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Cerezo Osaka

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About Cerezo Osaka

is a J. League Division 1 association football team. The team name Cerezo means cherry tree in Spanish language, 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, Hyogo Yanmar Diesel Ground.

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

History

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 Japan Soccer League 1990-91 when it was first relegated, and thus joined the Japan Football League (former) in 1992 in Japanese football.

In 1993, the club incorporated as Osaka Football Club Ltd., and adopted the name Cerezo after a public contest. 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 Shonan Bellmare; 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 J. League Division 1 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 J. League Division 1. In 2009 J. League Division 2 they were promoted and returned to the top division, where they have spent the majority of their career.

Colours

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. Currently There kit is Pink with Purple vertical strips, made by Mizuno.

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

Key
- 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 (former) 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–

Players

As of July 17, 2011



Out on loan



2012 Season Transfers


International Players


- Hiroaki Morishima
- Ha Seok-Ju
2002 FIFA World Cup
- Hiroaki Morishima
- Akinori Nishizawa
- Yoon Jung-Hwan

Titles

Yanmar Osaka Soccer Club

- Japan Soccer League: (4) Japan Soccer League 1971, Japan Soccer League 1974, Japan Soccer League 1975, Japan Soccer League 1980
- JSL Cup: (2) 1973 (shared), 1983 JSL Cup, 1984 Japan Soccer League Cup
- Emperor's Cup: (3) 1968 Emperor's Cup, 1970 Emperor's Cup, 1974 Emperor's Cup

Cerezo Osaka

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

Managers

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Slogans

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