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Juninho Pernambucano

Juninho Pernambucano
Complete Name: Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior
Nationality: Brazilian
Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil
Date of Birth: 30/01/1975
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 74 kg
National Team: Brazil
Current Club: Lyon (France)
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

Vasco Da Gama (Brazil), Lyon (France)


2005 Confederations Cup winner (Brazil)
2003 Vainqueur du Trophée des champions (Lyon)
2004 Vainqueur du Trophée des champions (Lyon)
2002 French 1st Division.. Champions (Lyon)
2003 French 1st Division.. Champions (Lyon)
2004 French 1st Division.. Champions (Lyon)
2005 French 1st Division.. Champions (Lyon)


Juninho, real name Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior, also known as Juninho Pernambucano (born January 30, 1975 in Recife) is a football (soccer) player from Brazil. He plays with Olympique Lyonnais and the Brazilian national team.

Juninho played 110 games with Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, scoring 24 goals. He won the Copa Libertadores with Vasco and, in 2000, won the Brazilian silver Ball trophy.

He is especially famous for his accurate, powerful and varied set pieces, having scored 26 free kicks for Olympique Lyonnais. He is amongst the world’s best in this area, recently demonstrated in March 2006, when he scored a freekick from a staggering 38 metres against AC Ajaccio. In addition, he is a technically and mentally gifted player, although he lacks the pace of other midfielders. His leadership abilities have caused Gerard Houllier to give him the captain's armband, as well.

Juninho has proved an influential force at the club. Before his arrival at Olympique Lyonnais, the club had never won the championship, but since his arrival, they have won it four seasons in a row, and are on pace to win a fifth consecutive title.

Juninho's exploits at Lyon earned him the admiration of clubs around Europe, most notably Aston Villa in the English Premier League. Other rumours suggest that he could be the first of many big name signings for Aston Villa come the possible takeover by an Irish Consortium.

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