Paulo Rink

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Paulo Rink
Personal information
Full name Paulo Roberto Rink
Date of birth (1973-02-21) 21 February 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Curitiba-PR, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1989–1990 Atlético-PR
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Atlético-MG
1992–1996 Atlético-PR 35 (14)
1995 Chapecoense (loan) 0 (0)
1997–2001 Bayer Leverkusen 88 (29)
1999–2000 Santos (loan) 12 (0)
2002 1. FC Nürnberg 19 (3)
2002–2003 Energie Cottbus 13 (3)
2003–2004 Olympiakos Nicosia 14 (9)
2004 Vitesse 17 (5)
2005 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 11 (1)
2004–2006 Olympiakos Nicosia 21 (14)
2006 Omonia Nicosia[1] 13 (10)
2006–2007 Atlético-PR 13 (1)
National team
1998–2000 Germany 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Roberto Rink (born 21 February 1973 in Curitiba), is a Brazilian-born German football centre forward, who retired in 2007.[2]

Rink began his career playing for Atlético Paranaense. After a solid career with the club, he negotiated with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and was transferred for US$6M, the highest transfer fee paid for an Atlético Paranaense player at that time. Rink remained there for four years, barring a six-month break, when he was loaned out to Santos FC.

He has played also for several other clubs, 1. FC Nürnberg, FC Energie Cottbus, Vitesse, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Olympiakos Nicosia and Omonia Nicosia.

Rink ended his career in Atlético Paranaense, where his career started. His honorary match took place on 24 May 2007 at the Kyocera Arena. Playing in Paulo Rink's friends team were amongst others: Oséas, his old friend, who from 1995 to 1998 acted as his striking partner at Atlético Paranaense. Also present was the Uruguayan Gustavo Matosas, team-mate in 1997 and 1998 and Kléberson, who played with him in 1998.

Rink, whose great-grandfather had emigrated from Heidelberg to Brazil in 1904, was naturalized as a German citizen and subsequently called up to the German national team by then manager Berti Vogts in September 1998. He was the first Brazilian to play for Germany. The attacker took part in friendlies against Romania and Malta. A year afterwards, while still playing for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, he was once again called up, this time for the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico. He played for Germany in the 2000 UEFA European Championship as well. In total, Rink was able to collect 13 international caps between 1998 and 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Stats for Omonia". soccerboards.com. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Paulo Rink anuncia su retiro de las canchas como profesional". mediotiempo.com. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 

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