World’s Oldest footballer Miura Kazuyoshi extends contract with Oliveirense at 57

Miura Kazuyoshi

Japan’s Miura Kazuyoshi, the oldest professional player in football, has agreed to extend his contract with Oliveirense, ensuring that he will continue playing until the age of 57.

Oliveirense, a team in Portugal’s second division, made the announcement on social media that ‘King Kazu’ will remain with them for another year. This means that the Japanese player will be playing his 39th season in his professional football career which began way back in 1986.

Miura initially joined Oliveirense in January on loan from Yokohama FC, a club in the J1 League.

Miura made his official debut for Oliveirense in a Liga Portugal 2 match against Academico de Viseu, where his team won 4-1. In the final league game of the season, he received the man of the match award after playing the last 20 minutes in a 4-3 victory against Leixoes.

Following the match, Miura expressed his intention to continue playing and indicated that he has no plans to retire in the near future.

Miura is a legendary figure in Japan and has had the opportunity to share the field with renowned players such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe during Paris Saint-Germain’s tour of Japan in 2022. He even had the honor of placing the match ball at the halfway line before a pre-season friendly match between PSG and Kawasaki Frontale at the National Stadium on July 20, 2022.

At 57, Miura Kazuyoshi is Japan’s leading goal scorer despite last playing in 2000

For a fact he would have wished for a longer rope for the Japan National side where he could have joined the list that Cristiano Ronaldo spearheads – most International goals. Miura’s last appearance in Japan colors was 2 decades ago in 2000, just 2 years before his country co-hosted the FIFA World Cup with Korea.

Despite a 23-year absence, Miura Kazuyoshi remains as Japan’s all-time leading goal scorer with 55 goals in 89 games. In his club career, he has played for clubs UD Oliveirense, Suzuka Point Getters, Sydney FC, Yokohama FC, Vissel Kobe, Kyoto Sanga, Genoa CFC and Tokyo Verdy, scoring 193 goals and gave 5 assists in 703 matches.