Kamatamare Sanuki

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Kamatamare Sanuki
カマタマーレ讃岐
Kamatamare Crest
Full name Kamatamare Sanuki
Founded 1956
Ground Kagawa Marugame Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,099
Chairman Minoru Kumano
Manager Makoto Kitano
League Japan Football League
2013 Runners-up

Kamatamare Sanuki is a football (soccer) club based in Takamatsu, the capital city of Kagawa Prefecture of Japan. They play in the second division of the J League. They entered the J League in 2014 after finishing as runner-up in the Japan Football League in 2013. The first part of their name was coined by combining the Japanese word Kamatama (a type of udon noodle bowl) and the Italian Mare ("Sea"). The second part is what Kagawa Prefecture used to be called. Their name as well as their crest, which also features a kamatama udon bowl, are so unique that the club instantly became one of the most well-known non-J. League sides in Japan when announced in October 2005.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1956 as Takasho OB (Old Boys) Soccer Club (高商OBサッカークラブ) by the former students of Takamatsu Commercial High School's soccer club. Since renaming themselves Kagawa Shiun Football Club (香川紫雲フットボールクラブ) in 1991, they have been the leading football club in Kagawa, winning the Shikoku League Championship twice. The club's name changed again in 2000 to Sun Life (サンライフ) Football Club, when a consumer loan company Sun Life signed a sponsorship deal that continued until the end of the 2004 season. In October 2005, after briefly being called Takamatsu Football Club, the club officially announced their intention to rise to J. League status, and changed their name to Kamatamare Sanuki. In 2010 they won the non-league treble by winning the Shikoku League, the Shakaijin Cup and the Regional Promotion Series, and by virtue of the latter they were at last promoted to the Japan Football League.

League record[edit]

Season League Pld Pts W D L
1977 Shikoku League 14 10 4 2 8 6th
1978 14 4 1 2 11 8th
1979 Kagawa Pref. League ? ? ? ? ? Champions
1980 ? ? ? ? ? Champions
1981 Shikoku League 14 15 7 1 6 5th
1982 14 13 4 1 2 8th
1983 16 21 10 1 5 2nd
1984 14 17 6 5 3 2nd
1985 14 11 5 1 8 6th
1986 14 8 3 2 9 7th
1987 14 4 1 2 11 8th
1988 14 10 5 0 9 7th
1989 14 12 5 2 7 6th
1990 14 9 3 3 8 6th
1991 14 21 10 1 3 2nd
1992 14 18 8 2 4 3rd
1993 14 22 11 0 3 2nd
1994 13 23 11 1 1 Champions
1995 14 30 9 3 2 2nd
1996 14 31 10 1 3 2nd
1997 14 30 9 3 2 Champions
1998 14 22 6 4 4 3rd
1999 14 28 9 1 4 2nd
2000 14 25 8 1 5 4th
2001 14 24 7 3 4 3rd
2002 14 30 10 0 4 2nd
2003 14 13 4 1 9 6th
2004 14 24 8 0 6 3rd
2005 14 22 6 4 4 4th
2006 14 37 12 1 1 Champions
2007 14 37 12 1 1 2nd
2008 14 40 13 1 0 Champions
2009 14 36 12 0 2 2nd
2010 14 38 12 2 0 Champions
2011 JFL 33 40 11 7 15 11th
2012 32 53 15 8 9 4th
2013 34 68 21 5 8 Runners-up
  • Note: The 1994 season saw one game cancelled due to the disqualification of Alex SC who fielded ineligible players. The 2011 season saw one game cancelled as Sony Sendai could not play a full schedule due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami barring regular use of facilities.

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 August 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Koichiro Morita
2 Japan DF Yuki Ozawa
3 Japan DF Kodai Fujii
4 Japan DF Keigo Numata (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
5 Japan DF Hiroshi Hatano
6 Japan MF Kohei Fujita
7 Japan DF Shinsaku Mochidome
8 Japan MF Tomoya Osawa
9 Japan FW Kazuki Ganaha
10 Japan MF Kazumasa Takagi
11 Japan FW Yasumasa Nishino
13 Japan DF Toshihiro Horikawa
14 Brazil FW Allan
15 Japan MF Taishi Tsunada
16 Japan GK Kenta Ishii
17 Japan DF Ryota Noguchi
18 Japan MF Ryoga Sekihara
No. Position Player
19 Japan DF Masato Osugi
20 France MF Andrea Brede
21 Japan FW Yuki Fuke
22 Japan DF Yusuke Takeda
23 Japan FW Yutaka Takahashi
24 Japan GK Takuya Seguchi
25 Japan MF Kazuya Okamura
26 Japan MF Shohei Yamamoto
27 Japan DF Shohei Moriyasu
28 Japan MF Hiroyuki Furuta (on loan from Consadole Sapporo)
29 South Korea DF Song Han-ki
30 Brazil DF Evson (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
33 Japan FW Ryosuke Kijima
39 Japan DF Daisuke Fujii (on loan from V-Varen Nagasaki)

Honours[edit]

In pop culture[edit]

The Kamatamare players made cameo appearances in the 2006 film "UDON" directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro[1].

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