For the Tecmo counterpart of this character, see Hikaru Matsuyama (Tecmo).

Hikaru Matsuyama (松山 光, Matsuyama Hikaru) is a major character in Captain Tsubasa.


Matsuyama is a main defender for Japan and wears the jersey #12. When he captained the Furano, he wore the jersey #10. He has taken the role of captain for Japan on several occasions, even replacing Kojiro Hyuga or Taro Misaki as the role of main leader.

He is one of Japan's best players. Though Matsuyama isn't a genius or naturally gifted, he is persistent and hard-working. Thanks to his hard work, he has many good skills.


Captain Tsubasa story

Matsuyama can be considered even a better captain than Tsubasa himself, since despite not being a genius in football, his hardwork, efforts and understanding of teamwork makes him a key player for the Japanese national team.

In grade school, like many Japanese school teams, Matsuyama's objective was to defeat Tsubasa and Nankatsu. Since only clashed twice, both Hyuga and Matsuyama have a special respect for each other.

In Rise of New Champions

Kojiro learnt this after watching Matsuyama's match with Tsubasa where he was truly a sportsman and true leader even in defeat. Conversely, it was Matsuyama's cheering from the audience that made Hyuga to regain his confidence and courage and equalize Nankatsu with his Overhead Tiger.

In J Boys' Challenge, Matsuyama was chosen as captain when Hyuga resigned this position after the match against Hamburger SV Jr. and subsequently gave the title to Tsubasa.

Battle of World Youth arc

Netherlands Youth special

Matsuyama goes on to Furano High School together with Kazumasa Oda and manager Yoshiko Fujisawa. In the quarter-finals of his last National High School Tournament, his team lost to Hyuga's Toho Academy. Immediately after the tournament, he is chosen for Japan Youth's J-Village in preparations for the World Youth Tournament.

World Youth tournament

In the World Youth series, Matsuyama was chosen as a regular member. Unlike Hyuga, Misaki, Nitta, Soda, Jito and the Tachibana twins, he wasn't cast aside by Gamo. Being the only one finding the truth about the R.J.7, he even forced Hyuga to leave the team in order to progress. Matsuyama tried his best to tell a depressed Japan Youth not to count on the R.J.7 for the preliminaries.

Gamo considered that Matsuyama was the one who contributed the most to the team, by using his captainship so that the team wouldn't crumble during Gamo's harsh training while Tsubasa and Hyuga weren't here, and acquired their trust as well. He also considered Matsuyama the indispensable captain of the team during the training camp, which is why he revealed the true purpose of the R.J.7 to him. Even Tsubasa thought that Matsuyama should wear the captain mark. Matsuyama was absent for most of the time in the quarter-finals against Stefan Levin's Sweden Youth, since Yoshiko was involved in a traffic accident, and Matsuyama had put his love for Yoshiko above everything else. He came back for extra time however, giving Japan the key to victory.

Road to 2002 arc

In Road to 2002, Matsuyama became a pro by joining Consadole Sapporo. In a match against Jun Misugi's FC Tokyo, Matsuyama admitted that Misugi is indeed a genius. The match ended up being a tie, 1:1, though owing to the advantages Consadole Sapporo had being the home team.

Golden-23 arc

In Golden 23, Matsuyama was selected in the Japanese Olympics team as the captain. Coach Kira put a lot of trust in him, Misaki and Misugi, called the "3M" (3 Shooting Stars) of U-22 Japan, allowing them to handle the team's balance. He believed that Matsuyama's leadership would be important during the Asian preliminaries tournament.

Rising Sun arc

Yoshiko confided to Yayoi that Matsuyama planned to marry her after university.

To be added as series progresses

Rise of New Champions arc

In the Furano route of Episode New Hero in Rise of New Champions, Matsuyama learns that the team has been entered into the Junior Hero League, which gives him a chance to play with the team one more time. However, some members of the team are unavailable due to other commitments (mainly because Nationals was believed to be their last tournament), and he welcomes the new player to the team to help in light of that.

As the team makes a deep run in the Junior Hero League, members of the team who were previously unavailable come back, and the team devises a new tactic, Han Xin's Last Stand (available as a Captain Skill) to help take down Toho, along with resolving to use their cohesion and work rate to take down more talented opponents in the forms of Toho, Musashi and Nankatsu.

Matsuyama is deployed as a defender during the Junior Youth World Challenge, but he also devises a way of drawing inspiration from how Senegal acts around their captain, Ismail Senghor, since he it reminds him of Furano's mindset. It allows him to both beat their signature tactic and obtain his most powerful shot, the Wild Eagle Shot. He also endures teasing from his teammates during the story about Fujisawa being his girlfriend, and one Extra Event before the Junior Youth World Challenge final on the Furano route has Fujisawa surprising both Matsuyama and the new player.


Hikaru means "light" (光) or "radiance" (輝) and the dictionary form of the word "Hikari" (光, light). Is a Japanese unisex given name, representing the light within the character (with him, the Furano team is able to "shine" between difficult and powerful opponents). Matsuyama (松山), on the other hand, is a commont Japanese surname. Nonetheless, the yama "山" particle may represent the Highland mountains where Matsuyama comes from (Hokkaido).

Other appearances

Sekai Daikessen!! Jr. World Cup (film)

In the Jr. World Cup that occured in USA, Matsuyama and Yoshiko were reunited once again. He saw her first on the distance in the crowd in the game against Sylvester Luke from All USA Jr. She cheered him up to the final against All South America Jr.


Main article: Hikaru Matsuyama/Techniques


Main article: Hikaru Matsuyama/Gallery

In Rise of New Champions


  • His name is Armand Callahan in the Latin American dub and Phillip Callahan in most European countries. "Armand" comes from his Latin-American voice actor, Armando Coria Jr.
  • In real life, Consadole Sapporo has been using Matsuyama as a fictional spokesperson for their homegrown athlete project, appropriately named "Hikaru Matsuyama Project", since 2013.[1]


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