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Middlesbrough cult hero Doriva gets massive managerial post in Brazil

Doriva, part of the League Cup winning and Europa League runner-up Middlesbrough side, is now in charge of Aletico Paranaense.

Atletico Paranaense are one of Brazil's biggest clubs. Founded in 1924 the club have come good in recent years, winning the Brazilian title in 2001 and finishing as runners-up in 2004. They also made the final of the 2005 Copa Libertadores.

Last season they finished third in Serie A and the Furacao would have been hoping for a title tilt in 2014 under their boss Miguel Angel Portugal, formerly technical director at Real Madrid.

However he was sacked in May - as Atletico-PR sit in 12th place in the league after nine games - and the man who has replaced him will be familiar to fans of Middlesbrough FC, for mixed reasons.

The fans on Teeside called him Dave, but central midfielder Doriva actually arrived at the club as a player with 35 caps for Brazil, including one at the World Cup in 1998, and his arrival in 2002 was definitely welcomed.

He was a Steve McClaren signing and he started the club's League Cup final triumph of 2004. However he soon lost his place in the first team thanks to the likes of Stewart Downing and Lee Cattermole's emergence from the academy - leaving him out of the team for much of his time at The Riverside.

After three years at the club he left in 2006, joining Blackpool for a short period before joining America Sao Paulo in his homeland. He retired soon after with a heart condition, that actually proved not to be a heart condition, but nonetheless he stayed retired, moving into management instead.

His first role came at Ituano. The lowly side are run by president, and Boro legend, Juninho Paulista - who was more than happy to offer his old friend a job as youth team coach in 2009. In 2013 he became head coach and led the side to a sensational performance in the Paulista A1 - defeating Brazilian giants Santos to win the title in April.

That has not been overlooked and Atletico-PR have given him the chance to take the reins at their club for the foreseeable future. Speaking about his new role, the former Boro man stated:

"I am very happy to come to a club the size of Atletico. Of course, I am very motivated to work, implement what I understand to be the best and can get results. I'm very motivated to work, deploy what we understand to be the best..."

Doriva did not set the world alight at Boro. Calling him a flop would be harsh. In fact his status is more of a cult hero. He was good to the fans, tried his best and played a part in one of the most historic moments in the club's history in 2001.

Unfortunately he signed for Boro at the wrong time, the sands of time were already taking their toll on his talents. But he is young for a manager - bright and full of new ideas. Get this right and who knows? He might end up managing Boro one day.

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