Takeshi Tatsumi, aka TT, is well known for his achievement of leading one of the small amateur teams of the 5 th division to the level of 32 nd strongest team in the FA CUP. TT takes the job of new manager (coach) of ETU ( East Tokyo United), a team in the bottom of the rankings of the premier league in Japan. On the first day of training, TT chooses the candidates for the regulars using the players' times from running the 30 meter dash. The players and the staff are startled!
TT arranges a match between the new regulars and the veteran players lead by Captain Shige Murakoshi. The candidates, consist mainly of young substitutes or benchwarmers, attack their opponents at weak points, following TT's instructions. A couple of days later, TT makes a shocking announcement in a press conference. Captain Shige Murakoshi explodes at this outrageous plan.
On the field on the first day of training camp, all the players anticipate a bubbly speech by their new manager (coach), Takeshi Tatsumi aka TT. His words are brief and he quickly moves onto giving today's training program to the players - ‘self-training'! TT confuses the players even more by handing out only one ball for the whole team. The players have several different training menus and thus start to quarrel and fight amongst themselves. Then, a player known as the “Prince” makes a late arrival.
The newly created ETU has a pre-season match against the champion team from last year, Tokyo Victory. The players of Tokyo Victory have their cautious eyes on Gino who has the Captain mark on his arm and also on a new regular, Tsubaki. Nobody knows much about this young man. TT baffles Tokyo Victory with his tactics and Tsubaki's unexpected skill. TT explains the secrets of Tsubaki's good play to the front staff.
In the second half of the match with Tokyo Victory, Tsubaki's mistake gives the opponent a goal. TT tries to encourage him nonetheless, telling him “Don't worry about the foul. Don't be discouraged.” TT replaces the forward with a more aggressive player hoping to break in to Tokyo Victory's zone. Tsubaki hustles to attack the opponent again but, puts his own team in trouble instead. Murakoshi tries to figure out the best way to counter attack using his own ability as a player.
The League press conference begins. Although everybody else is dressed up, TT's attire is very casual again. He exchanges greetings with Manager Fuwa of the Nagoya Grampas and Manger Darfur of the Osaka Gunners, the team holding a 2 nd place in the Premier League ranking last season. When the ceremony begins, TT makes an explosive speech again just as Goto, a front staff, and Yuri had suspected. However, a strange Frenchman seems to like his speech and takes TT out of the conference room…
ETU's opponent from the first match of the Premier League is Javelin Iwata. After ETU allows Iwata to make the first goal, the game becomes one-sided in favor of Iwata. Fujisawa, a freelance reporter, poses a question to TT. TT replies in a dignified attitude despite the defeat and shocks everyone around him. However, TT's team fails to produce good results in the next match with Sun Arrow Hiroshima.
Matsubara feels uneasy when he hears a rumor that Kuroda might move to another team. TT declares that the players for the next match will be selected by a ‘Soccer-Tennis game' among the players. While the players express their complaints and frustration, center back defender Kuroda decides to boycott the training. Defender Sugie follows Kuroda and confesses to him about the serious mistake in the first 2 matches that they did not notice.
ETU suffers 4 consecutive losses since TT became the manager (coach) of the team. ETU's fans are disappointed and frustrated. Outraged by ETU's miserable defeats, fans surround the Team Bus and demand TT's apology. When Murakoshi, the Assistant Manager, tries to subdue the angry fans, TT holds him and steps out in front of the fans. It appears he had something special for the next match against Nagoya Granpales…
ETU's supporters demand TT's resignation. Under such a desperate situation, TT has to face off with Nagoya Granpales lead by Fuwa, the former ETU's manager. Nagoya Granpales has been enjoying the winning streak so far thanks to the pragmatic Fuwa strategy. He hires expensive foreign players to strengthen his team. At the beginning of the match, Nagoya Granpales gives tremendous pressure against ETU's defense with the flamboyant pass work of a Brazilian trio. Yet, TT prepares a new tactic to surprise everybody…