Thespakusatsu Gunma

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For the club in Kusatsu, Shiga, see MIO Biwako Kusatsu.
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 Hiroki Hattori
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 27 February 16, 2016.[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 Ryota Aoki
4 Japan DF Shusuke Tsubouchi (captain)
5 Japan DF Daichi Inui
6 Japan MF Tatsuki Kobayashi
8 South Korea MF Park Gon (on loan from AC Nagano Parceiro)
10 Brazil MF Matheus
11 Japan FW Yuichiro Nagai
13 Japan FW Shunta Takahashi
14 South Korea MF Lim Jung-bin
15 Japan MF Ryohei Yoshihama
16 Japan DF Yusuke Kawagishi (vice–captain)
17 Japan FW Satoshi Tokiwa
18 Japan FW Yosuke Komuta
No. Position Player
19 Japan DF Yugo Ichiyanagi
20 Japan DF Hironori Ishikawa
21 Japan GK Yuta Suzuki
22 Japan DF Nobuyuki Kawashima
23 North Korea GK Park Seung-ri
24 Japan DF Yuko Takase (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
25 Japan MF Yuya Yamagishi
26 Japan MF Yusuke Segawa
27 Japan FW Ryota Oiwa
28 Japan MF Shunta Shimura
30 Japan MF Yuki Matsushita
32 Japan MF Shun Nakamura
33 Japan DF Daichi Hakkaku
34 Japan DF Toshiki Nakamura
38 South Korea FW Oh Han-bin

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. ^ "2016 選手一覧" [2016 Squad information] (in Japanese). Thespakusatsu Gunma. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 

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