OTD - 8 October

25 Jul 2018
1995: Juninho joins Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough pulled off a real coup when they signed Brazilian international midfielder Juninho for £4.75million from Sao Paulo. 

Boro had been promoted back to the Premier League in the summer, and chief executive Keith Lamb said: "It is a measure of Middlesbrough's ambition that we have signed the most sought-after player in the world."

During his second season at the Riverside Juninho helped the club to reach both the League and FA Cup finals in 1997, but they were defeated in both matches at Wembley.

They were relegated at the end of the season and that summer he moved to Atletico Madrid, but returned to the club in 2002 for two more seasons.

Juninho, Middlesbrough, 1995
Juninho celebrates scoring a goal on his debut for Middlesbrough after his much-publicised arrival in 1995
2013: Sunderland appoint Poyet

Gus Poyet became the Sunderland head coach in October 2013 on a two-year deal. 

He became the first Uruguayan to manage in the Premier League and led Sunderland, who were bottom when he took charge, to safety with one match remaining after earning 13 points from a possible 15.

He also led them to the League Cup final, where they lost to Manchester City.

Poyet took charge of 75 matches in total for Sunderland, before leaving the club in March 2015.

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