Captain Tsubasa is a Japanese sports-themed manga created by Yōichi Takahashi about an Association football. The protagonist, Tsubasa Ozora is deeply in love with football and dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan.
Until the 80s, football was not popular in Japan. But after a start of Captain Tsubasa, football fans increased. The professional football began in 1993. And the Japanese national football team has competed the first time the FIFA World Cup in 1998.
It has been very successful in various countries of the world. There are many famous football players such as Zidane who like this manga.
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