Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura will enter the 31st year of his professional career after renewing his contract with Yokohama FC for next season, his club announced Wednesday.
“I’m thankful to the club staff and supporters who always offer me support,” said the 48-year-old, whose club announced the news on 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in tribute to the iconic striker’s shirt number.
“I’ll continue to give everything I have and strive,” added the evergreen striker, who rewrote his own record for the J. League’s oldest scorer in June with a winner against Mito Hollyhock in the second division at the age of 48 years, four months and two days.
Miura has three goals to his name this season in 16 appearances but is currently sidelined with a right leg injury sustained in mid-October.
Miura traveled to Brazil as a 15-year-old in 1982 and became a professional, playing for several clubs in the country including powerhouse Santos.
He returned to Japan in 1990 and joined Yomiuri FC, which later became Verdy Kawasaki and then Tokyo Verdy, a dominant force in the J. League’s inaugural 1993 season. Miura had a loan spell with Genoa in Italian Serie A in the 1994-95 season and another stint with Dinamo Zagreb in 1999.
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