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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.

The King Rolls On: J-League Veteran Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract To Play Beyond 51st Birthday

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Good news for fans of near-antiquated footballers: the oldest active professional player in the world, Kazuyoshi Miura, has signed a new contract that will see him play on beyond his 51st birthday.

The man they call 'The King' has agreed a new deal with Yokohama FC that will see him begin the 33rd season of his extended career at the J2 League side.

King Kazuyoshi Miura Scores Winning Goal For Yokohama At Grand Old Age Of 50 (Video)

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Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday in style by scoring Yokohama FC's winning goal in their 1-0 win overThespakusatsu Gunma in the J2 League on Saturday afternoon.

The veteran striker, who officially overtook Sir Stanley Matthews to become the oldest professional football in history in the week, slotted home in the 40th minute to snaffle the narrow victory forYokohama.

Fit For A King: Legendary Japanese Veteran Kazuyoshi Miura Breaks Sir Stanley Matthews Record To Become Oldest Professional Footballer

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Japanese veteran Kazuyoshi Miura passed yet another milestone over the weekend when he became the oldest player to feature in a professional, FIFA-recognised match.

Theweek after his birthday, 'King Kazu' took to the pitch aged 50 years and 7 days on Sunday, playing 54 minutes of Yokohama FC's J2 League tie againstV-Varen Nagasaki and edging past the record held by Sir Stanley Matthews since 1965.

Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ turns 50 with J-League start

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Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) – Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday by starting a J-League game for Yokohama FC on Sunday, marking yet another landmark in a storied career.

Miura, the oldest Japanese to play professional football, lasted 65 minutes in a 1-0 home win over second division rivals Matsumoto Yamaga as he became the first quinquagenarian to grace the J-League.

All Hail King Kazu! World’s Oldest Professional Footballer Signs New Deal To Play On Past 49th Birthday

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Good news for fans of antiquated footballers today with the news that Kazuyoshi Miura, thought to be the oldest active professional player in world football, has signed a new one-year deal with Yokohama FC that will see him play on past his 49th birthday.

Miura, known affectionately as 'King Kuza' in his native land, made his professional debut way, way back in 1986 and quickly became Japan's first footballing superstar as he played his way around the globe and back.

Kazuyoshi Miura, The World’s Oldest Professional Footballer, Breaks His Own Record As Japan’s Oldest Goalscorer (Video)

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As you may recall, back in December we brought you the joyous news thatKazuyoshi Miura had signed aone-year contract extension with J League Division 2 side Yokohama FC that would see the veteran striker play on well beyond his 48th birthday making him the oldest professional footballer in the world.

All Hail The King: Kazuyoshi Miura, The World’s Oldest Professional Footballer, Signs New One-Year Deal With Yokohama FC

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Kazuyoshi Miura, seen here on the left right

Several outfield players have made it into their forties over recent years, but none have ventured as deep into the middle-aged wilderness as Japanese legendKazuyoshi Miura, who is still plugging away at the ripeold age of 47 putting the likes of Ryan Giggs, Javier Zanetti, Rivaldo et al to shame.

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Shonan snatch second J2 promotion place

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Shonan Bellmare have snatched the second and final automatic promotion place on offer on a dramatic final day of the regular season in the J. League's second tier.

Needing to beat neighbours Machida Zelvia and hope Kyoto Sanga failed to do the same against champions Ventforet Kofu, the Kanagawa side did their part with a 3-0 win in front of 7,139 fans at Machida Stadium.