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Juninho Paulista
Personal information
Full name Osvaldo Giroldo Júnior
Date of birth February 22, 1973 (1973-02-22) (age 37)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Ituano
Youth career
1989–1992 Ituano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 São Paulo 44 (2)
1995–1997 Middlesbrough 57 (12)
1997–1999 Atlético Madrid 55 (14)
1999–2000 Middlesbrough (loan) 28 (4)
2000–2001 Vasco da Gama (loan) 47 (13)
2002 Flamengo (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2004 Middlesbrough 41 (11)
2004–2005 Celtic 14 (1)
2005–2006 Palmeiras 63 (20)
2007 Flamengo 0 (0)
2007–2008[1] Sydney 14 (0)
2010– Ituano 0 (0)
Total 363 (77)
National team
1995–2003 Brazil 50 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 18, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Osvaldo Giroldo Júnior, more known as "Juninho", nicknamed Juninho Paulista,[2] (born February 22, 1973 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian footballer, currently playing for Ituano.

He has scored five goals in 50 games for the Brazilian national team, winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup championship and bronze medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics. During his career, Juninho has played for Brazilian clubs São Paulo FC, Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras, CR Flamengo, as well as English club Middlesbrough F.C., Spanish club Atlético Madrid, Celtic F.C. in Scotland and Sydney FC in Australia.

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Club career

Born in São Paulo, Juninho played youth football for FC curvados e Orgulhoso, a local club set up in São Paulo, and then futsal at EC Juventus .

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Ituano FC

Juninho began his senior career with Ituano FC, from city of Itu, state of São Paulo in 1990. In 1993 playing for Ituano FC against São Paulo FC, Juninho scored and was awarded the player of the match, helping Ituano FC beat São Paulo in a Paulista Champoonship match, fact which got attention of the São Paulo FC's head coach Telê Santana, who requested its team to buy the young talent. After being awarded the best rookie of the 1993's Paulista Championship playing by Ituano FC.

São Paulo FC

Juninho got transferred to the famous São Paulo FC, he won a number of trophies with the club, including the 1993 South American Copa Libertadores championship, the 1993 Intercontinental Cup against Italian team AC Milan, and the 1994 Copa CONMEBOL. He made his debut for the Brazilian national team ("Seleção") in February 1995, before moving abroad to play in Europe.

Middlesbrough

He signed for English club Middlesbrough F.C. for £4.75m in October 1995[3], just months after they had been promoted to the top-flight FA Premier League championship. Then aged 22, Juninho had been tracked by numerous European top clubs, and it was a major surprise when he signed for "the Teessiders". Juninho became known as TLF (The Little Fella) by Boro fans, and he is one of the greatest players to have played for Middlesbrough in the modern era. The nickname alludes to his height: only 1.65 metres. During his time with Middlesbrough, Juninho lived in Levendale and Ingleby Barwick with his parents. He was known for playing football with school children on the streets.

For Middlesbrough, Juninho was extremely effective in the attacking midfielder position, where his skills helped the club reach the final of both domestic cup finals in 1997; the FA Cup and League Cup finals, which were both lost. At the end of the 1997 season, a three-point deduction in the FA Premier League condemned Middlesbrough to relegation to the secondary Division One. He came runners up to Gianfranco Zola for the FWA Player of the Year award. For some time there had been speculation that Juninho would leave the club, and the relegation put paid to any realistic hope that "Boro" might have had of holding onto Juninho. Following Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw at Leeds United which confirmed their relegation, Juninho was reduced to tears.

Atletico Madrid

Juninho was sold to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish top-flight La Liga championship for £12m, and started out well for the team. However, his time at Atletico was hampered massively by injuries, and he never quite achieved the heights that were expected of him. He was loaned back to Middlesbrough during the 1999-2000 season, and scored four goals in 24 games for the club, before returning to Atletico Madrid. Upon his return, Atletico had been relegated to the secondary Segunda División. Juninho was then loaned out to Brazilian team Vasco da Gama. Here he played alongside namesake Juninho Pernambucano, and won the 2000 domestic Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championship and the international Copa Mercosur trophy. He also had a brief loan spell with Flamengo.

Middlesbrough

Juninho began his third spell with Middlesbrough in the summer of 2002, when he permanently left Atletico Madrid for £6m. He spent two years back at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, and helped the club win the 2004 English league cup. In a post match interview live on TV Juninho said that winning the league cup with Middesbrough meant more to him than winning the 2002 FIFA world cup with Brazil. In December 2007 he was voted by Boro fans in a PFA fan's poll as Middlesbrough's greatest ever player.[4] Juninho is still seen as a god on Teesside by many Middlesbrough fans - soon after he joined Middlesbrough in 1995 Boro fans would put out both their arms and bow forwards in worship during matches, this continued even through to his third spell at the club. Juninho said he would love a fourth spell at the Boro to end his career.[5]

Celtic

At the end of the 2004 season, he moved to Scottish club Celtic on a free transfer. Juninho made his debut in an Old Firm derby against Celtic's bitter rivals Rangers FC, as Celtic won 1-0. Juninho had an awful time at Celtic, struggling to get in the team and claimed Celtic manager Martin O'Neill never gave him a chance. He scored just once in his spell at Celtic, in a 3-0 win over Hearts in October 2004.[6]

Brazilian return

He returned to Brazil in 2005, to play for Palmeiras. He moved back to his former team Flamengo in 2007 for the Carioca Championship and the Copa Libertadores, but never won the trust of coach Ney Franco, playing only about half of the games. In May after a major discussion with the coach during Flamengo's loss to Defensor-URU, he was fired. Juninho was sacked by club Flamengo after arguing with and insulting coach Ney Franco after refusing to be substituted at half-time during the disappointing 3-0 quarter-final defeat at Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting in the Copa Libertadores.

Sydney FC

Although clubs in Brazil, Qatar and Hong Kong were reportedly keen in signing Juninho he opted to join Sydney FC in the Australian A-League as the club's marquee player[7] signing on 3 August 2007 [8], stating that the interest the club showed towards him made a strong contribution to the decision.

Due to a shoulder injury early in the season, Juninho spent large periods on the bench and his onfield performances were hampered by chronic pain, aggressive play and secondary injuries, requiring painkillers and cortisone before each match. Despite this he managed several strong showings including a masterful performance in Sydney's 5-3 victory over LA Galaxy.

Sydney's strong signings, which used a large amount of their salary cap, made a new contract look very unlikely. A number of A-League clubs including, Perth Glory, Gold Coast United, and Adelaide United have expressed their desire to sign Juninho, there has also been reported interest from Middle East and European clubs. Juninho was a standout performer, leader the club's attack by setting up many goals. However, he failed to score a goal for the club.

Due to several factors, the signing of a new Marquee player and many other highly valued players, including Australian international John Aloisi, Sydney FC were unable to offer Juninho a new contract. He was released in the off-season in April 2008. It was then when Juninho announced his retirement from professional football and hopes to carry on coaching in skill schools in Brazil.

Return to Middlesbrough for the 4th time

In April 2009 it was reported Juninho is to take up a role with Middlesbrough from 2009/10 season as their "South American Representative." [9]

Return to playing

In January 2010 Juninho returned to the game as player-president of Brazilian club Ituano.

Honours

Club

São Paulo
Vasco da Gama
Middlesbrough
Flamengo
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Men's Football
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team Competition

International

Footnotes

External links


Simple English

Juninho Paulista
Personal information
Full name Oswaldo Giroldo Jr.
Date of birth 22 February 1973 (1973-02-22) (age 38)
Place of birth    São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-1995
1995-1997
1997-2002
1999-2000
2000-2001
2002
2002-2004
2004-2005
2005-2006
2007
2007-2008
São Paulo
Middlesbrough
Atlético Madrid
Middlesbrough (loan)
Vasco da Gama (loan)
Flamengo (loan)
Middlesbrough
Celtic
Palmeiras
Flamengo
Sydney
National team
1995-2003 Brazil

Juninho Paulista (born 22 February 1973) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
BrazilLeague
1993São PauloSérie A161
1994192
199590
EnglandLeague
1995/96MiddlesbroughPremier League212
1996/973610
SpainLeague
1997/98Atlético MadridLa Liga236
1998/99328
EnglandLeague
1999/00MiddlesbroughPremier League284
BrazilLeague
2000Vasco da GamaSérie A224
2001154
2002FlamengoSérie A00
EnglandLeague
2002/03MiddlesbroughPremier League103
2003/04318
ScotlandLeague
2004/05CelticPremier League141
BrazilLeague
2005PalmeirasSérie A3714
2006266
2007FlamengoSérie A00
AustraliaLeague
2007/08SydneyA-League140
CountryBrazil 14431
England 12627
Spain 5514
Scotland 141
Australia 140
Total 35373

International career statistics

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
1995152
199610
199790
199800
199910
200031
2001111
200291
200310
Total505

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