Kazuyoshi Miura signs new Yokohama contract

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The oldest goalscorer in Japanese football, the veteran forward has signed a new deal with his club that will keep him playing past his next birthday Record-breaking Japanese star Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new contract with J1 League side Yokohama, at the age of 53. ‘King Kazu’, the oldest goalscorer in Japanese professional football, has committed to his 17th season with the club and the 36th overall in his storied career. Miura turns 54 on February 26, the day before the J1 League campaign is due to get underway. Last September, he became the oldest player in the top-flight’s history against Kawasaki Frontale at the age of 53 years and 210 days – he went on to make three more appearances that season. Miura started that fixture, wearing the captain’s armband and playing 53 minutes before being substituted during the 3-2 victory. “When I stepped onto the pitch, I felt a deep desire to fulfill my duty and harness everyone’s feelings in that armband,” Miura said after the match. In a statement released via the club, Miura said his “hopes and passion for football are only increasing” despite making only seven league appearances in the past two years. “Last season, I was feeling the joy of playing football at a time when the world was facing a tough situation because of the new coronavirus,” he said. Miura’s last goal came in March 2017, when he scored in a 1-0 win over ThespaKusatsu Gunma in Japan’s second tier at the age of 50 years and 14 days.—Agencies

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