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Forty-eight year old striker becomes oldest goal-scorer, breaks own Japanese record

At forty-eight years young, Yokohama striker Kazuyoshi Miura has broken his own record for the oldest goalscorer in Japan, twenty-nine years after his career began.

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In the fourteenth minute of his side’s second division clash with Jubilo Iwata, Miura opened the scoring with a looping header. The Guardian reported that the former Japan international outjumped his – probably much younger – opponents to get to the ball first.

It was his first goal for a year for the club that he joined a decade ago.

Miura’s career began in 1986 – a year before Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was even born – at Santos in Brazil. He spent the next twelve years moving between South America and his home country. His most successful spell came with Verdy Kawasaki – who were known as Yomiuri when he joined the club in 1990. He got exactly 100 league goals for the side, before his permanent departure in 1998.

He played for both Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb in Europe, however both spells were brief and unsuccessful. Muira signed for his current team at the age of thirty-eight, but has been less than prolific, scoring twenty-one goals in over two-hundred appearances.

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