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Oldest Soccer Player

Japanese Football Stadiums / February 24, 2023

Japan’s oldest professional Kazuyoshi Miura will hold onto that title for at least another year after signing a new contract with Yokohama FC. The former Japanese international, who will turn 50 on February 26th, put pen to paper on a new 12-month contract for the second-division club.

“I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with the club, my teammates and supporters who have always backed me, ” said Miura, who enters his 32nd season as a professional.

Miura scored 55 goals in 89 appearances for Japan but retired from the international team in 2000, without making a World Cup appearance. He’s the oldest scorer in the history of the Japanese professional ranks, and the oldest player to take part in The Emperor’s Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament.

Now, Miura will play one more year as a professional, turning out on his half century against players half his age and younger, who were born well after the start of his professional career.