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 J2 League
2016 19th
Website Club home page

Kamatamare Sanuki (カマタマーレさぬき、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.[citation needed]

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 League Promotion Series, and by virtue of the latter they were at last promoted to the Japan Football 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
2014
J2 League 42 33 7 12 23 21st
2015
42 51 12 15 15 16th
2016
42 43 10 13 19 19th
  • 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 14 February 2016.[1] 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 Kenta Shimizu
2 Japan DF Yuki Ozawa
3 Japan DF Kodai Fujii
4 Japan DF Kazuya Sunamori
6 Japan MF Kohei Fujita
7 Japan MF Ryota Nagata
8 Japan MF Tomoya Osawa
9 Japan FW Kazuki Ganaha
10 Japan MF Kazumasa Takagi
11 Japan FW Kenji Baba
13 Japan FW Tetsuya Kijima
14 Brazil FW Allan
15 Japan MF Taishi Tsunada
16 Japan GK Kenta Ishii
17 Japan MF Fumiya Tamaki
No. Position Player
18 Brazil FW Miguel Bianconi
19 Japan MF Hayato Nakama
21 Japan FW Yuki Fuke
22 Japan DF Yusuke Takeda
23 Japan DF Hironori Nishi
24 Japan GK Takuya Seguchi
25 Japan MF Kazuya Okamura
26 Japan MF Shohei Yamamoto
27 Japan GK Daiki Shinagawa
28 South Korea MF Han Chang-joo
29 Japan FW Yuki Morikawa
30 Brazil DF Evson
33 Japan FW Ryosuke Kijima

Honours[edit]

In pop culture[edit]

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

References[edit]

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