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Makoto Soda (早田誠)Makoto Soda is a fearsome defender who knows how to injure people with tackles without the referee's knowledge. He is quite fast and he tends to put effects on his balls when he passes or shoots. A bit like Hyuga and Napoleon, he is an impulsive person and can get into a fight with someone.
In the match between Nankatsu and Azumaichi, he gave Tsubasa a hard time and even injured Tsubasa's leg. However Nankatsu still managed to win. He was also chosen as a member of the All Japan Jr. Youth, to participate in the Internation Jr. Youth Tournament. In the match against France, he has been sent off by receiving 2 yellow cards while marking Napoleon.
In the World Youth, he didn't join the J-league after high school to focus on the national team, because of the 2 defeats in friendly matches against Holland. However he was casted away by Gamo, since his soccer had only one pattern. After that, he went through his training and came back with his soccer improved, therefore he was able to play the 2nd round of the Asian preliminaries. In Road to 2002, he joined the Gamba Osaka.
In his first match against Tsubasa, Soda said that he had tried the Drive Shoot before but couldn't do it at the young age. However even when he grew up, it seemed that he had given up on the Drive Shoot, as he hadn't been practicing this shoot anymore