Guninio Paulista

Guninio Paulista

Brazilian footballer, attacking midfielder.
Date of Birth: 22.02.1973
Country: Brazil

Biography of Juninho Paulista
Juninho Paulista is a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He is a World Cup champion of 2002 and a bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympics. Currently, he is without a club. Juninho has played for several clubs in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Vasco da Gama, and Palmeiras. He has also played for clubs abroad, such as Middlesbrough, Atletico Madrid, Celtic, and FC Sydney.

Guninio Paulista

Early Years and Club Career
Juninho Paulista was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He made his debut for Sao Paulo FC in 1993, during a successful period for the club. Under the guidance of the renowned Tele Santana, Sao Paulo was one of the strongest teams in Brazil and the world. In the same year, Juninho won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup with the club, defeating the formidable AC Milan in the finals.

In February 1995, Juninho made his debut for the Brazilian national team. In October of the same year, he moved to England to play for Middlesbrough, where he quickly became a fan favorite. In the 1996-1997 season, Middlesbrough reached the finals of the FA Cup and the League Cup but lost both, and the club was eventually relegated from the Premier League due to a points deduction.

After the season, Juninho transferred to Atletico Madrid for £12 million. Although he started well at the new club, injuries prevented him from fully showcasing his abilities. He became a deep reserve player and was loaned back to Middlesbrough for the 1999-2000 season, where he had a decent season, scoring four goals in 24 games. Atletico Madrid was relegated from La Liga that season, and Juninho was not needed in the Segunda Division, so he was loaned out again, this time to Vasco da Gama, where he won the Brazilian Championship and the Copa Mercosur.

In the summer of 2001, Juninho returned from his loan and played briefly for Atletico Madrid before being loaned out to Flamengo in January 2002. In the summer of the same year, he achieved his greatest success by winning the World Cup with the Brazilian national team. He played in five out of the seven matches, coming on as a substitute in the final and making a significant contribution to Brazil's victory.

Juninho returned to Middlesbrough after the World Cup and played for the club for two more seasons, winning the League Cup. In the summer of 2004, his contract with Middlesbrough expired, and he joined Celtic as a free agent. Although he started well, he struggled to secure a regular spot in the team under manager Martin O'Neill.

After Celtic, Juninho had stints with Palmeiras and Flamengo, winning regional competitions with the latter. However, his time with Flamengo ended in controversy when he was expelled from the club after a confrontation with coach Ney Franco during a Copa Libertadores match against Defensor Sporting.

His last club was FC Sydney in Australia. After leaving Sydney, Juninho Paulista retired from professional football. On July 8, 2019, he was appointed as the coordinator of the Brazilian national team, replacing Edu Gaspar.

Awards and Achievements
Throughout his career, Juninho Paulista has achieved numerous honors and awards. Some of his notable achievements include:
- Copa Libertadores winner (1993)
- Supercopa Libertadores winner (1993)
- Intercontinental Cup winner (1993)
- Recopa Sudamericana winner (1994)
- Copa CONMEBOL winner (1994)
- Brazilian Championship winner with Vasco da Gama (2000)
- Copa Mercosur winner with Vasco da Gama (2000)
- League Cup winner with Middlesbrough (2004)
- Rio de Janeiro State Championship winner with Flamengo (2007)
- Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
- FIFA World Cup champion with Brazil in 2002
- Top scorer of the Copa CONMEBOL in 1994
- Silver Ball winner (Placar magazine's award) in 2000 and 2005.