Since this month marks the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we'll be taking a look at a series of sports manga this month (which will almost certainly be safer than anything going on at the actual Olympics). We'll start with a series about one of the most popular sports in Japan and across the world: soccer.
DAYS, by Tsuyoshi Yasuda. First published in 2013 and first published in North America in 2017.
Tsukishi Tsukamoto is a shy, hapless kid with more bullies than friends. Everything turns around when he's accepted into the prestigious Seiseki High School. Not only will get to go to school with his childhood best friend Sayuri, but that's the day he meets Jin Kazama. Kazama is everything Tsukishi isn't: handsome, atheletic, eccentric, popular with just about everyone he meets. Yet right from the start Kazama sees potential in Tsukishi. He sees a level of determination and endurance that has largely gone untapped, and Kazama encourages his new friend to go out for the soccer team. Tsukishi is no natural-born athlete, but he's determined to run and practice until he's good enough to play alongside Kazama.