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Eight clubs jostle for 54-year old footballer



Yokohama FC’s Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura who is recognised as the world’s oldest goalscorer and oldest player currently playing in a professional league, gestures during J. League YBC Levain Cup soccer match against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Sapporo, northern Japan August 12, 2020, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Evergreen Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, now 54, has no intention of hanging up his boots and said that as many as eight Japanese clubs are after his signature for next season, Kyodo News agency reported on Tuesday.

Miura, known as “King Kazu” in his homeland, became the oldest player to feature in Japan’s first division when he played for Yokohama FC last season, but is now looking for opportunities elsewhere after the side were relegated to the second tier.

“I’m getting a lot of input from the clubs on how they thrive on the power of their community’s influence and how they aspire to earn promotion. It’ll be tough work (deciding who to play for),” Miura was quoted as saying.

“I want to sort out what is most important for me, and then make an honest decision based on my feelings.”

Miura started his career with Brazil’s Santos in 1986 because Japan did not have a professional league at the time, before going on to play for the likes of Verdy Kawasaki, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Vissel Kobe.

In September last year, Miura told Reuters that his passion was undimmed and he wasn’t interested in setting new age-related records.


“My feelings towards soccer and my aspirations that I want to have success in soccer haven’t changed since I became a professional player in Brazil in 1986. The passion has not changed either,” he said.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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