Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior

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Júnior
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Personal information
Full name Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior
Date of birth (1954-06-29) June 29, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth João Pessoa, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left back / Midfielder
Youth career
1973–1974 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1984 Flamengo 192 (7)
1984–1987 Torino 86 (12)
1987–1989 Pescara 62 (6)
1989–1993 Flamengo 70 (10)
Total 410 (35)
National team
1979–1992 Brazil 70 (9)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Flamengo
1997 Flamengo
2003 Corinthians
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (born June 29, 1954), known simply as Júnior, is a former association footballer.[1] He was known for his technique and teamwork as well as his versatility, playing at left back and on the left of midfield for Brazil due to his two footedness (despite being naturally right footed) whilst often playing midfielder at club level. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.[2] Junior now works as a television pundit for Rede Globo.

Playing career[edit]

He recorded 74 appearances for the Brazilian national team, between May 1979 and December 1992, scoring six goals.[3] He appeared in both the 1982[4] and 1986 World Cup.[5]

Júnior played for Flamengo during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, winning four Brazilian Championships (1980, 1982, 1983, 1992), the 1981 Copa Libertadores and 1981 Intercontinental Cup.[1] With 857 matches, he is the player with most appearances for Flamengo.[6] He also played for Italian clubs Torino and Pescara between 1984 and 1989.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Júnior coached Flamengo from 1993 to 1994, and in 1997.[7] He coached Corinthians from October 1, 2003 to October 10, 2003.[7]

Beach soccer[edit]

He also took part in many Beach Soccer World Cups, winning awards for top scorer and best player.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

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Club Performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1975 Flamengo Série A 27 0
1976 21 1
1977 18 0
1978 25 4
1979 7 1
1980 19 1
1981 6 0
1982 23 0
1983 26 0
1984 20 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1984–85 Torino Serie A 26 7
1985–86 30 4
1986–87 30 1
1987–88 Pescara Serie A 28 3
1988–89 34 3
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1988 Flamengo Série A 1 0
1989 15 1 3 1
1990 12 0 4 0
1991 17 0
1992 25 9
1993 0 0 8 1
Total Brazil 262 17 15 2
Italy 148 18
Career total 410 35

Honours[edit]

Club honours[edit]

International honours[edit]

Individual honours[edit]

Beach soccer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 103. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  2. ^ "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC. March 4, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Napoleão, Antônio Carlos; Assaf, Roberto (2006). Seleção Brasileira 1914–2006. São Paulo: Mauad X. p. 268. ISBN 85-7478-186-X. 
  4. ^ "Brazil's World Cup squad 1982". Planet World Cup. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Brazil's World Cup squad 1986". Planet World Cup. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ Pereira, Mauro Cezar. "Mais Sobre Flamengo" (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Júnior". Sambafoot. March 12, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior at National-Football-Teams.com