João Paulo Brito

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João Paulo Brito
Personal information
Full name João Paulo Candeias Brito
Date of birth (1974-06-05) 5 June 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Olhão, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1984–1989 Olhanense
1989–1990 Faro e Benfica
1990–1992 Penha
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Oriental Pechão
1993–1994 Beira-Mar Monte Gordo
1994–1996 Olhanense 24 (2)
1996–1997 Louletano 26 (10)
1997–2001 Belenenses 105 (14)
2001–2002 Estrela Amadora 20 (0)
2002–2004 CSKA Sofia 45 (10)
2004 Vitória Setúbal 0 (0)
2005 Kastoria 10 (1)
2006–2007 Jahn Regensburg 0 (0)
Total 230 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

João Paulo Candeias Brito (born 5 June 1974) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right winger.

Football career[edit]

Born in Olhão, Algarve, Brito began his professional career with hometown's S.C. Olhanense. He moved in 1996 to neighbours Louletano DC, as both clubs competed in the third division.

Brito experienced his best period in his country while at C.F. Os Belenenses: although not an undisputed starter he was an important attacking unit, appearing in more than 100 matches in the league alone (the Lisbon team spent the 1998–99 season in the second level). After four years he moved to another side in the capital, C.F. Estrela da Amadora, going scoreless in 20 matches as they finished fourth and narrowly missed out on promotion from division two.

In the following years, Brito all but played abroad, beginning in Bulgaria with PFC CSKA Sofia for which he appeared regularly, also acquiring Bulgarian citizenship.[1] He also represented lowly Kastoria F.C. in Greece – after a few months at Vitória de Setúbal without one single official appearance – and SSV Jahn Regensburg in Germany, before retiring as a professional in 2007 at the age of 33.

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