Thespakusatsu Gunma

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Thespakusatsu Gunma
Thespakusatsu Gunma logo.png
Nickname(s)Thespa (ザスパ, Zasupa)
Founded1995; 24 years ago (1995)
GroundShoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma
Maebashi, Gunma
OwnerKusatsu Onsen Football Club
ChairmanTomohiko Nara
ManagerKeiichiro Nuno
LeagueJ3 League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Thespakusatsu Gunma (ザスパクサツ群馬, zasupa kusatsu Gunma) is a professional football (soccer) club based in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The club plays in the J3 League, the third division of professional football 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 February 16, 2019.[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 Yuto Koizumi
2 Japan DF Tetsuya Funatsu (captain)
3 Japan DF Junya Suzuki
4 Japan DF Daihachi Okamura
5 Japan DF Tsubasa Aoki
6 Japan MF Sho Sato
7 Japan FW Junya Kato
8 Japan MF Ryo Kubota
9 Japan FW Shohei Okada
10 Japan FW Shota Aoki
11 Japan FW Masao Tsuji
13 Japan DF Shingo Kukita
14 Japan MF Toshiya Tanaka
15 Japan MF Justin Toshiki Kinjo
No. Position Player
16 Japan MF Kento Kato
17 Japan FW Yuya Takazawa
18 Japan FW Shunta Nakamura
19 Japan DF Masaya Yoshida
20 Japan FW Takuya Iwata
21 South Korea GK Kim Chol-ho
22 Japan DF Nanasei Iino
23 Japan GK Shun Yoshida
24 Japan DF Yuya Mitsunaga
28 Japan DF Shunsuke Fukuda
30 Japan MF Yuya Himeno
32 Japan DF Kodai Watanabe

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
2017 J2 22 22 3,832 3rd round
2018 J3 17 5 3,346 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. ^ "2018 Season Member". Thespakusatsu Gunma. Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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