Tinga as a Borussia Dortmund player (2006)
|Full name||Paulo César Fonseca Nascimento|
|Date of birth||13 January 1978|
|Place of birth||Restinga, Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1999||→ Kawasaki Frontale (loan)||24||(8)|
|2000||→ Botafogo (loan)||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Porto Alegre, Tinga started playing professionally with local Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, receiving his nickname from the name of a neighbourhood called Restinga, where he was raised. In 1999 he was loaned to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, moving to J2 League's Kawasaki Frontale the following year in the same predicament.
In January 2004, following a wages dispute, Tinga left Grêmio and signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal, for the rest of that season and two more. However, he would only serve as third-choice in the Portuguese capital side, although he scored in a 2–0 home win against SK Rapid Wien in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup.
Tinga returned to his country in December 2004, being sold to Sport Club Internacional and being instrumental in the team's Libertadores Cup success in 2006 as he scored against São Paulo FC in a 4–3 aggregate win. Following these displays, he signed a three-year contract with Borussia Dortmund in Germany for R$8 million. On 26 August he assisted and was booked in his first game, a 3–1 win at VfB Stuttgart, going on to only miss four Bundesliga matches combined in his first two campaigns and adding eight goals.
On 1 April 2010, after not having his contract with Borussia renewed, 31-year-old Tinga left the club. He re-joined former club Internacional the following month and, on 17 May 2012, moved to Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.
On 30 April 2015 Tinga announced his retirement, after his contract with Cruzeiro ended.
Tinga made his debut with Brazil in 2001. After a five-year absence he was recalled to the national team by newly appointed manager Dunga, for a friendly against Switzerland, gaining his third cap on 15 November 2006.
On 12 February 2014, after a 1–2 loss against Real Garcilaso for the Copa Libertadores, Tinga suffered racist abuse from the home fans, who made monkey noises whenever he touched the ball. He subsequently spoke with sadness of the events, that took place in a "neighbouring country" and "still occurred in 2014".
- As of 23 May 2009
|1999||Kawasaki Frontale||J2 League||24||8|
- Borussia Dortmund
- DFL-Supercup: 2008
- Tinga und Nomadenleben eines Profifußballers (Tinga and the nomad life of a professional footballer); Der Westen, 7 May 2010 (German)
- Tinga targets Sporting success; UEFA.com, 19 January 2004
- "Só há uma vaga para reforços" [Only one new can be registered] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 October 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- "Sporting 2–0 Rapid Wien". UEFA.com. 16 September 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- Portuguese pair keeping busy; UEFA.com, 22 December 2004
- "Relatório da diretoria (2006)" [Directory report (2006)] (PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- Dortmund bring in Tinga; UEFA.com, 17 August 2006
- Kringe und Frei treffen beim VfB (Kringe and Frei score at VfB); kicker, 26 August 2006 (German)
- BVB: Vertrag von Tinga wird nicht verlängert (BVB: Tinga's contract will not be extended); Bild, 1 April 2010 (German)
- Tinga se aposenta e exalta a carreira: "Consegui ser maior do que esperava" (Tinga retires and praises career: "I managed to be bigger than I expected"); Globo Esporte, 30 April 2015 (Portuguese)
- Alvo de racismo no Peru, Tinga afirma: "Trocaria todos meus títulos por igualdade" (Racism target in Peru, Tinga claims: "I would trade all my titles for equality"); Super Esportes, 13 February 2014 (Portuguese)
- "Tinga". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 June 2014.