Miura beats Sir Stanley

UK-Japan News April 2017

Fifty-year-old Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura has taken the title of oldest professional footballer to score a competitive goal, beating Sir Stanley Matthews’ 52-year record, The Guardian reported on 12 March.

Miura, now in his 32nd season, scored when he took control of a deflected ball and angled the shot past the arms of the goalkeeper during a match against Gunma Prefecture’s second division Thespa-kusatsu.

Miura, who has scored 55 goals in 89 appearances for his country, made his professional debut in 1986 with the Brazilian team Santos.