Vasco to sign former Brazil star Juninho

Vasco da Gama says former Brazil playmaker Juninho will join the club after his contract with Qatar’s Al Gharafa ends in June.

Vasco president Roberto Dinamite says Juninho has agreed to sign with the club in his return to Brazilian football after more than 10 years playing abroad.

Dinamite says the 36-year-old Juninho wants to end his career with Vasco, the club where he thrived before joining France’s Lyon in 2001. He was playing in Qatar since 2009.

Juninho was a member of Brazil’s squad in the 2006 World Cup and scored a goal in the team’s 4-1 victory against Japan in the group stage. Brazil was eliminated by France in the quarterfinals.

Vasco is a four-time Brazilian champion, but it hasn’t won the league title since 2000.