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World’s oldest professional footballer Kazu Miura signs for new club aged 54 years 11 months

Miura played his first professional football game in 1986, three years before cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 11 January 2022 9:50 pm

Football is a game that requires supreme fitness. Not only do players require incredible stamina to play the game at a professional level but they also need to be wary of injuries that can come uninvited and unexpected and suddenly end one’s career. For several other reasons along the same line, it is often said to invest in youth especially for clubs looking for fresh legs and some energy into their side.

However proving all the above-mentioned things as mere myths, world’s oldest professional footballer Kazu Miura has extended his stay in competitive football at least by another year as he signed a deal with Suzuka Point Getters on Tuesday. Yasutoshi, Miura’s elder brother, manages the team. While Miura had offers from several clubs from Japan and other countries, he chose this club to reunite with his family. This is set to be the 15th club of his career.

“King Kazu” as he is popularly known has joined the club on a loan deal from Yokohama FC.

Last season, Miura, had only managed to be on the pitch for a single minute as they were relegated from the Japanese top-flight football. However, his short cameo against the Urawa Reds in March was enough for him to script history as he played a match aged 54 years and 12 days.

Miura made his professional debut 3 years before Tendulkar’s international debut; is the same age as Klopp

It seems to be a long time back when Miura made his debut. He played his first professional football game in 1986, three years before cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut. This implies that Miura has a unique distinction of playing in five decades.

A footballing parallel can be drawn with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who is the same age as him but has made his name as one of the best tacticians in the game.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play here and will do my best to contribute to the club on the pitch,” he reportedly commented on the news before what is his 37th season of football.

The Japanese forward has also represented Santos, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb, Sydney FC, Palmeiras, XV de Jaú and Coritiba and happens to be the only player from the FIFA 1996 game to still be playing.

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