|Full name||Cerezo Osaka|
|Nickname(s)||Sakura (cherry blossoms)|
|Ground||Kincho Stadium & Yanmar Stadium Nagai|
|Capacity||18,007 & 47,853|
|2017||J1 League, 3rd|
Cerezo Osaka ( is a Japanese football team, currently playing in the Seresso ?saka)J League. The team name Cerezo (Spanish for cherry tree) is also the flower of ?saka city. The official home towns for the team are Osaka City and Sakai City.
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 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. In 1994, they 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 Bellmare Hiratsuka.
Cerezo has relegated from J1 to J2 three times, but are currently playing in the J1 league. The team had an impressive third place finish in the 2017 season.
On November 4, 2017 they won the J.League YBC Levain Cup, the first major title for Cerezo Osaka. The final match was against Kawasaki Frontale.
On January 1, 2018, Cerezo Osaka won the Emperor's Cup, securing their second major title. The final match was against Yokohama F. Marinos.
Cerezo's team color is pink, like the cherry blossom flowers that the name is based on. Combination colors have been navy blue and black. This year, the uniform color is pink (home) and white (away) for the field players, black (home) and pink (away) or green for the goal keepers.
During the Yanmar Diesel days in the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the uniform was all-red reminiscent of Deportivo Toluca.
The team practices at Minamitsumori Sakura Sports Park, Maishima Sports Island, and Amagasaki Yanmar Diesel Ground.
The main team mascot is a wolf, nicknamed Lobby.
His full name is Noble Valiente Hache Lobito de Cerezo, which roughly translates to "a noble and brave son of a wolf from the Cerezo family, of good lineage".
The other team mascot is Madame Lobina, Lobby's mother, who supports her son and Cerezo Osaka enthusiastically at many of the matches. Her full name is Elegante Esplendida Madame Lobina de Cerezo, which roughly translates to "elegant and splendid Madam wolf from the Cerezo family, of good lineage".
|Season||Div.||Tms.||Pos.||Attendance/G||J. League Cup||Emperor's Cup|
|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|
|2004||J1||16||15||14,323||Group Stage||4th Round|
|2010||J1||18||3||15,026||Group Stage||4th Round|
Last updated 10 January 2018.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Hiroshi Sowa||Japan||1 Jan 1996-31 Dec 1996|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||1 Feb 1997-31 Dec 1997|
|Hiroshi Soejima||Japan||1 Jan 2000-1 Aug 2001|
|Fuad Muzurovi?||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2004|
|Shinji Kobayashi||Japan||1 July 2004 - 17 April 2006|
|Yuji Tsukada||Japan||18 April 2006-31 Dec 2006|
|Satoshi Tsunami||Japan||1 Jan 2007-7 May 2007|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||8 May 2007-31 Dec 2011|
|Sérgio Soares||Brazil||1 Jan 2012-26 Aug 2012|
|Levir Culpi||Brazil||27 Aug 2012-11 Dec 2013|
|Ranko Popovi?||Serbia||1 Jan 2014-9 Jun 2014|
|Marco Pezzaiuoli||Germany||16 Jun 2014-8 Sep 2014|
|Yuji Okuma||Japan||8 Sep 2014-16 Dec 2014|
|Paulo Autuori||Brazil||1 Jan 2015-17 Nov 2015|
|Kiyoshi Okuma||Japan||17 Nov 2015-2017|
|Yoon Jong-hwan||South Korea||2017-|