Where EAST meets the Northwest
KING KAZU. Kazuyoshi Miura (#11) scores a goal during a J-League soccer match
against Matsumoto Yamaga, in Yokohama, near Tokyo, in this February 26, 2017
file photo. One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after
50-year-old striker Miura renewed his contract with second-division J-League
club Yokohama FC. Miura, who will turn 51 on February 26, is entering his 33rd
season this year. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP, File)
From The Asian Reporter, V28, #2 (January 15, 2018), page 10.
50-year-old striker Miura extends contract for 33rd season
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended
after 50-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his contract with
second-division J-League club Yokohama FC.
Miura, who will turn 51 on February 26, is entering his 33rd season this
Miura played in 12 league games last year and scored one goal, breaking his
own record as the J-League’s oldest scorer.
Miura joined Yokohama FC in 2005 and became the oldest player to appear in a
professional match at the age of 50 years and seven days last March, catching
global media attention by surpassing England legend Stanley Matthews’ longevity
Nicknamed "King Kazu," Miura played for Brazilian club Santos and in Italy
with Genoa earlier in his career, and represented Japan’s national team 89
times, scoring 55 goals.
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