Paulo Fonseca

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Rodrigues and the second or paternal family name is Fonseca.
Paulo Fonseca
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Personal information
Full name Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues Fonseca
Date of birth (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Nampula, Mozambique
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Paços Ferreira (coach)
Youth career
1989–1991 Barreirense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Barreirense 91 (6)
1995–1998 Porto 0 (0)
1995–1996 Leça (loan) 22 (0)
1996–1997 Belenenses (loan) 27 (1)
1997–1998 Marítimo (loan) 31 (2)
1998–2000 Vitória Guimarães 6 (0)
2000–2005 Estrela Amadora 72 (4)
Total 249 (13)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Estrela Amadora (youth)
2007–2008 1º Dezembro
2008–2009 Odivelas
2009–2011 Pinhalnovense
2011–2012 Aves
2012–2013 Paços Ferreira
2013–2014 Porto
2014– Paços Ferreira
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues Fonseca (born 5 March 1973) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 111 games and three goals over the course of seven seasons, most notably with Estrela da Amadora. In 2005, he became a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique, Fonseca played 14 years as a senior, beginning with F.C. Barreirense in the third division and moving straight to the top level with Leça F.C. in the 1995–96 season, starting in 21 of his league appearances as the club finished 14th and narrowly avoided relegation. In the following five years he continued in the latter competition, being first-choice with C.F. Os Belenenses and C.S. Marítimo but only a backup with Vitória S.C.[1] and C.F. Estrela da Amadora.

Fonseca retired in June 2005 at the age of 32 after a further four campaigns with Estrela, three of those spent in division two. In the 2003–04 campaign he participated in 15 games as the Lisbon side ranked dead last in the main category, with the subsequent relegation.

Manager career[edit]

Fonseca started coaching immediately after retiring, remaining two years at the helm of Estrela da Amadora's youth team. From 2007 to 2011 he was in charge of several modest teams, notably C.D. Pinhalnovense, which he led to the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup in both the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons.[2][3]

In 2011–12 Fonseca was appointed at C.D. Aves in the second division for his first job in the professionals,[4] and he led the club to the third position, just two points shy of promotion. In the following campaign he signed for top flight club F.C. Paços de Ferreira, repeating the position and qualifying the club to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history; highlights included winning both games against S.C. Braga (2–0 at home, 3–2 away) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (1–0 on both occasions[5]).[6]

Fonseca succeeded Vítor Pereira at the helm of back-to-back-to-back national champions F.C. Porto, signing a two-year contract on 10 June 2013.[7][8] He started his spell at this new club on a high note, winning the year's Portuguese Supercup after a 3–0 triumph against Vitória de Guimarães.[9]

However, on 5 March 2014, following a string of poor results that left the club in the third position in the league, nine points behind leaders S.L. Benfica, he was relieved of his duties.[10] Previously, on 12 January, he had stated that Porto would be champions in the last matchday against Benfica.[11]




  1. ^ "Fonseca" (in Portuguese). Glórias do Passado. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Um mar de emoções no regresso dos heróis" [Sea of emotions in return of heroes] (in Portuguese). Record. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "A carreira de Paulo Fonseca" [The career of Paulo Fonseca] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Paulo Fonseca é o novo treinador do Desportivo das Aves" [Paulo Fonseca is the new manager of Desportivo das Aves] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Paços vence Sporting (1–0) e aproxima-se do sonho" [Paços beats Sporting (1–0) and comes closer to dream] (in Portuguese). Paços' official website. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pacos packing a punch in Portugal". 7 March 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Paulo Fonseca appointed new Porto coach". PortuGOAL. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Porto appoint Fonseca". 10 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Porto win Supertaça in style". PortuGOAL. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Oficial: Paulo Fonseca saiu, Luís Castro é o treinador" [Official: Paulo Fonseca left, Luís Castro is the manager] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fonseca: "Na última jornada seremos campeões"" [Fonseca: "In last matchday we will be champions"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 

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