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52-year-old to play 35th J-League season

By AAP Newswire

One of the longest football careers has been extended, with 52-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura signing a new contract with J-League club Yokohama FC.

Miura, who will turn 53 on February 26, will enter his 35th season this year.

He played just three matches last year and did not score any goals but extended his record as the oldest player in Japan's top league.

Miura joined Yokohama FC in 2005 and, in March 2017, became the oldest player to appear in a professional match at the age of 50 years and seven days, catching global media attention by surpassing England legend Stanley Matthews.

Nicknamed King Kazu, Miura played for Brazilian club Santos and in Italy with Genoa earlier in his career, and represented Japan's national team 89 times, scoring 55 goals.

Yokohama FC open the season on February 23 against Vissel Kobe.