Kazuyoshi Miura surpasses Stanley Matthews' oldest player record

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The veteran forward, who plays for J-League second division side Yokohama and is affectionately known as Kazu by the club’s faithful, played 54 minutes in the 1-1 weekend draw with V-Varen Nagasaki.

And that was enough to eclipse the record set by Matthews some 53 years ago – when he turned out for Stoke City against Fulham, aged 50 years and five days.

In an interview with FIFA.com, Miura said: “I don’t actually feel like I’ve gone past a legend. I may have surpassed him in longevity but I won’t ever be able to match his statistics and the career he had.”

The striker made his professional debut way back in 1986 and boasts his infamous ‘Kazu dance’ – a celebration when he finds the back of the net.

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West Ham players meet Salt Bae

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Jose Fonte takes a selfie with the star.

Like many teams who were knocked out of the FA Cup in the earlier rounds, West Ham took advantage of the two-week break in the Premier League to get away from England, with a warm-weather camp in Dubai.

While the Hammers are no doubt working hard on the training pitch, they also enjoyed meeting the Internet’s latest sensation, Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, more famously known as “Salt Bae.”

Jose Fonte, Robert Snodgrass, and Winston Reid all made sure to get their selfies with the famous chef in the UAE.

Here’s a round-up of their Instagram posts:

Silky smooth this fella 👌 @nusr_et

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It's the Champ 😎 💪🏻 🔪

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Chef

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👌

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INFOGRAPHIC: The relationship between music and football

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Football stars lead a busy life. After workouts, training sessions, competitive matches and somehow finding time for close ones, they often desire to get away from all the noise and the limelight.

And, just like for us everyday, normal folk, music is something that provides them that freedom from all the stress. But for some footballers music is not just a getaway, it’s as much a passion as their profession.

As you can see below as Clublinefootball.com compiles a list of professional footballers both past and present who have had a close relationship with music.

Stars who wrote lyrics for raps, athletes who played musical instruments, footballers who are massive music fans and those artists that could have been professional footballers had things worked out differently; this piece has everything covered.

Some are surprisingly good, others not so, but we’ll leave that judgement up to yourselves…

You cannot possibly see this without listening to the Anfield Rap so here’s a bit of a bonus for you.

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