He may have begun his career back in 1986 but there isn’t any indication of how Kazuyoshi Miura slowing yet – the 51-year-old has signed a new contract with Western side Yokohama FC.
The striker, who won the last of his 8-9 Japan caps some 19 decades ago, will now play at the Western moment branch until at least the age of 52 – a age he reaches on the following month.
“I will not waste it for one minute, one moment,” he said.
“I think that I would like to really go face to face soccer and goto everyday training with maximum power.”
Miura came to be in precisely exactly the exact same month since Italy legend Roberto Baggio, who retired from 2004, also broke Stanley Matthews’ record as the earliest professional to score a goal in 2017.
He didn’t score in nine appearances at the 2018 season, which witnessed Yokohama lose from the playoffs.
- In 1982, aged just 15, Miura abandoned Japan to Go to Brazil to chase his soccer dream. He was finally signed by Santos, for whom he left his pro debut in 1986 in the age of 19.
- Miura was top scorer and MVP of the Japanese J.League season in 1993, seeing off celebrity imports such as Gary Lineker and also Zico to both accolades.
- His J.League exploits saw him become the first Japanese recipient of the Player of the Year award in 1993.
- He also first made his Japan debut in 1990 and hauled the country to their first ever World Cup appearance in 1998 by scoring 14 goals in qualifying. But he had been controversially omitted from the last group for France and retired from international football a couple of decades later, having scored 55 goals in 8-9 appearances.
- He has played in Europe for both Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb, winning the Croatian league title with the latter at 1999.
- Joined current club Yokohama FC like a 38-year-old at 2005. Has made over 250 league appearances for the club.
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