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    Roberto Hongo
European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Roberto Sedinho

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (in Captain Tsubasa and Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game), Hideyuki Hori (in Captain Tsubasa J), Mitsuru Miyamoto (in Road to 2002), Yuko Mita (as a child in Road to 2002), Katsuyuki Konishi (2018 anime); Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa and 2018 anime), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Gerardo Vásquez (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Daniel Sánchez (Captain Tsubasa), Eduardo del Hoyo (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Roberto normally has brown eyes, but the trailer for the 2018 series gives him blue eyes instead.
  • Beard of Sorrow: He was neatly shaved as an active player, and only started growing a beard when he went through his Heroic BSoD.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Tsubasa, and how.
  • Break the Cutie: His backstory, especially his childhood, as told by the J and Road to 2002 series, and his eyesight problems, which forced him into retirement.
  • Broken Ace: In the backstory, he was this through and through. The reader meets him when he has already gotten a hold of himself, however.
  • Career-Ending Injury: The reason why he retired: his eyesight started failing after he got hit to the head during a match and the brain/eyesight damage never healed. That's the exact same injured that plagued Brazil's 1970 World Cup Champion Tostão.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Until he met Tsubasa, he was heavily drinking in order to drown his sorrow of losing his career.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In the manga and original series, Roberto threw himself into the sea during an Heroic BSoD caused by the loss of his career, but Tsubasa's father Koudai saved him and helped him get back to his feet. It should be noticed that the Road to 2002 TV series removes his suicidal episode.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Koudai for saving him when he tried to kill himself, and to Tsubasa for giving him a new reason to live.
  • Missing Mom: The J and Road series dwell a little on this. Both series change the circumstances in which he lost his mom note , but both are Tear Jerkers.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's born and raised in Brazil, but has Japanese heritage. Truth in Television, as seen here.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Used this in his first apparition. The Nankatsu kids had to pick up their jaws off the floor upon seeing him play.
  • Perma-Stubble: After recovering from his ordeals, he kept the beard.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He and Natsuko
  • Self-Made Man: From the favelas to soccer stardom.
  • Street Urchin: As a child.
  • Team Dad: For the original Nankatsu team, and later to the Brazilian National Team.

    Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa
European Dub Name Change: Patty Gatsby
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Haydée Patricia "Patty" Amor

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (in Captain Tsubasa), Fujiko Takimoto (in Captain Tsubasa J), Atsuko Enomoto (in Road to 2002), Yuko Minaguchi (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Elsa Covián (Captain Tsubasa), María Fernanda Morales (Captain Tsubasa J), Liliana Barba (Road to 2002), Elizabeth Infante (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub], Carmen Cervantes (Captain Tsubasa and Captain Tsubasa J), Marta Sáinz (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's most often portrayed with dark brown hair, but the 2018 anime gives her a lighter tone, almost red.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Tsubasa. They met when they were 12, hooked up when they were 15, and got married when they were 18-19.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: As a little girl, the Sanae of the first anime series and the manga got very jealous of not only Yayoi but of almost any other girl who may like Tsubasa. (In fact, the Whole Episode Flashback shows that seeing Rika on the TV totally sets off her jealousy, and Natsuko had to take her and Manabu with her to France) She mostly grows out of it as a teenager, however, and as much she gets passive-aggressive.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kumi.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Of Nankatsu, during the Junior High arc. She's the manga Ur-Example of this trope and most likely the Trope Codifier.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Road to 2002 anime, as it skips through all romantic developments between her and Tsubasa, Sanae's teenage and adult years were drastically changed; as a result, while her personality remains more or less the same as in the original sources, a good part of her Character Development is handwaved and later she isn't following her boyfriend, and later husband, as it never happened in this continuity.
  • Expy: Of Aki Yamazaki, the CSCM from the CT pilot story.
  • Family Business: The Nakazawa family owns an ice cream parlor. In the Road to 2002 anime, the parlor itself is on the first floor of their house while the second one hosts the Nakazawas's living quarters.
  • Fangirl: Not only of Tsubasa, but of the whole team.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Sanae ditches a good part of her tomboyish attitude as she grows up, in order to become more feminine and more mature. This process is seen in the Endless Dream one-shot manga, where the Nankatsu boys are shocked to see her in girlier clothes.
  • Girl Next Door: The ordinary, cute, but tomboyish girl who is always there to support The Hero. Although she's more aggressive than the typical Nice Girl example.
  • Go Through Me: In the first anime, against Hyuuga.
  • Happily Married: She and Tsubasa marry at the end of World Youth Cup.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Her beauty was praised more or less frequently in the anime series and the manga.
  • Leaning Onthe Fourth Wall: In the first episode of the original TV series's junior high arcs, Sanae is introduced by talking to a bunch of girls that are off-screen, with her back towards the 'camera'. She then turns and directly addresses the viewers, identifying herself as Sanae to show the fans how much she's changed through the time skip.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: In the World Youth Cup manga and in the 2002 anime series.
  • Love at First Sight: Actually subverted. Sanae was reluctant to accept Tsubasa at first, until she got to witness his skills first-hand; even moreso in the first anime, where she was downright hostile to him since he accidentally hit Manabu with his soccer ball.
  • One of the Boys: Especially as a little girl and frequently lampshaded.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In the original, everyone refers to her as "Anego" ("Big Sis") and the fans only learn her actual name midway through the elementary school arc. Hyuuga and Wakabayashi still call her as such sometimes when they're young adults, but she doesn't like it.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Tsubasa, at first. Then she falls for him for real, and he comes to like her back.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Sanae and Manabu are long-time best friends and pretty much a perfect example of a Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl duo... but they're not romantically involved at all.
  • Plucky Girl: Girl never ever gives up when she needs or wants something.
  • Secret Keeper: In the original TV series, she becomes an asymmetric one after she accidentally overhears Misugi and Yayoi talking about the first's illness.
  • Shorttank: As a little girl and, to a lesser degree, as a teenager.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Kanda almost kidnaps her and says Tsubasa won't come to face him for her sake, Sanae immediately tells him it's not true. Right then, Tsubasa shows up.
  • The Medic: Pretty efficient nurse. One of the most shippy Tsubasa/Sanae scenes in the original TV series has her and Manabu recalling how some time ago she bandaged Tsubasa's foot under a blooming cherry tree... while, in the present, she is doing exactly the same.
  • Team Mom: As the Nankatsu assistant.
  • Territorial Smurfette:
    • Downplayed. She showed jealousy when Kumi arrived, but this was mostly because she openly said she joined due to Tsubasa and soon they become friends. Also, she's the one who brought Yukari to the team.
    • Played very straight and for the lulz in the elementary school arc, when Yayoi showed up. It's not helped by Yayoi obliviously revealing her past with Tsubasa and, well, by both of the being little girls back then. (They're hinted to be good friends as teenagers.)
  • Tsundere: As a little girl she was the harsh character type, but mellows down as she gets older.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She grew into this in the manga. The three anime series make her a Type B Tsundere instead.

    Erik van Saal 

Dutch Manager of FC Barcelona. He is the one who saw Tsubasa's potential and invited him to play for the Catalan giants.

  • The Chessmaster: As a football manger, this is a prerequisite. He decided to move Tsubasa to the reserve squad because he cannot use two playmakers in the pitch with Rivaul.
  • Expy: of Louis van Gaal, Barcelona manager for 2002.

    Manabu Okazaki 
European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Arthur Foster.note 

Voiced by: Miki Narahashi (Captain Tsubasa); Elsa Covián and Jorge Roig Jr. (Captain Tsubasa), Benjamín Rivera (Captain Tsubasa J), Anna Lobo (Road to 2002), Elizabeth Infante (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub], Beatriz Acaso (Captain Tsubasa), Amelia Jara (Captain Tsubasa J), Margarita Ponce (Road to 2002)

    Kumi Sugimoto 
European Dub Name Change: Susy
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Eva Toscano
Voiced by: Waka Kanda (Captain Tsubasa), Haruka Tomatsu (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Ruth Toscano (Captain Tsubasa) and Isabel Martiñón (movies) [Latin American Spanish dub]

    Yukari Nishimoto 
European Dub Name Change: Evelyn
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Anabel
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game), Anabel Méndez (Captain Tsubasa) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Yukari has brown hair, but in Holland Youth it's shown to be black-blue instead.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Sanae and Kumi, as the more mature and levelheaded of the three girls.
  • Cooldown Hug: In the anime, when Kumi is depressed and a bit tearful over Sanae and Tsubasa having a quite long Held Gaze moment in public, she tells Kumi to lean on her shoulder and then gives her a hug.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: The second of Sanae's assistants, and the more experienced and closest to Sanae of the two.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite appearing all through the original series and the Holland Youth special, she has non-speaking cameos in the Shin OAV and disappears altogether from J and Road to 2002. As a bonus, she doesn't appear in the pre-Holland Youth movies while Kumi did' show up in two of them.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Variation. She has them in the anime series, but has a single Tomboyish Ponytail in the manga. Oddly, she wears her hair loose in one panel of the series's second OP.
  • Held Gaze: One of the first (and very subtle) implications that she and Ishizaki had mutual feelings was them looking into each others's eyes and blushing heavily in WYC.
  • Hospital Hottie: What she wants to become, according to the manga. In WYC, she has already been accepted in a nursing school.
  • Plucky Girl: She is pretty sweet, but has no patience for fools and doesn't stray from her tasks.
  • Shipper on Deck: Specially in the anime, where she's given a whole scene in which she tells Sanae to go for Tsubasa before graduation.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Downplayed. She doesn't exactly encourage Kumi's crush for obvious reasons, but tends to keep her thoughts to herself aside of snarking a little at her.
  • Team Mom: Even more so than Sanae.
  • Tsundere: Shows slight signs to Ishizaki, right before their Relationship Upgrade.

    Yayoi Aoba 
European Dub Name Change: Amy/Tippy (Fr)
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Mary Tanada

Voiced by: Tomiko Suzuki (Captain Tsubasa), Junko Iwao (Captain Tsubasa J), Rina Sato (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); Anabel Méndez (Captain Tsubasa), Alma Wilhelme (both Captain Tsubasa J and Road to 2002), Nycolle González (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a redhead in the original series, but has dark brown hair in the Road to 2002 series.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It doesn't work with Tsubasa, but it's close to succeed Misugi.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Not as much as the other girls, as she hangs around quite a bit with the Musashi Elementary team but apparently stops that in Junior High. Unless the fans count the Road to 2002 series, which removed her friendship with Tsubasa but put much more emphasis on her manager role due to having the Musashi JHS out cut outta the story after their Nankatsu match.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's completely oblivious to Sanae's Clingy Jealous Girl antics, and later in a well-intentioned but very misguided move she tells Tsubasa that Misugi's ill and begs him to let the Musashi team win, not realising the consequences it'd bring to both of them.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: She's initially this to Tsubasa, until she moves on and (probably) ends up with Misugi.
  • Ship Tease: She and Misugi are all but stated to be an Official Couple.
  • Team Mom: Tries to be this, doesn't work very well with Misugi but it does like a charm when she helps take care of Hyuuga's siblings when their mom's hospitalized and Hyuuga cannot take a leave.

    Yoshiko Fujisawa 
European Dub Name Change: Jenny
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Cristina (one original series episode), María Fernanda (other series)

Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (Road to 2002), Saori Hayami (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); María Fernanda Morales (Captain Tsubasa), Rocío Prado and Mariana Ortiz (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

    Machiko Machida 
European Dub Name Change: Grace
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Gisela

Voiced by: Gisela Casillas (Captain Tsubasa), Mariana Ortiz (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]

    Maki Akamine 

Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (J series), Ayane Sakura (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game); María Fernanda Morales (Captain Tsubasa J) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Boyish Short Hair: The most openly tomboyish girl of the series, and has a very boyish hairstyle.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She denies more vehemently than Hyûga does when teased about this, but Everyone Can See It.
  • Indirect Kiss: By sharing with Hyûga a Coca-cola can (his favourite drink) in the World Youth Saga, after he has completed his Training from Hell in Okinawa and is about to go get back his place in the national team.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Wants to have her own career in softball and is very serious about it. And now she's very much in her way to get it.
  • Plucky Girl: She has her ups and downs like any teenage girl, but does her best whenever she can.
  • The Power of Love: She is an excellent softball player in her own right, but her Power Level in matches go Up to Eleven each time Hyûga cheers her. Conversely, the one time Hyûga didn't come to her match to support her, she lost.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's cute and cheerful and happy, but don't press her buttons.

    Munemasa Katagiri 

Voiced by: Adrián Fogarty (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Jorge Ornelas (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Iván Jara (Captain Tsubasa) [European Spanish dub]

    Tatsuo Mikami 
European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Freddy Marshall

Voiced by: Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa), Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J), Salvador Delgado and Luis Alfonso Padilla (Road to 2002), Óscar Gómez (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub]


    Gamo Minato 

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

    Kira Kouzou 
European Dub Name Change: Jeff Turner/Fleming

Voiced by: Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa and Captain Tsubasa J), Carlos Íñigo (Road to 2002), Esteban Desco (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub], [European Spanish dub]

  • The Alcoholic: Played in a cartoonish way, rather a dramatical one like Roberto. However, his reasons to drink are not less dramatic.
  • Alliterative Name: Kira Kouzou.
  • Break the Cutie: The loss of the Japanese team (in which he played) before the British one.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might look like the town drunk, but he knows a lot about training people to be the best, and he himself was in the past a badass on his own right.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: His hard drinking is implied to be due to his personal demons.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's not exactly evil, but he and Roberto are both world class players turned into alcoholics who train a manin character each.
  • Fallen Hero: He was a Japanese national player, until a defeat to the hands (well, feet) of a violent playing team kicked him out of the stardom and instigated a strong cynism and love for hard playing on him.
  • Foil: One to Roberto. Kira's style of training and playing is harsh and violent, as opposed to the good-natured and technical Roberto, and he himself is much more open about his personal bitterness than the Brazilian. Also, while Roberto is broken in a physical sense (due to his injury), Kozo is broken in the spiritual one (due to his defeat to the violent British team).
  • Hidden Depths: He is initially introduced as a pathetic drunkard who happens to mentor Hyuga and his team, but it's later revealed his past as a former star and the reason of his fall from grace.
  • Perma-Stubble: Revealed to be a Beard of Sorrow.
  • Retired Badass: A former national player for Japan.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: His system of belief. He himself was at the receiving end when his fair game was trumpled by the British team's brutal tactics, which made him become convinced that strength and violence are the base of a strong player. By the time he's the National Team coach, however, he has pretty much abandoned this belief.
  • Team Dad: For the Meiwa. And in Rising Sun, to the whole JPN Team.
  • Training from Hell: He often applies Corporal Punishment to keep Hyuga fom collapsing.
  • Unwittinginstigator Of Doom: His well-intentioned but very ill-timed What the Hell, Hero? on Hyuga is what leads him to escape from Toho to train under him so he can recover his fighting spirit, which caused Hyuga and the Toho team serious trouble. He acknowledges his role in the first anime, to the point of writing a letter to Coach Kitazume in which he explains everything and lays the blame on himself rather than Hyuuga, then showing up and going in the Pose of Supplication in front of him and the Toho soccer team staff as an apology.

    Kouji Kanda 

    Natsuko and Koudai Oozora 
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Maggie and Michael Atton

Voiced by Shiho Niiyama (Natsuko) (Captain Tsubasa J) [original Japanese] and Norio Wakamoto (Koudai) (original series); Anabel Méndez (Natsuko) and César Soto (Koudai) (Captain Tsubasa) Rina Sato (Natsuko) (anime 2018); Ruth Toscano (Natsuko) and Paco Mauri (Koudai) (Captain Tsubasa J); Elena Ramírez (Natsuko) and Jorge Santos (Koudai) (Road to 2002), Alejandría De los Santos (Natsuko) and Óscar Rangel (Koudai) (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Adult Fear: They experience this in the first TV series when they lose sight of a 2-year-old Tsubasa and he ends up wandering on the streets... and only his soccer ball saves him from being hit by a truck. Natsuko is in tears when this happens, and she cannot be blamed.
  • Nice Guy: Koudai.
  • Parents as People: Koudai works abroad as a ship captain, but does what he can to keep contact.
  • Potty Emergency: Inverted: In the Shin manga, Koudai was once in the bathroom when Tsubasa scored a goal.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tsubasa has Natsuko's features and Koudai's hair/eye/skin color scheme.
  • Team Mom: Natsuko.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Natsuko, with emphasis on maturity.


    Haruko Maruyama 
Latin-American Dub Name Change: Ruth (after her VA)

Voiced by: Ruth Toscano (Captain Tsubasa) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Canon Foreigner: She was created solely for the original anime.
  • Cool Teacher: Haruko was the homeroom teacher of Tsubasa and Co., plus a Cool Big Sis to them.
  • Sempai Kouhai: A talk between her and the first Nankatsu coach, Takashi Soriyama, implies that she's new to her job and Soriyama is her sort-of "senior".
  • Tomboy: A grown-up version, judging by her relaxed clothing style and her boyish haircut.

    Ishizaki's mother 

    Kaori Matsumoto 

Latin-American Dub Name Change: Daisy Matsumoto

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Road to 2002); Ruth Toscano (Captain Tsubasa), Gisela Casillas (Road to 2002), María Fernanda Morales (2018 anime) [Latin American Spanish dub]

    Azumi Hayakawa 
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Tatakae Dream Team smartphone game)

    Ichiro Misaki 

  • The Alcoholic: In the past. Fortunately didn't become an abusive father, but it still wasn't easy for Taro and his mom.
  • Parents as People: He loves Taro dearly, but their life hasn't been the easiest and he feels pretty guilty.
  • Perma-Stubble

    Shirley Marks 

  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Levin, since she was Karen's best friend and respects how Levin's still in love with her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Subverted, she has them despite being in her late teens.
  • Hospital Hottie: A medical student, and she and her older brother work for the Swedish team.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Slightly. She does love Levin and knows he can't love her back, which is a pretty sucky situation, but she doesn't wangst about it.


    Rika Oosawa 

Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Captain Tsubasa, TV series and movies); Anabel Méndez (Captain Tsubasa, TV series) and Isabel Martiñón (movies) [Latin American Spanish dub]

  • Canon Foreigner: Created only for the original anime series and the movies.
  • Expy: She's a somewhat less Hot-Blooded Azumi
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-French, half-Japanese. It shows in her reddish hair.
  • Nice Girl
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted. She shows up in a cute dress at the beginning, but the rest of the time she wears rather tomboyish clothes.
  • Shorttank
  • Tsundere: A small Type B to Pierre, since she playfully snarks at him when he flirts with her.

    Yoshiko Yamaoka, aka Yoshiko-chan 

  • Break the Cutie: Almost. The poor little girl took her half-brother's accident hard, and even more so since he got hurt to save her, but Misaki managed to calm her down.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Remember the I'm Misaki Tarou mini-story? And the little girl who appeared at the end? Yup, that's her. And she's the one who, by her own initiative, contacted Tarou and begged him to meet up with their mother.
  • The Cutie


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