The manga, and the anime adaptation, became a cultural phenomenon, inspiring a generation of footballers who grew up alongside the 11-year-old. Japan's most notable football export Hidetoshi Nakata - who "didn't watch soccer on television" or "couldn't really understand why people are soccer fans" - took up the sport because he wanted to try out some of the skills featured in the manga. The Tsubasa generation came to the fore in 1998 as Japan qualified for its first World Cup. In Russia, at their sixth straight appearance, they are captained by Makoto Hasebe, who co-stars with the character in advertisements back home. Tsubasa's biggest disciple, however, should line up for the opponents on Tuesday. For Colombia's James Rodriguez, football was never about emulating the nation's greats such as Valderrama, Asprilla or Rincon. Instead, he spent his sleepy childhood afternoons glued to the flickering images of Tsubasa - or Oliver Atom, as he was known in the Spanish version 'Supercampeones' - on the television screen.
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The Incredible Number 10: "In the show, Oliver and his mother moved to a new city and he joined a new soccer team. He lived mostly alone with his mother because his father, Koudai, was a sea captain and was always gone. But someday, the story told, Oliver's father would return. James had the same wish." Rodriguez' stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo, too, used Tsubasa and his latest adventures to gain the trust of the stuttering five-year-old. Two decades later, the fervor hasn't waned in the slightest. Last year, the footballer posted a photo of a DVD of the remastered edition of the anime's first season, a cherished anniversary gift from wife Daniela Ospina. Life has mirrored fiction too. Tsubasa won the national tournament with fictional Nankatsu FC, lifted the Brazilian title with Flamingos, captained Japan to Youth World Cup triumph. Rodriguez, henceforth, won the Argentine championship with Banfield, the 2011 Europa League with Porto and captained Colombia to the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals in the same year. Tsubasa joined Barcelona and Rodriguez was picked up by rivals Real Madrid, but unlike the former, the latter failed to become a mainstay in La Liga. After a sparkling start at the Bernabeu, Rodriguez fell out of favor with a squad brimming with talented midfielders such as Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic.
However, after being loaned out to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last season, he scored eight goals and created 14, regaining lost touch and confidence as the playmaker. Tsubasa was conceptualized for a Maradona-esque attacking midfield role, and the fans-turned-footballers inevitably take up the same position. It originated in Japan becoming the land of gifted midfielders. Rodriguez is no different. The 26-year-old operates on the edge of the area, keeping enough space between him and the opposition, takes a couple of touches before releasing the ball for the target. With the knack of picking key passes and taking half-chances, Rodriguez was one of the revelations of the World Cup four years ago, scoring in each of Colombia's games as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time, eventually losing 2-1 to hosts Brazil. He also orchestrated the 4-1 rout against Japan in a group game, recording two assists for Jackson Martinez and dinking the goalkeeper in the dying minutes for a goal of his own.
Hasebe, Rodriguez's opposite number that evening, will again shoulder the responsibility on Tuesday. Recent history has been promising. Hasebe, 34, helped neutralize Rodriguez as Frankfurt defeated Bayern Munich to win the German Cup last month. There are also injury concerns over the Colombian, who has been training separately from the squad. But no one, including Colombia coach Jose Pekerman, is ruling Rodriguez out. With the team looking to better their run from four years ago, their top star would look to scrap it out and hit the ground running. Because that's what Tsubasa would do. The phenomenon of Captain Tsubasa is known by the names of Flash Kicker in the US and India, Captain Majed in the Middle East, and Supercampeones in South America. Beginning with its 1981 serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump, it spawned 15 manga runs, six anime series, four full-length feature films, 15 video games and a wealth of other assorted memorabilia.
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It also paved the way for recent football titles such as Inazuma Eleven, Giant Killing and Ginga e no Kickoff. The Italian World Cup winner was part of the show as 'Delpi', the forward and captain of Juventus. Del Piero, who knew the show as Holly and Benji, used a drawing of him and the Tsubasa, sketched by Takahashi, as a profile picture on social media. In the show, Delpi was ably assisted by 'Zidane', based on the French legend who too is a self-proclaimed fan. Champion playmaker Andres Iniesta has frequently been seen wearing clothes inspired by the anime. In a fascinating case of life imitating anime, photos of Iniesta being surrounded by Italian and Croatian players went viral due to their resemblance with Tsubasa's game against fictional Mambo FC. Iniesta responded by saying, "When I saw them I felt a bit like a character in the cartoons I grew up with. It reminded me of Oliver and Benji." The Spaniard's farewell to Camp Nou involved another Tsubasa-ish moment, as he sat and ran around barefoot until 1am, similar to the character's celebrations in an emptied stadium in the middle of the night after World Youth Cup victory. Last month, Iniesta met Takahashi to receive sketches from the artist commemorating the 34-year-old's arrival at J-League team Vissel Kobe. The Spanish striker professed his love for the anime, saying: 'I remember when I was a kid, we couldn't find the signal well on TV, but everyone in school was talking about this cartoon about football from Japan. It was a series called Oliver y Benji in Spain, and Captain Tsubasa in Japan. It was about these two players who started as youth team players, got into the national team, won the World Cup, and moved to Barcelona and Bayern Munich… I started playing football because of this, and because my brother forced me, and I loved the cartoons. I wanted to be Oliver, because he played out on the field and Benji was the goalkeeper.
Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.
She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused.
She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.
When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.
When the boys with the worried June except Jay planned to give Jay a strong alcoholic drink, they didn't expect Shelly to drink it, thinking it was juice. They are dumb-founded and later on, a drunk Shelly came closer to Jay and told her how she was hurt by his actions and proceeding to kiss him the second time. They pulled Shelly of Jay who was already littered with kiss marks. Mia was the one who brought Shelly home, when she was sober enough, Mia asked her if she liked Jay which she answered yes. Mia told her how she envied her for being able to confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Shelly answered that she doesn't understand Mia's concern and told her an advice to start believing in herself more and learning to love herself. This pushed Mia to contact the modeling agency that reached out to her. Before the race, Shelly was being hit on by a member of the Bullet Crew who will be racing against them. The glasses guy kept on hitting on her even when she's denying him. Vinny came to her rescue and punched the guy when he didn't stop.
That led to the glasses guy to take drugs to have a revenge against the Hummingbird Crew. Shelly took the lead until he passes the baton to June. As the race ended, she tried to kiss Jay in his sleep but he moved and she wasn't able to do so. She also took the test with Minu and Dom since, in a sense, she is still a student at Sunny High. When Mia was modeling, a bunch of girls kept on talking about her, gossiping about Mia like dating an old guy or having a sugar daddy to be able to model. Shelly obviously tried to help her. Yuna and Shelly later on went to Mia's house in hopes that they could get her to come to school. On the way riding a bus, a guy came up on her behind and was hitting on her, she shut him down while cursing, very contrasting of her appearance. When Yuna, Mia and Shelly were talking at the park near Mia's house, Shelly started saying something harsh to Mia, although it is a way to actually let Mia see what's happening beyond her room which she choose to lock herself with. Yuna reprimanded Shelly, saying she was too harsh and Mia broke down but then was silent at what Shelly said. After that talk, the three of them came at Heri's bike shop so that Mia can say thank you.