Juninho: Tribute to a Legend DVD
From the moment Bryan Robson brought Juninho to Teesside, he was the undisputed darling of the fans. The little genius repaid his adoring public with a rich cocktail of brilliant football and breathtaking skill that is captured beautifully in ‘Juninho Tribute to a Legend’.
The boy wonder from Brazil thrilled the fanatical Boro fans and earned a unique place in the club’s history, with three separate spells at the Riverside that will never be forgotten.
First came an unforgettable 21 months of fantasy football in a star-studded team that included Fabrizio Ravanelli and fellow countryman Emerson. From the jubilation of Juninho’s arrival and a blistering debut against Leeds on 4th November 1995, to the drama of a devastating cup run that included the superb demolition of Newcastle and ended with an historic Wembley double, it was a magical era.
Even relegation and a 12 million pound transfer to Athletico Madrid could not keep Juninho away from the Riverside. In 1999/2000 he was back on loan, and two years later he was finally re-signed for a third and final spell that ended with the glory of winning the 2004 Carling Cup.
Featuring the goals, the glory and unique behind-the-scenes footage, this is A Tribute to a Legend that will delight every football fan who loves the beautiful game. Review by ESPN
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Cat No: MBRJ-DVD
Review by ESPN –
“Juninho is God. We have him … you don’t”
• Premier League heroes: Juninho
This banner, pinned up regularly around the Riverside Stadium in the ’90s, pretty much summed up the love affair the Teesside faithful enjoyed with the Brazilian boy wonder
The diminutive dreamweaver was the jewel in Bryan Robson’s star-studded Boro crown during the mid-1990s, lighting up the Premiership and collecting accolades from all corners of the footballing fraternity.
And The Little Fella (or TLF to us Smoggies) repaid his faith from his adoring public by enjoying three spells at the club, eventually playing a key part in helping Boro lift their first major trophy in 128 years.
As one of the world’s most sought after players, his shock decision to shun some of football’s major monarchies to join the Riverside Revolution of 1996 endeared him to many, and their faith was compounded by his sublime skills, tireless attitude and his reciprocal love for the fans and the club.
Quite simply, he is the greatest player to pull on the shirt, and the DVD Juninho – Tribute to a Legend is the most definitive guide I’ve seen to his time on Teesside.
Divided into sections for each era, it gives all the great in-depth action that you’d expect – the delightful dinking finish against Derby in the FA Cup, the shoulder-dropping shimmy against Leicester, the tears at Elland Road, the diving header against Chelsea, the Samba swerve celebration against Arsenal in the Carling Cup semi-final, and then finally lifting the coveted trophy in Cardiff in 2004.
However, it also crams in a stack of off-the-ball snippets including his arrival on Teesside, lengthy interviews, studio appearances on Boro TV, and even his opinion on the tie he wears with his 1997 Coca Cola Cup final suit.
There’s also a drunken man-crush homage from bleary-eyed terrace hardmen on the steps of Nelson’s Column before the same year’s FA Cup final. Praise indeed.