Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Júnior was born on January 30 1975, known as Juninho or Juninho Pernambucano (because he comes from the state of Pernambuco) was a Brazilian football player. In Brazil is very common for players to be identified by nicknames which can often be the name of the city/state they originate from, although some people might assume these are real names. For example, before being known as Ronaldinho, Brazilians used to call him Ronaldinho Gaúcho because another player, Ronaldo, also had the same nickname at the time, Gaúcho was used to highlight his origin from Rio Grande do Sul as it is a general nickname for people from this area, therefore distinguishing the two Ronaldinhos!
Famous for his great skills and amazing free kicks, he is widely considered the greatest free kicker of all time and holds the record for the highest number of goals scored by free kick, 77. Juninho began his professional career in 1993 with the Brazilian team Sport Recife. Two years later he was transferred to Vasco da Gama where he had the highlights of his career winning six titles, such as the National League in 1997, Libertadores da América in 1998 and Copa Mercosul in 2000 playing over 100 matches. In 2001 he joined Olympique Lyonnais where he played for eight years, winning seven consecutive titles and scoring 100 goals in 350 official matches for the club. After leaving Lyon in 2009, Juninho played in Qatar and later came back to Vasco where he retired in 2013.
Notable Free Kicker
He is the owner of many different skills but widely known as one the best free kickers of all time. Juninho could score goals by taking the free kicks from many different parts of the field. With these skills he won fame and fans for all the teams that he played for. Let’s watch a video of his goals from free kicks.
Juninho is also well-known as a very politicized person on and off the field. He always showed strong and convincted opinions about politics, team managers’ abuse and football player rights. Many people admire him for this but these opinions cost him his job as a football commentator on Brazilian TV.
Juninho Pernambucano with the Brazilian Team
Even not having had many opportunities to play on the Brazilian Team, Juninho played in only 40 matches and scored 6 goals. He also won the Confederations Cup in 2005 and was part of the team who played the World Cup in 2006 scoring one goal against Japan. Take a look:
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