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- Kazu Miura has joined a club being managed by his older brother
- At 54, Miura is still playing professionally and has joined Suzuka Point Getters on loan from Yokohama FC
- He started his career in 1986 and has played across four different decades
The world’s oldest professional footballer Kazuyoshi Miura is still going strong at the advanced age of 54.
Miura who turns 55 in February, has signed for yet another club on loan from Yokohama FC.
Sportsbrief has learnt that the player has penned a deal with Suzuka Point Getters, a club that is interestingly being managed by his older brother Yasutoshi.
With Yokohama Fc last season, Miura was devoid of playing minutes, only managing to play for a single minute as the club suffered relegation.
His brief cameo against Urawa Reds in March aged 54 years and 12 days helped him make further history of being the oldest football player to feature in an official match.
He started his professional career in 1982 and is still waxing strong in what will be his 38th professional season in his loan spell.
His career began way back in 1986 with Brazilian club Santos and since then, he has played professional football every year to date.
He remains one of the most famous sportsmen in Japan as he was part of the team that brought the country to the limelight in the early 90s, when he was the poster boy of the newly launched league in 1993.
The striker, who in 1992 won the won the Asian Cup with Japan, failed to make the squad that represented Japan during their debut appearance at the World Cup finals in France six years later.
He scored 55 goals in 89 games for his country during his time with the national football team.
"King Kazu" also had six caps for his nation's futsal team in 2012 and has been at Yokohama for 15 years
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In recent seasons, the club has been offering him 1-year deals, with his most recent renewal happening in January 2021.
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