5 February 2024
Japan

Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest goalscorer in history

Kazuyoshi Miura, le plus vieux buteur de l’histoire

Kazuyoshi Miura breaks his own record at 55 years and 8 months. On November 12, his club, Suzuka Point Getters, faced FC Osaka for a 4th division match. japanese. With a diving header from a well-executed corner, Kazuyoshi Miura beat the goalkeeper. Now he is the oldest player to score in a professional football game. This season, he finds the net for the second time with Suzuka Point Getters.

No rest for the wicked

This November 12, the exultant public could admire the characteristic celebration of Kazuyoshi Miura. The legendary player rushed towards the stands to dedicate his goal to them by performing the Kazu Dance.

Finally, Suzuka Point Getters lost 2-1, after a first goal from FC Osaka in the 3th minute. King Kazu's goal in the 24thth minute was not enough to pick up the score. FC Osaka doubled the lead at the end of the first period, at the 43th minute.

For Kazuyoshi Miura, family first

After spending 16 years with the Yokohama FC tunic,

where he celebrated his 40th and 50th birthdays, Kazuyoshi Miura left the club after his relegation to the J2 League. A big story links the club with King Kazu. Upon his arrival in 2005, Yokohama FC were struggling in the J2 League, with one of the lowest budgets in the division. A year later, they won the title against all odds and advanced to the top division. It was Kazuyoshi Miura's return to the spotlight at 40 and meeting the elite for his new club. If the club came down the following year, King Kazu stayed. He wrote a beautiful story there and broke longevity records.

At 54, the experienced player was loaned to Suzuka last January. He immediately became the oldest player in the team, coached by his older brother, Yasutoshi Miura. Kazuyoshi Miura still has a bright future ahead of him. Indeed, far from hanging up his cleats, the latter assured that he would play until 2027.

Brazilian beginnings

Kazuyoshi Miura is famous for his age which makes him the oldest player to practice. However, he has also played in five different countries and played in the national team. His nickname of King Kazu is not undeserved as his career has participated in redefining the standards of football. An adventure that begins Shizuoka, where he begins his junior journey. Subsequently, he left his native country for Brazil. He joined CA Juventus there. This period is initially difficult, Kazuyoshi Miura lives in the dormitory of the academy. He is the only Japanese in the center and has to adapt to local customs. There he discovered the Brazilian style of play. Promising, he was spotted by one of the biggest Brazilian clubs: Santos FC. He signed his first professional contract there. Thus begins a period of learning where the young Kazuyoshi Miura is loaned to other Brazilian clubs.

legendary player

Upon his return to Japan in 1990, Kazuyoshi Miura was welcomed as a star. He meets expectations and becomes one of the greatest figures of his club, Verdy Kawasaki. He chained the full seasons and brought back the trophies. This is when the Kazu Dance becomes an iconic dance. The celebration of the Japanese goalscorer is replicated across the country. He was loaned to Genoa FC in 1994. Abroad, he also wore the jerseys of Croatia Zagreb and Sydney FC. His experiences abroad after his return from Brazil were not successful in accounting terms. However, he left his mark on the various clubs he was able to join. In Sydney, he had a symbolic role. Poorly aligned, he with only 6 games played, he scored twice against Adelaide. The experience is short on the Australian side, but it shows that at 38 the Japanese player is still capable of playing at a high level. With 89 caps and 55 goals, Kazuyoshi Miura is an iconic Samurai Blues player.

A new start ?

Kazuyoshi Miura aperçu au Portugal par les journalistes.
Kazuyoshi Miura spotted in Portugal.

Recently, some media mentioned the track of a club in Portugal for the continuation of the career of Kazuyoshi Miura. Courted by many Japanese clubs, he would also have received a contract offer from Suzuka Point Getters, the club in which he currently plays (on loan from Yokohama FC). The Sun has confirmed that Kazuyoshi Miura should sign a contract with the Oliverense club in the Portuguese second division, relaying information from Nikkan Sport.

King Kazu confirmed the existence of the discussions with the club. Following his medical examination, he declared: “Taking into account my age and my physical condition, I received promising advice”.

The contract should be formalized in the coming days.

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