Kamatamare Sanuki
カマタマーレ讃岐
Kamatamare Sanuki logo.svg
Full nameKamatamare Sanuki
Founded1956; 66 years ago (1956)
GroundPikara Stadium,
Marugame, Kagawa
Capacity30,099
ChairmanNobuhiro Kawamura
ManagerZdravko Zemunović
LeagueJ3 League
202115th of 15
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kamatamare Sanuki (カマタマーレ讃岐、Kamatamare Sanuki) is a football 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, that features a kamatama udon bowl, gained a significant interest and recognition, as the club instantly became one of the most-known non-league sides in Japan when their new name and crest was announced in October 2005.[citation needed]

History

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.

League record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
Season Division Tier Pos P W D L F A GD Pts Attendance/G
Takasho OB
1977 Shikoku
League
6th 14 4 2 8 32 54 -22 10
1978 8th 14 1 2 11 18 48 -30 4
1979 Kagawa
Pref. League
1st ? ? ? ? ?
1980 1st ? ? ? ? ?
1981 Shikoku
League
5th 14 7 1 6 26 31 -5 15
1982 8th 14 4 1 2 19 26 7 13
1983 2nd 16 10 1 5 45 32 13 21
1984 2nd 14 6 5 3 33 30 3 17
1985 6th 14 5 1 8 26 48 -22 11
1986 7th 14 3 2 9 15 25 -10 8
1987 8th 14 1 2 11 12 53 -41 4
1988 7th 14 5 0 9 16 42 -26 10
1989 6th 14 5 2 7 15 43 -28 12
1990 6th 14 3 3 8 15 31 -16 9
Kagawa Shiun
1991 Shikoku
League
2nd 14 10 1 3 42 15 27 21
1992 3rd 14 8 2 4 49 16 33 18
1993 2nd 14 11 0 3 53 18 35 22
1994 1st 13 11 1 1 46 12 34 23
1995 2nd 14 9 3 2 42 17 25 30
1996 2nd 14 10 1 3 41 19 22 31
1997 1st 14 9 3 2 47 24 23 30
1998 3rd 14 6 4 4 21 17 4 22
1999 4 2nd 14 9 1 4 41 25 16 28
Sun Life FC
2000 Shikoku
League
4 4th 14 8 1 5 35 32 3 25
2001 3rd 14 7 3 4 45 25 20 24
2002 2nd 14 10 0 4 33 28 5 30
2003 6th 14 4 1 9 28 36 -8 13
2004 3rd 14 8 0 6 29 26 3 24
Takamatsu Football Club
2005 Shikoku
League
4 4th 14 6 4 4 31 24 7 22
Kamatamare Sanuki
2006 Shikoku
League
4 1st 14 12 1 1 45 12 33 37
2007 2nd 14 12 1 1 68 14 54 37
2008 1st 14 13 1 0 62 4 58 40
2009 2nd 14 12 0 2 56 10 46 36 2nd round
2010 1st 14 12 2 0 53 5 48 38 2nd round Winners
2011 JFL 3 11th 33 11 7 15 39 49 -10 40 3,025 2nd round Not Eligible
2012 4th 32 15 8 9 49 29 20 53 2,344 3rd round
2013 2nd 34 21 5 8 49 26 23 68 3,125 2nd round
2014 J2
League
2 21st 42 7 12 23 34 71 -37 33 3,317 2nd round
2015 16th 42 12 15 15 30 33 -3 51 3,658 2nd round
2016 19th 42 10 13 19 43 62 -19 43 3,686 2nd round
2017 19th 42 8 14 20 41 61 -20 38 3,805 2nd round
2018 22nd 42 7 10 25 28 72 -44 31 3,073 2nd round
2019 J3 League 3 14th 34 10 9 15 33 49 -19 39 2,112 2nd round
2020 16th 34 7 10 17 33 52 -19 31 869 Did not qualify
2021 15th 28 4 9 15 20 41 -21 21 1,475 1st Round
2022 TBD 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD
Key

Honours

Current squad

As of 28 April 2022.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Japan JPN Takuya Takahashi
2 DF Japan JPN Takaharu Nishino (captain)
3 DF Japan JPN Naoya Matsumoto
4 DF Japan JPN Mizuki Uchida
5 DF Japan JPN Takumi Komatsu
6 MF Japan JPN Hayato Hasegawa
7 MF Japan JPN Masataka Nishimoto
8 MF Japan JPN Yuga Watanabe
10 FW Japan JPN Ikki Kawasaki
11 FW Japan JPN Kohei Matsumoto
13 FW Japan JPN Kentaro Shigematsu
14 MF Japan JPN Wataru Sasaki
15 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Iwamoto
16 GK Japan JPN Kenta Watanabe
17 MF Japan JPN Takuma Goto
18 FW Japan JPN Kakeru Aoto
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Kenya KEN Ismael Dunga (on loan from Sagan Tosu)
20 DF Japan JPN Taiyo Shimokawa
21 DF Japan JPN Kanta Usui
22 MF Japan JPN Ryoto Kamiya
23 FW Japan JPN Yusuki Yoshii
24 GK Japan JPN Yusuke Imamura
25 FW Japan JPN Eugene Fukui
26 FW Japan JPN Shoya Koyama
27 MF Japan JPN Taiyo Namazuta
28 FW Japan JPN Shunta Nakamura (on loan from Montedio Yamagata)
29 DF Japan JPN Keisuke Tao
30 DF Japan JPN Keitaro Iyori
31 DF Japan JPN Tomoya Takeshita
32 GK Japan JPN Kaisei Matsubara
33 DF Japan JPN Genichi Endo
34 MF Japan JPN Gentaro Yoshida DSP

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Japan JPN Kenta Sawada (at Fukuyama City FC)
FW Japan JPN Mark Ajay Kurita (at Suzuka Point Getters)

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
From To
Masashi Hachuda  Japan 1 February 2008 31 January 2010
Makoto Kitano  Japan 1 February 2010 31 January 2019
Kenichi Uemura  Japan 1 February 2019 31 January 2020
Kazuhito Mochizuki  Japan 1 February 2020 31 January 2021
Nobuyuki Uenoyama  Japan 1 February 2021 31 March 2021
Toshihiro Nishimura  Japan 1 April 2021 11 April 2021
Zdravko Zemunović  Serbia 12 April 2021 Current

Kit evolution

FP 1st
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
2011 - 2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -

In pop culture

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

References