Soccer: Yokohama Fc Re - Sign 50 - Year - Old 'king Kazu' To New Contract










Soccer: Yokohama FC re-sign 50-year-old 'King Kazu' to new contract

Yokohama FC have agreed a new contract with 50-year-old forward Kazuyoshi Miura, the J-League second division club said Thursday.

Nicknamed "King Kazu," Miura is entering the 33rd season of his career and coming off a record-breaking 2017 season which he finished with one goal in 12 J2 league games. He turns 51 on Feb. 26.

"I've signed a contract extension for this season. I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow (as a player)," he said through the club.

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

He also broke Matthews' record as the oldest player to score a competitive goal when he accomplished the feat at 50 years and 14 days later the same month.

Capped 89 times for his country, the Shizuoka Prefecture native traveled to Brazil as a 15-year-old and began his career in 1986, signing his first professional contract with Santos.

He also had brief spells with Italian side Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia in the 1990s.

In Japan, Miura played for Yomiuri FC, which later became Verdy Kawasaki and then Tokyo Verdy, and also turned out for Kyoto Sanga and Vissel Kobe before signing with Yokohama FC. He is sixth in the all-time list of top scorers in the J-League's top division with 139 goals.