Kazuyoshi Miura Signs for Yokohama FC
World oldest player Kazuyoshi Miura who became 54-years-old on the 26th of February 24 hours before the J-League starts, has signed a new contract with top Japanese side Yokohama FC. It was stated in a statement by the club, saying: ‘King Kazu’ will feature in his 17th season in the Japanese top-flight for the club having joined in 2015.
The former Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura last scored a professional goal in 2017 against second division side Thespakusatsu Gunma to become the oldest player to score in the country’s football. He was 50 years and 14 days when he scored the goal.
Miura will now be playing in his 36th season in total. He started his career in Brazil, he played for Brazilian top side Santos in 1986. He remains one of the most famous sportsmen in Japan as he was part of the team that brought the country to limelight in the early 90s when he was the poster boy of the newly launched league in 1993.
Kazuyoshi Miura becomes the oldest man to play professional football. In 1992 the striker won the Asian Cup with Japan, but he failed to make the squad that represented Japan during their debut appearance at the World Cup finals in France six years later.
He scored 55 goals in 89 games for his country during his time with the national team. Early last year a club side 6th October signed the oldest professional footballer Ezz El-Din Bahadur. He was 75-year-old when he was signed for the club 6th October.
The player was not globally accepted because he was signed to a competitive league but with King Kazu, he has gone through many competitive leagues and stood out and so he can be called the oldest player.