Juninho Pernambucano Biography
Birthday: January 30, 1975 (Aquarius)
Born In: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Juninho Pernambucano is a Brazilian former footballer who is known for his stunning free-kicks in world football. He spent eight years in France playing for Olympique Lyonnais, where he won seven consecutive league titles with the club, marking one of the most dominant winning streaks in the history of European club football. Before joining Lyon in the early 2000s, Juninho had made a name for himself as one of the best players in Brazilian football. Playing for the iconic club Vasco da Gama, he earned the reputation of being an exciting midfielder and came under the spotlight for his trademark bending free-kicks. Juninho holds the record for scoring the highest number of goals from direct free-kicks, beating the record of the great Pele. His technique and ability to score long-range free-kicks put him in the category of all-time great free-kick takers in world football, with some considering him to be the best of all time. However, Juninho was not just a free-kick specialist and was a versatile player. He made 40 appearances for Brazil, scoring six goals, and won the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany as part of the national team. He currently serves as the sporting director of Olympique Lyonnais.