Fábio Júnior (footballer, born 1982)

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Fábio Júnior
Personal information
Full name Fábio Júnior dos Santos
Date of birth (1982-10-06) 6 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Nossa Senhora da Glória, Sergipe, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Campinense
2001 Americano (MA)
2002 Flamengo (PI)
2002–2003 Real Madrid Castilla
2003 Ceará
2003 Internacional
2004 Sport Recife
2004–2005 Campinense
2005 Chunnam Dragons
2005 Flamengo
2006 Madureira
2006–2008 Vasco da Gama
2009 Campinense 16 (5)
2010–2011 Naval 1º de Maio 36 (7)
2011–2012 Al-Ahly 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 June 2011.

Fábio Júnior dos Santos (born 6 October 1982), commonly known as Fábio Júnior, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward. He is a physically built striker who is good in the air and has a powerful left foot.

Club career[edit]

2011

Egyptian club Al-Ahly signed the forward from Portuguese side Naval, on 19 July 2011, on a three-year contract worth $1.2 million ($400,000 per season).

Fábio Júnior was signed in order to strengthen the forward line, which consisted of the already formidable duo of Mohamed Nagy "Geddo" and Dominique Da Silva. However, Junior found games hard to come by often being relegated to the bench (or not even featuring in the match line-up) by then coach Manuel José.

His first appearance would come in the CAF Champions League against MC Alger, replacing Emad Moteab in the 80th minute. Despite finding himself in a few scoring opportunities he was unable to grab a goal. It would be nearly two months before he made his long-awaited début in the Egyptian Premier League, coming on as a substitute against Haras El Hodood.

Fábio would finish the year having played four games for Ahly, but was unable to score a goal.

2012

The turn of the year represented a new beginning for Júnior, as he would feature in three consecutive games against: El Gounah, El Daklyeh and El Geish. He finally scored his debut goal on the 1 February 2012, against Al-Masry. However, the celebrations were short lived as the match was marred by riots after the final whistle. During the post-match clashes, he was not injured.

Fábio Júnior would mark his return to continental football by scoring the opening goal of the tie against Ethiopian Coffee, in the Round of 32 in the CAF Champions League. He later featured in the squad for both legs of the Round of 16 tie with Stade Malien, but was an unused substitute in both matches, with Ahly winning 3-2 on aggregate, to reach the Quarter-finals.

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