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This article is about the football player. For the businessman accused of murdering his wife, see Kazuyoshi Miura (businessman).
Kazuyoshi Miura
Kazu Miura at Matsuda tribute match 20120122.jpg
Miura in 2012
Personal information
Full name Kazuyoshi Miura
Date of birth (1967-02-26) 26 February 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Shizuoka City, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Yokohama F.C.
Number 11
Youth career
1973–1979 Jonai F.C.
1979–1982 Jonai Jr. H.S.
1982 Shizuoka Gakuen H.S.
1982–1986 Clube Atlético Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Santos
1986 Palmeiras
1986 Matsubara
1987 CRB
1987–1988 XV de Jaú
1989 Coritiba 21 (2)
1990 Santos 11 (3)
1990–1998 Yomiuri/Verdy Kawasaki 192 (100)
1994–1995 Genoa (loan) 21 (1)
1999 Dinamo Zagreb 12 (0)
1999–2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga 41 (21)
2001–2005 Vissel Kobe 103 (24)
2005– Yokohama F.C. 201 (20)
2005 Sydney FC (loan) 4 (2)
2012 Espolada (loan) 1 (0)
National team
1990–[1] Japan 89 (55)
2012– Japan futsal 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 1, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 1, 2014

Kazuyoshi Miura (三浦 知良 Miura Kazuyoshi?, born on 26 February 1967)[2] often known simply as Kazu, is a Japanese footballer. He has played for the Japanese national team and was the first Japanese recipient of the Asian Player of the Year award in 1993,[3] an award presented annually by the Asian Football Confederation.[4] He is currently with Yokohama F.C. in the J. League Division 2.[5][6] Kazu, whose rise to fame in Japan coincided with the launch of the J. League in 1993,[7] 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. Miura is currently the oldest footballer in Japan's professional leagues at 46. His elder brother Yasutoshi was also a professional footballer.

Club career[edit]

In 1982 Miura left the Shizuoka Gakuen School after less than a year, and travelled alone to Brazil at the age of fifteen to become a professional footballer there.[3] 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.[3]

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.[2][8] 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.[3][9]

Miura then became the first Japanese footballer to play in Italy, joining Genoa C.F.C. in the 1994–1995 Serie A season.[3] 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.[3] 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 F.C. 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.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of February 10, 2012
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other* Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yomiuri S.C. 1990–91 18 3 1 0 7 3 26 6
1991–92 21 6 5 2 4 1 30 9
Total 39 9 6 2 11 4 56 15
Verdy Kawasaki 1992 - 2 1 10 10 2 1 14 12
1993 36 20 3 3 1 0 2 2 42 25
1994 22 16 - 0 0 2 0 24 16
Total 58 36 5 4 11 10 6 3 80 53
Genoa 1994–95 21 1 - 1 0 1 0 23 1
Total 21 1 - 1 0 1 0 23 1
Verdy Kawasaki 1995 26 23 2 0 - 2 0 30 23
1996 27 23 5 4 6 2 1 1 39 30
1997 14 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 17 5
1998 28 5 3 2 0 0 - 31 7
Total 95 55 12 7 6 2 4 1 117 65
Croatia Zagreb 1998–99 12 0 - - - 12 0
Total 12 0 - - - 12 0
Kyoto Purple Sanga 1999 11 4 2 1 0 0 - 13 5
2000 30 17 1 0 7 2 - 38 19
Total 41 21 3 1 7 2 - 51 24
Vissel Kobe 2001 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
Total 103 24 5 2 19 3 - 127 29
Yokohama F.C. 2005 16 4 1 0 - - 17 4
Total 16 4 1 0 - - 17 4
Sydney FC 2005–06 4 2 - - 2 0 6 2
Total 4 2 - - 2 0 6 2
Yokohama F.C. 2006 39 6 0 0 - - 39 6
2007 24 3 2 0 4 0 - 30 3
2008 30 1 2 0 - - 32 1
2009 30 1 0 0 - - 30 1
2010 10 3 0 0 - - 10 3
2011 30 0 1 0 - - 31 5
2012 14 1 0 0 - - 14 1
2013 18 2 0 0 - - 18 2
Total 194 17 5 0 4 0 - 203 17
Career total 583 169 31 14 54 19 24 8 687 209

*Includes other competitive competitions, including the J. League Championship, Japanese Super Cup, Xerox Champions Cup, Serie A Play-off, Konica Cup, Sanwa Bank Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

National team statistics[edit]

[11]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 3 0
1991 2 0
1992 11 2
1993 16 16
1994 8 5
1995 12 6
1996 12 6
1997 19 18
1998 1 0
1999 0 0
2000 5 2
Total 89 55

International goals[edit]

[1]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 26, 1992 Beijing, China  North Korea 4-1 Won 1992 Dynasty Cup
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  Ivory Coast 1-0 Won Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
15. October 21, 1993 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 3-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
16. October 21, 1993 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 3-0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
17. October 25, 1993 Doha, Qatar  South Korea 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  South Korea 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  South Korea 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

Awards and honours[edit]

Japan[edit]

1992
1992

Club[edit]

Coritiba
1989
Yomiuri S.C.
1990–91, 1991–92
Verdy Kawasaki
1993
1996
1992, 1993
Croatia Zagreb
1998–99
Yokohama F.C.
2006

Individual[edit]

1993
1992
1992
1991–92
1990–91, 1991–92
1993
1996
1993, 1995, 1996
1992
  • Japanese Footballer of the Year: 2
1992, 1993
1993

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Takanohana Kōji
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
1993
Succeeded by
Ichiro Suzuki

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