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Official: New York Red Bulls sign Juninho from Vasco de Gama

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The New York Red Bulls have announced the signing of veteran midfielder Juninho from Vasco de Gama.

The MLS outfit announced the capture of the 37-year-old Brazilian on their official website on Monday.

Juninho, who represented Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, will be officially added to the team’s roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Andy Roxburgh, the club’s sporting director, said: "Juninho is a world-class player who our global sporting director, Gerard Houllier, and I have known and admired for many years.

"Aside from being a top dead-ball specialist and a tremendous talent, Juninho is a fantastic professional both on and off the field.

"He is in great physical shape, and we think he can make a positive impact for us in 2013."

Juninho played under Houllier, who is now Head of Global Soccer for Red Bull, at Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

The free-kick specialist spent eight years and made around 250 appearances for the French club before moving to Qatari club Al-Gharafa in 2009.

Juninho has made 50 appearances and scored 14 goals during a second stint with Vasco, having previously spent six years at the Brasileirão side.


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