Nankatsu elementary school
New Nankatsu Football Club

Nankatsu ES (2018)

Nankatsu elementary (2001)

Nankatsu elementary (CTJ)

Tsubasa and teammates (Nankatsu school)

Japanese 南葛小学校
Nationality Japanese
Captain Ryo Ishizaki
Achievement The first team to score against Genzo Wakabayashi
Having a draw with Shutetsu
Having 3 members chosen for Nankatsu SC.
Nankatsu Elementary School (南葛小学校, Nankatsu Shogakko) refers to the Nankatsu City's Nankatsu Elementary School Football Club (南葛市立南葛小学校サッカー部, Nankatsu Shiritsu Nankatsu Shogakko Soccer Bu), a kids' football club from the Nankatsu City's public school from Shizuoka prefecture.


This school appeared in the elementary school chapters of the Captain Tsubasa manga series.

Nankatsu ES home (DT)

Colors Edit


Nankatsu elementary and Nankatsu SC uniforms are not the same team, which could be confusing, but despite that, the home colour uniforms are basically the same, with just small differences such as the logo which is a black 南葛 kanji, whereas the "SC" one is azure. The uniform is plain white, with two thick and thin azure parallel stripes (as opposed to the three stripes of "SC"), round collar, white shorts with two stripes, white socks with azure stripes on top.
Nankatsu ES (2018) 4
The keeper uniform is blue with reverse colors from the players one on top, with long sleeves and the black 南葛 kanji. The rest of the uniform is practically the same, white shorts and white socks with two azure parallel stripes.

In all the 1983 anime, 1994 anime and Road to 2002, the logo tends to change from either black to azure kanji or the stripes (Manga, 1994 anime, Road to 2002 and 2018 anime).

In the 2018 anime version, the black 南葛 kanji and the two thick and thin parallel stripes remain the same as in the manga.


The Nankatsu elementary school was a public school with poor or almost no knowledge of soccer or strength. Before Tsubasa's arrival, the team was known only as a riveting team, as they lost all their games, (such as 30:0 against Shutetsu) or always giving up before tournaments as a matter of course.

This changed with the arrival of soccer prodigy Tsubasa Ozora, who joined Nankatsu to compete against S.G.G.K. Genzo Wakabayashi in order to obtain the Nankatsu soccer field back for the school on a fair duel. Tsubasa dribbled all the Shutetsu substitute team in order to do a jumping header towards Genzo's goal, but could not score and the ball bounced on the goal post. Then, a mysterious man came abruptly and centered the ball and Tsubasa did a diving header, being faster than Genzo and being able to score.

The mysterious man turned out to be Roberto Hongo, a former superstar player of the Brazil national team and a friend of Kodai Ozora, Tsubasa's father. After observing the duel, Roberto was impressed with Tsubasa and became his mentor. Also, Roberto offered himself as coach for the Nankatsu soccer team. After some days of hard training and winning the first friendly match match against Nishigaoka with Tsubasa, the team gained new confidence. Roberto trained the team and helped them in an unconventional way to improve their skills and their game, since the team should "make friends" with the soccer ball, played with it everywhere and not separating from it as well. Roberto gave the Nankatsu team (sauf Tsubasa) the necessary self-confidence to finally take on the juveniles national champion.

After both Nankatsu and Shutetsu schools were tied 120:120 points at the Nankatsu City's 26th school tournament on all sport disciplines, it was Nankatsu soccer club to make a difference this time. The first half-time was successful since Tsubasa stayed at defending the goal against the Shutetsu Trio while Ishizaki played as gamemaker. On the second half-time, Tsubasa finally went as a forward in order to fulfill the challenge from Genzo and both teams then tied 1:1, with a difficult help from Nankatsu to surpass the "Torikago" strategy from Shutetsu, and Ishizaki made a "do or die trying" pass so that Tsubasa shot Genzo's goal and did an "Off the Bar Overhead Kick" (mastering the first technique Roberto indirectly taught him).

On the extra time, since there was a need for a substitute for an injured Ishizaki, Taro Misaki appeared, since he registered for Nankatsu public school, only to be told that everyone, including the principle, went out to watch a football match between the two schools. When he arrived there, he managed to play the extra time game for Nankatsu, replacing Ishizaki, who was injured in the match. That day, the Golden combi between Tsubasa and Misaki was created.

Finally, The game against Shutetsu ends with a decent draw for both Nankatsu and Shutetsu and so their goal was to beat Shutetsu at the next qualifier for the national tournament. During the game, the newly arrived Taro Misaki joined the team. To adapt to the high level of juveniles football for the 6th Yomiuri Land National Tournament, the Nankatsu City Selection Team (Nankatsu SC) was formed. Misaki, Tsubasa and Ishizaki were the only players prepared enough to qualify.


Even though the team does heavily rely on Tsubasa Ozora as soccer prodigy, the team was just adapting to him in order to truly grow. Ishizaki leads the team as captain but what really motivates them is Tsubasa's gameplay, with his dribble, ability to take back the ball (for counter attack) and long shots, he tends to build the team with him as pivot, using Iwami, Nakazato, Oda as midfielders for doing passes and then go on the offensive with a dribble ability from Tsubasa himself or a combi play with Ishizaki. Later on, on the match against Nishigaoka, Ishizaki showed he can also score with headers. Some strategies used against Shutetsu are the following:

  • Bullet Shot: This is an underdeveloped long shot that Tsubasa used to challenge Genzo.
  • Defensive Line-caller: When Roberto had Tsubasa to start off as a centre-back/sweeper against Shutetsu in order to not let them score during the 1st half time.
  • Inswinging corner: It was Roberto's specialty, but in Tsubasa's first attempt against Shutetsu, he feints an outswinging cross to Ishizaki, before the ball swung sharply inwards toward goal. Since it swung too much, it hit the near post before Wakabayashi claimed the rebound save.
  • "The ball is my friend": All players started to improve themselves due to imitating Tsubasa's routing of dribbling every day from school or their homes to training practices just using their feet to do so. This helped the squad to compete to the Shutetsu quartet's pace in-game.
  • Off the bar overhead: Tsubasa's learnt technique from Roberto which he used against Genzo.


Previous Matches Edit

Friendly Matches Edit

Inter-school tournament Edit

  • Δ Nankatsu 2 - 2 Shutetsu Δ 2: 2 after extra time (in Super Kickers 1: 1, extra time not available)

Others Edit

  • Δ Nankatsu ? - ? [1] Shutetsu Δ (Farewell match) (aet)
  • Δ All-stars Nankatsu ? - ? [2] All-stars Shutetsu Δ (Farewell match) (aet)

Squad Edit

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1 Akira Tsuboi[3]
2 Masato Nakazato
3 Hiroshi Nagano
4 Manabu Okawa
5 Sukumu Sakurai
10 Tsubasa Ozora


6 Tsuyoshi Oda
7 Kenichi Iwami
8 Shota Minowa
9 Yutaka Murashige
10 Tsubasa Ozora
11 Ryo Ishizaki Captain
11/16 Taro Misaki [5]

Gallery Edit

Notes Edit

  1. Final score unknown, most likely 0-0.
  2. Final score unknown, most likely 0-0.
  3. All names as confirmed in Captain Tsubasa 2018 anime, episode 03.
  4. When Roberto had Tsubasa to start off as a centre-back/sweeper against Shutetsu, he was anchoring the defensive half of the field, and making line calls to move the defensive line.
  5. Misaki was Ishizaki's substitute player since he was registered for Nankatsu School Soccer Club just before the match between Nankatsu school and Shutetsu institute.

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