|Full name||Kusatsu Onsen Football Club|
|Ground||Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma
|League||J. League Division 2|
|2013||J. League Division 2, 20th|
|Website||Club home page|
Thespakusatsu Gunma (ザスパクサツ群馬 zasupa kusatsu?) is a professional football (soccer) club based in Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The club plays in J. League Division 2, the second professional football league in Japan.
The club was founded in 1995 in Kusatsu town, one of the most well-known spa resorts in Japan, in 1995 as Liaison Kusatsu Football Club. The players were the students of specialized training college Higashi Nihon Soccer Academy. When the school was closed in 1999 due to financial difficulties, the players decided to stay in Kusatsu and keep the club alive. In 2002, the club was incorporated as K.K. Kusatsu Onsen Football Club with a future promotion to J. League in mind and adopted new team name Thespa Kusatsu (ザスパ草津 zasupa kusatsu?), which name basically meant "The Spa, Kusatsu.".
Because of J. League restrictions on stadiums, they play at Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma (Shikishima Athletics Stadium) in nearby Maebashi, the prefectural capital since the club was promoted to J. League Division 2 from 2005 season.
From 1 February 2013, the club has adopted the new name as "Thespakusatsu Gunma", to give out the impression of the club as representative of entire Gunma Prefecture, while still leaving the name of "Kusatsu" in it, as well as the logo of the club as is.
As of 29,January 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Season by season results and managers
|1995||Gunma Prefectural Div.4||1st||?||?||Did not qualify||Ratko Stevović|
|1996||Gunma Prefectural Div.3||1st||?||?||Did not qualify|
|1997||Gunma Prefectural Div.2A||1st||?||?||Did not qualify|
|1998||Gunma Prefectural Div.1||7th||?||?||Did not qualify||Naoki Kimura|
|1999||Gunma Prefectural Div.2||?||?||?||Did not qualify|
|2000||Gunma Prefectural Div.2B||2nd||?||?||Did not qualify||Ratko Stevović|
|2001||Gunma Prefectural Div.2B||1st||?||?||Did not qualify|
|2002||Gunma Prefectural Div.1||8||1st||14||42||14||0||0||Did not qualify||Ryosuke Okuno|
|2003||Kantō League Div.2||8||1st||14||35||11||1||2||1st Round|
|2004||Football League||16||3rd||30||62||19||6||5||Quarter-finals||Shigeharu Ueki|
|2005||J. League Div.2||12||12th||44||23||5||31||8||4th Round||Satoshi Tezuka|
|2006||13||12th||48||42||9||24||15||4th Round||Shigeharu Ueki|
|2009||18||10th||51||65||18||12||11||3rd Round||Toru Sano|
|2010||19||12th||36||48||14||16||6||2nd Round||Hiroshi Soejima|
|2013||22||20th||42||40||9||20||13||2nd Round||Tadahiro Akiba|
When players enter the stadium, they sing the chant called "Kusatsu-bushi" and some fans use the board that use to cool down hot springs in Kusatsu. The attendance of average of 2013 seasons was about 3,000.
There are two biggest supporter groups.
- blu giallo ultra CUNEO
- ULTRAS KUSATSU
- Official Site (Japanese)
- blu giallo ultra CUNEO on Twitter (Japanese)
- ULTRAS KUSATSU Official Site (Japanese)
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