Roberto Hongo (ロベルト本郷, Roberuto Hongō) is a Brazilian nikkei, former attacking midfielder and number 10 of the Brazil national team. During the series he appears in the role of mentor of Tsubasa Ozora and coach of various teams.
After a detachment of the retina which made him retired, he decided to regain his confidence by training the young Tsubasa Ozora after seeing his potential as a true "football ball friend", reminding him of his passion of football beyond all. He left for Brazil after the end of the Kids' Dream arc, leaving Tsubasa a book with his own annotations to become a pro football player. After the finals in the J Boys' Challenge arc, Roberto decided to train Tsubasa once more for the São Paulo team. Later on, in the Battle of World Youth arc, Tsubasa as captain of Japan Youth will face his former teacher since Roberto was now coach of the Brazil Youth team.
Pre Kids' Dream arcEdit
Roberto used to be a football super star player for São Paulo FC and as the number 10 Brazil national team center forward. When he was first introduced in the series, a time has passed since then because Roberto was diagnosed with detachment of the retina, forcing him to retire at the peak of his football career. He was very depressed and even tried to commit suicide by jumping into the sea, but was saved by Kodai Ozora, who encouraged him to go to Japan to ask other physicians about his condition.
Kids' Dream arcEdit
Tsubasa vs. Genzo's duel
Later on, Roberto showed both Tsubasa and Ishizaki the Off the Bar Overhead Kick while still having whisky in his system. The net was figuratively torn after the shot as well (this is shown on several reboots of the anime series). Tsubasa managed to learn it after just observing and by self-experimentation, and without any coaching tips from him at all.
As for the second duel between Genzo Wakabayashi and Tsubasa in the inter-school tournament, Tsubasa was able to defeat Genzo with the Off the Bar Overhead Kick, equalizing the game with Shutetsu 1:1.
6th Yomiuriland National junior tournament
During the first match with Hyuga from Meiwa FC, Tsubasa already learnt his Heel lift technique as well, proving that he can master any technique Roberto teach him due to his football prodigy skills.
Following that idea, he suggested to train him in Brazil. Despite the full approval of Tsubasa and his parents, Roberto changed his mind after that, since he was not prepared to take care of Tsubasa yet. He returned to Brazil alone, right after Tsubasa's victory in the Japanese 6th Yomiuri Land elementary national championship, leaving a letter explaining to Tsubasa that he wasn't ready to train Tsubasa, but he left him a gift, a book with annotations on how to become a great pro football player instead.
Boys' Fight arcEditIn these book annotations, besides several pages dedicated to polish Tsubasa's techniques and gameplay, it was included the powerful and magnificent Drive Shot, a technique which helped Tsubasa succeeding in winning the 16th Japanese Middle School Tournament and obtaining his V-3 victory. Even if Roberto was not present during this arc, Tsubasa had Roberto's teachings and memories very present. If it wasn't for Roberto's encouraging words he had in his memories, Tsubasa would not have mastered the Drive Shot, not even daring to use it in the match against Hirado were he was already injured, but instead this shot helped him to equalize the game 3:3 before leaving the final scoring goal to Nankatsu's forwards Taki and Kisugi.
Roberto became the coach of the São Paulo FC Junior division. He cried when he saw a video of Tsubasa sent by the Japanese football organization to various Brazilian clubs. During a campaign in Paris, he went to see Tsubasa's matches in the International Jr. Youth Tournament. Here, he met Katagiri. Roberto asked Katagiri not to tell Tsubasa about his presence in Paris, feeling that he's not ready to face Tsubasa because of his broken promise. However, Katagiri asked him to become Tsubasa's personal coach, since he didn't want Tsubasa's talent to go to waste. After the match between Japan Jr. and Argentina Jr. where Tsubasa's football Prodigy was noticed by Barbas, the Argentinian coach had a chat with Roberto, wanting to take Tsubasa to Argentina to debut at a pro football club (Roberto was reluctant about this). Roberto stayed to watch Tsubasa's matches after his team left for Brazil, and finally, after the match between Japan Jr. and Germany Jr. and Tsubasa received the cup, Roberto met with him again in an emotional meeting, and asked Tsubasa to go with him to São Paulo.São Paulo FC, he showed one last technique - the Skywing Shot - to Tsubasa before becoming Brazil Youth's coach. Roberto had built a team without a number 10, because according to him, most of the teams Japan faced had lost because Tsubasa defeated their number 10. Yet, after seeing a video of a Brazilian prodigy, he decided to keep under his sleeve this secret player wearing the number 10. Under his guidance, the team had wonderful results and reached the final of the World Youth, facing Japan. Although his tactic worked extremely well at first, Japan's teamwork finally defeated Brazil, forcing Roberto to let his secret number "10", Natureza come onto the field. Successful at first, Japan still managed to win, thanks to an incredible sink or swim offense. Roberto admitted that Tsubasa had surpassed him but that their fight will go on.
Thanked by Tsubasa for all what he made for him as mentor and coach before his departure to Europe, Roberto approved Tsubasa's choice of going to FC Barcelona, stating that midfielder pro football player Rivaul would teach him much. He went to see Tsubasa's debut in El Clásico of the Spanish Liga, after reassuring him to do his best. By seeing Tsubasa's play, Roberto thought that Tsubasa would probably realize the dream that he couldn't fulfill.
Roberto appeared as coach of the All South America Jr. team in the International Jr. World Cup, and during the time he left Tsubasa, he trained another football prodigy, the "Football Cyborg" Carlos Santana, who was as gifted as Tsubasa. During the match between All South America Jr. and All Japan Jr. Youth, finally Santana stepped on the field, having mastered the Drive Shoot with which he scored against Genzo Wakabayashi and also had many other techniques as well, except for the true passion of football to which Tsubasa was to teach him that in return during their duel.
Techniques and Abilities Edit
- Main article: Roberto Hongo/Techniques
- In the Latin American and European Spanish dubs, his name is Roberto Zedinho. In the French and Italian dub, his name is Roberto Sedinho.
- Even though Roberto's method of becoming a great pro football player for Tsubasa included becoming a midfielder, Roberto was a forward for the Brazil national team, which meant that if was indeed a gamemaker, he did it just for the time he played in São Paulo FC ("FC Brancos").
- His name was adapted to Roberto "Maravilha" ("Wonder") in the Brazilian dub of Captain Tsubasa J, based on players who had the same nickname, Dario José dos Santos and Túlio Humberto Pereira Costa (who was in activity by the time of the dub). In Road to 2002 anime dub, his name wasn't changed. In the brazilian dub of the 2018 series, he is usually called as Roberto Maravilha Hongo, with "Maravilha" being his player nickname.
- His character was probably based on Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade, a Brazilian former football player who also retired because of detachment of the retina.
- In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, he was voiced by Bruno Rocha in the J series, by Alfredo Rollo in the 2001 series, and now by Douglas Monteiro in the 2018 remake.
- According to the 2018 remake, his favourite whisky is Suntory Old Whisky (spelt Moontory). The reason his retina detached was from a hard tackle where he fell to the back of his head while playing for Brazil, but did not suffer severe concussion.
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- ↑ It is even stated by Kodai Ozora that Roberto was in fact Tsubasa's present for his 12th birthday since he just entered 6th grade school.
- ↑ Only in the Captain Tsubasa J version, the Drive Shoot was developed just after the Elementary school era, as in the epilogue of the Kids' Dream arc, we see Tsubasa using this shot against Morisaki on a training match.