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52-year-old striker Miura extends contract for 35th season

January 11, 2020 GMT
In this Nov. 24, 2019, photo, Yokohama FC's Kazuyoshi Miura controls the ball during J-2 league soccer match against Ehime FC in Yokohama, near Tokyo. One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 52-year-old striker Miura signed a contract with J-League club Yokohama FC on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Miura, who will turn 53 on Feb. 26, will enter his 35th season this year. (Kyodo News via AP)
In this Nov. 24, 2019, photo, Yokohama FC's Kazuyoshi Miura controls the ball during J-2 league soccer match against Ehime FC in Yokohama, near Tokyo. One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 52-year-old striker Miura signed a contract with J-League club Yokohama FC on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Miura, who will turn 53 on Feb. 26, will enter his 35th season this year. (Kyodo News via AP)

One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 52-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura signed a contract with J-League club Yokohama FC on Saturday.

Miura, who will turn 53 on Feb. 26, will enter his 35th season this year.

Miura played in just three matches last year and did not score any goals but extended his record as the oldest player in the J-League.

Miura joined Yokohama FC in 2005 and in March of 2017 became the oldest player to appear in a professional match at the age of 50 years and seven days, catching global media attention by surpassing England legend Stanley Matthews’ longevity record.

Nicknamed “King Kazu,” Miura played for Brazilian club Santos and in Italy with Genoa earlier in his career, and represented Japan’s national team 89 times, scoring 55 goals.

Yokohama FC open the season on Feb. 23 against Vissel Kobe.

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