The Suruga Bank Cup is an annual competition between the champion of the Japanese Professional League and the champion of the Copa Sudamericana. It is an agreement between the Japanese Association and the South American Football Confederation, who hold a fruitful and permanent bond.
In recent editions the local teams have won. Gamba Osaka have two Brazilians in their ranks: Lins Lima de Brit and Anderson Patrick Aguiar. The date for this game is set one year ahead of time without even the future champion of South America being known. In this case River Plate will be playing, who is also holder of the title of the 2015 Libertadores. We offer our readers some aspects of the city of Osaka.
Osaka, named originally Naniwa, is the third largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. It has a population of 2,669,000 inhabitants. It belongs to the Kansai region and is the core of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area.
The city has two professional football teams: Gamba Osaka and Cerezo Osaka.
Gamba Osaka is the most recognized team of the city of Osaka, having won many national and international titles. Founded in 1980 as Matsushita Electric Industrial Football Club, it won the Emperor's Cup in 1990. In 1993 the club joined the J-League being one of the 10 original founding members of the Division 1. They play their home games at the Banpaku Stadium however the club is building a new modern stadium for 40,000 spectators, which will be completed by the end of 2015.
Osaka is famous for its Bunraku (traditional puppet theater), the Kabuki Theater and Manzai, a contemporary form of comic dialogue.
Among the main tourist attractions are: Osaka Castle and the city aquarium containing 30,000 specimens of 620 different species both of fish and amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, as well as invertebrate and plant species. The Shinsekai district and the Tower of Osaka are also visited by tourists besides numerous amusement and theme parks, including Universal Studios Japan and Expoland, among others.
The stadium in Osaka (Banpaku Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium located in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It has a capacity for 21,000 people. It will host the 2015 Copa Suruga Bank where on Tuesday August 11 at 7:00 pm (local time) the champion of the 2014 Copa Sudamericana, River Plate, will face the Japan Cup champion, Gamba Osaka.