• Date of birth : 06/05/1982
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Brazil Brazil
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Clubs: Clube Atlético Mineiro, SE Gama, A. Naval 1.˚ Maio, SC Braga, AS Saint-Étienne

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League:
runner-up 2011

• Born in Lagoa Santa in the Minas Gerais district of Brazil, Paulão spent the early years of career with Atlético Mineiro before joining second-tier Gama in 2006.

• Moved to Portugal at the start of 2006/07 and quickly became a central defensive stalwart for Naval, making 27 Liga appearances in each of his first two campaigns and starting all 30 matches in 2008/09, scoring three goals.

• Ended his contract with Naval in summer 2009 and joined Braga as a free agent.

• Made his European debut in a UEFA Europa League qualifying defeat by IF Elfsborg in July 2009; rarely used in his debut campaign but scored his first Liga goal for Braga in a 4-0 win at former club Naval on 25 April 2010.

• Just one UEFA Champions League start in 2010/11 (at home to FK Partizan) but more involved in the club's run to the UEFA Europa League final.

Last updated: 03/08/11 18.54CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Paulão
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 06/05/1982 (32)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Squad number: 3
  • Club: Betis ( ESP)

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Third qualifying round)
    30/07/09: Braga 1-2 Elfsborg

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 21/03/2014 01:15 CET