Thespakusatsu Gunma

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Thespakusatsu Gunma
Nickname(s) Thespa (ザスパ Zasupa?)
Founded 1995; 22 years ago (1995)
Ground Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma
Maebashi, Gunma
Ground Capacity 15,253
Owner Kusatsu Onsen Football Club
Chairman Akira Tomaru
Manager Hitoshi Morishita
League J2 League
2016 17th
Website Club home page
Current season

Thespakusatsu Gunma (ザスパクサツ群馬 zasupa kusatsu Gunma?) is a professional football (soccer) club based in Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The club plays in J2 League, 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.[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.[2]

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.[3][4]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2017.[5]

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 Keiki Shimizu (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
2 Japan DF Tetsuya Funatsu
3 Japan DF Yusuke Kawagishi
4 Japan DF Shusuke Tsubouchi
5 Japan DF Takumi Abe
6 Japan MF Tatsuki Kobayashi
7 Japan FW Shunta Takahashi
8 Japan MF Takafumi Suzuki
9 Japan MF Yuya Yamagishi (captain)
10 Brazil MF Matheus
11 Japan FW Yuichiro Nagai
13 Japan FW Yosuke Komuta
14 Japan FW Masatoshi Ishida
15 Japan FW Shohei Okada
16 Japan DF Keita Ichikawa
17 Japan DF Masato Fujiwara
18 Japan FW Kento Kawata (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
19 Japan DF Yugo Ichiyanagi
20 South Korea MF Park Kun
No. Position Player
21 Japan GK Yuta Suzuki
22 Japan MF Sho Murata
23 North Korea GK Park Seung-ri
24 Japan DF Yuko Takase (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
25 Japan FW Takuya Iwata
26 Japan MF Kazuma Takai
27 Japan MF Daiki Deoka
28 Japan MF Yuki Okaniwa
29 Japan MF Junki Sato
30 Japan MF Yuki Matsushita
32 Japan DF Toshiki Nakamura
34 Japan MF Shunta Shimura
35 Japan FW Yuta Kobayashi
38 South Korea FW Lee Kang-uk
39 Japan MF Ryunosuke Hayasaka
40 Japan FW Kohei Morita
41 Japan GK Ayumi Niekawa
42 South Korea GK Han Ho-dong

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan DF Hironori Ishikawa (at S.C. Sagamihara)
Japan DF Nobuyuki Kawashima (at Fujieda MYFC)
Japan MF Shohei Yokoyama (at Machida Zelvia)
Japan FW Yosei Otsu (at Oita Trinita)

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2005 J2 12 12 3,959 4th Round
2006 J2 13 12 3,736 4th Round
2007 J2 13 11 3,808 4th Round
2008 J2 15 9 4,215 3rd Round
2009 J2 10 18 4,330 3rd Round
2010 J2 19 12 4,424 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 9 3,211 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 17 3,341 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 20 3,571 2nd Round
2014 J2 22 17 3,689 4th Round
2015 J2 22 18 4,099 1st Round
2016 J2 22 17 4,744 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site



  1. ^ a b "Club guide; Thespa Kusatsu". J. League. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Two JFL clubs apply for J. League entry". Japan Times. September 30, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ken Matsushita (February 12, 2014). "Classifying the J2 teams from top to bottom". ONE World Sports. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "チーム名・ロゴ・マスコット" [Team name, Emblem, Mascot] (in Japanese). Thespakusatsu Gunma. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Clubs&Players". J League. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 

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