MEET KAZUYOSHI MUIRA THE OLDEST FOOTBALL PROFESSIONAL AT AGE 50
Kazuyoshi Miura, born on 26 February 1967), often known simply as Kazu (nicknamed as King Kazu), is a Japanese footballer who plays as a forward. He played for the Japanese national team and was the first Japanese recipient of the Asian Player of the Year award in 1993, an award presented annually by the Asian Football Confederation. He currently plays for Yokohama FC in the J. League Division 2. Kazu, whose rise to fame in Japan coincided with the launch of the J. League in 1993,was arguably Japan’s first superstar in football.
Miura holds the records for being the oldest footballer and oldest goalscorer in worldwide professional leagues at age 50. His elder brother Yasutoshi was also a professional footballer.
He is known for his trade mark “Kazu Feint” and his famous “Kazu dance” when he scores great goals or produces great plays. In 2007, Kazuyoshi Miura was selected for the 2007 JOMO All Stars match for J-East and played exceptionally well.
In November 2015, Miura signed a new one-year contract with Yokohama FC at the age of 48. In January 2017, Miura signed another new one-year contract with Yokohoma, taking his professional career into his 50s.
On 5 March 2017, Miura became the oldest ever player to feature in a professional match when he started in Yokohama’s 1–1 draw against V-Varen Nagasaki. With 50 years and 7 days, he surpassed the previous record held by Stanley Matthews from 1965 by two days.
Kazuyoshi Miura scored his first goal of the season on Sunday to become professional football’s oldest goalscorer at the age of 50.
Miura, who plays for second division side Yokohama FC, scored the only goal in the 40th minute of his team’s 1-0 win over Thespa Kusatsu.
‘I’m glad to contribute to a win,’ Miura said. ‘I’m always looking to score but had a good feeling about today’s game.’
Miura is playing in his 32nd professional season. He played for Brazil’s Santos and Italy’s Genoa early in his career, and represented Japan 89 times, scoring 55 goals, but never played at the World Cup.
Yougetmouth.com recalls Muira played in the 1995 KIng Fahd cup agianst the Super eagles of Nigeria..its amazing to note that not one single member of that Nigerian Team the likes of Uche okechukwu, Finidi George, Jay Jay Okocha, Amokachi etc can still run let alone play football professionally today. Its amazing that at 50 years Muira is still playing football. Quite a remarkable guy must be said..