the club at the end of the 2010/2011 season before returning in August 2012 for his third spell at the helm.
Attacking midfielder Yoichiro Kakitani wears the symbolic no.8 for Cerezo Osaka. Kakitani came up through the ranks at the club and was top scorer in J1 at the end of May 2013.
The J.League runs from March to October. The club finished last season in 14th and currently lie in sixth place this term (correct at 27 July).
Did you know?
There are 100 "Shinji seats" at all Cerezo Osaka home games (at both the Osaka Nagai Stadium and Kincho Stadium). Shinji has invited children to sit in the seats since 2011, saying: "I hope that as many children as possible will experience the fun of football."