Tsubasa Ozora
Japanese name 大空 翼
Nickname(s) Heaven-sent Child of Soccer
Soccer Prodigy
Nationality Japanese
Birthday July 28
Height 175 cm
173 cm (BWY)
167 cm (BF, JBC)
145 cm (KD)
Weight 64 kg
59 kg (BWY)
55 kg (BF, JBC)
39 kg (KD)
Blood type A
Relationships Sanae Ozora (wife)
Kodai Ozora (father)
Natsuko Ozora (mother)
Daichi Ozora (brother)
Atsushi Nakazawa (brother-in-law)
Unnamed mother-in-law
Roberto Hongo (mentor)
Position(s) Forward (KD)
First appearance
Captain Tsubasa (1981) manga chapter 1 "Soar toward the great sky!"
Level Team Number
National Olympic Japan 10
Youth National All Japan Youth 10
Junior Youth National All Japan Jr. Youth 10
Club FC Barcelona 28
Club São Paulo FC 37/10
Middle school team Nankatsu middle school 10
Elementary school team Nankatsu SC 10

Tsubasa Ozora (大空 翼, Ōzora Tsubasa) is the main character of the Captain Tsubasa series. His name translates to "Big Sky Wings". He started as a forward during the "Kids' Dream" arc, but since then Tsubasa has always played as a midfielder.

The series follows Tsubasa growth as a football (soccer) player as he faces several challenges and rivals, from elementary school to his professional career in FC Barcelona for La Liga.


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Tsubasa at a very young age, before he was able to walk upright.

Kids' Dream Arc

At the beginning of the series, a one-year-old Tsubasa had been miraculously saved by his soccer ball in a truck accident when he was barely able to walk. Tsubasa had held the ball in front of him which served as a cushion for most of the impact. The force of the bump blew him away, but he was able to right himself over again with the ball.

Ozora Tsubasa Anime 2018

Tsubasa as Nankatsu SC Forward.

A few years later, Tsubasa entered elementary school. Here, he was alone and barely had any real friends. Since the school didn't have a soccer club, most of Tsubasa's schoolmates mocked and laughed at him and his passion for soccer. The only exception was Yayoi Aoba, who admired him for it.

Tsubasa's family later move to the city of Nankatsu, where Nankatsu elementary, a school that had a soccer club, is located at. Immediately upon arrival, he set out to explore the new city, and arrived at the local soccer field, where Ryo Ishizaki and Genzo Wakabayashi were quarreling about the right to use the field. Knowing that help was needed, Ishizaki went so far as bringing even the middle school varsity teams to aid him. Ishizaki even brought middle schoolers to help since Nankatsu was crushed by Shutetsu in an earlier match. Seeing this, Wakabayashi said if one of the mid-schoolers score against him from outside of the penalty area, he and his team would leave the field. However, none of them managed to do that. Impressed with Shutetsu's genius goalkeeper, Tsubasa resolved to challenge him to a duel.

After asking Ishizaki where Wakabayashi's house is, Tsubasa wrote a challenge on his soccer ball, then kicked the ball towards the direction of the mansion. The ball soared high and promptly landed into the hands of Wakabayashi, who was currently in the middle of a practice session with his personal coach/trainer Tatsuo Mikami. With confirmation from a mysterious man that the ball was kicked from the hill far-away, Wakabayashi and Mikami headed out to the soccer field. They encountered Ishizaki and Tsubasa on the street. Not believing that the small child going with Ishizaki could do such a shot, Wakabayashi kicked the ball towards Tsubasa. However Tsubasa easily kicked the ball straight upward. As the ball started to fall and Tsubasa prepared to return the ball, a bus passed by. Despite warnings from Ishizaki, Tsubasa proceeded with his shoot, making the ball go under the bus, right into Wakabayashi's arms. This is the beginning of a lifetime friendship and rivalry between the two of them.

The mysterious man turned out to be Roberto Hongo, a former member of the Brazil national football team and a friend of Tsubasa's father. After observing the duel, Roberto was impressed with Tsubasa and became his mentor.

Joining Nankatsu school's soccer team, Tsubasa met Taro Misaki with whom he formed such a perfect combination that the two of them was called "The Golden Combi", and chief supporter Sanae Nakazawa who soon developed a crush on him. Chosen for the city's team in the national championship, Tsubasa and his friends face strong rivals such as Kojiro Hyuga, who will remain one of Tsubasa's strongest rivals in Japan, Ken Wakashimazu, Jun Misugi and Hikaru Matsuyama. Tsubasa eventually won against them to become the junior national tournament's champion, however he could not go to Brazil with Roberto, as the latter secretly left alone.

Boys' Fight Arc

Three years later, Tsubasa, along with his old companions, already won the national middle school tournament twice. He was seeking to get a third consecutive championship (V3) in the next tournament. However, many of his old rivals were on his way to the title this time, especially Kojiro Hyuga, who was eager to win after two defeats against Tsubasa. In addition, there are also new talented players such as Shun Nitta, Makoto Soda, Hiroshi Jito and Mitsuru Sano. Their goal was to destroy Nankatsu's dream of getting a V3 and win the title for themselves. During the tournament, Tsubasa was seriously injured on his shoulder and leg. He managed to win against Jito's Hirado with his newly learned technique, the Drive Shoot, managing to tie the match 3-3 before wining with the help of Kisugi and Taki.

Tsubasa Miracle Drive Shoot vs Furano
In the match against Furano, he was able to keep up with all these injuries and manage to win against Matsuyama with a Miracle Drive Shoot, thanks to his determinationhe managed to lead his team to the finals, where Nankatsu and Toho faced each other for the title for the third time in a row. After extra time, none of the rivals was able to emerge as the winner, and the game ended with a 4-4 draw, with both teams declared as the winner.

J Boys' Challenge Arc

As Tsubasa was injured during the national middle school tournament, he was unable to participate in All Japan's training camp. He was only able to join while All Japan were having a practice match against Hamburg, however Hyuga and Matsuyama didn't allow him to play, saying that it would be unfair for all the players that joined the training camp but weren't selected. Without Tsubasa, All Japan lost against Hamburg and Bremen. After that, All Japan were supposed to have another match against Italy, however upon seeing All Japan's match against Bremen, Italy decided that Japan were not a worthy opponent to play against and boycotted the match. Angered by that, Tsubasa challenged Italy, got past all of them and then scored. Tsubasa was acknowledged after that and was allowed to play. All Japan won the 3 remaining practice matches, and Matsuyama decided to give the captain mark to Tsubasa, saying that Tsubasa is the one best suited for it. Against all odds, Tsubasa and All Japan defeated Italy and Argentina to advance to the knockout stage, and then France and West Germany to become champion. Later, Tsubasa went to Brazil for his dream.

Battle of World Youth Arc

Prior to the World Youth arc, right before Tsubasa was about to leave Japan to go to Brazil, a boy named Shingo Aoi arrived at the airport to wish Tsubasa luck. Tsubasa remembered the "Number 12 of Nakahara", a team that Nankatsu faced before, and gave Aoi three coins (25 cents, 10 Franc, 100 yen), which the latter took as luck charms. Tsubasa, along with Pepe, a boy he meet during the selection test of São Paulo FC, got chosen into São Paulo's Youth team. Some time later, Tsubasa advanced to the top team. Tsubasa returned to Japan once after leaving for 3 years to play against Netherlands Youth. He went back to Brazil again soon after that, in order to compete against Carlos Santana and CR Flamengo. Even though Santana used superior techniques to Tsubasa during the match, his emotionless soccer was not able to defeat Tsubasa's soccer.

Tsubasa returned to Japan for a second time right before the beginning of the World Youth's Asian preliminaries. However upon arriving at the training camp, Tsubasa learned a shocking truth that Japan's new coach, Minato Gamo, forced 7 players - Hyuga, Misaki, Soda, Jito, Nitta, and the Tachibana twins - to leave the team, Wakashimazu also left after a quarrel with the former coach Mikami about the regular goal keeper position, and the remaining players were exhausted after Gamo's severe training. Katagiri said that Tsubasa was the only one able to play a match then, however Tsubasa asked the ones who hadn't given up on their dreams to get up, which all of the players did right after that.

During the first round of the Asian preliminaries, because all players except Tsubasa were covered in bruises as a result of the severe training, Japan faced some difficulties in the first two matches, even though they managed to win in the end. In the third match, however, they had to face a strong opponent, Thailand Youth. Japan managed to scored the first goal thanks to Misaki's video, but Thailand quickly dominated the match after that and scored four goals in return. Tsubasa even had to leave the field on a stretcher because of the play of Thailand's captain, Bunnark. However, thanks to the arrival of Wakabayashi and Aoi, and Tsubasa returning to the field, Japan reversed the score and advanced to the second round.

Tsubasa wedding

Tsubasa and Sanae's wedding party

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Tsubasa kissed Sanae

Road to 2002 Arc

Golden-23 Arc

Overseas Fierce Fights Arc

Rising Sun Arc

Abilities and Special techniques

  • Overhead Kick: The first technique Tsubasa ever learned from Roberto Hongo. The shots main advantage is the speed and angle gained from his position.
    • Off the Bar Overhead Kick: The original shot Roberto showed Tsubasa was a shot off the top bar of the goal that you'd hit back into the net as a follow up. Though this shot isn't used as much as the other Overhead variations Tsubasa had, its usually used as a sign of respect from Tsubasa to Roberto during matches.
    • Rolling Overhead Kick: An adaption of the regular Overhead where Tsubasa spin as he is jumping towards the ball. Tsubasa saw Brazilian player Santana use this technique against him in before the World Youth, He begins to adapt it into his play more-so then his other copied techniques.
  • Soccer Prodigy: Tsubasa's ability to copy and adapt any techniques he sees his opponents do into his soccer (like Carlos Santana's Santana Turn, Stefan Levin's Aurora Feint...). Though not named directly, whenever he does this his prodigy is remarked on by the spectators.
  • Tsubasa 1st Drive Shoot

    Tsubasa vs. Wakashimazu.

    Drive Shoot: Tsubasa's signature shot. Instead of the classic sideways spin put on a curving shot like Misaki's Boomerang Shoot, the Drive Shoot uses a forward spin to propel the ball downward at the net. Because of the shot's nature, it works best as a long shot since Tsubasa can shoot the ball over his opponents head while the shot retains the power and directional correction needed to go in the goal.
    • Drive Overhead: The combination of Overhead Kick and Drive Shoot. Tsubasa gets in the position to perform an Overhead Kick, then applies Drive Shoot's rotating effect on the ball.
    • Drive Pass
    • Flying Drive Shoot: A Drive Shoot with an off center spin on the shot. The different spin causes the the ball to fall not in a straight line like the drive shot, but at a diagonal, making the ball harder to catch.
  • Sky Dive Shoot: After Misaki's Injury before the World Youth finals, Tsubasa realized that in order to replace his eternal friend and partner, he need a 100% sure fire shot that would always go in the goal. His answer was the Sky Dive Shoot. The shot is a full power charge in which Tsubasa runs into the goal with the ball. Roberto calls this technique a failure since its a solo play made only by Tsubasa. This weakness was overcome in the match against Brazil when the entire team dove with Tsubasa to force the goalie back and score.
  • Sky Wing Shoot: Originally a technique created by Roberto, it was the final shot Roberto taught Tsubasa before the World Youth. The shot is the same as that of Hyuga Kojiro's Raiju Shoot in that it spins up after being shot (The opposite of the drive shot). The irony of the technique's name is that when Roberto named the shot while he was still a pro, he christened it the Ozora no Tsubasa, holding the name of Tsubasa himself in it.
  • Heel Lift
  • Golden Combi
  • Jumping Raiju Shoot (with Hyuga)
  • Senko Raiju Shoot (with Hyuga and Misaki)

Games exclusive

  • Cyclone (Captain Tsubasa 2 , 3, 4 and 5): By sending the ball straight upwards, applying back spin to it, and as it comes down, applying the power of the Drive Shoot to the ball when it's near the ground, Tsubasa managed to reproduce the shot of the legendary player, Jairo. As the game series progress, Tsubasa create different variations of the shot in order to improve it.
    • Neo Cyclone (Captain Tsubasa 3 and 4): Since the old Cyclone made a great impact on the leg, Tsubasa create this variation of the shot, using the back of the foot, to decreased the damage taken to his leg.
    • Heel Lift Cyclone (Captain Tsubasa 4 and 5)
    • Boost Cyclone (Captain Tsubasa 5): A no-trap version of the Cyclone, that applies the spin rotation made by a special pass into a powerful shoot.
  • Clip Jump (Captain Tsubasa 4 and 5)
  • Clip Tackle (Captain Tsubasa 5)
  • Banana Shoot (MCD)



  • His name, like most of the characters, was altered in Latin American and Brazilian dub. He's called Oliver Atom (Atton)/Tsubasa in the Latin American/Brazilian version of Captain Tsubasa J and Oliver Tsubasa Ozora (a mix of his original and adapted name) in Road to 2002's Brazilian dub. He's known as Oliver "Holly" Hutton/Atom in some European dubs, and Majed in the Arabic dub.
  • So far, Tsubasa had lost only one game in his life, the opening game of the 6th Yomiuri Land tournament against vs Meiwa FC. Meiwa won 7 - 6 thanks to Sawada's decisive goal from his last second shot. All of Tsubasa's other games ended in victories or draws.
  • His name, Tsubasa (翼) means wing and his surname Ozora (大空) means large sky.