Thespakusatsu Gunma

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For the club in Kusatsu, Shiga, see MIO Biwako Kusatsu.
Thespakusatsu Gunma
ザスパクサツ群馬
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Full name Kusatsu Onsen Football Club
Nickname(s) Thespa Kusatsu
Founded 1995; 19 years ago (1995)
Ground Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma
Maebashi, Gunma
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Akira Tomaru
Manager Tadahiro Akiba
League J. League Division 2
2013 J. League Division 2, 20th
Website Club home page
Current season

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.".[1]

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.

Current players[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Keisuke Naito
2 Japan DF Ryosuke Tada
3 Japan DF Ryota Aoki
4 Japan DF Tatsushi Koyanagi
5 Japan DF Daichi Inui
6 Japan MF Tatsuki Kobayashi
7 Japan FW Kota Aoki
8 Japan MF Yohei Sakai
9 Brazil FW Daniel Lovinho
10 Japan FW Ryuichi Hirashige (captain)
11 Brazil FW Eder
13 Japan DF Shingo Arizono
14 Japan MF Shohei Yokoyama
15 Japan DF Kazuki Segawa
No. Position Player
16 Japan DF Jo Kanazawa
17 Japan FW Yosei Otsu
18 Japan MF Koken Kato
19 North Korea MF Hwang Song-Su
20 Japan FW Keita Nozaki
21 Japan MF Ryota Nagata
22 Japan GK Kazuma Kita
23 Japan GK Daiki Tomii
24 Japan DF Ryosuke Hisatomi
25 Japan MF Taisuke Miyazaki
26 South Korea DF Hwang Tae-Jun
32 South Korea DF Kweon Han-Jin
33 Japan GK Fumiya Iwamaru

Season by season results and managers[edit]

Season Division Teams Pos Pld Pts W L D Emperor's Cup Manager
1995 Gunma Prefectural Div.4 1st ? ? Did not qualify Montenegro 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 Japan Naoki Kimura
1999 Gunma Prefectural Div.2 ? ? ? Did not qualify
2000 Gunma Prefectural Div.2B 2nd ? ? Did not qualify Montenegro 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 Japan 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 Japan Shigeharu Ueki
2005 J. League Div.2 12 12th 44 23 5 31 8 4th Round Japan Satoshi Tezuka
2006 13 12th 48 42 9 24 15 4th Round Japan Shigeharu Ueki
2007 13 11th 48 42 7 20 21 4th Round
2008 15 9th 42 53 13 15 14 4th Round
2009 18 10th 51 65 18 12 11 3rd Round Japan Toru Sano
2010 19 12th 36 48 14 16 6 2nd Round Japan Hiroshi Soejima
2011 20 9th 38 57 16 9 13 2nd Round
2012 22 17th 42 47 12 19 11 2nd Round
2013 22 20th 42 40 9 20 13 2nd Round Japan Tadahiro Akiba

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Supporters[edit]

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


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Club guide; Thespa Kusatsu". J. League. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 

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