World Youth Tournament (Under 19)

The World Youth Tournament, for national teams with players under 19 years of age, was held in Japan due to an incident in the original host country (Burunda). Several stadiums were used as venues: Kashima, National (Tokyo), Mitsuzawa (Yokohama), Nihondaria (Shizuoka), Mizuho (Nagoya), Hiroshima and Nagai (Osaka). The tournament consisted of:

  • A group stage, with four groups of four teams, the first two advancing to the next stage.
  • A knockout stage.

Japan was drawn in Group 1, as the host country, and won every match. In the knockout stage our heroes beat Sweden, Holland and Brazil in order to become World Champions.


Here are the results of every relevant match of the tournament, and the standings of Japan’s group:

Group 1 - Standings


Legend: P – Games Played, W – Games Won, D – Games Drawn, L – Games Lost, F – Goals For (scored), A – Goals Against (received), GD – Goal Difference, Pts – Points (3 per win, 1 per draw).

Rest of Groups


Best Player of the Tournament: Tsubasa Ozora (Japan).

Top Scorer: Carlos Santana (16 goals, Brazil). However, the following list shows the goals that were explicitly assigned to a specific match:

Top Assister: Shingo Aoi (4 assists, Japan).

Top Assisters

Best Goalkeeper: Salinas (0.5 goals per game, Brazil). Brazil had five consecutive clean sheets until the final. However, the following list ranks goalkeepers by the goals received in matches shown in the manga:

In this link you have access to the stats of every player that participated in this the World Youth Tournament.