Boro prepare for Samba star Juninho


A BRAZILIAN carnival is expected at the Riverside tonight when Juninho returns to pull on the Middlesbrough shirt one last time.

Tony Mowbray’s side line up against PSV Eindhoven as the curtain comes down on their pre-season campaign.

A samba style atmosphere is expected as the midfielder, voted by fans in 2008 as the club’s greatest ever player, bids a last farewell to a club where he enjoyed three spells and was instrumental in their Carling Cup success in 2004.

The 38-year-old was an instant hit on Teesside when he was signed from Sao Paulo in 1995 by manager Bryan Robson and current boss Tony Mowbray thinks it will be a memorable occasion for both the fans and the club.

He said: “I’m sure there will be some people coming to the game tonight, just to see Juninho.

“I was a fan from afar when I was managing elsewhere and I think during the Bryan Robson and Steve McClaren eras, he was a focal point of the success particularly in the Carling Cup.

“It’s the ideal chance for the supporters and the club to show our appreciation of Juninho and his time here.

“He had some fantastic times here, the club was good for him at that time and he was perfect for the club.”

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