamba Osaka destroyed Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo 6-1 to win the tournament, with Jader Volnei Spindler scoring 4 of the goals.

In October 2008, Gamba for the first time in their history, reached the 2008 AFC Champions League Final of the 2008 AFC Champions League when they defeated fellow Japanese and 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 Stadium. 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).

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 F.C.. On the 21st December 2008 they played for 2008 FIFA Club World Cup Match for third place against Mexico side C.F. Pachuca with Pachuca winning the match 1–0.

On January 1, 2009, Ryuji Bando scored in extra time to lift Gamba Osaka to a 1–0 win over Kashiwa Reysol and take the 2008 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. This was the team's second ever Emperor's Cup win, with the last 1990 Emperor's Cup in its previous incarnation as Matsushita Electric Industrial Soccer Club.

Stadium

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 plans to build a new soccer-specific stadium in the same park.

Record as J. League member


- Patrick Mboma
2002 FIFA World Cup
- Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
2006 FIFA World Cup
- Yasuhito Endo
- Akira Kaji
- Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
- Masashi Oguro
- Cho Jae-Jin
2010 FIFA World Cup
- Yasuhito Endo

Honours

Japanese Competitions

Matsushita (Amateur era)
- All Japan Senior Football Championship
- - Winners (1) : 1983
- Japan Soccer League List of winners of J2 and predecessors
- - Winners (1) : 1985–86 Japan Soccer League Second Stage
- Emperor's Cup:
- - Winners (1) : 1990 Emperor's Cup

Gamba Osaka (Professional era)
- J. League Division 1
- - Champions (1) : 2005 J. League
- - Runners-up (1) : 2010 J. League
- Emperor's Cup
- - Winners (2) : 2008 Emperor's Cup, 2009 Emperor's Cup
- - Runners-up (1) : 2006 Emperor's Cup
- J. League Cup
- - Winners (1) : 2007 J. League Cup
- - Runners-up (1) : 2005 J. League Cup
- Xerox Super Cup
- - Winners (1) : 2007
- - Runners-up (2) : 2006, 2009, 2010

Asia

- AFC Champions League
- - Winners (1) : 2008 AFC Champions League Final

Worldwide

- FIFA Club World Cup
- - Third Place : 2008 FIFA Club World Cup

Minor International Competitions

- Queen's Cup
- - Winners (1) : 1992
- A3 Champions Cup
- - Runners-up (1) : A3 Champions Cup 2006
- Pan-Pacific Championship
- - Winners (1) : Pan-Pacific Championship 2008

Managers

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