Takeshi Sawada (沢田 タケシ, Sawada Takeshi) is one of Japan's players and part of the Japanese New Golden Age. He usually wears the number "15" jersey.


Despite being two years younger than most of them, Sawada has good dribble techniques and feints. He has played as substitute midfielder in Japan Jr. and Japan Youth, and has also being the captain of U-19 Japan (Golden-23) before being part of U-22 Japan and Olympic Japan.


Kids' Dream arcEdit

Takeshi is Hyuga's partner in Meiwa FC. Trained by coach Kira as well, despite his young age (4th grade when he made his debut for the team against Nanbu FC) he's very talented. He has the utmost respect for Hyuga, and is helping him to the best of his abilities when he has troubles, though he doesn't hesitate to point out his mistakes. Takeshi was also vice captain.

Without Hyuga in Meiwa, in the 8th Yomiuriland National junior tournament, Sawada (now as captain) lost the national championship to Shun Nitta.

Boys' Fight arcEdit

As Kaori Matsumoto Toho scout recluting, she considered Takeshi Sawada and finally enrolled the Tiny Tactician in order to power up Toho's squad. Then, for around six months, Takeshi was already familiar with Makoto Kitazume's way of coaching (which was, indeed, tying hands to Hyuga's individual and rebellious attitude in favor for a more analyitical style of playing football).

16th National middle school tournament

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Playing together with his fellow friends Hyuga and Wakashimazu once more, and now the pivot of the midfield area, he had a more important role assigned by coach Kitazume didn't allow Hyuga to play. Trying his best to match Tsubasa as a playmaker who can score, he had troubles against his former teammates from Meiwa, but eventually won against them with the precious help of Sorimachi and Wakashimazu.

J Boys' Challenge arcEdit

He was among the best players of the tournament and thus, was selected in the All Japan Jr. Youth team, despite his young age. He was substitute midfielder most part of the games, but if any change was made, he immediately entered to assist either Hyuga or Tsubasa. He was able to perfect the Toho Combi by doing a Twin Shot and an Overhead Twin Shot with Hyuga.

Battle of World YouthEdit

Entering high school, Sawada was still in Toho with Hyuga and Wakashimazu, and was also selected in the All Japan Youth team. He played the match against Uruguay in the World Youth.

Road to 2002Edit

Sawada eventually became a pro by joining the Urawa Red Diamonds, playing with the best libero of Asia Igawa Hayato, who was also the captain of Japan national football team at the time.

Golden-23 / Rising Sun Edit

He then became the captain and playmaker of the U-19 All Japan Youth team and lead them to the final match of the Asian preliminaries, where he learned to trust his teammates more like Tsubasa. He later joined Olympic Japan for the Asian preliminaries, where his playmaking abilities would come in handy.

To be updated as series progresses.

Techniques and Abilities Edit

Main article: Takeshi Sawada/Techniques

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • His name is Ralph Mellow in the Latin American dub and Danny Mellow in some European countries.
  • He makes cameo appearances in episode 5 from Rosario + vampire
  • He scored the winning goal against Nakatsu SC during pool play when Tsubasa and Hyuga's personal battles ended in a tie.
  • In the 2018 anime, by the time he reaches Hyuga's final year of middle school, he wears orange cleats, which compliments Hyuga's red cleats, and also contrasts Taro Misaki's light blue cleats. He started off as a left-footed player, but two years later, he is able to fire crosses with either foot.

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