José Cristiano de Souza Júnior

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Personal information
Full name José Cristiano de Souza Jr.
Date of birth (1977-08-11) 11 August 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Juventus (SP)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Juventus (SP)
1998 Guarani
1999 Santa Cruz
2000 Uralan Elista 0 (0)
2000 ? (Qatar)
2001–2005 Palmeiras 0 (0)
2001 Londrina (loan)
2002 Figueirense (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Guarani (loan) 22 (1)
2003 Internacional (loan) 13 (0)
2004 Caxias (loan) 20 (2)
2005 União São João (loan) 0 (0)
2005 Vila Nova (loan) 3 (0)
2005 Pelotas (loan) 0 (0)
2006 Pogoń Szczecin 6 (0)
2006 Oriente Petrolero
2007 Tupi 0 (0)
2007 Atlético (BA) 0 (0)
2007 Joinville 8 (0)
2008 São José (PA) 0 (0)
2008 Brasil de Pelotas 18 (0)
2009 São José (PA) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Pudong Zobon 35 (6)
2011 Tianjin Songjiang 23 (3)
2012 Beijing Baxy 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Cristiano de Souza Jr. or known as Júnior (born 11 August 1977) is a Brazilian footballer .

Júnior briefly played in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and also played in Série B and Série C.


Born in Indianópolis neighbourhood of São Paulo city, he started his professional career in Juventus (SP), at that time known as Juninho. He then played for Guarani and Santa Cruz. In 2000, he left for Russia and stayed in Qatar for 1 month.


In November 2000 he was signed by Palmeiras[1] as the club bought 50% rights and the other retained by investor. However, he was injured and he left for Londrina in 2001 season. In 2002, he signed a 6 months contract with Figueirense.[2] He then returned to Guarani and made his Série A debut. In 2003, he left for Internacional, at that time already known as Júnior and teammate Luiz António Gaino Júnior known as "Júnior Paulista" instead, in although they both came from São Paulo state.

In 2004, he remained in Rio Grande do Sul, but for Caxias. He played 20 out of 23 Série B games of that season.

In January 2005 he left for fellow Campeonato Paulista team União São João, which the team relegated. In May, he extended his contract with Palmeiras to December 2005[3] and left for Vila Nova until the end of 2005 Série B, however he only played 3 times. After the team failed to qualify to stage two, he left for Pelotas in September, finished as the losing side of the second stage (round of 16) of 2005 Copa FGF.

Série C[edit]

In January 2006 he left for Polish side Pogoń Szczecin.[4] After the end of 2005–06 Ekstraklasa he left for Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero.

He returned to Brazil in January 2007, signed a contract with Tupi until the end of 2007 Campeonato Mineiro. In April, he left for Atlético de Alagoinhas for 2007 Campeonato Baiano. In June, he was signed by Joinville until the end of 2007 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C.

He then returned to Rio Grande do Sul, played for São José de Porto Alegre in 2008 Campeonato Gaúcho. In June, he left for Brasil de Pelotas until the end of 2008 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C first stage, which he known as Júnior Paulista at that time. He extended his contract in August. That season Brasil de Pelotas finished as the sixth.

In December, he returned to São José de Porto Alegre for 2009 Campeonato Gaúcho.




  1. ^ "BID Especial: Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras São Paulo/SP". Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 14 May 2004. 
  2. ^ "Júnior e Doriva estão bem. Bem demais". A Notícia (in Portuguese). Joinville. 17 February 2002. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "BID Acumulativo Série A /2005". CBF. 8 November 2005. Archived from the original on 29 May 2006. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Relatório de Transferências Internacionais em 2006". CBF (in Portuguese). 22 January 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 

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