Paulo Santos (Portuguese footballer)
|Full name||Paulo Jorge da Silva dos Santos|
|Date of birth||11 December 1972|
|Place of birth||Odivelas, Portugal|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2003||→ Varzim (loan)||2||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Braga (loan)||33||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
- For other people named "Paulo Santos", See Paulo Santos.
Santos, a former Portugal youth international, began his football career at age 11 at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and made his debuts in the Portuguese top division in 1993–94, winning the league with Lisbon neighbours S.L. Benfica by playing one minute on the last game. After successful stints with C.F. Estrela da Amadora and F.C. Alverca, he went on to represent F.C. Porto, with no significant impact.
In 2005 Santos joined Sporting de Braga, after serving a loan stint with the same team the previous campaign. During that first season – with the Minho side finishing in fourth position in the league – when Braga midfielder Andrés Madrid deflected the ball in for an own goal, he was beaten for the first time in 595 minutes, just 40 minutes short of the record set by legendary Benfica goalkeeper Manuel Bento; in the only other time he had conceded that season so far, Red Star Belgrade claimed the away goal that ended Braga's UEFA Cup campaign at the first round for the second year running.
Midway through 2008–09, Santos signed with lowly Odivelas F.C. in the third level, until the end of the season. In July he "upgraded" to division two with G.D. Estoril Praia, appearing regularly to help his team maintain its league status.
Santos won one cap for the national team, on 16 November 2005 in a friendly match with Northern Ireland (1–1), in Belfast. He was called up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup as a late replacement for the injured Bruno Vale.
- Portuguese League: Goalkeeper of the Year 2006
- Santos sticking with Braga
- Paulo Santos gets Portugal call
- Scolari turns to Paulo Santos
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.