Juninho

Date of birth22 February 1973
Place of birthSao Paolo
NationalityBrazilian
Weight57 kg
Height1.62 m
PositionMidfielder

Full name is: Oswaldo Giroldo Junior Paulista.

The midfield maestro's signing for Middlesbrough for £4.75million from Sao Paulo in 1995 was Britain's most sensational transfer coup since Argentina's Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa arrived at Tottenham 18 years earlier.

In a blaze of samba bands, nothing of its kind had been seen in English football.

The 'little fella' became the darling of the Riverside fans before moving on to Atletico Madrid for £12million in 1997.

He later returned to Boro on loan before going home to Vasco da Gama in 2000.

He missed the 1998 World Cup with a knee injury.

He offers a terrific option in midfield with tricky dribbling skills, accurate passing and a proven goalscoring record.

His popularity amongst the Brazilian fans is probably vindicated by the theory that team presents a more potent attacking threat whilst he is on the pitch.

He remains a very speedy and dangerous midfielder.

Having started the first four games, Juninho came on as a sub in the 2002 Final victory against Germany.

After protracted negotiations, Steve McLaren persuaded him to join Middlesbrough on a permanent basis for the second time in the summer of 2002 before moving onto Celtic in August 2004 on a two-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Ituano 01 Apr 1990 01 Apr 1993
São Paulo 01 Apr 1993 03 Nov 1995
Middlesbrough 03 Nov 1995 25 Aug 1997
Atlético Madrid 25 Aug 1997 14 Aug 2002
Middlesbrough 21 Sep 1999 15 May 2000 L
Vasco da Gama 01 Aug 2000 31 May 2001 L
Flamengo 01 Aug 2001 31 May 2002 L
Middlesbrough 14 Aug 2002 26 Aug 2004
Celtic 26 Aug 2004 05 Apr 2005
Palmeiras 01 May 2005

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 Middlesbrough FA Cup 3
1995-96 Middlesbrough League Cup 2
1995-96 Middlesbrough Premier League 20
1
2
2
1996-97 Middlesbrough FA Cup 6
2
1996-97 Middlesbrough League Cup 7
1
2
1996-97 Middlesbrough Premier League 34
1
12
5
1997-98 Atlético Madrid UEFA Cup 2
2
1999-00 Middlesbrough FA Cup 1
1999-00 Middlesbrough League Cup 4
1
2
1999-00 Middlesbrough Premier League 24
4
4
1
2002-03 Middlesbrough Premier League 9
1
3
1
2003-04 Middlesbrough FA Cup
1
2003-04 Middlesbrough League Cup 5
1
1
1
2003-04 Middlesbrough Premier League 26
5
8
2
2004-05 Celtic Scottish Premier League 9
5
1
2004-05 Celtic UEFA Champions League 2
2
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
04 Nov 1995 Middlesbrough v Leeds United D 1-1 Premier League
18 Nov 1995 Wimbledon v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
21 Nov 1995 Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-1 Premier League
25 Nov 1995 Middlesbrough v Liverpool W 2-1 Premier League
29 Nov 1995 Middlesbrough v Birmingham City D 0-0 League Cup 4th round
02 Dec 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
09 Dec 1995 Middlesbrough v Manchester City W 4-1 Premier League
16 Dec 1995 Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
20 Dec 1995 Birmingham City v Middlesbrough L 2-0 League Cup 4th round replay
23 Dec 1995 Middlesbrough v West Ham United W 4-2 Premier League
26 Dec 1995 Everton v Middlesbrough L 4-0 Premier League
30 Dec 1995 Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
01 Jan 1996 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa L 0-2 Premier League
06 Jan 1996 Notts County v Middlesbrough W 1-2 FA Cup 3rd round
13 Jan 1996 Middlesbrough v Arsenal L 2-3 Premier League
07 Feb 1996 Middlesbrough v Wimbledon D 0-0 FA Cup 4th round
10 Feb 1996 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United L 1-2 Premier League
13 Feb 1996 Wimbledon v Middlesbrough L 1-0 FA Cup 4th round replay
09 Mar 1996 West Ham United v Middlesbrough L 2-0 Premier League
16 Mar 1996 Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest D 1-1 Premier League
19 Mar 1996 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
05 Apr 1996 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-1 Premier League
08 Apr 1996 Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
13 Apr 1996 Middlesbrough v Wimbledon L 1-2 Premier League
27 Apr 1996 Liverpool v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
05 May 1996 Middlesbrough v Manchester United L 0-3 Premier League
17 Aug 1996 Middlesbrough v Liverpool D 3-3 Premier League
21 Aug 1996 Chelsea v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
24 Aug 1996 Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
04 Sep 1996 Middlesbrough v West Ham United W 4-1 Premier League
07 Sep 1996 Middlesbrough v Coventry City W 4-0 Premier League
14 Sep 1996 Everton v Middlesbrough W 1-2 Premier League
18 Sep 1996 Middlesbrough v Hereford United W 7-0 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
21 Sep 1996 Middlesbrough v Arsenal L 0-2 Premier League
28 Sep 1996 Southampton v Middlesbrough L 4-0 Premier League
14 Oct 1996 Sunderland v Middlesbrough D 2-2 Premier League
19 Oct 1996 Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-3 Premier League
23 Oct 1996 Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town W 5-1 League Cup 3rd round
26 Oct 1996 Middlesbrough v Wimbledon D 0-0 Premier League
03 Nov 1996 Newcastle United v Middlesbrough L 3-1 Premier League
17 Nov 1996 Derby County v Middlesbrough L 2-1 Premier League
23 Nov 1996 Middlesbrough v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
27 Nov 1996 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United W 3-1 League Cup 4th round
30 Nov 1996 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1996 Middlesbrough v Everton W 4-2 Premier League
28 Dec 1996 Coventry City v Middlesbrough L 3-0 Premier League
01 Jan 1997 Arsenal v Middlesbrough L 2-0 Premier League
08 Jan 1997 Middlesbrough v Liverpool W 2-1 League Cup Quarter-final
11 Jan 1997 Middlesbrough v Southampton L 0-1 Premier League
18 Jan 1997 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday W 4-2 Premier League
25 Jan 1997 Middlesbrough v Hednesford Town W 3-2 FA Cup 4th round
01 Feb 1997 Wimbledon v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
15 Feb 1997 Manchester City v Middlesbrough W 0-1 FA Cup 5th round
22 Feb 1997 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United L 0-1 Premier League
01 Mar 1997 Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough L 3-1 Premier League
05 Mar 1997 Middlesbrough v Derby County W 6-1 Premier League
08 Mar 1997 Derby County v Middlesbrough W 0-2 FA Cup Quarter-final
12 Mar 1997 Middlesbrough v Stockport County L 0-1
Agg: 2-1
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
15 Mar 1997 Leicester City v Middlesbrough W 1-3 Premier League
19 Mar 1997 Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers W 2-1 Premier League
22 Mar 1997 Middlesbrough v Chelsea W 1-0 Premier League
24 Mar 1997 Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest D 1-1 Premier League
06 Apr 1997 Leicester City v Middlesbrough D 1-1 League Cup Final
09 Apr 1997 West Ham United v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
13 Apr 1997 Middlesbrough v Chesterfield D 3-3 FA Cup Semi-final
16 Apr 1997 Leicester City v Middlesbrough L 1-0 League Cup Final replay
19 Apr 1997 Middlesbrough v Sunderland L 0-1 Premier League
22 Apr 1997 Middlesbrough v Chesterfield W 3-0 FA Cup Semi-final replay
24 Apr 1997 Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
03 May 1997 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa W 3-2 Premier League
05 May 1997 Manchester United v Middlesbrough D 3-3 Premier League
08 May 1997 Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
11 May 1997 Leeds United v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
17 May 1997 Chelsea v Middlesbrough L 2-0 FA Cup Final
21 Sep 1999 Middlesbrough v Chesterfield W 2-1
Agg: 2-1
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
25 Sep 1999 Middlesbrough v Chelsea L 0-1 Premier League
03 Oct 1999 Newcastle United v Middlesbrough L 2-1 Premier League
13 Oct 1999 Middlesbrough v Watford W 1-0 League Cup 3rd round
17 Oct 1999 Middlesbrough v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
24 Oct 1999 Watford v Middlesbrough W 1-3 Premier League
30 Oct 1999 Middlesbrough v Everton W 2-1 Premier League
06 Nov 1999 Middlesbrough v Sunderland D 1-1 Premier League
20 Nov 1999 Arsenal v Middlesbrough L 5-1 Premier League
27 Nov 1999 Middlesbrough v Wimbledon D 0-0 Premier League
30 Nov 1999 Middlesbrough v Arsenal W 2-2 (3-1) League Cup 4th round
04 Dec 1999 Bradford City v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
11 Dec 1999 Wrexham v Middlesbrough L 2-1 FA Cup 3rd round
14 Dec 1999 Tranmere Rovers v Middlesbrough L 2-1 League Cup Quarter-final
18 Dec 1999 Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1999 Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
15 Jan 2000 Middlesbrough v Derby County L 1-4 Premier League
22 Jan 2000 Liverpool v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
29 Jan 2000 Manchester United v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
05 Feb 2000 Leicester City v Middlesbrough L 2-1 Premier League
14 Feb 2000 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa L 0-4 Premier League
19 Feb 2000 Middlesbrough v Coventry City W 2-0 Premier League
26 Feb 2000 Middlesbrough v Leeds United D 0-0 Premier League
04 Mar 2000 Southampton v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
12 Mar 2000 Middlesbrough v Arsenal W 2-1 Premier League
18 Mar 2000 Sunderland v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
25 Mar 2000 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday W 1-0 Premier League
10 Apr 2000 Middlesbrough v Manchester United L 3-4 Premier League
15 Apr 2000 Coventry City v Middlesbrough L 2-1 Premier League
29 Apr 2000 West Ham United v Middlesbrough W 0-1 Premier League
02 May 2000 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
06 May 2000 Middlesbrough v Watford D 1-1 Premier League
14 May 2000 Everton v Middlesbrough W 0-2 Premier League
01 Mar 2003 Middlesbrough v Everton D 1-1 Premier League
05 Mar 2003 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
15 Mar 2003 Leeds United v Middlesbrough W 2-3 Premier League
22 Mar 2003 Middlesbrough v Charlton Athletic D 1-1 Premier League
05 Apr 2003 Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion W 3-0 Premier League
12 Apr 2003 Manchester City v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
19 Apr 2003 Middlesbrough v Arsenal L 0-2 Premier League
21 Apr 2003 West Ham United v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
03 May 2003 Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur W 5-1 Premier League
11 May 2003 Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough L 2-1 Premier League
16 Aug 2003 Fulham v Middlesbrough L 3-2 Premier League
24 Aug 2003 Middlesbrough v Arsenal L 0-4 Premier League
26 Aug 2003 Leicester City v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
30 Aug 2003 Middlesbrough v Leeds United L 2-3 Premier League
13 Sep 2003 Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough L 2-0 Premier League
24 Sep 2003 Middlesbrough v Brighton and Hove Albion W 1-0 League Cup 2nd round
05 Oct 2003 Middlesbrough v Chelsea L 1-2 Premier League
18 Oct 2003 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United L 0-1 Premier League
26 Oct 2003 Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
29 Oct 2003 Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough W 1-2 League Cup 3rd round
01 Nov 2003 Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-0 Premier League
08 Nov 2003 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 0-2 Premier League
22 Nov 2003 Middlesbrough v Liverpool D 0-0 Premier League
30 Nov 2003 Manchester City v Middlesbrough W 0-1 Premier League
06 Dec 2003 Middlesbrough v Portsmouth D 0-0 Premier League
17 Dec 2003 Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough W 1-1 (5-4) League Cup 5th round
26 Dec 2003 Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough D 2-2 Premier League
28 Dec 2003 Middlesbrough v Manchester United L 0-1 Premier League
07 Jan 2004 Middlesbrough v Fulham W 2-1 Premier League
10 Jan 2004 Arsenal v Middlesbrough L 4-1 Premier League
17 Jan 2004 Middlesbrough v Leicester City D 3-3 Premier League
20 Jan 2004 Arsenal v Middlesbrough W 0-1 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
24 Jan 2004 Arsenal v Middlesbrough L 4-1 FA Cup 4th round
31 Jan 2004 Leeds United v Middlesbrough W 0-3 Premier League
03 Feb 2004 Middlesbrough v Arsenal W 2-1
Agg: 3-1
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
07 Feb 2004 Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers L 0-1 Premier League
11 Feb 2004 Manchester United v Middlesbrough W 2-3 Premier League
21 Feb 2004 Newcastle United v Middlesbrough L 2-1 Premier League
29 Feb 2004 Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough W 1-2 League Cup Final
09 Mar 2004 Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur W 1-0 Premier League
13 Mar 2004 Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough L 1-0 Premier League
20 Mar 2004 Middlesbrough v Birmingham City W 5-3 Premier League
27 Mar 2004 Everton v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
03 Apr 2004 Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers W 2-0 Premier League
10 Apr 2004 Chelsea v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
12 Apr 2004 Middlesbrough v Southampton W 3-1 Premier League
17 Apr 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough L 2-0 Premier League
24 Apr 2004 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa L 1-2 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Brazil International Friendly 2
1
1999-00 Brazil International Friendly
2
1999-00 Brazil Kings Cup 1
2000-01 Brazil FIFA World Cup 3
2
1
2000-01 Brazil International Friendly 1
2001-02 Brazil Copa America 1
2
2001-02 Brazil FIFA World Cup 6
3
2001-02 Brazil International Friendly 3
3
2
2003-04 Brazil International Friendly
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
28 Mar 1999 Korea Republic v Brazil L 1-0 International Friendly
31 Mar 1999 Japan v Brazil W 0-2 International Friendly
05 Jun 1999 Brazil v Netherlands D 2-2 International Friendly
07 Sep 1999 Brazil v Argentina W 4-2 International Friendly
09 Oct 1999 Netherlands v Brazil D 2-2 International Friendly
03 Sep 2000 Brazil v Bolivia W 5-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
08 Oct 2000 Venezuela v Brazil W 0-6 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
15 Nov 2000 Brazil v Colombia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Mar 2001 USA v Brazil W 1-2 International Friendly
28 Mar 2001 Ecuador v Brazil L 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
25 Apr 2001 Brazil v Peru D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
01 Jul 2001 Uruguay v Brazil L 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Jul 2001 Brazil v Mexico L 0-1 Copa America Group B
15 Jul 2001 Brazil v Peru W 2-0 Copa America Group B
23 Jul 2001 Brazil v Honduras L 0-2 Copa America Quarter-final
09 Aug 2001 Brazil v Panama W 5-0 International Friendly
07 Oct 2001 Brazil v Chile W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
07 Nov 2001 Bolivia v Brazil L 3-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
14 Nov 2001 Brazil v Venezuela W 3-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
31 Jan 2002 Brazil v Bolivia W 6-0 International Friendly
06 Feb 2002 Saudi Arabia v Brazil W 0-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Brazil v Yugoslavia W 1-0 International Friendly
18 May 2002 Catalonia v Brazil W 1-3 Unofficial
25 May 2002 Malaysia v Brazil W 0-4 International Friendly
03 Jun 2002 Brazil v Turkey W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
08 Jun 2002 Brazil v China PR W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
13 Jun 2002 Costa Rica v Brazil W 2-5 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
17 Jun 2002 Brazil v Belgium W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
30 Jun 2002 Brazil v Germany W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Final
11 Oct 2003 Jamaica v Brazil W 0-1 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.