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Kazuyoshi Miura appointed Goodwill Ambassador

FIFA has appointed Japanese star Kazuyoshi Miura, known as 'Kazu', as the Official Goodwill Ambassador for the FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Japan from 10 to 17 December 2006. Kazu will play an important role in promoting the FIFA Club World Cup, which was re-launched in a new format last December, and the magnificence of club football in Japan.

Kazu, a football superstar in Japan, played for Sydney FC in last year’s FIFA Club World Championship. His appearances brought crowds flocking to the stadiums and added extra excitement to the competition.

He is now 39-years-old and still playing for Yokohama FC, a J.League Division 2 club based in Yokohama, one of the host cities of this competition.

In 1982, the 15-year-old Kazu left Japan for Brazil to start his career as a professional football player.  After successful stints with a number of Brazilian clubs (Santos FC, Palmeiras, S.E. Matsubara, Clube de Regatas Brasil, XV de Jau, Coritiba FC), he decided to return to Japan for the launch of the Japanese professional football league, the J.League. He has contributed to the development of Japanese football ever since and helped football take root in the lives of Japanese people through his performances with the Japanese national team (91 caps and 56 goals) and in the J-League.

His career has also taken him to other parts of the world, as he played for Genoa CFC (Italy) in the 94-95 season as the very first Japanese player to play in Serie A, as well as for Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) in 1999.

“I am very honoured to be appointed as the Official Goodwill Ambassador for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006 presented by TOYOTA. In last year’s event, I was very encouraged and touched by the support from all my fans, and it is one of my unforgettable memories. Fortunately, I have been given the opportunity to participate in this year’s competition as the Goodwill Ambassador following my experience as a player last year. I truly hope to help the event be a success and develop further, and it will surely expand like the FIFA World Cup in the future, ” said Kazu.

Japanese defender Tsuneyasu Miyamoto was the Official Goodwill Ambassador for last year’s competition.

Complete details on the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006 can be found on the competition page on > Men’s & Youth >  FIFA Club World Cup .