Paulo César Batista

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Full name Paulo César Batista dos Santos
Date of birth (1968-03-24) 24 March 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988−1992 Cruzeiro 55 (5)
1992−1994 Grêmio 13 (3)
1994−1995 Benfica 4 (0)
1995 Vasco da Gama
1995−1996 Atlético Mineiro 14 (1)
1996 Guarani
1996 Atlético Paranaense
1996−1997 Colo-Colo 0 (0)
1998 Inter de Limeira
1998−1999 Ponte Preta 11 (0)
National team
1990−1992 Brazil 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2014

Paulo César Batista dos Santos (born 24 March 1968 in), known just as Paulão, is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a centre back.

An international for Brazil from 1990 to 1992, Paulão gained notability at Cruzeiro and Grêmio, where he won the 1994 Copa do Brasil with the Porto Alegre-side.


Born in Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Paulão started at Cruzeiro where he made his breakthrough, winning two Campeonato Mineiro in 1990 and 1992. He played alongside Adílson Batista, Paulo Roberto, Ademir and Ramon Menezes.[1] Due to his performances at Cruzeiro, he received a call-up for the national team by Paulo Roberto Falcão in 1990. He made his debut on 12 September 1990 against Spain and his last on 16 December 1992, against Germany, counting eight caps during those two years; he still was part of the squad for the 1993 Copa América, but did not played.[1]

In 1992, he moved to Grêmio, competing in the Supercopa Libertadores, lost to his former team, but winning the 1994 Copa do Brasil and the 1994 Campeonato Gaúcho. In 1994, he joined Benfica, intended as future replacement for Carlos Mozer.[2] He made his debut on 21 August 1994 in a first tier match against Beira-Mar, and appeared regularly until late September, when he was sidelined in favour of Mozer.[3]

He left the club in December 1994, signing with Vasco da Gama but stayed only one year, becoming a journeyman in next four years, passing through five clubs, before retiring.[4] In 2007, he worked as assistant manager with Dorival Júnior, who was quoted saying: "I know Paulão, he used to play alongside me [at Grêmio] and is a person of my total confidence."[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Paulão". Terceiro Tempo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 739.
  3. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 533.
  4. ^ "Paulão". Retrieved 21 June 2018. 


  • Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica [Benfica Almanac]. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. 



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