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Name Juninho
Spelling Juninho Pernambucano
Gender Male
Birthplace Recife, Brazil
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc What a surprise when a 22-year-old Juninho snubbed some of the leading sides in Europe to sign for Middlesbrough. A long-lasting love affair ensued with the Brazilian enjoying three separate spells at the club

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player xxxx
  Middlesbrough
  Lyon
  Vasco da Gamma FC
  Sport Recife

Event

World Cup 1994 Juninho was one of the member of Brazil National Team

Notes

Lyon Before Juninho, Lyon had never won the Ligue 1 title. They had come close but were made to sit in the shadows, watching as arch-rivals Saint-Étienne rose to legend. Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain also had fleeting spells of success prior to their 21st-century status as the big boys of French football, but Lyon had to stand by and settle for winning the odd Coupe de France

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[A proposed return to Barcelona for Neymar has the support of Juninho] If I was the owner of a football club, I’d want to have Neymar too. He’s one of the best players in the world. Who wouldn’t want a player like that in their team?

He had the opportunity to create space for other players. His role is very important for the national team. We had a very good performance with individual players playing very well, like Gabriel Jesus, Daniel Alves and also Alisson, who was very confident. I think they make a difference, it is important that in competitive matches we look at the finer details to win

: 2019 07 09 Edu has been replaced by Juninho as general coordinator of Brazil amid reports he is set to become Arsenal’s technical director

2019 07 11 Retrieve

[Nabil Fekir may still leave Lyon but the Ligue 1 club will sanction no other departures following a period of upheaval] For now, the only possible departure is Fekir. I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally. It’s hard to convince him to continue – he’s a world champion and his generation has left. It’s not a closed matter, but I’m telling you the truth. We would like to keep him.

[Juninho, speaking at the presentation of new left-back Youssouf Kone, confirmed talks are continuing with Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen] We will be far ahead in the transfer market if we sign Andersen. I’m quite satisfied

2019 07 18 Retrieve

[The club’s sporting director, Juninho Pernambucano, said last week that he believes Fekir will be the last one to leave this summer] For now, the only possible departure is Fekir. I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Lyon confirm Garcia as Sylvinho replacement] I chose Rudi Garcia because he is a fighter who, like us, has the ambition to win titles and succeed on the European stage. He is an experienced coach who has already won trophies. During my various interviews, I had a real football connection with him. We speak the same language in terms of tactics and style

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Juninho wants Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema to finish his career at the Ligue 1 club] My desire is to propose to Karim that he finishes his career at Lyon. He is from here, he feels from here. Why not make an economic effort between both parties to make it happen? We can’t offer the same salary as Real Madrid, but we will wait for the right moment. We exchanged messages when I was in Brazil. I felt like he would like to come. He has a lot of respect for the club. I want him to come and play with us for two years, and then train some of the younger players. Karim could be the leader that we need. I dream that he will end his career here at Lyon, his home

2019 11 13b Retrieve

[Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed Manchester United have priority access to re-signing Memphis Depay] It’s true that Manchester United have a priority to buy back Memphis Depay. These things exist in football. But until now, we’ve not received anything on Memphis.

Each time there’s only a year left on a contract, the conversation over a renewal becomes rather difficult. But I think that he’s really happy in Lyon at the moment. It’s also the same with Moussa Dembele, but the president and those that know football are conscious that, if you want to start winning titles again, to fight in the Champions League and in Ligue 1, it’s important to keep players like that in the squad for a long time. For the moment, nothing is being done concerning Memphis. We’ll start discussing a contract extension by the end of the year

It’s head coach Rudi Garcia who decides who the captain is. He’s almost given it to Memphis. I think he deserves it today. He’s really a technical leader and he’s got a little more importance in the locker room too

2019 11 13c Retrieve

[Brazil technical director Juninho says Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar remains on course to become the best player in the world] There’s a great competition to be the best with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard. He’s in a generation full of stars, but he’s younger, and if he continues to shine and delivers his best, I guess he will be the best in the world in the future

The important thing is that Neymar is happy and returns back to playing and be at his best. PSG, Barcelona and the other teams are all giants, but what matters is that he returns to playing well for club and country

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Last month, Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed to the club’s official website that the Red Devils will have a say in Depay’s future should multiple clubs show interest] Manchester has a priority if several clubs line up to buy him. But we have not received any offers so far. He is really happy right now in Lyon

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Lyon captain Memphis Depay likely to miss Netherlands’ Euro 2020 campaign after suffering serious knee injury] It’s a very bad evening because we lost and because of the lack of quality. The very bad news is also the injury of Memphis, who could be out for a while. He’s our captain and I’m sad for him

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Lyon sporting director Juninho has admitted that the club could lose both Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele this summer, but he hopes that Memphis Depay can be persuaded to sign a new contract] Moussa and Houssem are among the best players in the squad but their cases are different. Houssem came through the academy here and he’s been here a long time. He brings a technical touch in the midfield, but we know that most young players trained at the club with the talent of Houssem will leave at one time or another. It’s president Jean-Michel Aulas who will decide. If we receive propositions, we’ll analyse them but he’s an important player. Moussa’s had a good season and still has a margin to progress. He’s a pure centre forward who brings us strength and presence in the box. He scores goals. If we lose a player of that level, we’ll look for replacements of the same standard

When you lose a big star due to injury a year and a half from the end of his contract, it’s a challenge. Memphis is really important to us. We hope he’ll stay and we’ve started talks on an extension. He’s enjoyed being here and has taken the captain’s armband. He’s become a true leader. I hope we find a solution

We know that after six months out, players need time to regain their form, but in any given match he can help us with his talent and his desire. I think he’ll be ready to play Juve, even if it’s up to Rudi Garcia to decide. Maybe if he helps up win matches like that and he feels there’s a strong project behind him, he might decide to stay.

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Juninho suggests Aouar and Dembele could be on their way, and he is waiting to see what transpires in the coming weeks] Moussa and Houssem are among the best players in the squad but their cases are different. Houssem came through the academy here and he’s been here a long time. He brings a technical touch in midfield, but we know that most young players trained at the club with the talent of Houssem will leave at one time or another. It’s president Jean-Michel Aulas who will decide. If we receive propositions, we’ll analyse them but he’s an important player