Afonso Alves

Striker Alves made the switch to Boro from Heerenveen for a then club-record fee in January 2008 having averaged more than a goal a game in two seasons in the Eredivisie. 

The marksman was capped eight times by Brazil, scoring once, and was part of the squad that won the Copa America in 2007.

He scored 13 goals in his 18-month stint at the Riverside, most notable a double against Manchester United and a hat-trick against Manchester City, departing for Qatari side Al-Sadd following Boro's relegation in 2009. 


Defender Branco arrived at the Riverside as a veteran of 72 caps and a World Cup winner, having played a crucial part in Brazil's 1994 trophy success - including netting a long-range free-kick to eliminate the Netherlands, and scoring a penalty in the final shootout. 

He made 11 appearances during his short stay in England, the highlight of which was a pair of goals against Hereford United in the League Cup.


No-nonsense midfielder Doriva joined the club on an initial loan deal from Celta Vigo in January 2003.

The deal was made permanent the following summer, and Doriva went on to form an uncompromising partnership with George Boateng in the heart of Boro's team - one that would prove critical to Boro's League Cup triumph in 2004. 

Doriva, capped 12 times by Brazil, made more than 70 appearances on Teesside before returning to his homeland in 2007. He is now a manager of some acclaim, having taken charge of thirteen clubs already in his career and won league titles with Ituano and Vasco de Gama.


Boro swooped to capture Emerson from Portuguese giants Porto in 1996.

The exception in this list in that he was never capped by Brazil's senior side, it was certainly not through a lack of technical ability or natural physique. 

The all-action midfielder featured in an exciting Boro side that also included another big name arrival, Fabrizio Ravanelli, and compatriot Juninho, with the Riverside showcasing exhilarating attacking football that captured the imagination of football fans far beyond the North East.

Ultimately, though, Bryan Robson's men could not prevent Boro's relegation to the second tier the following summer, and Emerson would go on to swap Teesside for Tenerife in January 1998. 

Variously reported as Emerson's cousin and brother-in-law, another Brazilian Fabio da Silva Moreira also featured for an injury-hit Boro, filling in at full-back in a victory against Huddersfield. But it was his solitary appearance for the club as Fabio would depart the following summer.


"The Little Fella", as he is fondly known on Teesside, won 49 Brazil caps and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever pull on a Boro shirt. 

Initially signed from Sao Paulo in 1995 after catching the eye of Bryan Robson while playing for Brazil against England in the Umbro Cup, the forward returned to Teesside for a spell on loan in 1999 and joined the club for a third time in 2002.

His Boro career culminated in Boro's first ever piece of major silverware - the 2004 League Cup - an achievement which Juninho famously said meant more to him than winning the World Cup with Brazil two years prior.

An international teammate of Juninho during that World Cup victory, Ricardinho arrived at Boro from Sao Paulo with a big reputation in 2004.

But the midfielder failed to make a competitive appearance for the club, and returned to Brazil with Santos the subsequent summer.

Post-retirement, Juninho's connection to Boro remained. He returned for a testimonial match against PSV Eindhoven in 2011, and upon becoming president of hometown club Ituano, forged a link between the two clubs which saw a number of promising Brazilian talents given opportunity to impress at Boro.

Fabio Rochemback

Rochemback was signed from Barcelona in 2005, having impressed club scouts playing against Boro in the UEFA Cup while on loan at Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

The midfielder's highlights in a Boro shirt included scoring in a memorable 3-0 win against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, and a man of the match performance in the iconic comeback victory against FC Basel in the UEFA Cup semi-final.

Rochemback signed off his career on Teesside with an incredible long-range free-kick in Boro's 8-1 demolition of Manchester City in May 2008, before departing for his native Brazil with Gremio.

Fabio da Silva

Ever an energetic figure and popular with fans throughout his time on Teesside, Fabio signed from Cardiff City following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

The former Manchester United man, a Champions league finalist with the Red Devils, made 54 appearances during his two seasons as a Boro player, scoring two goals.

His debut came in the EFL Cup defeat at Fulham in August 2016, and his first goal followed 12 months later in the same competition, when he netted in a 3-0 win against Scunthorpe United.

After missing a chunk of that season through injury, Fabio returned to the first team in April to feature in the run-in, and his final appearance came in the Play-Off semi-final second leg at Aston Villa.

Leaving the club that summer, he now plays for Nantes in France. Like twin brother Rafael, who also is in Ligue Un with Lyon, Fabio has been capped twice by his country.