|Full name||João Pedro de Lemos Paiva|
|Date of birth||8 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.
He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Switzerland.
Born in Lisbon, Paiva played almost exclusively lower league football in his country: having been under contract with both Sporting Clube de Portugal and C.S. Marítimo, he only appeared for both clubs' reserve sides. In the 2004–05 season he competed with S.C. Espinho in the second division, but featured in less than one third of the league games and his team was also relegated after ranking 18th and last.
Paiva then spent three years in Cyprus, with Apollon Limassol and AEK Larnaca FC (half a season with the latter). For 2008–09 he joined FC Luzern in Switzerland, scoring 11 goals in 23 matches in his first year as the side finished ninth in the Super League, only barely avoiding relegation.
- Paiva to the Hoppers, Challenge League over Champions League; Just Can't Beat That, January 2011