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50-Year-Old Striker Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract With Japanese Club

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

WHAT A LEGEND!

Topics: Kazuyoshi Miura, Football News, Football, J-League

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Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.