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Japanese Veteran Miura Signs New Contract

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Japanese Veteran Miura Signs New Contract

Japanese veteran striker Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a contract extension a month ahead of his 54th birthday. He has agreed to extend his career with Yokohama FC for a further year at an age when the vast majority of his contemporaries have been retired from the game of football for two decades or more.

The man known as King Kazu in Japan began his career in Brazil in the 1990sm with Santos, before Japan even had its own professional league. He then moved back home to play for Verdy Kawasaki during the pomp of his career, leading them to two J-League titles.

Miura had a brief spell In Italy with Geno where he won the Emperor Cup, before returning to Japan once more where he played for Kyoto Purple Sanga and the Vissel Kobe.

He moved to Yokohama in 2005 and has gone on to play for them 275 times, scoring 23 times, although his last goal came in 2017.

Miura played for Japan between 1990 and 2000, and finished with 55 international goals and 89 caps, making him the second highest top scorer for his country ever.

Sadly, he never played in a World Cup. In the prelude to the 1998 World Cup finals which were held in France, he scored 14 goals in qualifying, helping his country reach the final stages for the first time in their history.

However, he was then controversially omitted from the squad for that tournament.

Understandably perhaps, he does not play as frequently for Yokohama as he once did, and made four league appearances for them last season, as well as two in Japanese cup competitions.

However, the fact that he is still going is a testament to his longevity and fitness, as well as his continued enthusiasm for the sport.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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