'King Kazu' reign goes on as 54-year-old Miura joins Suzuka

Yokohama FC's Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura who is recognised as the world's oldest goalscorer and oldest player currently playing in a professional league, gestures during J. League YBC Levain Cup soccer match against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Sapporo, northern Japan August 12, 2020, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Picture taken August 12, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Kazuyoshi Miura will continue his professional career into his 55th year this season after the former Japan international striker joined fourth tier Suzuka Point Getters on loan from Yokohama FC on Tuesday.

Miura, who turns 55 next month, has joined the Japan Football League club following Yokohama's relegation to the second division at the end of last season.

Suzuka are managed by his brother, Yasutoshi, and the move sees Miura continue his career into a 37th season.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to play here and will do my best to contribute to the club on the pitch," Miura said in a statement.

Suzuka will be the 15th Miura's club. He played in Brazil, Japan, Italy, Croatia and Australia.

Known as 'King Kazu', he became the oldest player to feature in the J-League in March last year at 54 years and 12 days when he came on as a late substitute against Urawa Reds.

He is also the oldest player to score in the J-League having netted in the second division against Thespakusatsu Gunma in March, 2017.

Miura was the poster boy of Japanese football when the J-League launched in 1993 and he led Verdy Kawasaki to the first two league titles.

He played 89 times for Japan, winning the Asian Cup in 1992, and is the country's second-highest all-time scorer with 55 goals.

Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Ed Osmond

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