55-Year-Old Has Signed For Portuguese Team Oliveirense On Loan
Kazuyoshi Miura has joined Olivierense of the Portuguese second level on loan from Yokohama FC, making this the 15th club he has played for since the start of his career.
Kazuyoshi Miura is a Japanese professional footballer who currently plays for Oliveirense. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in Japan and as the oldest professional footballer in the world. He made his professional debut in 1986 and has since gone on to play in over 900 matches, scoring 183 goals.
He represented Japan at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and won multiple awards both domestically and internationally.
Miura left Shizuoka Gakuen High School in 1982 after less than a year and, at the age of 15, travelled alone to Brazil to play professional football there. After joining the Juventus youth program in So Paulo, Miura got his first professional deal with Santos in 1986. Up to his return to Japan in 1990, he played for a number of other Brazilian clubs, including Palmeiras and Coritiba.
After becoming a celebrity during his time in Brazil, he returned to Japan and signed with Yomiuri SC of the Japan Soccer League (JSL). Verdy Kawasaki later split off from Yomiuri Shinbun and joined the J1 League in 1993. Together with Ruy Ramos and Tsuyoshi Kitazawa, who were also regulars for the Japanese national team, Miura won four straight league titles with Yomiuri/Kawasaki.
Verdy Kawasaki won the first two J1 League championships in 1993 and 1994, while Yomiuri won the final two JSL championships in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, he was elected the inaugural J.League Most Valuable Player.
When Miura joined Genoa for the 1994–95 Serie A season, he made history by being the first Japanese player to play in Italy. He played 21 times while living in Italy, making one goal against Sampdoria in the Genoa derby. Miura helped Antonio Manicone score the game-winning goal against Padova on January 15, 1994.
Miura will play for the Liga Portugal 2 team for the remainder of the season, according to a 26 January 2023 announcement by the Portuguese club U.D. Oliveirense. Onodera Group, the company that owns Yokohama F.C., acquired a majority stake in U.D. Oliveirense back in November 2022.
The Oliveira de Azeméis club stated that Kazu had miraculously passed the medical exams with flying colours and released an official presentation video of him in the aesthetic and style of a Japanese manga.
Kazuyoshi Miura, 55, will be by far the oldest player to have ever represented a professional ball team in Portugal since Miguel Maia