Paulo Afonso Santos Júnior

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Paulão
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Personal information
Full name Paulo Afonso Santos Júnior
Date of birth (1982-05-06) 6 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Lagoa Santa, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Atlético Mineiro
2005 América-MG
2006 Gama 11 (0)
2006–2010 Naval 84 (6)
2010–2011 Braga 26 (3)
2011–2012 Saint-Étienne 10 (1)
2012 Betis (loan) 17 (0)
2012–2014 Betis 42 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Afonso Santos Júnior, commonly known as Paulão (born 6 May 1982), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais, Paulão started playing with local Clube Atlético Mineiro, moving to neighbouring América Futebol Clube after three seasons. In 2006, he competed with Sociedade Esportiva do Gama in the Série B.

In the 2006 European off-season, Paulão moved to Portugal and signed for Associação Naval 1º de Maio, being an undisputed starter from the beginning and scoring six top division goals in his last two years combined. He made his debut in the competition on 10 September 2006, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against Académica de Coimbra.

For the 2009–10 campaign Paulão continued in the country, joining S.C. Braga. He only played in seven league games in his first year, but made 34 official appearances in the following for the Minho club (three goals), including seven in its runner-up run in the UEFA Europa League.

In the 2011 summer, Paulão signed with AS Saint-Étienne in France on a free transfer.[1] In the following transfer window, however, he joined Real Betis on loan.[2]

Paulão netted two times in 22 matches in his first full season in La Liga,[3][4] helping the Andalusians finish seventh and qualify for the Europa League. On 20 April 2014, just 30 minutes into an away fixture against Rayo Vallecano, he asked to be substituted after making two mistakes – this included an own goal – that cost Betis two goals in a 1–3 defeat that made their relegation almost certain,[5] which eventually befell.

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