Michel Yamada (ミシェル 山田, Michel Yamada) is a former member of Real Japan 11 and the keeper of Tokyo Verdy in the J1 League.

Biography[edit | edit source]

As a member of Real Japan 11, he was introduced as the keeper who catches the shoots like a spider imprisoning the shot courses in its "web".

In the first match against Japan Youth, he caught Nitta's Hayabusa Shot easily and completely defended the goal in the next two matches. However, in the rematch with the 7 excluded regular members of Japan, he couldn't respond to their attacks, especially Hyuga's Raiju Shot and conceded 10 goals in just 30 minutes.

In Golden-23 arc, during the J-Village selection camp, he was one of the five keepers who lost against Morisaki for a spot in the Olympic qualification team. In Rising Sun arc, he appears once more as a spectator cheering up for Morisaki in the match between Japan and Germany.

Techniques[edit | edit source]

  • Spider Catch: "Spider Man" Yamada's trademark catch. It can even be used to stop shots with very close trajectories, giving opponents the impression that a spider's web has been erected across the entire goal.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His name and appearance are based on the former Japanese defender Michel Miyazawa, who played for JEF United.
  • His nickname, Spider Man, is a reference to the former Cameroon goalkeeper Thomas N'Kono, whose nickname was Black Spider.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Not to be confused with Spider-Man/Peter Parker, but to a real former goalkeeper Thomas N'Kono.
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