Gamba Osaka

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Full name Gamba Osaka
Founded 1980 (1980)
Ground Suita City Football Stadium
Ground Capacity 39,694
Owner Panasonic
Chairman Takashi Yamauchi
Manager Kenta Hasegawa
League J1 League
2016 J1 League, 4th
Website Club home page
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Gamba Osaka (ガンバ大阪 Gamba Ōsaka) is a Japanese professional association football club, currently playing in the J1 League. The team'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". Located in Suita, Osaka, the team's home stadium is Suita City Football Stadium.

Gamba Osaka is currently the second-most accomplished J. League club, having won 8 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[2] In an AFC Champions League match in 2006, Gamba Osaka defeated Vietnamese side Da Nang FC in a record-equaling victory of 15–0.[3] 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).[4] 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.[5]

Gamba Osaka playing against the Melbourne Victory in the 2008 AFC Champions League

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 team 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).[6]

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.[7]

In December 2012, Gamba were relegated from Division 1 after losing 2–1 to Jubilo Iwata. Gamba finished 17th in the league despite scoring more goals than any other team, 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 team 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. [8] However, the team bounced back in the 2013 season, becoming the J2 Champion and directly promoting to Division 1 again after only one season.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] Gamba Osaka successfully defended their status as Emperor's Cup winners, defeating Urawa Red Diamonds 2–1.[12]


A panoramic view of Suita City Football Stadium

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.[13] 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.[14]


Gamba's fiercest rival are fellow locals Cerezo Osaka with whom they contest the Osaka derby.[15]


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance J. League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL FIFA CWC
1992 Group Stage Quarter-final
1993 J1 10 7 21,571 Semi-final 2nd Round
1994 J1 12 10 22,367 Semi-final Semi-final
1995 J1 14 14 13,310 Semi-final
1996 J1 16 12 8,004 Group Stage Semi-final
1997 J1 17 4 8,443 Group Stage Semi-final
1998 J1 18 15 8,723 Group Stage 3rd Round
1999 J1 16 11 7,996 2nd Round 4th Round
2000 J1 16 6 9,794 2nd Round Semi-final
2001 J1 16 7 11,723 2nd Round Quarter-final
2002 J1 16 3 12,762 Semi-final 4th Round
2003 J1 16 10 10,222 Quarter-final 4th Round
2004 J1 16 3 12,517 Quarter-final Semi-final
2005 J1 18 1 15,966 Runners-up Semi-final
2006 J1 18 3 16,259 Quarter-final Runners-up Group Stage
2007 J1 18 3 17,439 Winners Semi-final
2008 J1 18 8 16,128 Semi-final Winners Winners 3rd Place
2009 J1 18 3 17,712 Quarter-final Winners Round of 16
2010 J1 18 2 16,654 Quarter-final Semi-final Round of 16
2011 J1 18 3 16,411 Semi-final 3rd Round Round of 16
2012 J1 18 17 14,778 Quarter-Final Runners-up Group Stage
2013 J2 22 1 12,286 3rd Round
2014 J1 18 1 14,749 Winners Winners
2015 J1 18 2 15,999 Runners-up Winners Semi-final
2016 J1 18 4 25,342 Runners-up Group Stage


Current squad

As of 26 June 2016.

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

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Masaaki Higashiguchi
3 Japan DF Takaharu Nishino
4 Japan DF Hiroki Fujiharu
5 Japan DF Daiki Niwa
6 South Korea DF Kim Jung-ya
7 Japan MF Yasuhito Endō (captain)
8 Japan DF Keisuke Iwashita
9 Brazil FW Ademilson
11 Japan MF Shu Kurata
13 Japan MF Hiroyuki Abe
14 Japan DF Koki Yonekura
15 Japan DF Yasuyuki Konno
16 Japan GK Ken Tajiri
17 Japan MF Kenya Okazaki
18 Japan GK Yōsuke Fujigaya
19 Japan MF Kotaro Omori
20 Japan FW Shun Nagasawa
21 Japan MF Yosuke Ideguchi
No. Position Player
22 South Korea DF Oh Jae-suk
23 Japan FW Hiroto Goya
24 Japan FW Naoki Ogawa
25 Japan MF Jungo Fujimoto
26 Japan MF Naoya Senoo
27 Japan MF Tatsuya Uchida
28 Japan MF Shota Yomesaka
29 Brazil FW Patric
30 Japan FW So Hirao
31 Japan GK Mizuki Hayashi
32 Japan DF Hiroki Noda
33 Japan FW Kazunari Ichimi
35 Japan DF Ryo Hatsuse
36 Japan MF Mizuki Ichimaru
37 Japan FW Akito Takagi
38 Japan MF Ritsu Doan
40 Japan MF Shōhei Ogura

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
10 Japan MF Takahiro Futagawa (Tokyo Verdy)
24 Japan FW Shingo Akamine (Fagiano Okayama)

Under-23 Squad

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

No. Position Player
2 Japan DF Takamasa Sugiyama
34 Japan DF Tomoki Kamioka
41 Japan FW Yudai Konishi
42 Japan MF Kazuya Kobayashi
43 Japan MF Kazuto Nishida
44 Japan FW Ayumu Matsumoto
45 Japan FW Ryotaro Meshino
No. Position Player
46 Japan DF Hirohide Adachi
47 Japan DF Katsuki Umezu
48 Japan MF Ryo Yamashita
49 Japan GK Kenta Watanabe
50 Japan GK Kosei Tani
51 Japan DF Reo Yamashita

Notable players

Yasuhito Endō, most capped player and number-one goalscorer in Gamba's history.
Greatest ever team

In 2011, as part of the club's official celebration of their 20th anniversary, supporters cast votes to determine the greatest ever team.[16]

Japan Yōsuke Fujigaya (2005–2013, 2015– )
Japan Akira Kaji (2006–2014)
Brazil Sidiclei (2004–2007)
Japan Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (1995–2006)
Japan Satoshi Yamaguchi (2001–2011)
Japan Yasuhito Endō (1998– )
Japan Tomokazu Myojin (2006–2015 )
Japan Hideo Hashimoto (1998–2011)
Japan Takahiro Futagawa (1999– )
Cameroon Patrick M'Boma (1997–1998)
Brazil Araújo (2005)




Gamba Osaka (Professional era)

Matsushita (Amateur era)





Managerial history



Dates Name Honours Notes
1980–1991 Japan Yoji Mizuguchi Emperor's Cup: 1990
1991–1994 Japan Kunishige Kamamoto The competition formed as the J. League in 1993.
1995 Germany Sigfried Held
1995–1997 Croatia Josip Kuže
1997–1998 Austria Friedrich Koncilia
1998–1999 France Frédéric Antonetti J2 League was launched in 1999.
1999–2001 Japan Hiroshi Hayano
2001 Japan Kazuhiko Takemoto
2002–2012 Japan Akira Nishino J1 League: 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 Brazil José Carlos Serrão
2012 Japan Masanobu Matsunami Gamba was relegated to the J2 League 2013.
2013– Japan Kenta Hasegawa J2 League: 2013
J1 League: 2014
J. League Cup: 2014
Emperor's Cup: 2014, 2015
J. League Manager of the Year: 2014
Gamba was promoted to the J1 League 2014.
J3 League was launched in 2014.

Player statistics

Top scorers by seasons

Season Name Goals
1993Japan Akihiro Nagashima 12
1994Japan Toshihiro Yamaguchi 16
1995Netherlands Hans Gillhaus 20
1996Croatia Mladen Mladenović 11
1997Cameroon Patrick M'Boma 25
1998Japan Hiromi Kojima 17
1999Japan Hiromi Kojima
Brazil Luizinho Vieira
2000Japan Hiromi Kojima 9
2001Croatia Nino Bule 17
2002Brazil Magrão 22
2003Brazil Magrão 15
2004Japan Masashi Oguro 20
Season Name Goals
2005Brazil Araújo 33
2006Brazil Magno Alves 26
2007Brazil Baré 20
2008Brazil Baré 10
2009Brazil Leandro 11
2010Japan Shoki Hirai 14
2011South Korea Lee Keun-ho 15
2012Brazil Leandro 14
2013Japan Takashi Usami 19
2014Japan Takashi Usami 10
2015Japan Takashi Usami 19
2016Japan Shun Nagasawa
Brazil Ademilson

Award winners

The following players have won the awards while at Gamba Osaka:



World Cup players

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Gamba Osaka:

Olympic players

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Gamba Osaka:

International results

Opponent Season Home Away
Australia Adelaide United FC 2008 AFC Champions League Final 3–0 2–0
Japan 2008 FIFA Club World Cup Quarter-finals 1–0
2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–2 0–2
Australia 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
China Dalian Shide F.C. 2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–0 0–2
China Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. 2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–0 1–0
China Henan Jianye F.C. 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 1–1
China Tianjin Teda F.C. 2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–0 1–2
China Guangzhou R&F F.C. 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–2 5–0
China Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. 2015 AFC Champions League Semi-finals 0–0 1–2
China Shanghai SIPG F.C. 2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–2 1–2
England Manchester United F.C. Japan 2008 FIFA Club World Cup Semi-finals 3–5
Indonesia Sriwijaya FC 2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage 5–0 3–0
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2008 AFC Champions League Semi-finals 1–1 3–1
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2009 AFC Champions League Round of 16 2–3 N.A.
Japan Cerezo Osaka 2011 AFC Champions League Round of 16 0–1 N.A.
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 2–3
2015 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals 3–2 0–0
South Korea Jeonnam Dragons 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 4–3
South Korea FC Seoul 2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–2 4–2
2015 AFC Champions League Round of 16 3–2 3–1
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–1 0–0
2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–2 0–0
South Korea Seongnam FC 2010 AFC Champions League Round of 16 N.A. 0–3
2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage 2–1 0–2
South Korea Jeju United FC 2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–1 1–2
South Korea Pohang Steelers 2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage 0–3 0–2
Mexico C.F. Pachuca Japan 2008 FIFA Club World Cup Third place 1–0
Singapore Warriors FC 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–0 4–2
Syria Al-Karamah SC 2008 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals 2–0 2–1
Thailand Chonburi F.C. 2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 2–0
Thailand Buriram United F.C. 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage 1–1 2–1
Uzbekistan FC Bunyodkor 2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage 3–1 2–3
Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng F.C. 2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage 15–0 5–1


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