Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract With Yokohama FC Aged 52
Kazuyoshi Miura's career is set to carry into it's sixth decade after Yokohama FC confirmed he's received a contract extension.
The 52-year-old Japanese forward is entering into his 35th season as a professional footballer and remains the only player active from when the J League was formed in 1993.
"In the 2020 season, I was able to renew the contract with Yokohama FC," he said on Saturday.
"Team J1 Make daily efforts for the goal of retention but, I do not forget the feelings of gratitude and feelings to enjoy the football, I will do my best to be able to contribute to the team win."
横浜FCファミリーみんなでJ1で旋風を巻き起こそう:sparkles:#yokohamafc #横浜FC #待ってろJ1！#三浦知良https://t.co/ObzY04PDcm pic.twitter.com/Rly0GGScwm
- 横浜FC【公式】待ってろJ1！ (@yokohama_fc) January 11, 2020
#横浜FC は、 #三浦知良 選手との
Ｊ１リーグの舞台で戦う #キングカズ :soccer::crown:
更なる記録更新に期待:muscle::sparkles:#Ｊリーグ@yokohama_fc https://t.co/g7inOAz8AY pic.twitter.com/gWGXmH3dfr
- Ｊリーグ (@J_League) January 11, 2020
The former Japan international has played for several clubs across his long-standing career, including Santos, Palmeiras, XV de Jaú and Coritiba.
He played for Verdy Kawasaki from 1990 to 1998 and made 192 appearances for the club, in which he scored 100 times.
One of his other longest stints came when the Yokohama star played for Vissel Kobe from 2001 to 2005, making 103 appearances and scoring on 24 occasions.
Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new deal with Yokohama FC... he's 52 YEARS OLD this year!!!
Yes...52 YEARS OLD !!!
:date: 34 career seasons, 754 Apps, :soccer: 221 career goals :flag_jp: 89 International Caps, :soccer: 55 Goals pic.twitter.com/RK9TZUk9rq
- Patrick Kpotor (KP JEWELS) (@patoranky) January 11, 2020
He's been at Yokohama since 2005 and he'll be playing in the J1 League next season after securing promotion with J2 League.
That means he'll be in the top flight along with teammate Shunsuke Nakamura, who's well known for his stint at Celtic.
Furthermore, it means that the duo will be making a return to FIFA for FIFA 21.
It could make for some interesting match-ups when he faces off against fellow legends of the game like Andres Iniesta.
Miura has become a cult hero within the FIFA community as he's the only active player to feature in FIFA 96 nearly a quarter of a century ago.
'King Kazu' will get one last shot in the famous football franchise and could go down as an Ultimate Team legend.
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