Marco Paulo Faria Lemos

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Marco Paulo
Personal information
Full name Marco Paulo Faria de Lemos
Date of birth (1973-05-28) 28 May 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1985 Benfica
1985–1987 Dramático Cascais
1987–1988 Sintrense
1988–1991 Estoril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1999 Estoril 186 (10)
1991–1992 O Elvas (loan) 31 (4)
1999–2001 Paços Ferreira 64 (2)
2001–2005 Belenenses 110 (5)
2005–2006 Estoril 33 (0)
2006–2009 Estrela Amadora 48 (1)
2009–2010 Mafra 21 (0)
Total 493 (22)
National team
1993–1994 Portugal U21 10 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Estoril (interim)
2011–2012 Belenenses (assistant)
2012 Belenenses
2013 Belenenses (youth)
2013–2014 Belenenses
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco Paulo Faria de Lemos (born 28 May 1973), known as Marco Paulo, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central midfielder, and a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Marco Paulo spent seven of his first eight years as a senior with local G.D. Estoril Praia, playing his first two seasons in the Primeira Liga and a further five in the second division. After two years with F.C. Paços de Ferreira, one in each major level, he returned to the capital and joined C.F. Os Belenenses.

With Belenenses, Marco Paulo was regularly used during his four-season spell, inclusively serving as team captain. Aged 32, he returned to division two and Estoril, acting as interim player-coach during five games and achieving only one draw, and returned to the top flight after one season, with C.F. Estrela da Amadora.

After 21 league matches in his first season, veteran Marco Paulo was sparingly used in the following two, with Estrela also being relegated in 2009 due to financial irregularities. He closed out his career at 37 after one year with another club in the Lisbon area, C.D. Mafra, amassing top division totals of 244 games and nine goals.

Manager career[edit]

Marco Paulo was appointed assistant manager at former team Belenenses for the 2011–12 campaign. In mid-February 2012, with the side placed inside the relegation zone in the second tier, he replaced José Mota as head coach, eventually leading them to the fifth position.

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