Juninho: 'I should not have left English football when I did'

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The little genius talks about his time at Middlesbrough, his imaginative and prescient for Brazilian soccer and his love of Heinz Baked Beans

By Yellow & Green Football for the Guardian Sport Network

It’s the morning after Brazil beat Peru in the Copa América final to raise their first main trophy in 12 years. In an ethereal, well-lit workplace on the headquarters of the CBF, Brazil’s soccer affiliation, Juninho sits behind a grand, expensive-looking picket desk. The person who left such an impression on English soccer throughout his time at Middlesbrough has been working right here since April, when CBF president Rogério Caboclo recruited him to steer a newly created division in command of creating the home recreation in Brazil. But, by the top of the day, Juninho will probably be packing up and shifting on.

Regardless of Brazil’s triumph on the Maracanã the earlier night time, there are points to be resolved on the CBF. Nationwide group co-ordinator Edu is on his way to Arsenal and the morning’s papers are speculating that Juninho will exchange him. A couple of hours after we depart, his new position shall be confirmed, however for now Juninho stays tight-lipped: “Issues usually are not determined,” he says.

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