King Kazu Miura celebrates 49th birthday

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Yokohama FC forward  has just turned 49-years-old yesterday as he continues defy the sands of time to remain football’s oldest professional.

Miura travelled to Brazil at the age of 15 to pursue a career as a footballer and made his professional debut for Santos in 1986.

Miura, known affectionately as , was the first Japanese player to be named the Asian Player of the Year in 1993 – the same year ’s J-League launched.

Kazu last played for Japan in 2000, racking up an impressive 55 goals in just 89 appearances. He set to achieve his 30th season in professional as he prepares to play in 2016 J2 League under Yokohama FC jersey.

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