Paulinho (footballer, born 2000)

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Personal information
Full name Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho
Date of birth (2000-07-15) 15 July 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 7
Youth career
2010–2017 Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Vasco da Gama 18 (3)
2018– Bayer Leverkusen 15 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Brazil U15 6 (3)
2016–2017 Brazil U17 21 (7)
2018– Brazil U20 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:25, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2017

Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho, commonly known as Paulinho (Brazilian Portuguese: [pawˈlĩj̃u]; born 15 July 2000), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club Bayer Leverkusen and the Brazil national U20 team.

Club career[edit]

Vasco da Gama[edit]

2017 season[edit]

Having progressed through Vasco da Gama's academy, Paulinho was promoted to the club's first-team squad under the management of Milton Mendes on 19 June 2017.[1] On 13 July 2017, two days before his seventeenth birthday, made his professional debut when he was brought on as a 93rd-minute substitute in a 4–1 Brasileirão Série A away win over Vitória. Minutes after entering the field of play, he recorded his professional assist when he set up teammate Guilherme for his side's fourth goal.[2] Eleven days later, he made his first professional start and scored twice in a 2–1 league away win over Atlético Mineiro, becoming the youngest player ever to score at Brasileirão Série A and the first player born at 2000s to score at Brasileirão Série A.[3][4] On 3 December 2017, Paulinho opened the scoring of a 2–1 home win over Ponte Preta at the last round of 2017 Brasileirão Série A and helped Vasco da Gama to reach a qualification to Copa Libertadores next season.[5]

2018 season[edit]

Paulinho made his first Copa Libertadores assist when he set up Evander to open the score in a 4–0 away win over Universidad de Concepción, by the 1st leg of Copa Libertadores second qualifying stage. On the 2nd leg, Paulinho made his first Copa Libertadores goal opening the score in a 2–0 home win over Universidad de Concepción. His goal made him the first player born at 2000s to score at Copa Libertadores.[6]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

On 27 April 2018, German club Bayer Leverkusen announced that they had reached an agreement with Vasco da Gama for the transfer of Paulinho. The clubs agreed to a €20 million fee, a club-record deal for Vasco. He joined Leverkusen ahead of the 2018–19 season and signed a five-year contract.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Brazil national youth teams[edit]

In March 2017, Paulinho, along with Vinícius Júnior, Lincoln and Alan, helped Brazil win the South American Under-17 Championship. He scored two goals during the tournament, including the opening goal in Brazil's 5–0 win over Chile in the final.[9][10]

In October 2017, Paulinho helped Brazil reach 3rd place of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Paulinho scored the winning goals against Spain at Brazil's debut,[11] North Korea and on quarterfinals against Germany.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 18 May 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vasco da Gama 2017 Série A 18 3 18 3
2018 0 0 0 0 6[a] 2[b] 11[c] 2[d] 17 4
Total 18 3 0 0 6 2 11 2 35 7
Bayer Leverkusen 2018–19 Bundesliga 15 0 2 0 4[e] 1 21 1
Career Total 33 3 2 0 10 3 11 2 56 8



Vasco da Gama
  • Taça Guanabara U17: 2015
  • Taça Guanabara U20: 2017
  • Taça Rio U20: 2017
  • Campeonato Carioca U20: 2017


Brazil U17

Brazil U15




  1. ^ "Reforçado por joia, Vasco treina visando clássico com o Botafogo" (in Portuguese). Vasco da Gama. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Vasco vence o Vitória, deixa abatimento de lado e crava primeiro triunfo fora" (in Portuguese). 13 July 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Paulinho marca dois gols no Horto, e Vasco derrota o Galo para colar no G-6" (in Portuguese). 24 July 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  4. ^ Vickery, Tim (25 July 2017). "Paulinho emerges from Vinicius Junior shadow to strike Brazilian record". ESPN. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Base decide, Vasco vence Ponte Preta e confirma vaga na Libertadores" (in Portuguese). 3 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Paulinho faz história, e Vasco confirma classificação na Libertadores" (in Portuguese). 7 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Brasiliens Top-Talent Paulinho wechselt unters Bayer-Kreuz" (in German). Bayer Leverkusen. 24 April 2018.
  8. ^ "#HalloPaulinho" (in German). Bayer Leverkusen Twitter account. 17 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Brasil golea 5-0 a Chile y es campeón del Sudamericano Sub-17" (in Portuguese). CONMEBOL. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Brazil head up South American quartet". FIFA. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Paulinho scores against Spain in U17 World Cup". 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Brazil beat luckless Mali to finish third".
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  14. ^ "Ferj divulga seleção do Campeonato Carioca: Fluminense e Vasco dominam indicações". UOL. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Ferj divulga seleção do carioca com cinco jogadores do Flu e dois do Bota". 8 April 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Paulinho, do Vasco, é eleito como a 'Revelação do Campeonato Brasileiro 2017'".
  17. ^ "Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football". The Guardian.
  18. ^ "Arthur, Murilo, Vinícius Júnior: as 30 revelações do Brasileirão 2017".
  19. ^ "Vai, Paulinho! Menino dá belo chapéu, bate Vinícius Jr. e leva como abusado".
  20. ^ "Duas na conta: após vencer drible mais bonito, Paulinho leva pintura da rodada".
  21. ^ "Paulinho, do Vasco, é o abusado da última rodada dos estaduais".

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