Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract With Yokohama Aged 51
Kazuyoshi Miura will turn 52 in February and he has been treated to an early birthday present after signing a new deal with Yokohama.
The 51-year-old Japanese forward is entering into his 34th season as a professional footballer and remains the only player active from when the J League was formed in 1993.
"I updated the contract for the 2019 season," he said. "Thanks to everyone who always supports. I am grateful to everyone.
"I will participate in many matches in one game, I will not waste it for one minute, one second.
"I think that I want to go face to face with football and go to daily training with maximum power."
#横浜FC は #三浦知良 選手との
ギネス世界記録にも登録されている #キングカズ :fire:
- Ｊリーグ (@J_League) 11 January 2019
Talk about getting longevity out of a playing career, right?
The former Japan international has played for several clubs across his long-standing career, including Santos, Palmeiras, XV de Jaú and Coritiba.
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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.
Kazu, who signed a contract extension last year, has been with his current club since 2005 and has made 266 appearances.
Fun fact: King Kazu is the only player from FIFA Soccer 96 actively playing in professional football to this date.
What a legend!
:newspaper: Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 52 next month, has announced *another* new deal with Yokohama FC.
He's the only active player who was playing when the J.League was formed in 1993.
Legend. :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/ZO9Q7KGPTb
- FourFourTwo :soccer: (@FourFourTwo) 11 January 2019
When Kazuyoshi Miura made his debut in 1986:
- Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed Man Utd manager
- Diego Maradona scored *that* goal vs England
- Gary Lineker came second in the Ballon d'Or
He's just signed *another* deal with Yokohama to continue playing, aged 51.
King Kazu :crown: pic.twitter.com/dpF3RlDa9h
- bet365 (@bet365) 11 January 2019
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