|Japanese name||真田 信次|
|Nickname(s)||Musashi's Header Fighter|
|Captain Tsubasa chapter 26|
Shinji Sanada is one of Musashi's forward trio. He often scores with headers thanks to his height. In Yomiuri Land, he and the other two of the trio, Minoru Honma and Akira Ichinose, helped Musashi won their matches even without Misugi. However, in the semi-final, Musashi lost to Nankatsu, 4-5.
In middle school, the team made it to the final of Tokyo prefecture tournament, against Toho Academy. Despite trying their best, Sanada and his teammate couldn't prevent Hyuga from scoring 3 goals. After that, Misugi went in and scored 2 goals for Musashi. However Musashi still lost 2-3 to Toho.