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52-year-old striker Miura extends contract for 35th season

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One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 52-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura signed a contract with J-League club Yokohama FC on Saturday.

Miura, who will turn 53 on Feb. 26, will enter his 35th season this year.

Miura played in just three matches last year and did not score any goals but extended his record as the oldest player in the J-League.

Miura joined Yokohama FC in 2005 and in March of 2017 became the oldest player to appear in a professional match at the age of 50 years and seven days, catching global media attention by surpassing England legend Stanley Matthews’ longevity record.

Nicknamed “King Kazu,” Miura played for Brazilian club Santos and in Italy with Genoa earlier in his career, and represented Japan’s national team 89 times, scoring 55 goals.

Yokohama FC open the season on Feb. 23 against Vissel Kobe.

48 years old, still scoring goals: Miura signs on for 31st pro season

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TOKYO (AP) One of the longest careers in football has been extended by a year after 48-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his contract with J-League second-division club Yokohama FC.

Miura will enter his 31st season next year.

He scored three goals in 16 appearances for Yokohama FC this season, rewriting his own record as the J-League’s oldest scorer in June with a goal against Mito Hollyhock at the age of 48 years, four months, two days.

Miura played for Brazil’s Santos and Italy’s Genoa early in his career, and represented Japan 89 times, scoring 55 goals, but never played at the World Cup.