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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]

Kamatamare Sanuki
カマタマーレ讃岐
Kamatamare Crest
Full name Kamatamare Sanuki
Founded 1956
Ground Pikara Stadium,
Marugame, Kagawa
Ground Capacity 30,099
Chairman Minoru Kumano
Manager Makoto Kitano
League J2 League
2017 19th
Website Club website

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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
? ? ? ? ? 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
2017
42 38 8 14 20 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 squadEdit

As of 27 January 2018.[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   GK Kenta Shimizu
2   DF Park Chan-yong
3   DF Taiki Nakashima
4   DF Kenji Arabori
5   DF Shogo Asada
6   DF Takuya Nagasawa
7   MF Ryota Nagata
8   MF Daigo Watanabe
9   FW Kazuki Ganaha
10   MF Kazumasa Takagi
11   FW Yuki Morikawa
13   FW Tetsuya Kijima
14   MF Wataru Sasaki
No. Position Player
15   DF Atsushi Ichimura
16   GK Song Young-min
17   MF Takumi Sasaki
18   MF Kenshiro Suzuki
19   FW Kentaro Shigematsu
20   FW Kazuki Hara
21   FW Yuki Fuke
22   DF Yusuke Takeda
23   DF Hironori Nishi
24   GK Takuya Seguchi
25   MF Kazuya Okamura
26   MF Sota Yamaguchi
31   DF Alex

HonoursEdit

In pop cultureEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit