NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Kazuyoshi Miura, the elder goalscorer in Japanese football, will soon play at the age of 54 after extending his contract with Yokohama FC for one season, the club said as cited by Reuters on Monday.
Miura, nicknamed ‘Raju Kazu’ in Japan, will turn 54 on February 26 or the day before the kickoff of the 2021 J.League new season. It will be his 17th season with the club he has been at since 2005.
The former Japan striker scored against Thespakusatsu Gunma in 2017 in japan’s second division making him the oldest footballer in Japanese professional football to score at the age of 50 years and 14 days.
The 2021 season will be Miura’s 36th as a professional after starting his career with Santos in Brazil in 1986.
The striker is one of Japan’s most respected sportsmen and was at the forefront of Japan’s football boom in the early 1990s when he became a symbol of the Japanese league when it was launched in 1993.
He led Verdy Kawasaki to league titles in 1993 and 1994 before moving to Italy for a season with Serie A club Genoa. He also briefly traveled to Croatia and Australia, in addition to defending a number of Japanese clubs.
Miura won the Asian Cup with Japan in 1992, but missed out on representing his country on his country’s debut in the Final Round of the World Cup in France six years after that. He scored 55 goals in 89 games for Japan.
The striker led Yokohama to promotion to the Japanese premier league at the end of the 2019 season but only four times during the 2020 season. (sak/ant)