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The Road to the Promised Land

Kanji:

約束の地への道

Romaji:

Yakusoku no Chi he no Michi

Genre:

Sports (Soccer), Romance, Friendship, Drama, Slice of Life, Realistic Fiction

Status:

In progress

# of Chapters:

50+ (including Prologue & Epilogue)

In-text languages:

English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Japanese (Romaji)

Written by:

Toukairin2012

Previous:

Dream or Premonition

Following the epilogue in Dream or Premonition, Kakeru and Nana, newly engaged to each other, have set a new objective with their club's teammates for the new season: win all the big trophies. However, former teammates and former opponents from the original series stand in their way. Will Kakeru and Nana succeed in their journey? Follow them through a new and exciting campaign for both club and country.

Characters

Main article: List of The Road to the Promised Land characters

Introduction

"It has been a few years since Kakeru and I joined Manchester United while pursuing our medical studies. After we carved our way into the first team and became important parts of the main squad, we are set to start a brand new season with the promise of having the season of all seasons before our wedding. Since Kakeru and I became professionals, more Japanese players and a few female players joined the big leagues. We look forward to face them on the pitch when the time will come." - Nana Mishima

Locations

Main article: The Road to the Promised Land Locations

Chapters

  1. Clinical Clerkship, A New Teammate
  2. Start of Preseason
  3. Sea of Red in Saitama
  4. Arrival in Manchester
  5. A Summer Day in Wembley
  6. A New Season
  7. Once Teammates, Now Opponents
  8. European Night at Old Trafford
  9. Knowledge, Wisdom, Humanity
  10. Red Devils vs. Toffees
  11. First Date
  12. The Sons of the Gods
  13. Red Devils vs. Potters
  14. Useful Knowledge
  15. You'll Never Walk Alone
  16. The Little Devil in Blue
  17. A New Couple
  18. Friendly - England vs. Japan
  19. Friendly - Scotland vs. Japan
  20. Return to Glasgow
  21. Derby Day, The Price of Victory
  22. Merveilleux Malheur
  23. The Ex-Kamakura High School Duo
  24. Smiles Before Christmas
  25. A British Christmas
  26. New Year, A Little Resistance
  27. The Oldest Cup Competition
  28. The Battle of Old Trafford - First Half
  29. The Battle of Old Trafford - Second Half
  30. Knight vs. Assassin, FA Cup 4th Round
  31. Irons vs. Red Devils
  32. The Flowers of Manchester
  33. Full Speed, FA Cup 5th Round
  34. The Italian Job - Part 1
  35. The Best Fixture in the Land
  36. SheBelieves Cup Final
  37. The Italian Job - Part 2
  38. Into the Blue Lion's Den
  39. Fierce Battle in El Bernabéu
  40. Demolition Derby
  41. Heart-Wrenching Decision
  42. Familiar Opponents in Bavaria
  43. The Right Thing to Do
  44. From Hope to Trouble
  45. Miracles Are Possible
  46. Juggernaut, Inspiration
  47. The Calm Before the Storm
  48. Down to the Wire
  49. The Splendour of the FA Cup
  50. A Moment of Magic
  51. The Biggest Prize of All
  52. Nemesis, Nightmarish Start
  53. Fight with the Heart of a Lion!
  54. Legends Are Born
  55. The Promised Land
  56. Destinies Unite

FAQ - Ask your questions about the story

Note: the order and the names of the chapters are subject to change.

Results (spoilers alert)

Main article: The Road to the Promised Land Results

Teams' nicknames

  • Manchester United F.C.: The Red Devils, Mancunians.
  • A.F.C. Ajax: De Godenzonen (The Sons of the Gods)
  • Arsenal F.C.: The Gunners, North Londoners.
  • Aston Villa F.C.: The Villans.
  • F.C. Bayern Munich: Stern des Südens (Star of the South), Die Bayern (The Bavarians).
  • Chelsea F.C.: The Blue Lions, The Blues.
  • English National Football Team: The Three Lions.
  • Everton F.C.: The Toffees.
  • Huddersfield Town A.F.C.: The Terriers.
  • Japan National Football Team: Samurai Blue.
  • Juventus F.C.: I Bianconeri (The White-Blacks), La Vecchia Signora (The Old Lady).
  • Leicester City F.C.: The Foxes
  • Liverpool F.C.: Merseysiders, Scousers.
  • Manchester City F.C.: The Citizens, The Sky Blues.
  • Real Madrid C.F.: Los Blancos (The Whites)
  • Scottish National Football Team supporters: The Tartan Army.
  • Southampton F.C.: The Saints.
  • Stoke City F.C.: The Potters.
  • West Ham United F.C.: The Irons, The Hammers.

Theme

"Go the Distance". Written by Alan Menken (music) and David Zippel (lyrics). Performed by Michael Bolton.

I have often dreamed of a far off place
Where a hero's welcome would be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face
And a voice keeps saying: this is where I'm meant to be.

I'll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find my way if I can be strong
I know every mile will be worth my while
When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong.

Down an unknown road to embrace my fate
Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you
And a thousand years would be worth the wait
It might take a lifetime, but somehow I'll see it through.

And I won't look back, I can go the distance
And I'll stay on track, no, I won't accept defeat
It's an uphill slope, but I won't lose hope
'Til I go the distance, and my journey is complete.

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero's strength is measured by his heart.

Like a shooting star, I will go the distance
I will search the world, I will face its harms
I don't care how far, I can go the distance
'Til I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms.

I will search the world, I will face its harms
'Til I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms.

Insert Songs

"United Road" (Chapter 4). Written by Will Robinson and Daniel Ryan. Performed by the The World Red Army feat. Richie.

"God Save the Queen" (Chapter 5, Chapter 18). Written by Henry Carey (lyrics) and an unknown composer (music).

"Darquid (Premier League intro)" (Chapter 6). Written by Skorpz.

"UEFA Champions League Anthem" (Chapter 8). Written by Tony Mitten and adapted from George Frideric Handel's "Zadok the Priest". Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields Chorus.

"Beautiful Head" (Chapter 11). Written by Liam Fray. Performed by The Courteeners.

"You'll Never Walk Alone" (Chapter 15, Chapter 20). Written by Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) and Richard Rodgers (music). Performed by Gerry & The Pacemakers.

"Synaesthesia (Fly Away)" (Chapter 17). Written by Steve Helstrip. Performed by The Thrillseekers feat. Sheryl Deane.

"Alive(Acoustic version)" (Chapter 17). Written by Kristopher Trindl, Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf. Performed by Krewella.

"FIFA Anthem" (Chapter 18, Chapter 19). Written by Franz Lambert.

"Kimigayo (His Imperial Majesty's Reign)" (Chapter 18, Chapter 19). Written by an unknown poet (lyrics), Yoshiisa Oku, Akimori Hayashi and Franz Eckert (music).

"Flower of Scotland" (Chapter 19). Written by Roy Williamson.

"Blue Moon" (Chapter 21). Written by Richard Rodgers (music) and Lorenz Hart (lyrics).

"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" (Chapter 31). Written byJohn Kellette (music) and Jaan Kenbrovin (lyrics). Performed by the West Ham United supporters.

"The Flowers of Manchester" (Chapter 32). Written by Eric Winter. Performed by Mick Groves.

"We'll Never Die" (Chapter 32). Written by Ernst Anschütz (music), Jim Connell (original lyrics for The Red Flag), and an unknown lyricist (adapted lyrics).

"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (Chapter 37). Written by Woody Guthrie (lyrics) and Dropkick Murphys (music). Performed by Dropkick Murphys.

"Hala Madrid ...y Nada Más (Hala Madrid ...and Nothing More)". Written by Nadir Khayat (RedOne).

"Seven Nation Army Remix". Written by Jack White.

"Hey Brother (Hey Sister)". Written by Tim Bergling, Ash Pournouri, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare, Dan Tyminski, and Veronica Maggio. Performed by Avicii.

"Glory Glory Man United". Written by Frank Renshaw. Performed by the Manchester United supporters.

"Abide with Me". Written by Henry Francis Lyte (lyrics) and William Henry Monk (melody for "Eventide").

"Warriors". Written by Alex da Kid, Ben McKee, Josh Mosser, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds, and Wayne Sermon. Performed by Imagine Dragons.

Notes:

This is purely a work of fan-made fiction. The characters and incidents portrayed herein are fictional. Any similarity to the name, character or history of any actual persons living or dead, other than from the Canon Area no Kishi, is entirely coincidental and unintentional.

Since this story is set in the future (estimated around 4-5 years after the month of March 2013, but no year will be officially given), it is difficult to guess which teams players will play for depending of age and loyalties by then. At the furthest, the players who (will) make the squads for the 2017-18 season will have their names mentioned.

Languages/Narration Style

  • Although the text is in English, normal font is used when people are speaking in Japanese while purely English dialogue will be written in Italics. Meanwhile, dialogue using other languages will be written normally then followed by the English translation between parentheses.
  • Since the story is set in an European setting, "football" is the term used to name soccer in the whole story unless when part of the story is set in Japan, where "soccer" is used.
  • In Britain, the title of manager belongs to the person who assumes of directing a football/soccer team (as head coach and general manager at the same time); it is completely different from the position Nana assumed for the Enoshima High team.
  • To give you the feeling of watching the broadcast of a match or an interview on television, the commentary will be standing out as each commentary line will be preceded by the name of the person speaking in bold and italics.
  • Sometimes, lyrics from various songs will appear aligned on the center. I usually try to give a musical ambiance with a selection of songs in each fanfic I write under this username (or as KiraYamatoFan on fanfiction.net).

Author's log

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