History

Gamba Osaka was originally founded in 1985 by the electronic company Panasonic, under the name of Matsushita Electronics, a division of the company where employees played for the company football team. With the up-and-coming professional league, the team’s name was changed to Panasonic Gamba Osaka in 1991. The eradication of owner names within the team left the club to be known as Gamba Osaka, as it is today. The team became an inaugural member of the newly-founded J.League in 1993 and have been fairly successful during that period. Their most successful season came in 1997 with a 4th place finish overall. The tides changed in 2002, when Akira Nishino was appointed manager and, during his ten-year reign, he built a formidable team that won their first J.League title in 2005 in the last minute as cross-town rivals Cerezo Osaka conceded to then-F.C. Tokyo, now Gamba Osaka defender, Yasuyuki Konno. Nishino also lead the team to the Emperor’s Cup and Yamazaki Nabisco Cup titles. Most significantly, he oversaw the destruction of Adelaide United in the 2008 Champions League Final, winning 5-0 on aggregate. After the board saw no more league titles, in 2011 they “let Nishino go” and brought in José Carlos Serrao, who lasted just five matches before being sacked and replaced by club legend Masanobu Matsunami. He was unable to prevent Gamba from being relegated on the 1st December 2012, sending Gamba to the second tier of Japanese football for the first time under the team’s current name. Under the managment of Kenta Hasegawa, Gamba returned to J1 immediately topping the table and taking the final available trophy that the team had yet to pick up at that time. Below is the entire record for Gamba Osaka during the J.League era:

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