João Paulo Andrade

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João Paulo
Personal information
Full name João Paulo Andrade
Date of birth (1981-06-06) 6 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Leiria, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Apollon Limassol
Number 50
Youth career
1992–1994 Portomosense
1994–1999 União Leiria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 União Leiria 131 (16)
2000–2001 União Tomar (loan)
2003 Sporting CP (loan) 6 (0)
2006–2009 Porto 11 (1)
2008–2009 Rapid Bucureşti (loan) 25 (3)
2009–2010 Le Mans 23 (0)
2010–2012 Vitória Guimarães 45 (1)
2012–2014 Omonia 43 (6)
2014– Apollon Limassol 3 (0)
National team
2002–2004 Portugal U21 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

João Paulo Andrade, known as João Paulo (born 6 June 1981 in Leiria), is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Cypriot club Apollon Limassol mainly as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

A product of União Desportiva de Leiria's youth ranks, João Paulo was loaned to modest U.F.C.I. Tomar for the 2000–01 season, re-joining Leiria in the following campaign, being coached by a young José Mourinho and quickly becoming an important first-team member, while also being called by the Portuguese under-21s. In January 2003, having already gained the captain's armband, he was loaned to Sporting Clube de Portugal, but appeared sparingly for the Lions.

After having performed the last two seasons in great shape, Paulo was tipped to be transferred to one of the Portuguese top division greats and, in June 2006, F.C. Porto agreed his transfer. However, during preseason, he suffered a major knee injury that kept him out of action for several months,[1] and went on to only serve as third or fourth option at the northern side; on two rare starts, he netted in a 3–0 win at former side Leiria and was sent off in the 2008 domestic cup final, lost against Sporting.[2]

In August 2008 João Paulo, alongside teammate Pitbull, was loaned to Romanian outfit FC Rapid Bucureşti, joining compatriot José Peseiro whom signed as manager. In the same month of the following year he moved countries again, signing a three-year deal with Le Mans UC 72 in France for about 1,5 million: he began the season as a starter, but eventually lost his importance after the sacking of compatriot Paulo Duarte, in a campaign that ended in Ligue 1 relegation.

Paulo returned to Portugal for 2010–11, joining Vitória Sport Clube.[3] On 3 April 2011 he scored his first goal for the Guimarães-based team, netting a last-minute equalizer against former side Sporting in a 1–1 home draw.

International career[edit]

Internationally, João Paulo represented the nation at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and the Summer Olympic Games in the same year.[4]




  1. ^ False start for Porto's João Paulo;, 7 August 2006
  2. ^ Sporting triumph denies Porto double;, 18 May 2008
  3. ^ Guimaraes land Joao Paulo; PortuGOAL, 12 August 2010
  4. ^ João PauloFIFA competition record

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