World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, 51, signs new deal at Yokohama FC

By | 11th January 2019

WORLD’S oldest footballer Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new contract with his club Yokohama FC.

The 51-year-old forward started his senior career in 1986 at Santos.

World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, 51, has extended his contract with Japanese side Yokohama FC
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Born in 1967, same year as Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Baggio, Miura does not think about hanging up his boots and just extended his contract with the Japanese side he joined in 2005.

Having put pen to paper, he said: “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.”

Miura left Japan at the age of 15 and moved to Brazil, where he played for Santos and Palmeiras, among other clubs.

Having turned 50, Miura ate his birthday cake on a press conference ahead of Yokohama’s season opener in 2017
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But despite short spells in Italy, Croatia, and Australia, he spent most of his career in the Japanese J.League, where he scored 154 goals.

He has also been capped 89 times by his national team, and played his last ever game for Samurai Blue almost a decade ago – against Jamaica in 2000 .

The forward was handed the J.League’s MVP award in 1993 after he topped the scoring charts in his debut season, beating Gary Lineker and Zico to the title.

Miura, however, did not score for Yokohama in his nine appearances of the 2018 season, and the club failed to advance to the play-off stage.

Miura is the oldest football player to score a goal and play in a professional match
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In 2017, he became the oldest ever footballer to play in a professional match when he started in Yokohama’s 1-1 draw against V-Varen Nagasaki.

In the same year, he also beat Stanley Matthews’ record as the oldest professional footballer to score a goal.

This post written by Damian Burchardt originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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