Basic information on professional sports teams in Osaka Prefecture

The sports teams in Osaka Prefecture include the following

Baseball

Orix Buffaloes

The Orix Buffaloes are a member of the Pacific League of Japanese professional baseball.

Location: Osaka
Ballpark: Kyocera Dome Osaka
Year founded: 1936
Management: Orix
Titles:Japan Series(4), Pacific League(12)

Soccer

Gamba Osaka (J-League)

Gamba Osaka competes in the J-League, J1 division. It is one of the 10 teams, the original 10, that have participated in the J-League since its inaugural year in 1993.

City: Suita City, Osaka
Team Name Origin: "Gamba" means "leg" in Italian. The name of the team was chosen because it is also related to the Japanese word "gambaru" (to work hard).
Year of Joined the J League: 1991
Titles: J League(2), J League Cup(2), Emperor's Cup(5), ACL Championship(1)

Cerezo Osaka (J-League)

Cerezo Osaka competes in the J-League, J1 division.

City: Osaka City, Osaka
Team Name Origin: The name "Cerezo" means cherry blossom in Spanish. Like the cherry blossom, the national flower of Japan, the name expresses the hope that the team will grow to represent Japan. .
Year of Joined the J League: 1995
Titles: J League Cup(1), Emperor's Cup(1)
Highest Ranking: 3rd (2010, 2017)

Rugby

NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes Osaka (Division 1 of JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE)

NTT DOCOMO Red Hurricanes Osaka is a member of Division 1 of JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE.

Home Town : Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Year of establishment : 1994

Hanazono Kintetsu Liners (Division 2 of JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE)

Hanazono Kintetsu Liners are a Division 2 team in Japan Rugby League One.

Home town : Higashi Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Year of foundation : 1929
Titles : Japan Championship 3 times (1966, 1967, 1974)

Basketball

Osaka Evessa (B-League)

Osaka Evessa is a team in the B1 of the B-League (Japan Professional Basketball League).

Location: Osaka
Team Name Origin: There are seven gods called the Seven Lucky Gods. Ebisu-sama, one of them, is also worshipped as the god of business prosperity, and was named with the meaning of energizing Osaka, a city known for its humanity, laughter, and commerce.
Arena: Ookini Arena Maishima
Year founded: 2005

Volleyball

Suntory Sunbirds(V-League)
Panasonic Panthers(V-League)
Sakai Blazers(V-League)

JT Marvelous (V-League Women)

Stadiums/Arenas

YODOKO SAKURA Stadium

The Kyocera Dome Osaka is the home of the Orix Buffaloes, a professional baseball team. It is also the stadium where the Hanshin Tigers host their regular-season games sometimes. G …

Osaka-Jo Hall

Osaka Castle Hall is a multi-purpose arena located in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. Osaka Castle Hall was the site of fierce fights between Joichiro Tatsuyoshi and Hozumi Hasegawa …

Ocean Buffaloes Stadium Maishima

Ocean Buffaloes Stadium Maishima is a baseball stadium located in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. Ocean Buffaloes Stadium Maishima is the stadium where the second team of the Orix Bu …

Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka

Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka is a gymnasium located in Hachimanyakoen Park in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. It is the arena where Shriker Osaka of the Futsal F-League plays its home g …

Yanmar Field

Yanmar Field is an athletic field in Nagai Park in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, where Cerezo used to play its home games until the early 2000s. It used to be home to the Cerezo te …


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