Miura the former Japanese international footballer continue his professional career at the age of 54th years. On Tuesday, Kazuyoshi Miura joins a new club Suzuka Point Getters on loan from Yokohama. He is the oldest professional footballer in the world so far.
In the next month, he will become 55th year’s old. With his new joining, he proves that age is just a number. The 54-year-old footballer was born on 26 February 1967 in Japan. Miura is popularly known as Kazu. Now he will be joining the club Suzuka which is managed by his brother Yasutoshi. For King Kazu, it will be his 15th club in his professional career.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to play here and will do my best to contribute to the club on the pitch,” Kazu said in a statement
Kazuyoshi Miura was very passionate about football since his childhood. He played in 5 different countries Brazil, Japan, Italy, Croatia and Australia so far. Meanwhile, to start his professional career he moves to Brazil and joined Clube Atletico Juventus. At the age of 19, he signed his first-ever professional contract with Club Santos.
During his first professional career in Brazil, he played for 4 seasons therein six different clubs Santos,CRB, Matsubara, Palmeiras, XV de Jau and Coritiba. After that, he returns to his country Japan in 1990 and immediately joined Yomiuri Fc. Three years later from his return to Japan the Japanese Football League was started. From starting of the league Kazuyoshi Miura and his team Yomiuri did not lose a single title. They become the winners of the 1991, 1992 Japanese Soccer league and the J League in 1993 and 1994. Apart from this he also wins Asian player of the year and become the first Japanese footballer to achieve this.
A glimpse of his professional career
He is the original poster boy of J league and the oldest scorer in the league. Kazu’s professional career was getting growth with his performance. In 1994, the Italian Club Genoa signed him with this he becomes the first player from Japan to play in Serie A.
Also, the first Japanese player to contribute to Italy and Brazil. Later in 1999, he joins the club Kyoto after his return from Italy. During his career, his longest stint came when he played for Vissel Kobe from 2001 to 2005. For Kobe, he made 127 appearances and netted 29 goals
Kazuyoshi Miura is the only player from FIFA 96 that keep playing. Moreover, King Kazu made 89 appearances for his national team Japan and scored 55 goals.