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 is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. The team's name comes from the Italian 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 Stadiummarker. Gamba are one of only six teams 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 is renamed to "Panasonic Corporation" on October 1st, 2008) soccer club in Nara Prefecturemarker 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.

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 destroyed the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer a stunning 6 goals to 1 to win the tournament, with Bare making 4 of the goals.

In October 2008, Gamba for the first time in their history, reached the final of the AFC Champions League when they defeated fellow Japanese and league rivals Urawa Reds 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 Saitamamarker. 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 team Adelaide United 1-0. They were beaten in the semi finals by Premier League and UEFA Champions League winners Manchester United. On the 21st December 2008 they played for third place against Mexicanmarker side C.F. 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 88th Emperor's Cup in Tokyo. The victory secured Gamba a place in the AFC Champions League, where it will defend the title it won last year. This is the team's second ever Cup win, with the last 18 years ago in its previous incarnation as Matsushita Electric Industrial Soccer Club.

Stadium

The club has used the Osaka Expo '70 Stadiummarker in the Expo Commemoration Parkmarker as its home stadium. The capacity of this tracked stadium is about 20,000. The club plans to built a new soccer-specific stadium in the same park.

Team Record

J.League

Season League Place GP Pts Win Draw Lose Average Crowd
1993 J1 1st stage 8 / 10 18 - 8 - 10 21,571
J1 2nd stage 6 / 10 18 - 8 - 10
J1 Total 7 / 10 36 - 16 - 20
1994 J1 1st stage 10 / 12 22 - 7 - 15 22,367
J1 2nd stage 10 / 12 22 - 8 - 14
J1 Total 10 / 12 44 - 15 - 29
1995 J1 1st stage 11 / 14 26 31 10 - 16 13,310
J1 2nd stage 13 / 14 26 26 8 - 18
J1 Total 14 / 14 52 57 18 - 34
1996 J1 12 / 16 30 33 11 - 19 8,004
1997 J1 1st stage 8 / 17 16 24 8 - 8 8,443
J1 2nd stage Runners-up / 17 16 34 12 - 4
J1 Total 4 / 17 32 58 20 - 12
1998 J1 1st stage 14 / 18 17 17 7 - 10 8,723
J1 2nd stage 16 / 18 17 13 5 - 12
J1 Total 15 / 18 34 30 12 - 22
1999 J1 1st stage 10 / 16 15 17 6 0 9 7,996
J1 2nd stage 13 / 16 15 15 5 1 9
J1 Total 11 / 16 30 32 11 1 18
2000 J1 1st stage 13 / 16 15 17 5 2 8 9,794
J1 2nd stage 4 / 16 15 28 10 0 5
J1 Total 6 / 16 30 45 15 2 13
2001 J1 1st stage 5 / 16 15 25 9 0 6 11,723
J1 2nd stage 11 / 16 15 17 5 2 8
J1 Total 7 / 16 30 42 14 2 14
2002 J1 1st stage 4 / 16 15 27 9 1 5 12,762
J1 2nd stage Runners-up / 16 15 27 10 0 5
J1 Total 3 / 16 30 54 19 1 10
2003 J1 1st stage 12 / 16 15 16 4 4 7 10,222
J1 2nd stage 7 / 16 15 23 6 5 4
J1 Total 10 / 16 30 39 10 9 11
2004 J1 1st stage 4 / 16 15 24 7 3 5 12,517
J1 2nd stage 3 / 16 15 27 8 3 4
J1 Total 3 / 16 30 51 15 6 9
2005 J1 Champions / 18 34 60 18 6 10 15,966
2006 J1 3 / 18 34 66 20 6 8 16,259
2007 J1 3 / 18 34 67 19 10 5 17,439
2008 J1 8 / 18 34 50 14 8 12 16,128


Other domestic competitions

Emperor's Cup

Season Result
1992 Quarter-finals
1993 2nd Round
1994 Semi-finals
1995 Semi-finals
1996 Semi-finals
1997 Quarter-finals
1998 3rd Round
1999 3rd Round
2000 Semi-finals
2001 Quarter-finals
2002 4th Round
2003 4th Round
2004 Semi-finals
2005 Quarter-finals
2006 Runners-up
2007 Semi-finals
2008 Champions
 

J. League Cup

Season Result
1992 Group Stage
1993 Semi-finals
1994 Semi-finals
1995 Not Held
1996 Group Stage
1997 Group Stage
1998 Group Stage
1999 2nd Round
2000 2nd Round
2001 2nd Round
2002 Semi-finals
2003 Quarter-finals
2004 Quarter-finals
2005 Runners-up
2006 Quarter-finals
2007 Champions
2008 Semi-finals
 

Super Cup

Season Result
2006 Runners-up
2007 Champions
2009 Runners-up


Major International Competitions

Season Competition Result Average Crowd
2006 AFC Champions League Round 1 -
2006 A3 Champions Cup Runners-up -
2008 Pan-Pacific Championship Champions -
2008 AFC Champions League Champions -
2008 FIFA Club World Cup Third Place -
2009 AFC Champions League Round of 16 -


Players

Current squad

As of August 27, 2009

Out on loan

Notable Players



World Cup players

World Cup 1998 World Cup 2002 World Cup 2006

Honours

Japanese Competitions

Matsushita (Amateur era)

Gamba Osaka (Professional era)

Major International Competitions





Minor International Competitions



Managers

Manager Nat. Tenure
Kunishige Kamamoto 1992-1994
Siegfried Held 1995
Josip Kuže 1996-1997
Friedrich Koncilia 1997-1998
Frédéric Antonetti 1998-1999
Hiroshi Hayano 1999-2001
Kazuhiko Takemoto 2001
Akira Nishino 2002-


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