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Tsuneyasu Miyamoto Replaces Levir Culpi as Gamba Osaka Manager

Gamba Osaka announced that they have relieved manager Levir Culpi of his position and immediately replaced him with former Japan national team World Cup 2002 and 2006 captain, Tsuneyasu Miyamoto.

Miyamoto (41), who has been managing the Gamba Under-23 team in J3, will take charge immediately and be in the technical area for the visit of Kashima Antlers, on Saturday, July 28th. Gamba sit third-from-bottom in J1 - 16th place - above Sagan Tosu and Nagoya Grampus and need to resurrect their season as soon as possible. Miyamoto has been given the difficult job of changing the team's fortunes.

Last season, Kenta Hasegawa, had announced his departure way back in August of 2017, after which the team's fortune dipped badly. Culpi was not confirmed until December, thereby taking over the team when they returned to pre-season 2018 training. The form of the team did not recover.

Miyamoto played 71 times for the national team after beginning his career at Gamba in 1995. H was captain of the team in 2005 when Gamba won the J1 Championship. He then moved to Austria in 2007 to play for Red Bull Salzburg. He returned to J.League in 2009 to play with Vissel Kobe, before retiring from playing. He then moved on to take a FIFA Masters Course, studying in England, Italy and Switzerland before graduating and returning to take over Gamba Osaka's U-23 team.

Before starring for the full national team Miyamoto had played for the Japan U-17 national team in the 1993 U-17 World Championships and for the Japan U-20s in the 1997 World Youth Championship. He played every minute of all matches in both of those tournaments. In September 2000, he was also selected for the Japan U-23 national team to play in the 2000 Summer Olympics, in Sydney, Australia.