Football: 56-year-old Miura set for 2nd season in Portugal

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, still active at age 56, will spend his second season with Portuguese second-division club Oliveirense, Yokohama FC confirmed Saturday.

"I want to face football every day with the confidence that I can grow as a player and the expectations I have for myself," said Miura, whose latest loan deal from the J-League top-division club runs through June 30, 2024.

Miura began his first season with Oliveirense in February 2023 and played in three matches through the end of the season in May, making him the oldest player ever to appear in the Portuguese league.

Portugal is the fifth country where Miura has played outside Japan, following stints in Brazil, Italy, Croatia and Australia.

Miura was central to the rise of Japanese football's popularity following the launch of the J-League in 1993 and scored 55 goals in 89 games for his country.

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