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Kamatamare Sanuki

Kamatamare Sanuki (カマタマーレ讃岐、Kamatamare Sanuki) is a football (soccer) club based in Takamatsu, the capital city of Kagawa Prefecture of Japan. They currently play in the J3 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]

Kamatamare Sanuki
カマタマーレ讃岐
Kamatamare Sanuki 2011.jpeg
Full nameKamatamare Sanuki
Founded1956; 63 years ago (1956)
GroundPikara Stadium,
Marugame, Kagawa
Capacity30,099
ChairmanNobuhiro Kawamura
ManagerKenichi Uemura
LeagueJ3 League
2018J2 League, 22nd (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
This emblem was used until 2010

HistoryEdit

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.

RecordEdit

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
? ? ? ? ? 1st
1980
? ? ? ? ? 1st
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 1st
1995
14 30 9 3 2 2nd
1996
14 31 10 1 3 2nd
1997
14 30 9 3 2 1st
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 1st
2007
14 37 12 1 1 2nd
2008
14 40 13 1 0 1st
2009
14 36 12 0 2 2nd
2010
14 38 12 2 0 1st
2011
JFL 33 40 11 7 15 11th
2012
32 53 15 8 9 4th
2013
34 68 21 5 8 2nd
2014
J2 League 42 33 7 12 23 21st
2015
42 51 12 15 15 16th
2016
42 43 10 13 19 19th
2017
42 38 8 14 20 19th
2018
42 31 7 10 25 22nd
  • 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 squadEdit

HonoursEdit

In pop cultureEdit

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

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