During all the series and spin-offs, the character is known as Sanae Nakazawa, whereas for continuity purposes, the character is named as Sanae Ozora as of the Rising Sun manga.

Sanae Ozora (大空 早苗), born Sanae Nakazawa (中沢 早苗), also known by her nickname "Anego"[1], is an important support character during the whole Captain Tsubasa series, as Tsubasa's main love interest and later wife and mother of his children. She used to be cheerleader and manager for Nankatsu and has support Japan National Team during the Golden Age era.


Sanae used to live in Nankatsu, Shizuoka. She was formerly the chief of the Nankatsu Cheerleaders for the Kids' Dream arc and then assistant manager in Junior High, in the Boys' Fight arc. Thus she loves to support people who give their best to achieve their goals and dreams. As soon as meeting Tsubasa Ozora for the first time she became his biggest fan and developed a crush on him and later was reciprocate, after the International Jr. Youth Tournament.

Description Edit

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As Nankatsu's cheerleader.

Sanae Nakazawa is a cute girl but acts like a tomboy, so as to disguise as a boy for the cheerleader club, combined with her somewhat rude (tsundere) character type.

In the Original 1983 anime, she has brown hair and brown eyes. In the 2001 anime, she has a darker brown hair and almond coloured eyes. In the 2018 anime, she has burgundy hair and eyes.

Sanae Nakazawa is introduced in the third chapter on page 26. She was part of the Nankatsu elementary school supporters club. She had a tomboy character and always acted as a bossy big sister. She fell in love with Tsubasa at first sight, therefore she became a supporter of the soccer club exclusively, and particularly of Tsubasa. She was the target of some jokes because of her boyish attitude. She was jealous of Yayoi, as she showed some interest in Tsubasa in the past, when they were classmates. However, it didn't last long since Yayoi came to develop romantic feelings for Jun Misugi.


Kids' Dream Arc Edit

During the juveniles era, she fell in love with Tsubasa because of his passion and joy of soccer while still shining in doing so, as love of first sight, which make her retake the lead of the cheerleaders club in order to support Tsubasa and the Nankatsu gang.

There was a time Sanae admitted that she might wish for Tsubasa's defeat, as it would allow him to stay in Japan but she still supported him to the end.

Boys' Fight Arc Edit

Sanae ditched a good part of her boyish attitude as she grew up, in order to become more feminine and with especially more mature and less childish (this was further shown in Endless Dream. It was also implied in the first anime, where the anime-only Europe matches have her briefly wearing girlier clothes when Natsuko Ozora takes her and Manabu Okawa to France.

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Sanae at school

Sanae became a manager for the Nankatsu middle school soccer club. Still in love with Tsubasa, she wanted to be by his side. Since Tsubasa's plans was to finally go to Brazil as soon as he graduated from Middle School, Sanae always wanted to confess her feelings to Tsubasa, but she couldn't bring herself to do so (despite many of the team knowing and supporting her feelings). Moreover, she had her kouhai and rather close friend Kumi Sugimoto as her rival for Tsubasa's love.

J Boys' Challenge Arc Edit

After the International Jr. Youth Tournament, Tsubasa really came into terms with his own growing feelings, especially after Kumi Sugimoto gave him her own confession and, when he politely turned her down, asked him to confess to her. After a quarrel with their school mate Kouji Kanda (who was willing to be Sanae's boyfriend by force), he confessed his love to Sanae. She was the only one seeing Tsubasa when he was about to leave for Brazil (in the Road to 2002 anime, she gave Tsubasa a new set of pikes so that he could use them in Brazil in his début).

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Tsubasa kissed Sanae

Battle of World Youth Arc Edit

After finishing high-school, Sanae was pretty depressed since she had not been able to see Tsubasa for three years. She still was manager of the now Nankatsu high school, supporting Ryo Ishizaki and Taro Misaki, who were close friends of Tsubasa in the past.

Following Yukari's advice, she worked hard in her family's business in order to go see Tsubasa in Brazil. In Brazil, since Tsubasa had moved, she couldn't find him. However, when she was about to leave Brazil, she was able to meet Tsubasa and managed to spend some time with him.

After coming back to Japan, a completely recovered Sanae leds the All Japan Youth supporters club, reclaiming her cheerfulness and a bit of her "Anego" character. Sanae then faithfully supported Tsubasa and Japan until the end of the World Youth. At the very end, she and Tsubasa have a talk in the stadium, and Tsubasa presents her a soccer ball... then sets it aside and reveals that he actually has an engagement ring for her. Sanae accepts his marriage proposal, and they share a kiss. Few afterwards, they get married in a Western ceremony attended by all of their friends.

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Sanae & Tsubasa's wedding party

Road to 2002/ Golden-23 Arc Edit

Married to Tsubasa Ozora, they moved together to Barcelona, Spain. When Tsubasa was demoted to Barcelona's B team, she said that her husband wasn't the kind of man to be discouraged by that. (There's a similar scene in the Road to 2002 anime, where she's in Japan and learns about it through the media). Sanae was the first to notice that there was something wrong with Tsubasa, when he started to feel too much pressure.

Soon after the El Clasico, Sanae told Tsubasa that she was pregnant. And much to the joy of the couple, Tsubasa scored during a match in the liga for his wife and his soon to be born baby.

Rising Sun Arc Edit

After Tsubasa won The Liga Championship, captain Grandios and all the team decided to show the cup with the parade car at Tsubasa's mansion so that a pregnant Sanae could watch his husband and supporters in this moment of glory. Afterwards, she traveled along with her husband to Shizuoka as Tsubasa needs to be on the All-Japan Training Camp. Curiously, she revealed to both her mom and Natsuko that her doctor estimated her childbirth to be due on the same the day of the Madrid Olympics Soccer Finals; Sanae said "this seems like fate" and says she's determined to have her kids safely and with Tsubasa by her side.

Olympics Special Arc Edit

In this special, written years prior to the Rising Sun arc, Sanae and Tsubasa have twins. This is futher confirmed in Rising Sun itself.

In other media Edit

Movies Edit

She has appeared in all five movies, as both Tsubasa's cheerleader and U-14 Japan and All Japan Jr. Youth manager.

Road to 2002 Anime Edit

In the Road to 2002 anime series, while Sanae's character remains the same, there are some changes. The WYC arc is skipped so she and Tsubasa aren't married yet, with her staying in Japan as he goes to Spain. They're still dating and Tsubasa's parents treat her as if she's already their daughter-in-law.

Sanae and Tsubasa's relationship Edit

Sanae gained a crush on Tsubasa ever since they were in elementary school. That child-like crush became a stronger love in the middle school arc, especially when Tsubasa became injured for the final Tournament. Tsubasa seemed to be oblivious to her interest in him, but slowly became more aware of both her feelings and his own, culminating in him willing to even face his love rival Kouji Kanda head on despite knowing how risky it could be (Kanda was a boxer and Tsubasa, despite being athletic, has no self-defense training).

Rivals for Tsubasa's love

Trivia Edit

  • Sanae's name has being translated as "Haydee Amor" in the Latin American Dub, and as Patricia Gatsby/Gadsby in Europe, while his "Anego" nickname has being worldwide known as "Patty".

Gallery Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sanae's nickname in grade school was "Anego", which means "big sister" and refers to her tomboyish character.
  2. Her nickname in Middle and High School was "Manager" because she was one of the School's football club managers (similar to Yoshiko Fujisawa or Yayoi Aoba).

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