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 By Chris Wright

Veteran J-League legend King Kazu breaks his own record

As golden oldies go, they don't get much more golden or older than former Japanese international forward Kazuyoshi Miura, who, at the grand old age of 48, is still banging in the goals for Yokohama FC in the J-League Division 2 on a semi-regular basis.

As you may well remember, Miura signed a one-year contract extension with Yokohama back in December to prolong his career well past his 48th birthday, thus cementing his position as the world's oldest professional footballer.

On Sunday, the man they call "King Kazu" repaid the faith by scoring against Jubilo Iwata, netting in the 14th minute by nodding home an impressive header.

After defying his creaky knees to out-jump his marker, he duly set about defying his creaky hips to celebrate by busting out his famous "Kazu Dance" shuffle.

Sadly, Yokohama went on to lose 3-2 but the defeat was tempered by Kazu extending his own record as Japanese football's oldest ever goalscorer.

"I managed to get a good jump on the ball," Miura said after the game. "It was a good header."

For the record, the oldest goalscorer on record is one Billy Meredith, who scored for Man City against Brighton in the FA Cup at the age of 49 years and 208 days in February of 1924. We wouldn't bet against King Kazu breaking that record too, providing his knees hold out.


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