Everybody has a dream, and for junior high school student Sho Kazamatsuri, that dream is simple: he wants to get off the bench and play soccer. An inspiration to everyone he meets, the indefatigable spark plug won't quit until he becomes the best soccer player he can be! To that end, Sho seeks guidance from everyone he meets. Whether it's Ryoichi Tenjo, the cocky one-man scoring machine, or Seiji Fujishiro, his former teammate, there's always somebody who can teach Sho a little bit more about the game he loves so much. But, believe it or not, Sho was not always such a soccer nut. There was a time when he didn't know the World Cup from a sippy cup. Find out what ignited Sho's passion for soccer in the first place...and meet his grade-school mentor who encouraged him from the beginning!
Daisuke Higuchi's manga career began in 1992 when the artist was honored with third prize in the 43rd Osamu Tezuka Award. In that same year, Higuchi debuted as creator of a romantic action story titled Itaru. In 1998, Weekly Shonen Jump began serializing Whistle! Higuchi's realistic football manga became an instant hit with readers and eventually inspired an anime series, debuting on Japanese TV in May of 2002. The artist is currently working on yet-to-be-published new series.