50-Year-Old Striker Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract With Japanese Club
Just months after he became the oldest player to ever take part in a professional game of football, 50-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new deal with second-division J-League side Yokohama FC.
Miura, who turns 51 next month, will continue to play his 33rd season for the Japanese Second Division side this year after being offered a contract extension.
Throughout his career the veteran has banged in 231 career goals for club and country, not to mention 89 caps for Japan and and an Asian Footballer Of The Year prize.
✍️ Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new deal with Yokohama FC. He turns 51 next month.
:date: 33 career seasons
:soccer: 231 career goals
:flag_jp: 89 International Caps
:trophy: 9 trophies
:earth_asia: 1 Asian Footballer Of The Year
The oldest player to play a professional match! :muscle: pic.twitter.com/b6wN0hDN2c
- Tifo Football (@TifoFootball_) January 11, 2018
On his 50th birthday in February last year, Miura took to the field for his side Yokohama FC in the game against Matsumoto Yamaga in the J. League Division 2.
Having turned 50, Miura broke the legendary Stanley Matthews' record as being the oldest footballer to play in a professional game of football.
Speaking about still playing in the game at his age to FIFA.com back in 2005, he said:
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"I love football and my passion for the game hasn't changed. I know that I'm not young anymore and I am finding the game a lot tougher physically, but I still get a lot of pleasure when my team wins or I play well. As long as I'm enjoying my football, I'll keep going."
Kazuyoshi Miura, aged 50, has signed a new contract with Yokohama FC- the 33rd season of his career! :flag_jp::soccer: pic.twitter.com/A1Ven7BPFm
- Betsafe (@Betsafe) January 11, 2018
As well as playing in his native Japan, the 50-year-old has had stints with clubs such as Santos, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Sydney FC.
Just last year, 'King Kazu' proved he still had it when came off the bench in the 69th with FC Yokohama trailing Cerezo Osaka 2-0.
Six minutes later Miura decided to curl a right footed effort into the bottom corner, inspiring a dramatic late comeback victory, thanks to goals from Ibba and Tomoya Uchida.
:muscle:A month shy of 51 and still signing new contracts!
:flag_jp:Kazuyoshi Miura is set to continue his record-breaking career with another season at Yokohama FC!
:crown:Incredibly, 'King Kazu' was part of the side which won @jfa_samuraiblue's first ever @afcasiancup... back in 1992! pic.twitter.com/osaU0OUSmL
- FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 11, 2018
WHAT A LEGEND!
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