Kazuyoshi Miura, 55, is a Japanese and Brazilian professional footballer who is currently on loan from Yokohama FC to Suzuka Point Getters in Japan.
Kazuyoshi started playing football in junior high school at Shizuoka Gakuen High School in Shizuoka, Japan, where he was born in 1982.
He also joined Juventus-SP in the same year after dropping out of Shizuoka Gakuen High School after only one year. He finally left the club as a fifteen-year-old and traveled to Brazil in order to pursue a professional football career there.
He signed his first professional contract with Santos of Brazil at this time. After stints with several other Brazilian clubs, including Palmeiras and Matsubara, Kazuyoshi returned to his native Japan 32 years ago.
He spent four years with Verdy Kawasaki in the Japan Soccer League, winning two JSL titles and two J1 League titles. He was the first player in the J.League to be selected Most Valuable Player in 1993.
He made history when he joined Genoa in 1994, being the first Japanese player to play in Italy’s top flight. He returned to Verdy Kawasaki in 1995, where he spent the rest of the 1998 season before moving on to another club.
In 2005, he was a member of Yokohama FC, where he was selected for the J.League All-Star Soccer for J-East in 2007.
He re-signed with Yokohama FC for a one-year contract seven years ago, at the age of 48. For the first time in the sport’s history, the oldest player ever to play in a true professional game began the Yokohama draw game versus V-Varen Nagasaki, making him the sport’s oldest player ever. Later, he was loaned to Suzuka Point Getters.
From 1990 until 2000, Kazuyoshi was a member of the Japanese national team and received the IFFHS’ first Asian Footballer of the Year award.
During Japan’s 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign, he appeared in thirteen games and scored thirteen goals. As a result, Japan did not qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
He also competed in the Asian Games in 1994, the King Fahd Cup in 1995, and the Asian Cup in 1996, among other tournaments. After a two-year break, he returned to the Japanese national team in 1992, scoring fifty goals in eighty-nine games to rank second all-time in Japan’s national team history.
As of 2022, Kazuyoshi is the oldest goal scorer in the J-League, the world’s longest-serving professional footballer, and the world’s oldest active footballer.