51-year-old Japanese striker gets new deal – Kazuyoshi Miura signs up

51-year-old Japanese striker gets new deal – Kazuyoshi Miura signs up

Over the hill? No chance – 51-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura signs new contract with Yokohama FC.

He may have started his career way back in 1986 but there’s no sign of Kazuyoshi Miura slowing down yet – the 51-year-old has signed a new contract with Japanese side Yokohama FC.

The striker, who won the last of his 89 Japan caps some 19 years ago, will now play in the Japanese second division until at least the age of 52 – an age he reaches next month.

“I will not waste it for one minute, one second,” he said.

“I think that I want to go face to face with football and go to daily training with maximum power.”

‘Even football manager cast me off at 40’
Miura was born in the same month as Italy legend Roberto Baggio, who retired in 2004, and broke Stanley Matthews’ record as the oldest professional to score a goal in 2017.

He failed to score in nine appearances in the 2018 season, which saw Yokohama lose in the play-offs.

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