João Paulo Andrade
|Full name||João Paulo Andrade|
|Date of birth||6 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Leiria, Portugal|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2000–2001||→ União Tomar (loan)|
|2003||→ Sporting CP (loan)||6||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Rapid Bucureşti (loan)||25||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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, 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.
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. 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.
- Cypriot Supercup: 2012