Soccer: King Kazu Debuts For Japan Futsal Team In Draw With Brazil










Kazuyoshi Miura made his international futsal debut in Japan's 3-3 draw wSoccer: King Kazu debuts for Japan futsal team in draw with Brazilith world champions Brazil before a sellout crowd at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Wednesday.

In front of 8,236 fans who went wild at his every touch, the graying Japan striker did not start but came off the bench in the fifth minute and had a hand in the second for his team, who leveled through Nobuya Osodo from a corner in the second half.

The 45-year-old Miura, who wore the No. 11 he made so famous during his career for the full national team, was overwhelmed.

"I was moved during the national anthem," Miura said. "Just a moment of pure bliss."

"It was a little tricky because I wasn't sure when I'd get in," added the man they call "King Kazu." "But the coach helped me out by picking my spots for me. The atmosphere tonight was electric. I think this draw will be huge for everyone's confidence," he said.

Japan are looking to reach the second round of the Futsal World Cup for the first time. They will play Brazil again in their Group C opener of the Nov. 1-18 tournament in Thailand.

Miguel Rodrigo's side will play Ukraine in one final warm-up on Saturday in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, before departing for Thailand the following day.