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; 21 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 J. League Division 2
2014 18th
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 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.[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.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 February 13, 2015.[3]

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 Yuta Suzuki
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 Brazil MF Hugo
8 Brazil MF Acleisson Scaion
9 Brazil FW Kaique (on loan from Corinthians)
10 Brazil FW Douglas Tanque
13 Japan DF Shingo Arizono
14 Japan MF Shohei Yokoyama
15 Japan MF Ryohei Yoshihama
16 Japan DF Ryosuke Hisatomi
17 Japan FW Yosei Otsu
No. Position Player
18 Japan FW Keita Nozaki
19 North Korea MF Hwang Song-Su
20 Japan FW Yosuke Komuta
22 Japan GK Kazuma Kita
23 Japan GK Daiki Tomii
24 Japan DF Yusuke Kawagishi
25 Japan MF Yohei Sakai
26 Japan FW Ataru Esaka
27 Japan FW Ryota Oiwa
27 Japan DF Makoto Kobayashi
30 Japan MF Yuki Matsushita
32 South Korea MF Yoon Young-Seung
33 Japan DF Ryo Kobayashi
36 Japan FW Yuichiro Nagai
Brazil MF Oliveira

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
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site



Period Kit Supplier Kit Sponsor
2005 UNIQLO Beisia
2006 Phiten
2009 A-LINE
2011 Beisia
2012 CAINZ
2013 Finta Beisia
2014 CAINZ
2015 Beisia
2016 CAINZ


  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. ^ "2015 Squad information". Thespakusatsu Gunma. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 

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