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At 56 years old, Japanese striker Miura to debut in Portugal.

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Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura has continued to write history by making his debut on Saturday with Portuguese football club Oliverense at the age of 56.

The former international footballer joined the Portuguese club last February on loan until the end of the season from Yokohama FC in search of new football challenges.

🇯🇵👏 Kazuyoshi Miura has just made his official debut for Oliverense at the age of 56 in the 2nd division of Portuguese football.

This is his 38th season as a professional footballer, pretty crazy. pic.twitter.com/TCMFp6G2AB

— Eurofoot (@eurofootcom) April 22, 2023

And in his 38th season as a professional player, Miura went into overtime when his side Oliverense beat Academia de Visio 4-1.

According to the Portuguese league website, Miura became “the oldest player to have participated in Portuguese football” at the age of 56 years, one month and 24 days.

Miura plays in the sixth country after Brazil, Japan, Italy, Croatia and Australia.

In 2020, Miura became the oldest Japanese First Division player in history at the age of 53 years and nine months, and prior to that in 2017 became the oldest player to score in a professional match, overtaking English legend Stanley Matthews.

In September 2020, he also became the oldest player to start a J1 league match.

Miura, who has been training in Brazil since the age of fifteen, made his first appearance with Brazilian side Santos in 1986 before joining other Brazilian clubs including Palmeiras.

The player returned to Japan in 1990 to defend the colors of Yomiuri, which later became Verdi Kawasaki, and won four league titles from 1991 to 1994. The following season, he went on loan to Italian side Genoa.

Despite scoring 55 goals in 89 international caps for Japan between 1990 and 2000, Miura was not selected for the squad for the 1998 World Cup in France due to a dispute with his coach, which is his biggest disappointment in his football career.

Source: AFP.

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