48-year-old ‘King Kazu’ renews J-League scoring record

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Yokohama FC v Tochigi SC - J.League 2 2015

Japanese footballing legend updated his own record on Sunday in the J2 League’s sixth round.

The  striker needed just 14 minutes to find the net against Jubilo Iwata when he headed in Junki Koike’s cross. The former Samurai Blue and Japan Futsal NT star then reprised his famous ‘Kazu Dance’ before a jubilant home crowd.

At 48 years, one month, and 10 days of age, the goal was Miura’s first since November 2013. With Sunday’s start, he remains the oldest player to have appeared in a match.

“I thought it was a good ball and wanted to kick it as hard as I could,” Miura told reporters after the match, “but I ended up heading it.

“I’m glad the ball went into the goal.”

Despite an additional first half goal by Koike, Yokohama fell 3-2 to the visitors following a Yuki Kobayashi brace and a dramatic game-winner by Takuya Matsuura.

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