Kazuyoshi Miura, 56, makes football history

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Veteran Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura continues to make history with his signing at Oliveirense in February.

Miura made his debut for Oliveirense in the Portuguese second division on Saturday after substituting for Jonata at 90 minutes in his team’s 4-1 win over Viseu.

The mythical “King Kazu” arrived on the Portuguese football scene at the age of 55. Playing in “extra time,” but enough for him to become, at 56 years, one month and 24 days, the oldest player to compete in the history of Portuguese football.

Kazuyoshi Miura just made his official debut for Oliveirense at the age of 56 in the 2nd division of Portuguese football.

This is his 38th season as a professional footballer, pretty crazy. pic.twitter.com/TCMFp6G2AB

— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) April 22, 2023

Miura had not played since November 20, 2022, when he said goodbye to Suzuka Point Getters, as captain, with a 3-0 loss.

At Oliveirense, Miura had not taken part in the club’s 11 games since his arrival but came on in second-half stoppage time during the match on Saturday.

His new team is now in ninth place, in the middle of the table, with 37 points.