The world’s oldest professional footballer, Kazuyoshi Miura, has signed a new 12-month deal with Yokohama FC.
The evergreen Japanese striker who is nicknamed, ‘King Kazu’, is 52-year-old – with his new deal set to run until the end of his 35th season as a player. Kazu made three appearances for Yokohama last campaign, helping his side secure promotion from the second tier.
He began his senior career with Santos in 1986, before taking in a spell in Italy with Genoa and then playing in Croatia and Australia. However, Kazu is most well known in his native Japan where he has played for a string of clubs during his storied career.
He also starred for the Japanese national team. During a ten year stint between 1990 and 2000, Kazu earned 89 caps and registered 55 goals for the Samurai Blue. The frontman scored fourteen times during qualification for the 1998 World Cup, before being heartbreakingly left out of the Japan squad for the finals.
The news of his contract renewal comes almost exactly one year after he signed his previous extension at Yokohama, an announcement that he greeted he in typically tenacious fashion.
“I will not waste it for one minute, one second,” he said, as reported by the BBC in 2019.
“I think that I want to go face to face with football and go to daily training with maximum power.”
This time he was slightly more reserved when asked about his thoughts on his newest contract extension.
“I was able to renew my contract with Yokohama FC,” Miura said in a statement on the club’s website.
“I will make daily efforts to achieve the goal of staying in the division but won’t forget the feelings of gratitude and to enjoy football. I will do my best to be able to contribute to the team’s wins.”
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