To see the team's succesor, see U-14 Japan
|Nickname|| J Boys|
|Achievement|| U-13 International Tournament champion|
European showdown champion
U-13 Japan had a first opportunity to play together as whole in the International U-13 tournament, organized by the Soccer Federations in France and Germany, inviting the Japan Jr. team to participate. The team is introduced in the 1983 anime, but only through mid-schooler Tsubasa's flashbacks in his dream and Kojiro's narrative on the Hospital Waiting Room the night before the finals of the 16th National middle school tournament.
- Anime version: White jersey w/ blue and yellow stripes on sleeves and a blue and yellow chevron on the chest, white shorts and white socks with one blue stripe (1983 anime).
- Movie version: Red jersey w/ white and azure stripes on sleeves and white and a azure chevron on the chest, azure shorts & white socks with one azure stripe (European Showdown movie).
After the match where Nankatsu SC narrowly won against Meiwa FC in the 6th Elementary School tournament, Katagiri as a National Soccer Federation representative put together a team of the 16 best players in the last national tournament and traveled to Europe for the first time in the U-13 International Tournament. The coach of the team, Tadashi Shiroyama, chose Tsubasa Ozora as the team captain. Once there, they make their first acquaintance with the captain of U-13 France, Pierre. In addition, there was a first heated encounter with the giant captain Steve Robson from U-13 England, so Genzo Wakabayashi challenges him in a man against man duel, where Robson attempted to defeat Genzo outside the penalty area. However, this contest is interrupted by German super star Karl Heinz Schneider.
During the Tournament, in Group A, U-13 Japan faced U-13 England, being able to win after some difficulties since there was many individual players and Shiroyama had to put on bench Genzo (who was defeated by Steve Robson), Kojiro (who will leave temporarily the tournament for scouting Schneider in Cologne), and the Tachibana twins.
Later on, U-13 Japan faced U-13 France led by Pierre, and even when the Japanese team was able to match the Frenchmen's elegant and tricky plays, Tsubasa made some mistakes, similar to Kojiro and Genzo, but was able to redeem himself by winning against Pierre and also thanks to the outstanding performance of Ken Wakashimazu won 2:1. U-13 Japan was impressed by Schneider's abilities but encouraged Kojiro who came back that they are not powerful due to individualistic players but as a powerful team and trust between each other.
The last match was to be the final test for the Japanese team to adapt and battle against the European soccer. After some attempts to score against the amazing goalkeeper Gustav Heffner, West Germany does a counter-attack. Schneider tricks Wakashimazu with his "Best Shoot" but instead uses his "Feint Shoot" (using his weaker leg) to trick the keeper. Fastly enough, Schneider dribbles against the Tachibanas using his speed and his strong legs to not falter against any tackle. Now, Schneider himself uses his "Best Shoot" to throw a power bullet shoot directly to Wakashimazu's face, hitting him with it and making the ball enter together into the goal, scoring 2:0 against U-13 Japan. S.G.G.K. Wayabayashi enters for the second half-time in order to ease his teammates. When Schneider entered the area to score, Wakabayashi decided to close his eyes, attempting to predict the "Best Shoot" (a powerful top-spin shot) from Schneider, being able to catch it, using his Telepathy saving.Inmediately after, Tsubasa attempts to score with a jumping Overhead kick but Schneider counters it. Then, since the ball is still on field, Tsubasa rushes at the same time than Hyuga, scoring 1:2 with a Twin Shot against Gustav Heffner.
In order to win the game, Hans centers the ball with a curved shot, making Wakabayashi to punch the ball so as to leave the area clear for Schneider to shoot the loose ball, and, since he was desperate to score, Hyuga knew the Kaiser was going to score with his right foot and use his "Best shoot" and shouts Genzo to dive to the left and he catches it.
With just the loss-time minutes to end the game, Matsuyama passes the ball to Misaki who, at the same time does a finally, with an overhead pass to Hyuga who does the same overhead and passes to Tsubasa. Tsubasa jumps to make another overhead and, with this "Triple overhead", they are able to defeat Heffner, making Japan tie West Germany with a 2:2.
This match is the original telling of what happened in the flash-back narrated by Kojiro in Captain Tsubasa (1983 TV series). Indeed, all happened after the events of the Kids' Dream arc. There was an International Jr. Youth Tournament, organized between European countries and Katagiri representing the Japanese Soccer Federation.
In this occasion nor Schneider nor Heffner were regulars since they believe that U-13 Japan is not a worthy rival for them. Japan is not pleased with this and they promise that they will put those two in, even if they do not want to. After Japan scoring, the superstar germans entered the field, scoring 2:1 against U-13 Japan.
For the second half-time, Wakabayashi enters as goalkeeper for the second half-time in order to ease his teammates. When Schneider entered the area to score, Wakabayashi decided to close his eyes using his "Sixth Sense trick" to predict the "Feint Shoot" from Schneider by hearing the approaching sound of the ball. Later on, Tsubasa was able to make a header after the ball bounced on the goal post, being able to tie 2:2.
Finally, with a double overhead pass from both Misaki and Hyuga, Tsubasa makes a third overhead and is able to defeat Jeffner, making Japan win All Europe Jr. with a 3:2.
- [Quarterfinal] ○ U-13 Japan 3 - 2 U-13 England ●
- [Semifinal] ○ U-13 Japan 2 - 1 U-13 France ●
- [Final] Δ U-13 Japan 2 - 2 U-13 West Germany Δ
- ○ U-13 Japan 3 - 2 All Europe Jr. ●
Strategy EditU-13 Japan had many individualistic players, using three forwards to attack, five midfielders and having a less defense presence. During the tournament, Japan had to adjust several times to play as a team. The squad had two formations: 2-5-3 and 3-5-2. With only two defenders backing up the goalkeeper, Tsubasa Ozora and Misaki played both as center midfielders, with Izawa, Taki and Sawada as side midfielders. After Shiroyama switches the Tachibana twins and Hyuga for substitute players on the match against U-13 England, the formation changed by reducing one forward, so Ishizaki backed up as side defender while DF Matsuyama can overlap into the offensive.
It also relied on their many combi plays (Furano Combi, Tachibana twins, Golden Combi and Meiwa Combi). They also had two different goalkeeper styles: the wakadoryu karate-style from Wakashimazu and the more calm and standard style of Wakabayashi who later on even used his senses to develop the Telepathy saving against Schneider. Later on, they learnt to work as one, and Tsubasa and Hyuga different gamestyles combined in a Twin Shot, and also with a triple overhead including Misaki, defeating Heffner with a tie in the 1983 anime and winning in the European Showdown movie.