Juninho is shining on Middlesbrough again

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

The 'Boro legend promised to provide talented players for his former club, and the latest export has further links to the Riverside Stadium.

Juninho became a hero on Teesside via three separate spells at the club between 1995 and 2004, making 152 appearances and scoring 32 goals. The club were on the crest of a wave and in a brand new stadium when the pint-sized Brazilian made his debut in November 1995. A typical mazy run set up Jan Arge Fjortoft to score in a 1-1 draw with Leeds United, and the 'Boro public were immediately and forever enchanted.

In 2015, Juninho owns Brazilian club Ituano and has established informal links with Middlesbrough, which resulted in two players signing for the club in February 2013, Rafael Pereira and Marcos Rhoden. Neither player established themselves at the Riverside and are no longer at the club, but the latest player to be heading to the UK has firmer credentials.

17-year-old Diego Sinhorini Ghidoni is an attacking midfielder, but also the son of former Middlesbrough midfielder Doriva, who played 74 games for 'Boro between 2003 and 2006. Doriva is currently coaching Ituano and it is hoped that his son's knowledge of England and the culture of Middlesbrough FC from his time watching his father play, will benefit him in making a longer term impact at the club.

Sinhorini will join 'Boro in the summer and will initially play in the development squad, but it is hoped that the continuing relationship with Juninho's club, including regular visits from Ituano's academy staff to check on facilities and players, will prosper over the coming months.

With Middlesbrough on the cusp of a possible promotion from the Sky Bet Championship back to the Premier League, there can be no better time for Juninho to sprinkle his magic on the club again.

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