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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005

Miura's move to Sydney FC done

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) J. League second-division club Yokohama FC said Tuesday that veteran striker Kazuyoshi Miura will join Sydney FC on loan from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31 next year.

Yokohama FC, however, said the short-term deal could be scrapped as a condition of the contract if the team, which is now languishing in 11th place in the 12-team second-division, earns a playoff berth in a bid for promotion to the first division.

Miura, a 38-year-old former national team star, is expected to play for Sydney FC at the FIFA Club World Championship to be staged in December in the absence of any teams from host Japan.

"I would like to learn many new things and use my experience in soccer to the fullest," said Miura, who will travel to Australia after a match against Avispa Fukuoka on Thursday.

Sydney FC is coached by German Pierre Littbarski, who served as Yokohama FC manager in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

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