Football is a highly energetic game that sees it’s finest retires in their late or late thirties. In Japan we have a man who is doing it against all odds.
huge number of footballers play into their late 30s and even early 40s before professionally ending their careers. However, for Kazuyoshi Miura who just turned 52, he is getting even stronger in the game. King Kazu, as he is fondly known in Japan and across Asia is now in his 34th season as a professional footballer.
Kazu started his career in 1986, scoring 55 goals in 89 appearances for Japan. He went on to feature for top clubs across Europe, Asia and South America including Santos, Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb. At club level, one of his longest stint came with Vissel Kobe, between 2001 and 2005 where he made 103 appearances, scoring 24 goals in the process. The legendary forward currently plies his trade with Yokohama FC, with who he signed a contract extension in January.
Speaking on his continued active presence in the game, Kazu noted he is not getting any younger, admitting his physicality and fitness are now of question with his age. “I know that I’m not young anymore & I am finding the game a lot tougher physically,” he was quoted saying. “But I still get a lot of pleasure when my team wins or I play well. As long as I’m enjoying my football, I’ll keep going,” he added. Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how football’s oldest player Kazuyoshi Miura penned a new one-year deal with top Japanese side Yokohama FC Muria. Miura extended his contract with the Japanese outfit which will see him play his 34th season as the center-forward has spent 13 years at the club since joining the club at the age of 38 in 2005, making over 200 league appearances.