The One Player To Appear In Both FIFA 96 And FIFA 19

The One Player To Appear In Both FIFA 96 And FIFA 19

SPORTbible 5 minutes ago 0  Shares The One Player To Appear In Both FIFA 96 And FIFA 19 Wed Sep 26 2018 16:14:30 GMT+0100 (BST) Wed Sep 26 2018 16:17:25 GMT+0100 (BST) Josh Lawless Josh Lawless in  Football Powered by The phrase 'age is just a number' is thrown around a lot but it…

The One Player To Appear In Both FIFA 96 And FIFA 19

The phrase ‘age is just a number’ is thrown around a lot but it applies to Japanese player Kazuyoshi Miuramore than anyone else.

He is the only player to have appeared in FIFA 96 and the upcoming FIFA 19, which will be officially released on Friday.

The legendary Francesco Totti was also a permanent fixture in EA Sports’ franchise game over the years, appearing in FIFA 96 as an 86-rated forward and remaining in the series right up to his last bow in FIFA 17.

Miura, nicknamed ‘King Kazu’ started his career way back in 1986 when Lionel Richie was number one in the charts. He scored 55 goals in 89 games for Japan and has turned out for clubs such as Santos, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Sydney FC.

He was 29-years old when FIFA 96 was released and was rated 80 by EA Sports. These days the fella is 51 but still going strong – even if his rating has dropped all the way down to 51 on FIFA 19, where he plays for Yokohama FC in the Japanese second tier.

Image: PA
Image: PA

On his 50th birthday in February 2017, Miura took to the field for Yokohama in the game against Matsumoto Yamaga in the J. League Division 2, becoming the oldest player to play in a professional football game and breaking Stanley Matthews’ previous record in the process.

He then penned a contract extension with the club in January and is now in his 33rd season as a footballer, which is pretty incredible. With only four games of the season remaining, Miura’s side are fourth in the league and only five points off top spot.

Keeping ageing like a fine wine, Kazu.

Josh Lawless

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