Paulo César Fonseca do Nascimento

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Tinga
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Tinga as a Borussia Dortmund player
Personal information
Full name Paulo César Fonseca Nascimento
Date of birth (1978-01-13) 13 January 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cruzeiro
Number 7
Youth career
1994–1997 Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Grêmio 89 (7)
1999 Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 24 (8)
2000 Botafogo (loan) 17 (1)
2004 Sporting CP 20 (0)
2005–2006 Internacional 42 (6)
2006–2010 Borussia Dortmund 98 (9)
2010–2012 Internacional 43 (3)
2012– Cruzeiro 38 (1)
National team
2001–2007 Brazil 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:00, 2 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo César Fonseca do Nascimento (born 13 January 1978), commonly known as Tinga, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube as a central midfielder.

After making a name for himself at Grêmio, he went on to play professionally in, other than his country, Japan, Portugal and Germany, representing Borussia Dortmund in the latter nation.

Club career[edit]

Born in Porto Alegre, Tinga started playing professionally with local Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, receiving his nickname from the name of the Restinga quarter where he grew up. In 1999 he was loaned to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, moving to J. League Division 2's Kawasaki Frontale the following year in the same predicament.[1]

In January 2004, following a wages dispute, Tinga left Grêmio and signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal, for the rest of that season and two more.[2] However, he would only serve as third-choice in the Portuguese capital side, although he scored in a 2–0 home win against SK Rapid Wien, in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup.

Tinga returned to his country in December 2004, being sold to Sport Club Internacional,[3] being instrumental in the side's Libertadores Cup success in 2006, as he scored against São Paulo FC in a 4–3 aggregate win. Following these displays, he signed a three-year contract with Borussia Dortmund in Germany for R$8 million.[4][5] On 26 August he assisted and was booked in his first game, a 3–1 win at VfB Stuttgart,[6] going on to only miss four Bundesliga matches combined in his first two campaigns and adding eight goals.

On 1 April 2010, after not having his contract with Borussia renewed, 31-year-old Tinga left the club.[7] He re-joined former side Internacional the following month and, on 17 May 2012, moved to Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

International career[edit]

Tinga made his debut with Brazil in 2001. After a five-year absence he was recalled to the national team by newly appointed manager Dunga, for a friendly against Switzerland, gaining his third cap on 15 November 2006.

Honours[edit]

Internacional
Borussia Dortmund
Cruzeiro

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2009[8]
Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1996 Grêmio Série A 0 0
1997 10 1
1998 14 0
Japan League
1999 Kawasaki Frontale J. League 2 24 8
Brazil League
2000 Botafogo Série A 17 1
2001 Grêmio Série A 11 2
2002 22 2
2003 32 2
Portugal League
2003/04 Sporting Primeira Liga 11 0
2004/05 9 0
Brazil League
2005 Internacional Série A 35 5
2006 7 1
Germany League
2006/07 Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 31 4
2007/08 33 4
2008/09 27 1
2009/10
Country Brazil 148 14
Japan 24 8
Portugal 20 0
Germany 91 9
Total 283 31

International[edit]

Brazil
Year Apps Goals
2001 2 0
2002 0 0
2003 0 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
2006 1 0
2007 1 0
Total 4 0

Racism issue[edit]

On 12 February 2014, after a 1–2 loss against Real Garcilaso for the Copa Libertadores, Tinga suffered racist abuse from the home fans, who made monkey noises whenever he touched the ball. He subsequently spoke with sadness of the events, that took place in a "neighbouring country" and "still occurred in 2014".[9]

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