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Lyon confirm Juninho Pernambucano return to club

Lyon legend Juninho Pernambucano will return to the Ligue 1 club in the capacity of sporting director, confirmed OL president Jean-Michel Aulas on Saturday.

Juninho spent eight years at Lyon from 2001 to 2009, a stint that included a record run of seven straight league titles.

He became famous for his prodigious ability from dead-ball situations in particular, and reached 100 goals in 350 games before leaving for his native Brazil and Vasco da Gama.

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The former playmaker finally called time on his trophy-laden career in 2013, aged 38, but he is now ready to re-enter football in familiar surroundings.