Kazuyoshi Miura: I don't think I'll ever leave football
Tokyo: He's been teammates with the likes of Ruy Ramos, Hidetoshi Nakata, Dwight Yorke, Tomas Skuhravy, Patrick M'Boma and Park Ji-sung. All great players in their own right. All retired. Yet Kazuoyshi Miura still stands, celebrating his 54th birthday today, raring to go for Yokohama FC once more on the eve of the J.League's 2021 season. For those counting at home, that's a career that has spanned across five decades for the world's oldest active professional footballer.
When Miura signed his first professional contract with Santos in Brazil, Japan had yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup, We Are The World won Record of the Year and Song of the Year and Sade won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, Out of Africa won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Michael Jordan was playing in his second season in the NBA
His records and accolades are bottomless and they read like an entire edition of the Guinness Book of World Records on their own.
Ahead of the new season and on his birthday, 'King Kazu' gave FIFA.com an exclusive interview to talk about the latest chapter in his career, what playing football during the global pandemic has been like, his leadership qualities, what he learned as a youngster in Brazil and so much more.
2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage – 5 of the Best: Long-Range Goals
Kuala Lumpur: The 2021 AFC Champions League group stage saw some great goals over the last few months and, with continental action on a temporary break, we've selected some of the very best from various categories.
Kicking off the-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series, here are five long-range rockets for you to cast your eyes over before telling us which is your favourite by voting at the bottom of the article.
Taremi, Shomurodov, Lee Kang-in and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Goals against Bayern Munich, Juventus and Chelsea were just the beginning as Asian players outside the continent excelled throughout the course of the last week.
Mehdi Taremi took his dream run to the UEFA Champions League, Daichi Kamada brought down the world champions, and Takumi Minamino, Eldor Shomurodov and Takuma Asano were in goal-scoring form as the cream of the continent starred for their respective clubs.
But who was the standout performer? Peruse our 10-player shortlist based on performances from February 18 to 24, and don’t forget to cast your vote.
There are no women players among this week’s nominees due to the FIFA International Window.
Iraq’s Al Shorta bolster squad with Gelmin Rivas, Fahd Youssef
Baghdad: Five-time Iraqi Premier League champions Al Shorta SC have announced the signings of Venezuelan forward Gelmin Rivas and Syrian international Fahd Youssef ahead of their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign.
The 31-year-old Rivas has already started training with the first team and joins Al Shorta on a free transfer after ending his stint with MLS outfits DC United while Youssef has signed following his loan spell with Syria's Hutten SC.
Injury sidelines Sharjah’s Majid Surour for remainder of season
Al Sharjah: Sharjah FC defender Majid Surour has been ruled out for the rest of the UAE Pro League season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.
The 23-year-old UAE international, who rose through the ranks after his successful transition from the youth side, suffered the injury during Sharjah’s 3-0 defeat against Al Jazira in a UAE Pro League tie on Friday.