Paulo César Rocha Rosa
|Full name||Paulo César Rocha Rosa|
|Date of birth||5 January 1980|
|Place of birth||São Luís, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Paulo César was born in São Luís, Maranhão. After starting playing football with Vila Nova Futebol Clube he moved to Portugal still a youngster, and represented Gil Vicente FC, Vitória de Guimarães, Rio Ave F.C. and U.D. Leiria, making his first division debut on 20 August 2000 against S.C. Campomaiorense; in 2003 he had a short return stint in Brazil, with Grêmio Esportivo Inhumense.
On 9 March 2008, César scored one for Leiria (eventually relegated) against S.L. Benfica in Estádio da Luz, and the 2–2 final score meant the opposition coach José Antonio Camacho's dismissal. In July, after netting five goals in 29 games in his last season, he signed for Sporting de Braga.
In his second campaign with the Minho outfit, César contributed prominently as it achieved a best-ever runner-up league position, notably scoring in home wins against Benfica (2–0) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (1–0), two of his five during the campaign.
Paulo César appeared in 40 official matches in the 2010–11 season, including six in Braga's runner-up campaign in the UEFA Europa League. On 14 April 2011 he was sent off in the 30th minute of the quarterfinals second leg against FC Dynamo Kyiv for a dangerous challenge, but his team managed to progress to the next stage after securing a 0–0 home draw (1–1 on aggregate).
In January 2013, 33-year-old César left Braga and returned to his homeland, joining lowly Santa Cruz Futebol Clube.
- Santa Cruz
- Camacho hands in Benfica notice; UEFA.com, 9 July 2008
- Brilliant Braga see off Benfica; PortuGOAL, 31 October 2009
- Braga beat Sporting to maintain championship charge; PortuGOAL, 30 January 2010
- Ten-man Braga hold firm against Dynamo; UEFA.com, 14 April 2011