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Cerezo Osaka



Yanmar Soccer Club Gave Birth to Cerezo Osaka

Cerezo Osaka compete in the J League Division 1 (J1), the highest level in Japanese soccer.
Their predecessor, Yanmar Diesel Soccer Club, was established by fourteen Yanmar Group employees in 1957.
A member of the Japan Soccer League at its inception in 1965, Yanmar was one of the most significant teams in that competition, playing as a “corporate amateur” team.

In the 1970s, they reached their golden age, with star players such as six-time golden boot winner Kunishige Kamamoto, who also scored 7 goals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, earning the tournament golden boot, as well as the late Nelson Yoshimura (later known as Daishiro Yoshimura). This team was JSL champions four times, and won the Emperor’s Cup three times.

With the inauguration of the J League in 1993, Osaka Soccer Club Co., Ltd. was established, and Yanmar Soccer Club became the parent organization. Thus Cerezo Osaka was born.
The team name Cerezo is Spanish for ‘cherry blossom’, the city flower of Osaka where Cerezo is based.

In 1994, Cerezo Osaka won the JFL (Japan Football League) and earned a promotion into the J League.
In 1995, they competed at the top level.

With the 20th anniversary of the club’s establishment, new players were bought in to usher in a new generation.

Recent years have seen players such as Shinji Kagawa, who now plays for Borussia Dortmund in Germany, and who played for Cerezo from the age of 17, and Yoichiro Kakitani, a graduate from Cerezo Football Academy, who now plays for FC Basel in Switzerland. Cerezo Osaka is renowned in the soccer world as a club that develops world-class players. Even now, players such as Hotaru Yamaguchi and Takahiro Ogihara have earned the selection to represent Japan, and are leading a new generation of players through Cerezo.

In 2014, Cerezo Osaka celebrated their 20th anniversary. In order to continue promoting Cerezo Osaka and to share in the joy of its supporters, Yanmar acquired the naming rights for Cerezo’s home grounds, Nagai Athletics Stadium and Nagai Second Stadium. These two grounds, known as Yanmar Stadium Nagai and Yanmar Field Nagai, represent the first step on a new journey.
From Yanmar Stadium Nagai, to the world stage.
Yanmar will continue to act as Cerezo Osaka’s partner in the future, supporting them every step of the way.