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THE STORY OF A LEGEND


Born Osvaldo Giroldo Junior on 22[SUP]nd[/SUP] February 1973 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he stands at 5ft 5in and is better known as Juninho Paulista or simply JUNINHO.

Juninho began his Career at Ituano Youth, impressing Sao Paulo coach Tele Santana in a match against them, he won rookie of the 1993 Brazilian Championship before making the move to Sao Paulo, where he won the Copa Libertodores and the Intercontinental Cup v AC Milan. He made his Brazil debut in February 1995 and won Brazilian Player of the Year.

A host of top European Clubs were chasing him,i ncluding Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, but Juninho shocked the World when he signed for Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough for a fee of £4.75m in October 1995. The TLF (the little fella) as he is known on Teesside, is regarded as one of the greatest ever players to have worn a Boro shirt in the Modern era.

Juninho’s first full season at Middlesbrough was eventful, having been defeated in both the League Cup Final and the FA Cup Final, the team was relegated on the Final day of the season, due to a harsh 3 point deduction imposed by the English FA.

Following relegation and to increase his chances of being selected for the Brazil squad for the 1998 World Cup, Juninho moved to Atletico Madrid for a fee of £12m, which remains a record sale for a Middlesbrough player. Things started well in Madrid until a Broken Fibula ruled him out for 6 months, thus missing the World Cup in 1998. On his return, the player struggled for form and was loaned back to Middlesbrough for theremainder of the 1999/2000 season making 24 appearances scoring 4 goals. Atletico were relegated on Juninho’s return and was again loaned out, this time he returned to Brazil with Vasco da Gama, where he won the Brazilian Serie A.

Juninho re-signed for Middlesbrough on a permanent basis for £6m in the summer of 2002, starting his 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] spell at the Club he loves. During the 2 years back at Boro, he helped the team lift the first trophy in their 128 year history, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to win the English League cup. Juninho would later go on to say that winning the Cup with Middlesbrough meant more to him than winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.

On leaving Boro, he had spells at Celtic, of Scotland, and then returned to Brazil with Palmeiras, before heading to Australia to have a stint with Sydney FC. Having not been offered a new contract in 2008, Juninho retired from Football and returned to Brazil. In 2010 however, he briefly came out of retirement in a Player/President role for his first club, Ituano, dramatically scoring the goal which enabled the club to avoid relegation in the final game of the season.

In 2012 Juninho announced he would be entering the World of Football Management and was in talks with several clubs about taking over as manager. He will remain President of Ituano during this time.


JUNINHO CAREER STATS
 
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Juminho: The Story of a Legend

MIDDLESBROUGH FC


UPS AND DOWNS IN RECENT HISTORY

1986

Bruce Rioch APPOINTED Manager

RELEGATED to Division 3

Club goes into LIQUIDATON suffering massive debts

Club SAVED by Consortium and Steve Gibson

1987

PROMOTION at first Attempt to Division 2

Tony Mowbray Captain

1988

PROMOTED again to Division 1

1989

RELEGATED to Division 2

Gary Pallister SOLD for £2.3m a British Record.

1990

Rioch SACKED

Colin Todd APPOINTED Manager

First Wembley Final LOST to Chelsea in Zenith Data Systems Cup

1991

LOST in Playoff Semi Finals

Todd RESIGNES.

Lennie Lawrence APPOINTED Manager

1992

PROMOTED to the Inaugural Premier League

1993

RELEGATED to Division 1

1994

Lawrence SACKED

Bryan Robson APPOINTED Manager

Neil *** SIGNED for £1m Record

1995

PROMOTED Back to Premier League

Moved to the NEW 30,000 Seated Riverside Stadium

SIGNED Nick Barmby for £5.25m Record

SIGNED Juninho for £4.75m

1997

SIGNED Fabrizio Ravanelli for £7m Record

SOLD Nick Barmby for £5.75m

LOST inLeague Cup Final v Leicester City

LOST in FA Cup Final v Chelsea

RELEGATED to Division 1 after 3 POINTS DEDUCTED byFA

SOLD Juninho for £12m Record

1998

SIGNED Paul Merson for £5m

SIGNED Paul Gascoigne for £3.5m

LOST in League Cup Final to Chelsea

PROMOTED back to Premier League

1999

SECURE Top 10 Finish for first time in 20 Years

£7m Rockliffe Training Complex Complete, one of the FINEST in Europe

2000

12[SUP]th[/SUP] Position Finish in Premiership

ISO9002 AWARD for Youth Academy

SIGNED Ugo Ehiogu for £8m

Terry Venables APPOINTED as Head Coach to Assist Robson

2001

14[SUP]th[/SUP] Position Finish in Premiership

Robson SACKED

Steve McClaren APPOINTED Manager

2002

12[SUP]th[/SUP] Position Finish in Premiership

SIGNED Massimo Maccarone for £8.15m Record

RE-SIGN Juninho for £6m

2003

Mid Table Finish

SIGNED Gaizka Mendieta & Bolo Zenden on Loan

2004

WON inLeague Cup Final v Bolton Wanderers, FIRST Trophy in 128 Years

11[SUP]th[/SUP] Place Finish in Premiership

QUALIFIED for UEFA Cup

SIGNED Mark Viduka for £4.5m

SIGNED Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Free

2005

FIRST Game in Europe v Banik Ostrava

DEFETED By Sporting Lisbon in last 16 of UEFA Cup

HIGHEST Ever Premiership Finish of 7[SUP]th[/SUP] Thanks to a Last minute Penalty save from Mark Schwarzer v Man City.

QUALIFIED for UEFA Cup for a Second time

SIGNED Yakubu for £7m

2006

Rollercoaster Season

7-0 DEFEAT to Arsenal

WINS Over,Man Utd, Arsenal and Champions Chelsea at the Riverside

BEAT Basel 4-3 in UEFA Cup QF

BEAT Steau Bucharest 4-3 in UEFA Cup SF

REACHED UEFA Cup Final

LOST UEFA Cup v Seville in Eindhoven

McClaren RESIGNS totake the England Job

Gareth Southgate APPOINTEDManager

2008

SIGNED Afonso Alves for £15m Record

RELEGATED From Premiership

2009

Southgate SACKED withBoro 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Place in the Championship

Gordon Strachan APPOINTED Manager

2010

Strachan SACKED with a disastrous season and Relegation to League 1 Looming

Tony Mowbray APPOINTED Manager

Club AVOIDED Relegation and finished Mid Table

2011

Huge wage Bill SLASHED and cost cutting comes into play putting Boro on a more secure financial footing

7[SUP]th[/SUP] Place Finish in Championship, missed playoffs by 5 points

2012

Tony Mowbray Steps Down to the Role of AssistantManager

Juninho APPOINTED Manager



HONOURS

LEAGUE CUP

WINNERS 2004

RUNNERS UP1997, 1998

FA CUP

RUNNERS UP1997

UEFA CUP

RUNNERS UP2006


THESTADUIM

The £16m Riverside Stadium has been home to Middlesbrough FC since it was built in 1995, it was built with a capacity of 30,000 which has now been increased to 34,988. Originally the Stadium was a horse shoe shape with the larger stand to the west, the corners were then filled in to make the Stadium completely enclosed. There is provisional planning permission to increase the capacity to 42,000

ROCKLIFFEPARK

Following years of research of Academies such as Ajax and Barcelona, Middlesbrough Football Club Developed £7m Rockliffe Park and unveiled it in October 1998. The complex is hailed as one of the finest in Europe and Boasts 8 full size Pitches, Indoor Pitches as well as some of the most hi tech and cutting edge equipment in world Football today.

It was developed further with a £50m Golf course, 5 Star Hotel and Spa, named Rockliffe Hall, which is owned by the Football Cluband hopes are that it will increase the Clubs Revenue.
 
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Juninho: Story of a Legend

JUNINHO ARRIVES FOR 4[SUP]TH[/SUP] SPELL ON TEESSIDE





After days of speculation, Middlesbrough FC has today announced that Juninho will be returning to the team for a 4[SUP]th[/SUP] time, although this time however, he will be taking over as Manager. After missing out on the playoffs last season, falling away in the last few games, Chairman Steve Gibson believes that the whole club needs a boost and they see Boro Legend Juninho as the man to provide the lift that the fans and players need. Tony Mowbray will assume duties as Assistant Manager and will advise and work with Juninho closely for a season, with the option of extending further.

Part of the contract agreement is that Middlesbrough will link up with Ituano, the Brazilian Club in which Juninho is still President. The link will allow Boro to gain a foothold in Brazil and secure signings of possible future stars from Brazil. Chairman Steve Gibson believes that investing in the Brazilian Club is a very important step forward and has pledged £5m to build a Training Facility and Youth Academy similar to that of Rockliffe Park, although the benefits of this partnership may be some years off yet.
Gibson has also invested £20m into the team, but has warned Juninho he still needs to continue to reduce the clubs current wage bill to ensure the clubs long term financial future.
The club has a proud tradition of Producing Young Talent from the local area and this will continue under the new regime. The Scouting Network has been overhauled and players will be brought in from further afield at a young age and nurtured into Boro stars of the Future.
At Juninho’s first press conference he revealed whathis short and long term goals will be.
In the Short Term he believes that the wage bill stillneeds to be drastically reduced and top earners that will play no part in the season are to be moved on to new clubs.
A larger focus on Youth, there is a number of promising players at the club and will be given every opportunity to break into the first team and hold onto a regular place.


Rockliffe Park


At least half the £20m will be invested in youth from around the world, securing the very best players at a young age is priority for the club to succeed.
The Squad needs to be strengthened in certain areas, but to at the expense of pushing up the wage bill again, if the right players at the right price become available then the club will look at a deal.
The main aim is for the club to regain Premiership Status at the earliest opportunity, at the present moment the club are planning for a return next season at the earliest.
As for the long term plan’s, Juninho hopes that Boro will be a well-established and financially secure Premiership Club within the next 4 years. This will include carefully balancing the books over the next 2 years, continuing to reduce the wage bill and increasing revenue, this will hopefully be improved by good performance on the pitch and Premiership football.
The Club hope to expand the already fantastic Youth Setup, with Academies being planned in various countries across the globe, this will attract all kinds of players to the club and will have a much greater selection from the world’s top talent.
Expansion of the Riverside Stadium is planned to take place within 5 years, depending on the club’s position and finances. There is currently provisional planning permission to increase to 42,000, but Juninho has revealed that Chairman Steve Gibson expects the Stadium to hold at least 60,000 by the 2020/21 Season.
The main goal is for the club to be playing European Football again, only then will it reach its full potential. It isrealistic to be playing in the Europa League within 5 years and the Champions League in 8. Domestically the Club are hoping to be an established top 6 Premiership Club in 5 years! Well will have to see what the future holds for these ambitious plans!!

MEET THE TEAM
Star Players


JONATHAN WOODGATE – DC
Signed on a Free when his contract expired at Stoke,Woodgate will be huge asset to the Boro squad, if he stays fit. A very injuryprone player, whose career has been stop start at clubs such as Newcastle, RealMadrid and Tottenham.




RHYS WILLIAMS – DC
Joined from Australian Side ECU Joondalup in 2005 andplayed for the Youth Team before stepping up to the First team. Williams willbe another key member of the Boro Defence and could form a brilliantpartnership with Woodgate if the two players gel together.


MARVIN EMNES – MR
A tricky Winger/Striker, who can be a handful attimes, signed from Sparta Rotterdam in 2008 and looked to be on his way out inhis second season, but forced himself back into the squad to become a keyplayer. Still has lots of interest from Premiership Clubs, so if a decent offerwere to come in, he still could be on his way.




LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ
Signed from Coventry for £1.3m in January 2012, thetall and imposing striker will be a crucial link in the Boro attack. Great inthe air and with the ball at his feet, he can hopefully hold up the play forthe pacy wingers and also get his head to any decent balls they put into thebox.
 
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FULL SQUADS CURRENT AND POTENTIAL ABILITIES



FIRST TEAM SQUAD

Jason Steele – GK


CURRENT / POTENTIAL

Stuart Parnaby – RB


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Justin Hoyte – RB


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


George Friend – LB


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Jonathon Woodgate – CB


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Seb Hines – CB

CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Rhys Williams – CB


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Andre Bikey – CB

CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Grant Leadbitter – DM


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Kevin Thomson – DM

CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Faris Haroun – MC


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Richard Smallwood – AMC

CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Josh McEachran – AMC

CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Muzzy Carayol – AMRL


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Adam Reach – AMRLC


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Marvin Emnes – AMRLC


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Emannuel Ledesma – AMRLC


CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Scott McDonald – ST

CURRENT / POTENTIAL


Lukas Jutkiewicz – ST


CURRENT / POTENTIAL
 
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Sorry about the last update, Internet Explorer Keeps shutting down!! Update will make more sense now i have added my Abilities Chart and Made the CURRENT / POTENTIAL font bigger!!
 
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PRE-SEASON SIGNINGS

FIRST TEAM




Fabio Grosso, former World Cup Winner


Albert Riera, former Liverpool Winger brought in for £875k



YOUTH SQUAD





Next Update - Pre Season Begins................

 
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This is really good, very in depth. Well done mate. Keep it up.
 
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This is really good, very in depth. Well done mate. Keep it up.
Thanks, I'm gonna keep this season basic until i get used to it, think I'll do two updates of 4 months, then the last month (if the league is close) match by match. From next season on think ill be doing monthly updates as my browser has the tendancy to crash alf wat thru a long update edit!
 
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Middlesbrough FC - Pre Season 2012/13
Results




Friendly

Middlesbrough….5…. V ….3….River Plate
Reach (6, 12, 24) Ledesma (61) Main(87)
Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 6,322

Juninho’s first game at the helm and started with what he believes to be the strongest squad. Boro went 3-0 up in 24 minutes, courtesy of a superb Adam Reach Hat-trick and looked like they were cruising, but a goal either side of half time gave River a glimmer of hope. Emmanuel Ledesma restored a 2 goal advantage, only for River to slot home a 3[SUP]rd[/SUP]. Boro were under serious pressure in the final 10 minutes and it looked like the Argentine side would ****** a late equaliser, their hopes were dashed when youngster Curtis Main exploited a break away and finished the game of with Boro’s 5[SUP]th[/SUP] on 87 minutes.

MoM:Adam Reach

Friendly

GuisboroughTown….0…. V ….8….Middlesbrough
Jutkiewicz (1, 21, 30, 62) McDonald(15) Hoyte (25) Giroud (54) Smallwood (82)
KingGeorge V Ground
Attendance:2,302

Again Juninho picked a full strength squad to face local side Guisborough and the difference in class was evident from the first minuteof the game. Boro controlled the first 45 minutes and went in 0-5 up before the interval. This gave the Boro boss the chance to see some of his new Youth acquisitions in action for the first time, Diego Jacobs, Sebastian Gouffran and Jean-Marc Giroud all coming on. Still in total domination of the game when a lovely floated ball was put into the box by Reach and was touched passed the out stretched keeper by the head of the unmarked Giroud. Boro scored 2 more inthe last 30 minutes to leave the local side 8 goals down and praying for the final whistle.

MoM: Lukas Jutkiewicz

Friendly

Newcastle United….1…. V ….0….Middlesbrough
Ameobi (90+)
St James Park
Attendance: 28,196

Desperately unlucky to lose this game away from home after a memorable defensive performance. Juninho opted to play Dutch youngster Ruud van der Reijken at Right Wing Back and the youngster produced a fine performance to stake a claim for a regular spot over Justin Hoyte. There was also a start for the young Noah Robinson as a Defensive Midfielder and he did not disappoint, even against Premier League quality he showed he is one to watch for the future. Boro held on and deserved at least a draw, but a last gasp strike from Shola Ameobi condemned Juninho to his first defeat as a Manager.

MoM: Jonathan Woodgate

Friendly

Billingham Synthonia….0…. V ….7….Middlesbrough
Reach (13, 63, 79) McDonald (17) Jutkiewicz (40)Smallwood (51) Sneijder (54)
Central Avenue
Attendance: 1,607

Another rout of a local team to get the confidence up and get playing time for the younger players to adapt to the way the club wants toplay football. Adam Reach was again on form bagging another Hat-trick, to bring his tally to 6 for pre-season. Ruud van der Reijken and Noah Robinson kept their place in the squad after impressing at Newcastle and again performed well. Mark Sneijder came on for his first start and managed to get in on the action with a goal.

MoM: Adam Reach

Friendly

Middlesbrough….0…. V ….0….Fiorentina
Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 6,024

A rather equal game at the Riverside with both teams struggling to break one another down, with a lot of play in the centre of the pitch. Sides had a decent amount of efforts on goal, most of Boro’s were off target, Fiorentina on the other hand will be disappointed that they failed to take their chances.

MoM: Rhys Williams

Friendly

Middlesbrough….3…. V ….3….Espanyol
Jutkiewicz (22, 85) van der Reijken (66)
Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 10,472

Cracking game at the Riverside and a 6 goal thriller was started by an unlucky Rhys Williams own goal in the 18[SUP]th[/SUP] minute. Jutkiewicz pulled one back on 22 mins, before Espanyol struck twice in a minute to edge 1-3 ahead. Josh McEachran and Grant Leadbitter were brought on to add a bit more dimension to the Midfield area and immediately made an effect with van der Reijken cracking in a screamer from outside the area. Then with 5 mins remaining the Juke popped up and planted a header past the keeper to draw Boro level at 3-3.

MoM:Lukas Jutkiewicz

Brief Pre-Season Analysis

Some very good and solid performances against some quality teams, with the 1-0 loss to Newcastle being hard to take, it was still a quality performance.
A few tweaks will be needed to get the First Eleven nailed and have an idea of the best team, but the performances of some of the younger players is what is most pleasing, some clearly have a bright future ahead of them, let’s just see how the season turns out.


Performer of Pre-Season: Lukas Jutkiewicz




Young Performer of the Pre-Season: Adam Reach


Youth Player Performer of Pre-Season: Ruud van der Reijken

 
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looking great good friendly results and in fact it's so good im about to start my own Middlesborough save
 
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looking great good friendly results and in fact it's so good im about to start my own Middlesborough save
Haha, please dont destroy my beloved boro!!
Yeah some good results already in pre season, pleased with the Youth Regens, some quality ones already in the game, just got to snap them up before the top clubs get them, but even if they dont make it, should hopefully get some money back off them as need the cash!!
 
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Haha, please dont destroy my beloved boro!!
Yeah some good results already in pre season, pleased with the Youth Regens, some quality ones already in the game, just got to snap them up before the top clubs get them, but even if they dont make it, should hopefully get some money back off them as need the cash!!
im sure i will haha Kerim Rekik Sergi Samper Adam Webster Dan Butler Jed Wallace & Ashley Harris the last four all play for my beloved Portsmouth are all very good young talents
 

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Nice story very in depth one of the best I've read so far :) keep it up
 
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Nice story very in depth one of the best I've read so far :) keep it up
Thanks, first game of season will be in depth then trying to shoot thru till jan 31st for an update then to last weeks of season, so inbetween wont be as in depth. The next season, will be hugely in detail
 
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League Cup First Round

Oldham Athletic….1…. V ….6….Middlesbrough
Reach (27) McEachran (36, 66) Jutkiewicz (pen 40) McDonald (47)Williams (74)
Boundary Park
Attendance: 4,772

Juninho’s first competitive game in charge of Boro ended in an easy victory over a under strength Oldham team,to progress to the Second round of the Carling Cup. An Outstanding performance and double strike by on- Loan Chelsea Midfielder Josh McEachran dumped Oldham out at the first hurdle and set up a tie with Notts County

MoM: Josh McEachran

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NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP 2012/13
PREDICTED TABLE



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A Focus on Youth



Ruud van der Reijken

Defender / Wing Back (Right)

Born in Haarlemmermeer in Holland on the 15[SUP]th[/SUP] September 1993 to Dutch parents Denis and Rita van der Reijken, the Young Ruud was kicking a ball froma young age and was encouraged by his farther to continue. He progressed through school and was offered Youth Contracts at various clubs, before signing for NAC Breda at the age of 15. A very quick and physically fit teenager he began to draw the attention of Dutch U-21 Manager, Cor Pot, and was awarded a call upto the Under-21 Team. The ability of the youngster was clear to see and when Dutch Legend Frank de Boer stated in an interview that he believed that van der Reijken could overtake Philipp Lahm and be recognised as one of the finest Wing Backs in the game, teams around Europe took notice. To further develop his career he believed a move to a club with exceptional training facilities was what was needed. In came new Middlesbrough boss Juninho, tabling a £2,200,000 offer for the youngster, which for Boro was a huge sum to pay for a 18 year old, he signed on in mid June, but Boro believe they have themselves a bargain and in the long run the gamble will pay off. The boy does have bags of Determination and Quality, but when it really matters, can he step up and perform and develop into the top player he has been touted to become, or will he end up burned out before he is 25, only time will tell.

FANS……What’s YOUR Opinion on this Signing???


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eventhough your a league above Oldham that is still a great result as i see championship teams lose a lot in 1st round to lower league teams
 
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