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All Japan Jr. Youth redirects here. For the U-20 team, see Japan Youth. For the U-22 team, see U-22 Japan. For the Olympic team, see Olympic Japan. For the national team, see Japan national football team.

All Japan Jr. Youth (全日本ジュニア(Jr.)ユース, Zennihon Junia Yūsu) or Japan Jr. is the representative of Japan in the International Jr. Youth Tournament that took place during the J Boys' Challenge story arc.

DescriptionEdit

Japan football logo 2017
In the Captain Tsubasa series, Japan Jr. was envisioned by Katagiri and the JFA Association as to be the first junior team to compete in U-16 European and South American standards. Katagiri wanted Tsubasa to be at his best, win the V-3 middle school tournament and become the best player in the U-19 Brazil club league in order to lead Japan to win the World Cup in a future.

After the 16th National middle school tournament, since Tsubasa was injured and couldn't join the training camp, Kojiro Hyuga became the captain, who left the captain mark to Hikaru Matsuyama after the loss against Hamburg Jr., therefore Matsuyama became the new captain. He later gave the mark to Tsubasa after the three week period of his recovery, showing he was almost at his 100% strength after dribbling Italy Jr. Youth volantes and defenders and scoring against Gino Hernandez.

For the International Jr. Youth Tournament held in France, all Japanese players who had a great performance in the 16th National middle school tournament from the top Middle school teams who made it up to semifinals or quarter-finals[1] were chosen to join All Japan Jr. Youth training camp. Only 17 out of those 24 players would be chosen to take part in the Europe campaign.

Later on, the team has the addition of Tsubasa Ozora[2], Taro Misaki[3], Genzo Wakabayashi and Jun Misugi[4] joining, the All Japan Jr. Youth team was formed with 21 players, after the training camp and the (West) Germany friendly matches campaign.

UniformsEdit

Home Away Keeper
Japan Jr home (DT)
Japan Jr away (DT)
Japan Jr gk (DT)

Manga

  • Home: white shirt with Japanese flag, royal blue for the collar and royal blue stripes on the sleeves, white shorts and white socks with royal blue stripes.
  • Away: blue shirt with Japanese flag, white collar and a white wide stripe on the sleeves, blue shorts with a white wide stripe and blue socks.
  • Keeper: Green jersey, with black chest and the Japanese flag and white collar, black shorts and white socks.
  • Keeper (Alternate): Blue jersey with black collar and shoulders, blue arms and the Japanese flag and black pants with white stripes. This uniform is worn in the manga by Wakabayashi during the matches against France and West Germany.

Anime

Home Away Keeper
Tsubasa (JBC) home color
Tsubasa (JBC) away shirt
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  • Shin Captain Tsubasa: The uniform is identical to the manga home and keeper versions. Wakabayashi wears a green shirt with white collar, darker green shoulders and grey blue pants with white stripe. Wakashimazu and Morisaki wear different color patterns (Wakashimazu wears a red shirt with teal green chest and black pants, while Morisaki wears an orange jersey with pale yellow chest and white shorts). The uniforms worn in the manga and in the OVA are based on the uniforms worn by Japan in 1984 and 1987 (during the Seoul 1988 Olympics qualifier) season.
  • 1994 Anime: White shirt with Japanese flag, azure collar and azure stripes on the sleeves, white shorts and white socks with azure stripes and black back number.
  • 2001 Anime:
    • Home: blue shirt with JFA logo, white collar with a red ring, 3 white stripes on the sleeves, and white and red curves from the sleeves to the sides of the shirt, white shorts with blue stripes and blue socks.
    • Away: white shirt with JFA logo, blue collar with a red ring, 3 blue stripes on the sleeves, and blue and red curves from the sleeves to the sides of the shirt, blue shorts with white stripes and white socks. The uniforms in this series are based on the uniforms worn by Japan between 1999 and 2000 (in the 1999 Copa América and the 2000 Asian Cup, for example).
    • Keeper: jet black long-sleeved jersey, with the JFA logo, the Addidas logo, and grey colors on the chest, yellow shoulder stripes, yellow round collar, with jet black shorts and white pants.
  • 2018 Anime: To be updated as series progresses.

Results Edit

Japan Training camp Edit

Germany Campaign matches Edit

International Jr. Youth Tournament Edit

Group stage

Final round

Strategy Edit

  • According to assistant coach Jun Misugi, the Japanese core team only properly works if Tsubasa Ozora takes care of the middle field and be Japan's gamemaker, since other players such as Hikaru Matsuyama should be on the defense area (sweeper) and the Tachibana twins and Mitsuru Sano have problems being midfielders since they are used to be forwards. According to Misugi, Matsuyama has a keep ability, persistence, strength and willpower that suits a defender[5].

Squad Edit

Training camp Edit

No. Pos. Player Nat.
1 GK Ken Wakashimazu Japan
2 MF Masao Tachibana Japan
3 MF Kazuo Tachibana Japan
5 DF Hiroshi Jito Japan
6 DF Shingo Takasugi Japan
7 DF Makoto Soda Japan
8 MF Mamoru Izawa Japan
9 FW Kojiro Hyuga Captain[6] Japan
10 MF Tsubasa Ozora Captain Japan
12 DF / MF Hikaru Matsuyama Captain[7] Japan
14 MF Ryo Ishizaki Japan
15 MF Takeshi Sawada Japan
16 MF Mitsuru Sano Japan
17 FW Hajime Taki Japan
18 FW Shun Nitta Japan
19 FW Kazuki Sorimachi Japan
20 FW Teppei Kisugi Japan
21 GK Yuzo Morisaki Japan

Main Squad Edit

International Jr. Youth TournamentEdit

No. Pos. Player Nat.
1 GK Ken Wakashimazu Japan
2 DF Masao Tachibana Japan
3 DF Kazuo Tachibana Japan
5 DF Hiroshi Jito Japan
6 DF Shingo Takasugi Japan
7 DF Makoto Soda Japan
8 MF Mamoru Izawa Japan
9 FW Kojiro Hyuga Japan
10 MF Tsubasa Ozora Captain Japan
11 MF Taro Misaki Japan
12 MF Hikaru Matsuyama Japan
14 DF Ryo Ishizaki Japan
15 MF Takeshi Sawada Japan
16 MF Mitsuru Sano Japan
17 FW Hajime Taki Japan
18 FW Shun Nitta Japan
19 FW Kazuki Sorimachi Japan
20 FW Teppei Kisugi Japan
21 GK Yuzo Morisaki Japan
22 GK Genzo Wakabayashi[8] Japan
24 MF Jun Misugi Japan

Other playersEdit

These players joined the training camp, but didn't get selected.

No. Pos. Player Nat.
GK Masanori Kato Japan
MF Hideto Koike Japan
MF Hiromichi Hori Japan
FW Kazumasa Oda Japan
FW Kazuto Takei Japan
FW Noboru Sawaki Japan

Gallery Edit

NotesEdit

  1. Because of Tsubasa's injury, Nitta, who Tsubasa faced during the Shizuoka prefecture tournament, replaced him.
  2. Since Tsubasa didn't join the training camp, he wasn't considered to be part of the team until after the match against Schester's Bremen Jr., where Tsubasa challenged goalkeeper Gino Hernandez along with the Italian team and successfully defeat them with a Drive Shoot.
  3. Who at the time was living in France with Ichiro Misaki and despite attending a French middle school, he did not want to join any soccer club as he felt his skills and potential was not enough for an International Jr. Youth Tournament. So he decided to accept Katagiri's invitation just after challenging France Jr. Youth captain Elle Sid Pierre and his team and was able to score a goal with the assitance of a then unknown Louis Napoleon.
  4. Before being registered as a player, Misugi only joined the team as an assistant coach and later on accepted the role of a "super substitute" in times of need.
  5. Captain Tsubasa chapter 85: The Start of a New Challenge.
  6. During the match against Hamburg Jr. Youth.
  7. Matsuyama was both registered as midfielder and defender until coach Mikami and Jun Misugi came up with a final squad which would be including Tsubasa Ozora as pivot player and the team's gamemaker.
  8. Wakabayashi was not able to play in the Germany campaign as his Hamburg Jr. Youth contract did not allow it until the U-16 International Jr. Youth Tournament.

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