World’s oldest soccer goalscorer signs another contract

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Kazuyoshi Miura, a Japanese striker known as “King Kazu”, Haso signed on Along with the Suzuka Point Gators of the fourth tier Japan Football League.

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Why this matters: He will turn 55 next month!

Catch up quickly: Kazu’s career began in 1986 with Brazilian side Santos, the first of 15 clubs he played in five countries: Brazil, Italy, Croatia, Australia and Japan.

  • Miura was the face of Japan’s top-tier J1 league when it began in 1993, and led Verdi Kawasaki to the first two championships.
  • After a brief European stay, which saw him become the first Japanese player in Serie A (Genoa), Kazu returned home and joined Yokohama FC, where he played from 2005 to 2021.
  • He has now joined the Point Gators, where he will be coached by his older brother, Yasutoshi, himself a former player.
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big picture: miura still holds Guinness World Record for the oldest goal scorer. He also starred for the Japanese national team, earning 89 caps and scoring 55 goals – second highest in the history of the nation.,

He is intrinsically linked with the birth and development of professional football in Japan… he has achieved god-like status, in some ways I think so. [Diego] Maradona in Argentina.” Sean Carroll, Japanese sports journalist, BBC . Through

Bottom-line: When he was controversially dropped from Japan’s World Cup squad in 1998, the 31-year-old Miura was described in some reports as “the one”.experienced person“24 years later, he’s still going.

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