KING KAZU SCORES AT 50 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:14 AM, March 13, 2017


Japan's oldest professional footballer Kazuyoshi Miura tallied another record Sunday, with a match-winning goal making him the first player over 50 to score in the J-League. Nicknamed "King Kazu" for his spirited grit and style, Miura sent a left-footer flying into the goal in the 40th minute, securing Yokohama FC's 1-0 victory against Thespakusatsu Gunma. "I am always looking for opportunities to score goals. I was feeling particularly good today, and had a hunch that I might score," Miura said in a statement released to local media. The former international celebrated his 50th birthday in February and has since sprinted into footballing history, with several professional appearances, eclipsing the record of former England great Stanley Matthews who was 50 when he turned out for Stoke City against Fulham in 1965. Though the pin-up looks have been replaced by a few tell-tale wrinkles and greying hair, Miura has signalled his intent to play until he's 60.  

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