Michael (ミカエル, mikaeru) is a midfielder from Spain.
He is a major character from the Captain Tsubasa series, who first appeared in Kaigai Gekito Hen en La Liga, chapter 1. He plays for CD Numancia and is also part of Olympic Spain. He wears the number "11" and "38" for Olympic Spain and Numancia, respectively. During all his appearances, Michael has shown magnificent skills, even surpassing characters like Tsubasa or Natureza. In some instances, Michael is portrayed like a divine being, as some characters, including Tsubasa, see angel's wings or angel's feather after seeing Michael. Natureza even feels Michael's existence in the Santiago Bernabeu as God's.
Prior to Overseas Fierce Fights
A young boy raised at the Montserrat Church, Michael was taught football by the bishop of the church, Juanito. Michael quickly showed his talent, and when he participated in the enrollment test to join FC Barcelona's Cantera, not a single player was able to take the ball away from him. However, he didn't join Barca afterwards, since he wanted to fulfill his duty as a priest. Therefore, he left for the Montserrat Abbey and joined an unspecified U-12 local club there, playing in combi with his friend Raphael. U-12 Barcelona never won against the duo's team in the Catalunya area tournament.
During a match, Michael's tackle ended up causing complete vision loss to his rival, Saul. After that, Michael stopped playing football.
10 years later, when bishop Juanito was about to pass away, he told Michael that the latter should do what he like. Later, Michael was asked to go watch the El Clasico at Camp Nou while holding a picture of the bishop, since while the bishop loves football so much, he was never able to go watch a Clasico in a stadium. It was also at that same day that Michael met Sanae Ozora, Yukari Nishimoto and Pinto while they were going to the Montserrat Church to pray. When Pinto drops the ball, he quickly got it before it fell off the fence of the hill, and then even juggle on that fence. After that, he looked at Sanae and said that he saw two angels behind her, and gave a cross to her.
After watching the El Clasico and the duel between Tsubasa and Natureza, Michael felt like he want to play football again. The day after, he met Tsubasa while the latter was training at the hills of the Montjuïc circuit. Here, Michael showed some of his quality again, as Tsubasa was completely outran by him and was unable to catch up. Michael said Tsubasa's match made him want to go out to run, and meeting Tsubasa by chance had to be God's will.
Overseas Fierce Fights arc
On the day of the second Clasico in the Santiago Bernabeu, Michael also goes to see the match. He goes to the stadium by riding on top of the ball like a segway. On the way, a child drops his ball on the road, which might result in a terrible traffic accident, but Michael is able to return the ball to the boy just by kicking his own ball at it, with his ball also immediately return to him after the kick, thus preventing the accident from happening. Shortly after, he accurately kicks the ball at a floating balloon, popping it and retrieving the toy that was stuck to it for a little girl.
Upon seeing Tsubasa's and Natureza's play once more, he decides to play football again. He contacts Raphael afterwards, and then signs a contract with the latter's team, CD Numancia.
Shortly after joining Numancia, his team has to face Real Madrid CF, and in this match, he completely holds down Natureza, leading to Real's loss, dropping them to second place.
Rising Sun arc
Michael is later chosen as part of the Spanish Olympic team. The opening match of the Madrid Olympics Tournament is between Spain and Cameroon. As Cameroon attacks with their overage two top, Muamba and Etaw, Michael easily snatches the ball from those two.
Michael then uses the ball like a segway, like what he usually does. When Cameroon is taken aback, Michael does a long shot, which even leaves the afterimage of a dragon behind, despite he is not using the Han Dou Shuu Soku Jin Hou. The shot hits the bar, but unbeknownst to all people presented at the stadium except Raphael, Michael did that on purpose, as the repelled ball conveniently goes towards Fersio Torres, who scores without any difficulties.
Spain's second goal is similar to the first one, in which Michael creates an absolute goal chance for his teammate Rail while making it looks like mere luck again. Specifically, Michael does a shot, which hits a defender of Cameroon and has the ball rolls towards Rail. Just before the end of the first half, Spain scores their third goal thanks to Michael.
In the Japan Vs Germany match, when Jun Misugi collapses nearly dead after trying to stop Schneider's Fire Shot, Michael screams out loud at God to not take Misugi away. At the same time he seems to go into a trance: he's shivering, his eyes are blank and he's surrounded by what seems to be angels. Few later, Misugi's vital signs return and he's saved.
To be added as series progresses
- Main article: Michael/Techniques
- Main article: Michael/Gallery
- In Rising Sun, Michael's name was written as Miguel in one newspaper page. This does not match the pronunciation, however.
- In the Spanish version, at least in Tatakae Dream Team, his name is spelled as Micael, which is the phonetic adaptation of the name.
- While not exactly a counterpart, Mihael from the Tecmo game series (his Captain Tsubasa V appearance, more specifically) serves as some inspirations for the creation of Michael.