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Japan football legend ‘Kazu’ renews contract before 51st birthday

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Tokyo (AFP) – Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, who will turn 51 next month, renewed his contract with Yokohama FC on Thursday, extending his record as the oldest player in the J-League.

The golden oldie, admiringly nicknamed “King Kazu” for his spirited grit and style, will kick off his 33rd career season this year after a stunning 2017 in which he surpassed the previous professional longevity record set by England legend Stanley Matthews.

Japan oldie Miura surpasses Stanley Matthews record

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Tokyo (AFP) – Twinkle-toed Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura has racked up another astonishing landmark by eclipsing former England great Stanley Matthews in the record books with his second professional appearance since turning 50.

Miura, who last week became the first fiftysomething to grace the J-League, played in Yokohama FC’s 1-1 draw against V-Varen Nagasaki on Sunday at 50 years and seven days - two days older than Matthews was when he turned out for Stoke City against Fulham in 1965.

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Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) Ahead of Crystal Palace's meeting with Manchester United in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world's oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool's Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as 'The Matthews Final'.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) Ahead of Crystal Palace's meeting with Manchester United in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world's oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool's Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as 'The Matthews Final'.

David Beckham And Feeling Middle-Aged

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For those amongst us in our early forties, it's a disconcerting thought. We have reached an age at which there is a generation gap between us and adults younger than us. A forty-five year-old in 2013 may not feel middle-aged but there is no question that he is, and perhaps there are young adults who now view David Beckham in the same way as the young football supporter of the early 1960s may have regarded the dotage years of the career of Stanley Matthews at that time, as one of the last surviving relics of a bygone and musty age that will not be seen again.

Positional Analysis: What Has Happened To All The Wingers?

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The winger is traditionally a player who hits the byline with pace and skills, who can find his striker with relative ease and will typically record numerous assists over the course of the system. Stanley Matthews was the archetypal winger who played far up the pitch and had little defensive responsibility.

Want to have your picture taken Sunday with the FA Cup in Carson?

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The glittering Football Association Challenge Cup - yup, that's its full name - was displayed at the British Consulate in San Francisco earlier this month (AP Photo).

You can when holders Manchester City play the Galaxy at 1 p.m. at Home Depot Center (live on ESPN).

Tickets, starting at $30, are still available.

Pay tribute to Red Nev by reading his book

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It was far from unexpected but the decision of Red Nev to hang up his boots still fills Manchester United fans with a sense of ‘is it REALLY the end?' for someone who has been part of the United...

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Nat Lofthouse, England and Bolton Legend, Dead at 85

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Nat Lofthouse, one of the greatest footballers ever to represent England and a true legend, died Saturday aged 85.

Lofthouse was one of the most lethal centre forwards ever to play for England, scoring 30 goals in 33 appearances. Nicknamed The Lion Of Vienna, the honest and gutsy footballer played for his hometown club Bolton Wanderers where he scored 255 goals in 452 league appearances.

STATS: United Represented With Every Ballon d’Or Winner

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Every single player who has won the Ballon d'Or from the English league has played for Manchester United.

Winners
1956: Stanley Matthews (Blackpool at the time)
1964: Denis Law
1966: Bobby Charlton
1968: George Best
2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool at the time)
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo

Matthews was a war time guest player for United whilst Owen is a current United player.

Blackpool, Stanley Matthews and United’s ‘dwarf of football magic’

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In some ways the enjoyment of football is like seeking a perpetual return to the freedoms of childhood, with all its agonies and ecstasies. Perhaps that's why I'm so pleased to see Blackpool FC back where they belong, in the top division, trying to play progressive, attractive football in the best traditions of the club, just like they did when I was a kid.

The 1958 United v Bolton, Munich FA Cup Final

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Up until Liverpool met Merseyside neighbors Everton in the tragic 1989 Hillsborough FA Cup Final, the most emotional event ever held at Wembley Stadium was without doubt the Manchester United clash...

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Retro Football: Remembering The 1953 FA Cup Final – Was ‘The Matthews Final’ Really All It Was Cracked Up To Be?

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Possibly one of the greatest, and certainly one of the most iconic, FA Cup Finals of all time took place on this very day back in 1953.

It was contested by Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. Blackpool won 4-3, with Stan Mortenson scoring a hat-trick, but curiously the game has gone down in history as 'The Matthews Final' – that's Stanley Matthews, in case you were wondering.

On This Day In 1965: Arise Sir Stanley Matthews, Professional Football’s First All-Action Knight

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When Stanley Matthews was named a knight of the realm in the 1965 New Year's Honours List, he made history.

Sir Stanley became the first professional footballer to achieve a knighthood while still playing, and to this day remains the only player ever to have done so.

Matthews was playing for Stoke City at the time, aged 49, and the knighthood came just before the end of his playing career.

The Black-And-White Years: 10 Exquisite Photos From The Football Archives

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By Chris Wright

Today is a bit of a 'down day' in footballing terms, so what better way to fill the void than with another ten-strong random selection of intriguing, nostalgic photos from the Pies archive?

Hundreds of fans pour onto the Estadio Centenario pitch at the final whistle to celebrate Uruguay's 4-2 victory over Argentina in the first ever World Cup Final, 1930

England internationals Stanley Matthews, Stanley Mortensen (both of Blackpool) and George Hardwick (Middlesbrough) take part in the filming of an FA instructional film, 1947

'Der Kaiser' Franz Beckenbauer poses with a NASL ball for a photo in front of the Rockefeller Centre in New York after re-joining the Cosmos for the final year of his playing career, 1983

Huddersfield and Charlton play out their Division One game on a dog of a pitch, 1947

The Italian national side pose with Benito Mussolini (centre) after winning the 1938 World Cup in France

England's Terry Venables limbers up during a training session at Stamford Bridge ahead of a friendly against Belgium, 1964

Aston Villa pose for their pre-season team photoback row, 1971

Referee Alan Robinson finds something or other highly amusing, 1985

Arsenal manager Billy Wright (left) quibbles with referee AJ Sturgeon after the latter had no option but to postpone a match due to the ghostly covering of snow on the Highbury pitch, 1962

Flamboyant rock 'n' rollers Little Richard and Screaming Lord Sutch (along with his parrot) enjoy a kick-about on the Wembley turf ahead of a charity game, 1972

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Blackpool commit to attacking football under Holloway the romantic

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Several decades have passed since the last time Blackpool played top flight football, dating back to the wonder years when players like Ray Charnley, Jimmy Armfield, Alan Ball and Stanley Matthews graced Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool 2-2 Fulham: Premier League Match Of The Day

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Blackpool's Stanley Matthews (l) against Tottenham's Ron Burgess (r) in the 1948 FA Cup semi-final.

Watching Blackpool play their debut Premier League game at Bloomfield Road against Fulham today, the 90 minutes surprised me. It felt like going to the movies to see a film you didn't think would be that good, but you walked away with a better appreciation and a warm and fuzzy feeling.

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Heartwarming trailer for Stanley Matthews film shows different side to English legend

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When you think of Stanley Matthews, a lot of memories come to mind —English football legend, the Wizard of the dribble, the star of the Matthews Final (1953 FA Cup), etc. But how many of you knew the impact that Matthews left behind a legacy in Africa where he coached youth players? Neither did we.

Heartwarming trailer for Stanley Matthews film shows different side to English legend

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When you think of Stanley Matthews, a lot of memories come to mind —English football legend, the Wizard of the dribble, the star of the Matthews Final (1953 FA Cup), etc. But how many of you knew the impact that Matthews left behind a legacy in Africa where he coached youth players? Neither did we.

Soccer-Facts 1946-56

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The war stopped Soccer in England for 7 years, although some players made guest appearances for club's for entertainment value, many of which said helped people forget about the war,if only for a few hours. Below are facts from 1946-56. Enjoy

1946: British Associations rejoin FIFA and the Soviet Union also join for the first time.

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STATS: Welbeck’s England goals compared with other top strikers

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Danny Welbeck scored another two goals for England this week, making that eight goals in total, but how does this compare with some well known English strikers?

Gary Lineker 48 (80) 0.6 goals per game.
Wayne Rooney 36 (84) 0.43 goals per game.
Alan Shearer 30 (63) 0.48 goals per game.

FA Logo to Celebrate 150 Years of English Football Association [PHOTO]

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The FA have revealed a logo to celebrate their 150 years in existence. The English Football Association logo features a montage of several iconic faces from the rich 150 year anniversary including Stanley Matthews, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, John...

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The Black-And-White Years: 15 Glorious Football Photos From The Archives

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By Chris Wright

Nothing more, nothing less just ten brilliant photos pulled from the PA's bulging goldmine/archive at random...

Graffitied on a Manchester wall; the Tottenham Hotspur line-up, 1968

Chelsea captain Ron 'Chopper' Harris leads his team out (followed by goalkeeper Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti) ahead of the Blues' FA Cup fourth-round replay against Preston North End, 1969

Manchester United's Denis Law is beaten to the ball in an airbourne duel with Rapid Vienna goalkeeper Fuchsbicher during the first-leg of the European Cup Quarter Final at Old Trafford, 1969

Accompanied in shot by Jimmy Greaves, Stanley Matthews quite literally hangs up his boots after making his final appearance for Stoke City at his star-studded testimonial game, 1965

The three recipients of the Golden Shoe Award for the 1982/83 season pose with a huge Adidas boot, from left: Steve Cammack (Div.

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Tom Finney's Guide to Football Success

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Tom Finney turns 90 this week.

A legend at Preston North End where he scored over 200 goals in 473 appearances he also won 76 England caps scoring 30 goals.

The Second World War meant his Preston debut was delayed until 1946. He went on to be voted England's player of the year in 1954 and again in 1957.

Chalkboarding the past: liberos

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Everyone 'knows' that Franz Beckenbauer was brilliant. In a recent Guardian poll he was the first defender selected in their greatest team of all time.

I think everyone is right Beckenbauer really was an astonishing player but I wonder how many of the voters had actually seen him play before making their choice?

The Players Who Built British Football: Remarkable Interview Series

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The recent death the England legend known as The Lion Of Vienna recently took me on a hunt of archival footage and interviews of Nat Lofthouse. In doing so, I uncovered an incredible collection of audio interviews with football legends which is a required listening for any soccer fan and reader of this site.

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Blogathon: An Alternate Scotland XI

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A perfect 10. Or an imperfect 10. But I hope you're enjoying this so far.

So @sweirz has set me this challenge on Twitter:

A Scotland international XI made up of players that have never played for the Old Firm. And no Anglos.

So Scotland players drawn exclusively from non-Old Firm Scottish clubs.

Blogathon: Gordon Smith and why we're here today

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Welcome one and all. The first post in the Scottish Football Blog's 24 hour blogathon. Enjoy.

A perfect starting point, then, suggested by the Twitter fixture that is @steakheed

This might seem like a bit of a cheat. People who read this blog will know I don't shy from a spot of Hibernian navel gazing.

Scott Parker

All you got to live for is what you left behind…

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Other things:

Mark Schwarzer seems to be back to something like top form very impressed

Nice how Stephen Kelly has won people over another good game from him. It's a shame about Zdenek Grygera though. He's looked a fine defender and this doesn't look like a minor injury, so our thoughts are with him.

All you got to live for is what you left behind…

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Other things:

Mark Schwarzer seems to be back to something like top form very impressed

Nice how Stephen Kelly has won people over another good game from him. It's a shame about Zdenek Grygera though. He's looked a fine defender and this doesn't look like a minor injury, so our thoughts are with him.

A Celestrial Farewell

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It's just after 9am the morning before he collects his Footballer of the Year Award, writes Ken Dyer, but Scott Parker is already at West Ham's training ground, changed and ready to test his troublesome Achilles tendon. On top of a cabinet in the club's media office stand three big bottles of man-of-the-match Champagne.

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The Black-And-White Years: 10 Corking Vintage Photos Of Dogs At Football Matches

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Barring the odd canine pitch invasion now and again, the sight ofdogs in attendanceat professional football matches islargely a thing of the past due to health and safety regulations, etc, etc.

However, there was a time when a man(women weren't invented back then) could bring his best friend to the game and nobody would bat an eyelid.

Football and Smoking: Past and Present

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Football and Smoking: Past and Present - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When you look at many of football's top talents, both past and present, many of them were/are gifted athletes, blessed with natural gifts that enable them to live the dream, to be idolized, immortalized, and imitated.

OTP Podcast: Episode 26 – Wheeler Dealin’

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Scuba Steve Bould Ep.26 Wheeler Dealin' by Off The Post on Mixcloud Ah, the magic of the FA Cup. A weekend when we all remember the glory days of football. Hazy, sepia-tinged days when plucky minnows would score ludicrous own goals at Anfield and take it on the chin with good grace and a cheeky [...]


El Doctor Sócrates.

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09.09.2011 - Sócrates, menos conocido como Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, y más conocido como Doctor Sócrates (porque es doctor en medicina) salía en las conversaciones más inverosímiles: "ese que mide uno noventa y calza 39" (en realidad medía 1.

Come and join in with our first liveblog since the World Cup. It’ll be like winning The Thing – almost.

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Contain your excitement, England are playing tonight. Their opponents are Hungary, and if we on this blog ever bothered with research we might be able to tell you something about them. Luckily, we'll be able to steal some information from The Great British Media...oh, no, they've just gone with nostalgic references to England 3, Hungary 6, which was played in.

Reinhard 'Stan' Libuda, el Garrincha alemán

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El tercer puesto que disputarán Alemania y Uruguay recuerda a la misma definición por la medalla de bronce en México 1970. Una excusa perfecta para conocer a Reinhard 'Stan' Libuda un ídolo alemán cuya historia, a casi 14 años de su muerte, sigue viva en Montevideo...Reinhard Libuda había nacido en 1943 en Wendlinghausen, una ciudad alemana con nombre más alemán todavía.

Classic England-USA: 1950

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USA 1-0 England England's World Cup defeat to USA at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil remains one of the biggest shocks in the national team's history. With Stanley Matthews rested, the Three Lions lost the match courtesy of a solitary Joe Gaetjens goal. Gaetjens was one of three USA players investigated after the tournament amid claims [.