Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura, better known to his fans as ‘King Kazu’ has renewed his contract with Yokohama FC for the 2021 season and will continue to play in the first division of the Japanese J-League (J1) with 54 years.
This was announced by the football club on Monday in a statement on the renewal, in which Miura pointed out that his “aspirations and passion for football do nothing but grow.” “In this season I also want to work every day with the goal of playing more games and contributing to the team’s victory“, said.
‘King Kazu’ became the oldest player to step onto the pitch in the top flight of the Japanese league in September 2020 (53 years, 6 months and 28 days), when he was part of the starting XI in defeat 3-2 against Kawasaki Fontale.
Miura played four games last season, when Yokohama FC returned to the first division for the first time since 2007. The club finished 15th in the Japanese championship, which was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although he didn’t score any goals back then, Miura still aspires to beat Zico as the oldest scorer in J1. The Brazilian achieved this milestone with Kashima Antlers in 1994 at the age of 41 years, 3 months and 12 days.
Miura He will turn 54 on February 26 and will face his thirty-sixth year of professional football career, which began when he emigrated to Brazil in the eighties at the age of 15. In the South American country he was active in Santos, Palmeiras and Coritiba.
Upon returning to Japan, Miura became the top national scorer in the newly established J-League with Verdy Kawasaki, a team where he scored 100 goals over eight seasons.
‘King Kazu’ was the first Japanese to play in Italy (he was at Genoa) and he also played one season at Sydney Australia and another at Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.
He was also the great star of the Japanese national team in the nineties although, already at 31, he was excluded at the last moment from the list of 22 players who were selected for the 1998 World Cup in France, the first that Japan played in its history.