King Kazu Scores to Break Stanley Matthews’ Record

The Japanese striker, Kazuyoshi Miura, now 50 years old, has become the oldest professional footballer to score a competitive goal, beating Sir Stanley Matthews’ which has stood for over half a century.

King Kazu, turned 50 last month and scored the only goal of the game as Yokohama FC recorded a 1-0 win over Thespa Kusatsu in J-League 2.

Matthews held the record as the oldest professional goalscorer at the age of 50 years and five days in 1965. The new record was set on Sunday with King Kazu aged 50 years and 14 days old.

Having a club career spanning from 1986, some of the clubs that have had the pleasure of having him grace their colours are Santos, Verdy Kawasaki, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb, Sydney FC and Yokohama FC.

Although one of the most celebrated Japanese players of all time, King Kazu has the unfortunate distinction of never playing in the World Cup.

The former poster boy, blazed a trail for Japanese players such as Hide Nakata, Shinji Ono and Shunsuke Nakamura, by proving that Japanese players could succeed in Europe.

For a generation that grew up with King Kazu, yesterday’s feat is merely a page in an incredible career bettering that of even Captain Tsubasa.

We salute you King Kazu.

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