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    Juan Diaz 

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Shin Captain Tsubasa), Mamoru Miyano (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Rise of the New Champions); Claudio Velásquez and Rafael Pacheco (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Ricardo Escobar (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]

  • Bash Brothers - Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his childhood friend Alan Pascal. To the point that when he got the chance to join a big team, the only condition he put on the table was having Pascal as his teammate.
  • The Bus Came Back: As of 2016, the Argentina team has returned to the action in Rising Sun. Díaz, logically, is their leader.
  • He's Back: In Rising Sun, it turns out that Díaz suffered an extremely serious injury to his groin (which included hip damage) that required surgery and having him out of activity for half a year - which is why he wasn't present in WYC, story-wise. As soon as he came back, he helped Boca Juniors to win the Copa Libertadores and sealed a deal with the Napoli from Italy, so now he wants to reaffirm his return by beating Tsubasa.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Diaz's name is a reference to Ramon Angel Díaz, however his character is based almost completely on Diego Armando Maradona (sans the drug addiction and the attitude problems, of course).
  • Street Urchin —> Self-Made Man: He and Pascal are from a humble Buenos Aires suburbia, probably inspired by the famous La Boca.

    Alan Pascal 
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (Shin Captain Tsubasa and Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Diana Pérez and Alan Fernando Velásquez (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

    Gabriel Galvan 


    Pierre "Elle Sid" Leblanc
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (original series and Shin), Akira Ishida (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Ricardo Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], David Robles (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]

    Louis Napoleon 
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Shin Captain Tsubasa), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Eduardo Curiel (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Is infamous in-story for being an extremely talented, but arrogant player prone to explosive bouts of anger and violence that brought him many red cards. In the France vs. England match, in which the coach put him on the side for much of the game so he can get to know better the team and adapt himself to it, Napoleon instead never ceases to belittle his teammates and to boast that he alone would be enough to secure France's victory.
  • Blood Knight: No qualms about violence on the fields.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Break the Haughty: Gets massively bitchslapped by karma thrice. First he gets slapped across the face for bragging about how he provoked Souda into fouling him and doomed him to get kicked out the fieds, then he violently fouls Izawa which invalidates a really nice goal from his team and allows Misugi to play, and later... see below.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Soda.
  • French Jerk: The straightest example in the team.
  • I Work Alone: He thinks he's the best, and that working together with his teammates is beneath him. However, he's actually excellent at playing in combinations with other players when he wants to, as shown with his near-symbiotic teamworks with Misaki and Pierre.
  • Manly Tears: In the manga, after not only Wakashimazu blocks his shot and France is eliminated because of that, but Pierre and his companions don't blame him for the loss, even telling him he did his best. It softens his image quite a bit.


    Karl Heinz "The Kaiser" Schneider
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Captain Tsubasa), Ryo Horikawa (Captain Tsubasa J), Hiroshi Shimozaki (Road to 2002), Takahiro Sakurai (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa TV series), Ricardo Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa movies), Carlos Íñigo (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub); Pablo Sevilla (Captain Tsubasa) [European Spanish dub]

  • The Ace: Maybe the greatest player in the series, not counting Tsubasa.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Adores his cute little sister Marie.
  • Bishōnen: Especially in Road to 2002, where his prettiness is empathized.
  • Childhood Friends: He refers to Wakabayashi as such in Road to 2002, and some flashbacks in the Bayern Munchen vs. Hamburg game show that Genzo and Kaltz remember their shared past fondly. Ironically, that match ends up with them almost getting into a fight, which concludes with Kaltz getting kicked out of the game.
  • Demoted to Extra: In WYC, since Santana takes the main The Rival spot there.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Rising Sun, before the match between Japan vs Germany, he makes a bet to Wakabayashi that if Germany beats Japan, Wakabayashi will join Bayern Munich the next season, when Wakabayashi ask him what would happen if Japan win, Schneider say that he did not think of that at all.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Almost literally; he can shoot with both his legs, and he switches from one to another before the shoot to confuse the goalie.
  • Identical Stranger: Karl is quite taller than Tsubasa, as well as a blue-eyed blond rather than dark-haired/eyed, but otherwise, they're very physically similar.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Schneider evokes the image of Miroslav Klose in his youth.
    • Also, his name is a reference to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a legendary forward who scored over 200 goals during his years as a Bayern Munich player.
  • Parents as People: His parents are very kind people, but their relationship hasn't the best for a while already. In Shin CT, Karl angsts a LOT at the possibility of the Schneiders getting a divorce. They don't, thankfully.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Light blond hair, blue eyes, like a stereotypical German.
  • The Rival: Not to Tsubasa, but to Wakabayashi, though Karl makes it clear he would like it better if they were teammates.
  • Stage Dad: Subverted. While his father Rudi is also his coach and boss as well as an ex-player, they're very close and love each other very much.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As said above, he's a kind-hearted guy who's also very proud and seemingly cold.
  • Strong and Skilled:
    • His Fire Shot is prove of that And he could score 1 out of two shots outside of the penalty area to Wakabayashi in before Road to 2002 series.
    • This has been established in Captain Tsubasa J video game where Schneider can use different shooting techniques: A powerful straight shot or a tricky curling shot.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Schneider's design is very, VERY different in the original anime series's flashbacks and the early movies. Probably because he normally looks like a blond Tsubasa.

    Hermann Kaltz 
Voiced by: Rubén León (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

    Dieter Mueller
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Furuta (Shin), Yasuyuki Kase (in Road to 2002), Kenta Miyake (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Gabriel Gama (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Achilles' Heel: Literally. His only weak spots are his feet, so the best chance to score against him is aiming low shots.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The original manga and the games make him a blue-eyed blond. The new anime series gives him light brown hair and purple eyes instead, just like the character of Otto Heffner who was created to replace him in the first anime (thus making his anime self an aesthetic version of a Composite Character).
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: To the extent of throwing the ball back to their opponents in order to challenge them further.
  • The Brute: Big, mean (in the fields, he isn't particularly jerkish otherwise) and absurdely good in his job.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: His feats as a keeper are unparalelled in the series. He stopped the entire Japanese team's individual techniques, managed to frustrate a combined shoot by Tsubasa and Kojiro of all people, and generally made both Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu look like total novices.
  • Dub Name Change: Known as "Reinhardt Bauer" in Italy and "Dieter Miller" in Spain.
  • Hero Killer: In a sport perspective. While he wasn't the first keeper to frustrate the efforts of Tsubasa, Kojiro and company, he was the first and only to do it to all of them put together and practically at will.
  • The Juggernaut: An interestingly reversed example: he can stop everything.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Japanese thought he was a Mighty Glacier. They were completely wrong. Cue the Oh, Crap!.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He has shades of one of Germany's best goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Dieter is the German spelling. A recurrent spelling is "Deuter". Same with "Müller" and "Mueller", though both spellings are actually correct (The "ue" combination is the closest to a "ü", so it can be used effectively as a replacement.)
  • Training from Hell: Was mentioned to be going through this in the mountains before joining the team.
  • The Worf Effect: By cortesy of Levin and the Brazilian national team.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: In the Road to 2002 series he has a odd X-shaped scar in his cheek. Subverted in that he is an antagonist.

    Otto Heffner
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao

  • Anime Hair: Has a cartoonishly prominent fringe that sticks out at least one foot long over his face.
  • Canon Foreigner: His character was created to replace Dieter Mueller in the first anime and the movie series.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Unlike Schneider, who got introduced some episodes before his debut in the field, Heffner came out from nowhere and did not even receive a name right until his encounter with the main cast. His only pre-match scene was a brief training scene with Schneider that did not even introduce him formally.
  • Dub Name Change: Known as "Gustav Heffner" in Germany and "Hugo Heffner" in Italy.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His bangs cover one of his eyes, though not by falling over it like most examples, but by being so ridiculously large.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Most of the time is seen frowning or focused.
  • Power Copying: He uses some of Wakashimazu's moves, like the famous Sankakugeri Defense.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also spelled as "Hefner" or "Effner". The Spanish dub spelled it in a really odd way, sounding as either "Henger" or "Henffer" (maybe another case of Dub Name Change).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dieter Mueller in Captain Tsubasa, having the same aura and role in the history. Ironically enough, he was much easier to defeat despite lacking Dieter's Achilles' Heel, and was beaten precisely by way of a Twin Shoot by Tsubasa and Kojiro, a technique Mueller would laugh at on his own appearances.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite having outperformed both Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu, Heffner is easily beaten by Diaz and Victorino in the fourth film to show their skill.

    Franz Schester 
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Shin), Takahiro Mizushima (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Víctor Ugarte (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]


    Gino Fernandez 
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (Captain Tsubasa J); Roberto Mendiola (Captain Tsubasa J), Roberto Molina (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • The Ace: He's Italy's goalkeeper, and a pretty good at his job.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Shingo.
  • Diving Save: He first appears when he pulls one to save a little girl from being hit by a car. That girl is Marie, Schneider's younger sister.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Italian dub his name is variously translated. He is named either "Dario Belli" or "Luis Hernandez" and also "Gino Buffetti". The Latin American dub changes his surname to "Hernández".
  • Nice Guy: He can be ruthless in the field, but he's really this. He shows this during his interactions with Aoi Shingo.

    Salvatore Gentile 


    Shou Shuunko/Xiao Jung Guang 


    Faran, Chana and Sakun Konsawatto 
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (Sakun, Captain Tsubasa J), Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Faran, Captain Tsubasa J), Yusuke Numata (Chana, Captain Tsubasa J)

  • Power Trio: Chana being the smallest, Faran being the middle of the road height, and Sakun being the biggest around the trio.
  • Red Baron: The Sepak Takraw Brothers.

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Captain Tsubasa J)

  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Or rather, All Thais Know Muay Thai.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: This was his attitude in the game against Japan.
  • The Big Guy: He's just 18 and is already 7 feet tall?!
  • Combat Pragmatist: He'll do whatever it takes to nullify the aces of the opposing team. This was clearly showcased in the match against Japan when marking Tsubasa throughly.
  • Cry Cute: Blames himself so much for the loss of the Thai team that he breaks down crying in the airport. Tsubasa cheerfully tells him to not give up.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He's a big bruiser, but he showcases this after Thailand lost to Japan in the WYC Asian Preliminaries.
  • Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's such a mean person against opposing players, but he's also the captain of the team, in which his partners can trust when Bunnark is around.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The biggest player in the Thailand team, a very strong player all around, but he also has the speed and movement due to his Muay Thai training.

Saudi Arabia

    Prince Mark Owairan 
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)

South Korea

    Cha Inchon 

    Lee Young-Woon 


    Ricardo Espadas 
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)

  • Break the Haughty: And holy crap, HOW!
  • Fingore: At the receiving end, when he fails to catch Hyuuga's shot that seals the Japanese victory.
  • Heel Realization: Has one in at the end of the match against Japan, which resulted in Ricardo becoming nicer overall.
  • Jerkass: Loud, arrogant, racist, bitter, etc., the whole nine yards. Until he faces Tsubasa and remembers how he used to be far less of a jerk in his past.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Jorge Campos, down to the extravagant shirts.
  • Street Urchin: His and his teammates's collective Freudian Excuse. It still does not justify Espadas's prejudices and racism.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Japan/Mexico match. He reappears in the Rising Sun manga, and is noticeably nicer and more mature.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As an urchin from the Mexico DS.'s slums, he used to sincerely love soccer and enjoy being with his friends nevermind how harsh their lives were. But with time, the hardships he faced left him totally embittered.


    Ryoma Hino 

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Captain Tsubasa J); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Badass Baritone: More so in Captain Tsubasa J when using his one-liners before doing supershots.
    Hino: "Doragon shūto!"
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Dyes his hair blond in the World Youth Cup
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very harsh and arrogant when playing, but a more or less decent guy otherwise. i.e, he gets a rather literal Pet the Dog moment when he's jogging and meets up with a little boy and his adorable puppy.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half Japanese, half Uruguayan. He first plays in the Real Japan 7, then refuses an offer to stay in the Japanese team to both honor his Uruguayan side and to keep his budding rivalry with Hyuga.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Hyuga

    Ramón Victorino 


    Stefan Levin 
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)

  • Broken Ace: A brilliant and well-respected player, but one that went through horrible heartbreak and is shattered on the inside by the time he appears.
  • Broken Bird: A Rare Male Example, lampshaded by a scene where he's thinking of Karen's death and refers to himself as "[a bird with] only one wing". Complete with a panel that shows him as a winged humanoid with a single wing.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He went through a soul-shattering loss few before the story started, which broke and froze his heart. The Japan/Sweden match is the start of his recovery.
  • Emotionless Girl: Another Gender Inverted Example, which is lampshaded by the Swedish Team's doctor:
    Dr. Mikhael: "His data never changes. The brainwaves don't look like they belong to a sports player... It's like they come from someone who has been deeply wounded in his heart. Like someone who has completely lost the feeling of joy".
  • Diabolus ex Machina: A year before the WYC, Levin told his teammates that he had planned to propose to Karen, marry her and take her to live with him in Germany where he was about to land himself a great contract. Right after that, in the same day when he became the Swedish champion? Karen was hit by a truck and killed. O U C H!
  • It's All My Fault: The guilt he feels upon Karen's horrible death (she was hit by a truck while on her way to his last match in Sweden) has totally corrupted Levin's mind and soul. And it's the "fuel" behind his best shot, the "Levin Shot" that he uses to harm his rivals — including people like Wakabayashi, Müller, and Akai.
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Mueller, while off-screen, is quite bad. He was this close to treat Tomeya Akai that way as well, if not worse, but he realized that and stopped himself, kicking the ball out so Akai could get medical treatment.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: He promised his girlfriend Karin to be the best player ever as she lay dying. Little did she know what he would do to fulfill his word...
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: The fate his beloved girlfriend Karen suffered in his Backstory, by being hit by a truck. It made him the sports version of a Crusading Widower.)
  • Super Strength: A very dark example. He has developed his "Levin Shoot" specifically to priorize impact over speed, has toughened himself up via Training from Hell to inhuman levels to get the strength he needs to do so, and proves it via destroying the statue of the Maiden Goddess that Karen was praying to... few minutes before her death.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A locket with a picture of Karen.


    Carlos Santana 

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (old movies), Tomokazu Seki (Captain Tsubasa J), Jin Nishimura (Road to 2002), Hiroyuki Yoshino (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Yamil Atala (old movies), Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Rafael Alonso Naranjo, Jr. (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]

Brazil's Captain for the World Youth Cup and Tsubasa's rival. Turned Professional and played for Flamengo before a transfer to Spain's CF Valencia.

    Luciano Leo 

Voiced by: Alfredo Leal and Eduardo Garza (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]


Voiced by: Carlos Hugo Hidalgo (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)

A player for Brazil at the World Youth Cup, he becomes Tsubasa's rival at the Road to 2002 Arc. Currently playing for Real Madrid.

  • Child Prodigy: Naturezza was around 10-12 years old when he was discovered teaching himself how to play soccer.
  • Country Mouse: He and his brother come from from a small village in the Amazonas. In fact, when Roberto went to recruit him, Naturezza objected to this proposal since he wasn't super thrilled with the idea of living in the polluted, noisy cities. He changes his mind at the end of WYC, since his love of the sport itself is stronger.
  • Expy: Of Coimbra from the Tecmo games.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • He's a very skilled player, but terrible in regards to team work. Hence why his coach Roberto Hongo got him benched until the end of the WYC.
    • His teamwork was certainly improved for the time of the Road to 2002 manga, where his individual playing, plus his teamwork along with the Real Madrid FC, caused a lot of problems to Tsubasa and the other players in Barcelona FC in the Spanish Derby.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is similar to Luis Nasario de Lima Ronaldo.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With his older brother Cario, a man in white who dresses like a Santeria believer.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: One of the most talented players in the story, but up until few ago he had no formal training. He actually taught himself how to play with broken balls, and was discovered training like this near a river.

    Julio Salinas 
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)


    Bryan Cruyfford 
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)

  • The Ace: He's hyped as the best player in the team and Wakabayashi has him in high regards.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was showcased as the key player of Netherlands, however, he wasn't shown that much in the main manga series. He returns to being relevant in the Rising Sun manga and he's as much of a threat as he was hyped about.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Johann Cruyff, who else?
  • The Unfought: In the movie, apparently due to an injury. However, the Rising Sun miniseries puts him into the spotlight.

    Luther Kleinstmeif 

    Caesar Guilt 


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