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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Kazu named king of J. League

Vissel Kobe striker Kazuyoshi Miura was named as the most valuable Japanese player in the J. League's history by a weekly soccer magazine in commemoration of the league's first 10 years.

The 36-year-old "King Kazu" enjoyed immense popularity with his flamboyant style and spate of goals in the league's infancy playing for Verdy Kawasaki (now Tokyo Verdy).

The Weekly Soccer Magazine also picked former Verdy Kawasaki midfielder Bismarck as the most valuable foreign player while selecting former Nagoya Grampus Eight player Dragan Stoikovic, nicknamed "Pixy," as the most memorable foreign player.

On Sunday, Miura scored his first goal since last August to help Vissel Kobe edge Urawa Reds 3-2 in a J. League match.

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