“King Kazu” Miura, World’s Oldest Footballer 〜 Legendary soccer player in Japan


Kazuyoshi Miura often known simply as Kazu, is a Japanese footballer who plays as a forward for Yokohama FC in the J2 League (2006〜). He played for the Japanese national team from 1990 to 2000, and was the first Japanese recipient (受賞者) of the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 1993.

Miura, whose rise to fame in Japan coincided with (~と同時だった) the launch of the J. League in 1993, was arguably (おそらく) Japan’s first superstar in football. 


The goalscoring prowess (得点能力) that he displayed earlier in his career tempted Genoa to take him to Italy in 1994, which in turn made him the first Japanese football to ever appear in Serie A. He struggled to adapt to life in Europe, though, and soon returned to his homeland after a brief stint  (簡単な任務の後) in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb.

Even so, his problems in Italy shouldn’t impact on his standing where Japanese football is concerned. He is their second leading goalscorer with 55 to his name. It’s a haul (距離) that included 12 during the qualification stages for the 1998 World Cup.


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National Team Career

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“King Kazu” Miura, World’s Oldest Footballer, turns 52 in 2019


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