Vasco's Juninho Pernambucano renews contract for six months

The free kick wizard is feeling the effects of Brazil's punishing schedule, and in the middle of 2012 will evaluate whether to continue in professional football
Former Lyon star Juninho Pernambucano has extended his stay with Vasco, but will not commit his future with the Rio club for longer than the first six months of 2012.

Mais Futebol reports that the 36-year-old midfielder, who returned to Vasco for a second spell in April 2011, agreed to renew his contract with the club, continuing on the minimum salary he agreed to play for after leaving Qatar's Al Gharafa. Wary about the toll constant travel and playing time is taking on his body, however, the veteran would only agree to six months more in professional football.

Once that time expires in July 2012, Juninho will decide whether to play until the end of the season or to end his professional career.

The 40-times capped Brazil midfielder became famous for his ability at set-pieces, and 44 of his 100 goals for Lyon came from free kicks. He also holds the record for European goals at the French club, hitting 18 in 65 games.