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Roque-junior

Roque JuniorEdit

Over the years, Brazil has produced a huge number of footballing greats - clumsy defender Roque Junior (born August 31, 1976 in Santa Rita do Sapucaí) is not one of them.

The gangly gaffe-prone stopper has played for all sorts of teams during his workmanlike career and even picked up a Champions League medal with Milan in 2003, albeit after a final so bad the tournament was nearly abolished.

But Roque Junior will always be best remembered by English fans as one of Leeds United’s most disastrous buys.

Excited by the idea of bringing in a Brazilian international, Scouse simpleton Peter Reid signed Roque Junior in September 2003 but he hadn’t actually seen him play.

Reid’s hopes were shot down somewhat when the bumbling centre-back helped Leeds to concede 20 goals in five games - almost single-handedly leading to Reid being sacked - and inadvertently blew up the kitchens at United's Thorp Arch training ground when he forgot he had left his soup in the microwave.

To make matters worse, Roque Junior accidentally reversed his car into Reid’s final press conference just seconds after the outgoing boss had defended his transfer choices to the assembled journalists.

After being substituted in his fifth game for the club against Chelsea, Roque Junior slinked off never to be seen again at Elland Road. Nobody really noticed.

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