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´King Kazu´ Miura signs new Yokohama deal aged 50

11 January 2018

He turns 51 on February 26.

A Japanese global from 1990 until 2000, Miura went to two Asian Cups and the 1995 Confederations Cup, although he cruelly and surprisingly left out of his country's squad for their first ever World Cup in 1998 after scoring 14 times during the qualifying campaign.

"I was able to renew the contract this season too", Miura said in a brief statement issued by the second-division Yokohama FC.

Professional soccer player Kazuyoshi Miura has broken his own record for oldest player to sign a contract in the J-League.

Aged just 15, Miura left Japan to travel to Brazil to pursue his football dream in 1982. King Kazu, as Miura is known in Japan, became a superstar in his homeland early on, despite actually not playing in his homeland until 1990. He is sixth in the all-time list of top scorers in the J-League's top division with 139 goals.

Miura also became the oldest player to score a competitive goal in a professional match past year, another record held previously by Matthews.

He blazed a trail for Japanese players in Europe when he joined Italy's Genoa in 1994, and scored 55 goals in 89 games for Japan.

Miura has been with current club Yokohama FC since 2005, signing as a veteran 38-year-old. However, he was controversially omitted from the final squad for France and retired from worldwide football two years later, having scored 55 goals in 89 appearances.

´King Kazu´ Miura signs new Yokohama deal aged 50