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Former Japan soccer star Kazu Miura to play in Portuguese 2nd tier

Kazuyoshi Miura at the National Stadium on Oct. 9, 2022 in Tokyo.   © Getty Images

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura has reached an agreement to play for Portuguese second-division outfit Oliveirense at age 55, a source involved with the matter said Sunday.

Miura, who has been on loan from Yokohama FC to Suzuka Point Getters in the fourth-tier Japan Football League, will join Oliveirense until the summer.

The Portuguese club shares a parent company with Yokohama FC, making their return to the J-League top flight this year.

The latest move by Miura, now in his 38th year as a professional, will see him play in a fifth foreign country following stints in Brazil, Italy, Croatia and Australia.

Miura, who is both Japan's oldest-ever professional player and goal scorer, is reported to have also had offers from J2 and J3 clubs in addition to Suzuka, where his older brother Yasutoshi is manager.

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