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Kazuyoshi Miura
Personal information
Full name Kazuyoshi Miura
Date of birth February 26, 1967 (1967-02-26) (age 43)
Place of birth    Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current club Yokohama FC
Number 11
Youth career
1973–1979
1979–1982
1982
1982–1986
Jonai F.C.
Jonai Jr. H.S.
Shizuoka Gakuen H.S.
Clube Atlético Juventus
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1986
1986
1986
1987
1987–1988
1989
1990
1990–1992
1993–1994
1994–1995
1995–1998
1999
1999–2000
2001–2005
2005
2005
2006–
Santos
Palmeiras
Matsubara
CRB
XV de Jaú
Coritiba
Santos
Yomiuri FC
Verdy Kawasaki
Genoa C.F.C.
Verdy Kawasaki
Dinamo Zagreb
Kyoto Purple Sanga
Vissel Kobe
Yokohama FC
Sydney FC (loan)
Yokohama FC





00? 00(6)

039 00(9)
058 0(36)
021 00(1)
095 0(55)
012 00(0)
041 0(21)
101 0(25)
016 00(4)
004 00(2)
107 0(11)   
National team2
1990–2000 Japan 089 0(55)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of June 11, 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 11, 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Kazuyoshi Miura (三浦知良 Miura Kazuyoshi, born on February 26, 1967),[1] often known simply as Kazu, is a Japanese football (soccer) striker. He has played for the Japanese national team and was the first Japanese recipient of the Asian Player of the Year award in 1993,[2] an award presented annually by the Asian Football Confederation.[3] He is currently with Yokohama FC in the J. League Division 2.[4][5] Kazu, whose rise to fame in Japan coincided with the launch of the J. League in 1993,[6] was arguably Japan's first superstar in football. He played his last national team match in 2000 and finished with the second-most career goals in Japanese national team history with 55 goals in 89 matches. Being 43, Miura is currently oldest footballer in the Japan's professional leagues.

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Club career

In 1982 Miura left the Shizuoka Gakuen High School after less than a year, and travelled alone to Brazil at the age of fifteen to become a professional footballer there.[2] He signed with Clube Atlético Juventus, a youth club in São Paulo, and in 1986, Kazu signed his first professional contract with Santos. He played for several Brazilian clubs including Palmeiras and Coritiba until his return to Japan in 1990.[2]

His time in Brazil elevated him to star status and on his return to Japan, he joined the Japan Soccer League side Yomiuri FC, which later spun off from its parent company Yomiuri Shinbun and became Verdy Kawasaki with the launch of the J. League in 1993.[1][7] With Yomiuri/Kawasaki, Kazu won four consecutive league titles playing alongside fellow Japanese national team regulars Ruy Ramos and Tsuyoshi Kitazawa. Yomiuri won the last two JSL titles in 1991 and 1992 and Verdy Kawasaki won the first two J. League titles in 1993 and 1994. He was named the first J. League Most Valuable Player in 1993 and the last unofficial Asian Footballer of the Year in 1993.[2][8]

Miura then became the first Japanese footballer to play in Italy, joining Genoa C.F.C. in the 1994–1995 Serie A season.[2] In his Italian stint, he played 21 times and scored just 1 goal, during the Genoa derby against Sampdoria. He returned to Verdy Kawasaki for the 1995 season and played with them until the end of the 1998 season.[2] Kazu made another attempt at playing in Europe with Dinamo Zagreb in 1999. He returned to Japan however, following a brief trial with A.F.C Bournemouth, in the same year, and played with Kyoto Purple Sanga and Vissel Kobe, before eventually signing for Yokohama FC in 2005.

He played with Sydney FC of the A-League on a 2 month loan in late 2005, appearing in league matches and the 2005 FIFA World Club Championship held in Japan. Kazu scored 2 goals in his second A-League match, a 3-2 defeat at league leaders Adelaide United.

He is known for his trade mark Kazu Feint and his famous kazu dance when he scores great goals or great plays. In 2007, Kazuyoshi Miura was selected for the 2007 JOMO All Stars match for J-East and played exceptionally well.[9]

National team career (1990–2000)

  • Debut against Bangladesh (September 26, 1990)
  • Appearances: 89
  • Goals: 55

Honors

Individual

Team

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1990-91 Yomiuri FC JSL Division 1 18 3 - 18 3
1991-92 21 6 - 21 6
1992 Verdy Kawasaki J. League Division 1 - 2 1 10 10 12 11
1993 36 20 3 3 1 0 40 23
1994 22 16 - 0 0 22 16
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
1994-95 Genoa Serie A 21 1 - - 21 1
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1995 Verdy Kawasaki J. League Division 1 26 23 2 0 - 28 23
1996 27 23 5 4 6 2 38 29
1997 14 4 2 1 0 0 16 5
1998 28 5 3 2 0 0 31 7
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Total
1998-99 Dinamo Zagreb Prva HNL 12 0 - - 12 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1999 Kyoto Purple Sanga J. League Division 1 11 4 2 1 0 0 13 5
2000 30 17 1 0 7 2 38 19
2001 Vissel Kobe J. League Division 1 29 11 2 0 3 2 34 13
2002 17 3 0 0 1 0 18 3
2003 24 4 3 2 4 0 31 6
2004 21 4 0 0 5 0 26 4
2005 12 2 - 6 1 18 3
2005 Yokohama FC J. League Division 2 16 4 1 0 - 17 4
Australia League Cup League Cup Total
2005-06 Sydney FC A-League 4 2 - - 4 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
2006 Yokohama FC J. League Division 2 39 6 0 0 - 39 6
2007 J. League Division 1 24 3 2 0 4 0 28 3
2008 J. League Division 2 30 1 2 0 - 32 1
2009 J. League Division 2 30 1 0 0 - 30 1
Total Japan 475 160 30 14 47 17 552 191
Italy 21 1 - - 21 1
Croatia 12 0 - - 12 0
Australia 4 2 - - 4 2
Career Total 512 163 30 14 47 17 589 194

Goals for national team

Japan Kazuyoshi Miura: International Goals[10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 26, 1992 Beijing, China  Korea DPR 4-1 Won Friendly
2. November 3, 1992 Hiroshima, Japan  Iran 1-0 Won 1992 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
3. March 14, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  United States 3-1 Won Friendly
4. March 14, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  United States 3-1 Won Friendly
5. April 8, 1993 Kobe, Japan  Thailand 1-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6. April 11, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Bangladesh 8-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7. April 11, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Bangladesh 8-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. April 11, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Bangladesh 8-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
9. April 11, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Bangladesh 8-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
10. April 15, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Sri Lanka 5-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
11. April 15, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Sri Lanka 5-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
12. April 30, 1993 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Bangladesh 4-1 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
13. May 5, 1993 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Sri Lanka 6-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
14. October 4, 1993 Tokyo, Japan  Côte d'Ivoire 1-0 Won Friendly
15. October 21, 1993 Doha, Qatar  Korea DPR 3-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
16. October 21, 1993 Doha, Qatar  Korea DPR 3-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
17. October 25, 1993 Doha, Qatar  Korea Republic 1-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
18. October 28, 1993 Doha, Qatar  Iraq 2-2 Drew 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
19. July 8, 1994 Nagoya, Japan  Ghana 3-2 Won Friendly
20. July 8, 1994 Nagoya, Japan  Ghana 3-2 Won Friendly
21. July 14, 1994 Kobe, Japan  Ghana 2-1 Won Friendly
22. October 3, 1994 Hiroshima, Japan  United Arab Emirates 1-1 Drew 1994 Asian Games Group Stage
23. October 11, 1994 Hiroshima, Japan  Korea Republic 2-3 Lost 1994 Asian Games Quarter-Finals
24. January 8, 1995 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Argentina 1-5 Lost 1995 King Fahd Cup Group Stage
25. May 28, 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Ecuador 3-0 Won Friendly
26. May 28, 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Ecuador 3-0 Won Friendly
27. September 20, 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Paraguay 1-2 Lost Friendly
28. October 24, 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Saudi Arabia 2-1 Won Friendly
29. October 28, 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Saudi Arabia 2-1 Won Friendly
30. February 19, 1996 Hong Kong, China  Poland 5-0 Won Friendly
31. May 26, 1996 Tokyo, Japan  Yugoslavia 1-0 Won Friendly
32. May 29, 1996 Fukuoka, Japan  Mexico 3-2 Won Friendly
33. August 25, 1996 Osaka, Japan  Uruguay 5-3 Won Friendly
34. August 25, 1996 Osaka, Japan  Uruguay 5-3 Won Friendly
35. December 9, 1996 Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  Uzbekistan 4-0 Won 1996 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
36. March 15, 1997 Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 1-3 Lost Friendly
37. March 15, 1997 Muscat, Oman  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
38. March 15, 1997 Muscat, Oman  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
39. May 21, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Korea Republic 1-1 Drew Friendly
40. June 8, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Croatia 4-3 Won Friendly
41. June 8, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Croatia 4-3 Won Friendly
42. June 22, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
43. June 22, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
44. June 22, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
45. June 22, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
46. June 22, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
47. June 22, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Macau 10-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
48. June 25, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Nepal 3-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
49. June 25, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Nepal 3-0 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
50. September 7, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Uzbekistan 6-3 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
51. September 7, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Uzbekistan 6-3 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
52. September 7, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Uzbekistan 6-3 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
53. September 7, 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Uzbekistan 6-3 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification
54. February 16, 2000 Macau, China  Brunei 9-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification
55. June 6, 2000 Casablanca, Morocco  Jamaica 4-0 Won Friendly

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Simple English

Kazuyoshi Miura
Personal information
Full name Kazuyoshi Miura
Date of birth 26 February 1967 (1967-02-26) (age 43)
Place of birth    Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Yokohama
Number 11
Senior clubs
Years Club
1982
1982-1985
1986
1987
1987-1988
1989
1990
1990-1998
1994-1995
1999
1999-2000
2001-2005
2005-
2005
Juventus
Santos
Matsubara
Brasil
XV Novembro-Jaú
Coritiba
Santos
Yomiuri / Verdy Kawasaki
Genoa (loan)
Croatia Zagreb
Kyoto Purple Sanga
Vissel Kobe
Yokohama
Sydney (loan)
National team
1990-2000 Japan

Kazuyoshi Miura (born 26 February 1967) is a Japanese football player. He plays for Yokohama.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1990/91YomiuriJSL Division 118310193
1991/9221652268
1992Verdy KawasakiJ. League 1-2110101211
1993362033104023
1994221600002216
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League CupTotal
1994/95GenoaSerie A21100-211
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1995Verdy KawasakiJ. League 1262320-2823
1996272354623829
19971442100165
19982853200317
CroatiaLeague Croatian Cup League CupTotal
1998/99Croatia ZagrebPrva HNL12000-120
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1999Kyoto Purple SangaJ. League 11142100135
2000301710723819
2001Vissel KobeJ. League 1291120323413
20021730010183
20032443240316
20042140050264
20051220061183
2005YokohamaJ. League 216410-174
AustraliaLeague Cup League CupTotal
2005/06SydneyA-League42--42
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
2006YokohamaJ. League 239600-396
2007J. League 12432040303
2008J. League 230120-321
200930100-301
2010
CountryJapan 47516030145319558193
Italy 21100-211
Croatia 12000-120
Australia 42--42
Total 51216330145319595196

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
199030
199120
1992112
19931616
199485
1995126
1996126
19971918
199810
199900
200052
Total8955

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