Gamba Osaka (Japaneseガンバ大阪, Gamba Osaka ) is a Japanese football club and a founding member of the local professional league J. League. The team from Suita, a city in the prefecture of Osaka, which was (better known under the brand name Panasonic) established in 1980 in Nara prefecture as a works team of the electronics group Matsushita was able to increase its performance since the change of name to Gamba steadily and 2005 on the final day the championship win. The " club " is now a public company founded in 1991, the KK Gamba Osaka (English Gamba Osaka Co., Ltd.. ), The majority of which Panasonic is one; other shareholders are Denryoku Kansai, Osaka Gas and JR Nishi- Nihon.
For the club name Gamba There are two explanations that ( to give in founding the J. League, it was common for former factory teams new Europeanized art name ) probably both true: on the one hand means gamba in Italian as much as walking, on the other hand is Gambaru the Japanese verb for " earnestly contend " and the imperative gambare a popular chant in Japan. In keeping with the Italian - Japanese names team colors and jersey were chosen blue - black, which is on the one hand reflects the corporate colors of Panasonic and the other hand on the very well-known in Japan club Inter Milan remembers ( this kind of following in Japan not uncommon: for the Urawa Red Diamonds has, for example, Manchester United stood sponsor ).
Gamba plays its home games at Osaka Expo '70 Stadium from which the occasion of Expo '70 in m district Senri Bampakukōen (千里 万博 公园, " Senri Expo Park " ) was built by Suita, but is visited by relatively few followers. The reason is that football in the region around Osaka plays no major role, in contrast to the Tokyo metropolitan area, where the rivalry of many high-class teams had a real football culture arise. In Osaka, Gamba and the only ( little more successful ) local rivals Cerezo vie for the attention of the fans.
So Gamba was because from the very beginning one of the weakest teams in the league and was often at the lower end of the table, where they have never been relegated from the First Division. This only changed in 1997, when with the Cameroonian Patrick M'Boma ( 33 goals in 40 games ) could undertake a real international star who would Gamba also nearly led to the Cup Final ( in the second half 1997, the club was four games remaining on the top of the table, the season ended but only as a fourth). Since then, it goes sporty with Gamba uphill, but a finale for championship or cup (apart from the Cup victory in 1990, at that time still under the name Matsushita Denki Sangyo Soccer- bu (松下電器産業 サッカー 部), short Matsushita, Matsushita FC english ) they could to not reach the year 2005, when the team in one of the most exciting finals in football history ( the last round still had five teams a shot at the title, and the standings changed within the last 90 minutes four times ) local rivals Cerezo still in stoppage time the Title snatch and could be the first time a Japanese master.
Matsushita ( amateur era )
- Emperor's Cup: Winners 1990
Gamba Osaka ( professional era )
- J. League Division 1: Champion 2005
- Emperor's Cup Winner 2008, 2009
- Finale 2006
- 2007 winners
- Finale 2005
- 2007 winners
- Finale 2006
Performance in the continental competitions
- 2006: Group Stage
- 2008: winner
- 2009: Eighth
Former notable players
- Thailand Withaya Laohakul (1986-1987)
- Russia Achrik Sokratowitsch Zweiba (1994-1996)
- Croatia Mladen Mladenovic (1996-1997)
- Serbia Nebojsa Krupnikovic (1997-1998)
- Patrick M'Boma Cameroon (1997-1998)
- Junichi Inamoto Japan (1997-2004)
- Japan Masashi Oguro (2002-2005)
- Japan Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (1995-2006)
- Japan Masao Kiba (1993-2004)
- Japan Michihiro Yasuda (2006-2011)
- Japan Akihiro Ienaga (2004-2010)