The theme of Super champions came to light again thanks to the fact that – in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Japan defeated Mexico 2 to 1, the same score that happened in the manga of Captain Tsubasa: World Youth which, curiously, is set in Japan.
At this time, many wonder where the characters of Super champions. Well, wrongly, many believe that Oliver (Tsubasa) is Kazuyoshi Miura or that the only player inspired by Mexican soccer player is Jorge Campos with Ricardo Espadas.
For that reason we are going to show you a definitive guide to the real players who helped Youichi Takahashi (the author of Captain tsubasa) to create several of the characters in Super champions.
More than 4 decades of professional footballers inspiring Supercampeones
Super champions He turned forty years old and, in some way, the author of the series has been inspired by players from four decades of world football to be able to create this entire universe.
This time we are going to show you a series of players from various eras who gave birth to the characters of Captain tsubasa from its inception in the eighties to the most recent arc which is Rising Sun.
Ohzora Tsubasa – A little bit of Diego Armando Maradona
It is widely said that Oliver Atom (Ohzora Tsubasa) was born from the Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, however, this is not so, since the first manga of Captain tsubasa It was published in 1981 and Miura was barely 14 years old at the time.
Oliver was more like Diego Armando Maradona, who at that time aimed to be the star of the World Cup in Spain 82. He was even the most popular player who, despite his height, did incredible things. From him is born a lot of Super champions.
Dino Zoff – Gino Hernandez
After the primary and secondary arc of Super champions, follows the first Jr. Junior World Cup attended by various international teams, including the Japanese national team.
Among those teams appeared the Italian team that had Gino Hernández as its star. At that time, the Azurra Squad was captained by the – at that time – the best goalkeeper in Europe. They are not two drops of water, but because of their position they were very similar.
Juan Díaz – the real Diego Armando Maradona
Argentina was also one of the teams that Japan faced in the arc of the Junior World Cup Jr. de Super champions. Juan Díaz not only had 10 for the albiceleste, he was also agile, fast and juggled with the ball like Maradona himself.
Even in the game of Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team, it is possible to see a special shot by Juan Díaz called the ‘Hand of God’ in which he scores a goal with his hand on his forehead. You can’t be much clearer on the subject of ‘who is the inspiration’ of the character.
Karl-Heinz Schneider – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Karl-Heinz Schneider is also out of the Jr. World Cup arc. This player was the top scorer for the German team in Super championsHe wore the number 11 and did not look physically at all like that forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, but the name was certainly similar.
Germany became the archrival of Japan during that arc of Super champions and that is why they put this character as a true antagonist. Rummenigge was not as ‘bad’ as Schneider, but that did not stop him from scoring goals against rival teams.
Mark Owairan – Said Al Owairan – The New Era of Super Champion
From the Junior World Cup, we jump to the second series that is named Captain Tsubasa World Youth which is where Japan already disputes more international championships. It is worth emphasizing that the 94 United States World Cup is the greatest inspiration for the characters and uniforms of that history of Super champions.
Saudi Arabia was one of the outstanding teams in Asia and had its best player in Said Al Owairan. On the basis of last name and position, Yoichi Takahashi created Mark Owairan, a defender / libero from Saudi Arabia that Oliver Atom faced in the Asia tie heading to the World Juniors.
Ricardo Espadas – Jorge Campos
This is another obvious character, not only because he is the goalkeeper of the Mexican team, the uniform is identical to the one Jorge Campos wore during the 1994 World Cup and he also scored goals.
What was a fact is that Ricardo Espadas was a villain in Super champions and he even struck out Oliver a ball on the pretext that in Japan they were all ‘rich’. In the game Captain Tsubasa Dream Team he is one of the best characters.
Larson – Henrik Larsson
This is another of the most ‘copy paste’ characters that he had Super champions during the Youth World Cup arc as Larson (from the series) is very similar to footballer Henrik Larsson because he wore a headband to accommodate his hair.
This was one of those moments when it was nice that there was inspiration, but not so much. It is worth remembering that Henrik Larsson was one of the popular footballers in the 1994 World Cup.
Rivaul – Rivaldo and Supercampeones towards 2002
After winning the Youth World Cup, Oliver (Tsubasa) went to play in Spain with Barcelona and at that time, the star of the Blaugranas was the Brazilian footballer Rivaldo. What did Yoichi Takahashi say? Well, let’s have Rivaul! This character would be the new passive aggressive ‘antagonist’ of the series.
It is worth noting that in this new arc of Super champions, the base of the creation of characters was mainly thought of the players of the clubs of that time, so it was very normal to see the counterparts of footballers like Zinedine Zidane, the same Liliam Thuram or Edgar Davids in the manga of Captain tsubasa.
The Galacticos of Real Madrid and Rivaldo’s Barcelona
The manga of Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002 places a lot of emphasis on the Spanish league and at that time the rivalry was between the Galacticos of Real Madrid against Barcelona.
At Real Madrid we meet the counterparts of Fernando Morientes, Guti, Roberto Carlos, Iker Casillas and even Raúl. In Barcelona we see the ‘Bunny’ Saviola, Frank Rijkaard and many others from that time. Mentioning them all would certainly be a difficult exercise.
Hugo Ramírez – Cuauhtémoc Blanco, one of the last Superchamps characters inspired by real players
In the last arc of the manga Super champions, the Japanese team is led by the former Franco-Canadian coach. The first preparation game is against Mexico and at the Azteca Stadium itself. The captain of Tri was a player named Hugo Ramírez, one of the older ‘soccer players’.
Ramírez was put to you by you to Oliver, but, this Japanese team was very broken and ended up beating Mexico after goalkeeper Espadas was injured. It is worth admitting that, from now on, Japan is badly broken in the history of the Super champions.
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