Oldest professional player Kazuyoshi Miura extends contract at age 56

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Kazuyoshi Miura, a Japanese forward who is considered the oldest professional football player in the world, has decided to continue playing and has extended his loan deal with Portugal’s second-tier club Oliveirense. 

The 56-year-old, also known as King Kazu, joined Oliveirense in January on loan from Yokohama, a promoted team in the Japanese J1 League. Miura, a former Japan international, had a successful career with nearly 90 caps and 55 goals between 1990 and 2000.

“Miura Kazu continues at UD Oliveirense,” the Liga Portugal 2 side said on Twitter on Tuesday, without specifying the length of the new contract.

In November, the majority ownership of Oliveirense was acquired by Onodera Group, the restaurant operator that owns Yokohama.

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Miura, who is regarded as one of Japan’s football legends, began his professional journey in Brazil during the 1980s. He played for various clubs including Santos, Palmeiras, and Coritiba. 

In 2005, he joined Yokohama, a second-tier team, after previously playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan’s top-tier league. Miura also had a brief stint with Japan’s futsal team in 2012 and was even selected to participate in the 2012 Futsal World Cup at the remarkable age of 45.

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