Cerezo Osaka (セレッソ大阪 Seresso Ōsaka) is a Japanese football team, currently playing in the J League. The team name Cerezo (Spanish for cherry tree) is also the flower of Ōsaka city. The official home towns for the team are Osaka City and Sakai City.
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.