Juninho Paulista only played 126 times for Middlesbrough, but the fact he signed for the Teessiders on three occasions tells you everything you need to know about the relationship between the diminutive Brazilian genius and the North-East outfit.
In a career which saw him play for his country almost 50 times, win the 2002 FIFA World Cup and represent some of Brazil’s biggest sides, it’s his three spells at Boro for which Juninho is best remembered.
So we’ve made TLF (The Little Fella) the subject of our latest episode of You, me and… the nostalgic football podcast which goes in-depth on heroes of the 90s. And few players are more synonymous with the Premier League in that decade than Juninho.
Host Tom Bodell is joined by Football Whispers’ own 90s enthusiast Will Evans to remember the remarkable career of Juninho, who brought Samba skills to Middlesbrough, of all clubs, between 1995-97, 1999-00 and 2002-04.
You can listen to this week’s episode of You, me and… below or by subscribing via Spotify, Soundcloud and plenty of other podcast platforms. And if you enjoy what you hear, please made sure to subscribe, review and share the podcast with fellow fans of 1990s football!