Paulo Costinha

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Paulo Costinha
Personal information
Full name Paulo Rebelo Costinha Castro
Date of birth (1973-09-22) 22 September 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Braga, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1988 Braga
1988–1992 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Boavista 0 (0)
1993–1997 Sporting CP 76 (0)
1997–1999 Porto 2 (0)
1999–2000 Tenerife 9 (0)
2000–2006 União Leiria 118 (0)
2006–2009 Belenenses 33 (0)
Total 238 (0)
National team
1993 Portugal U20 5 (0)
1993–1995 Portugal U21 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paulo Rebelo Costinha Castro (born 22 September 1973), known as Costinha, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He appeared in 229 Primeira Liga games in 16 seasons, mainly with União de Leiria (six years) and Sporting (four).

Club career[edit]

Costinha was born in Braga. A product of Boavista FC's youth system, he went on to represent Primeira Liga clubs FC Porto and Sporting Clube de Portugal – being mostly a backup player – as well as U.D. Leiria, where he established himself in the top level.

After a short abroad stint with Spain's CD Tenerife, appearing rarely for the Segunda División team, Costinha joined C.F. Os Belenenses for the 2006–07 season. He only was a starter in his first year as he lost his position after the January 2007 arrival of Brazilian Júlio César,[1][2] being definitely released in the summer of 2009 without any further league appearances and retiring shortly after, aged nearly 36.

International career[edit]

Costinha represented Portugal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, playing in three matches out of six as the national side finished in fourth place. Previously, he appeared in all the games at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia, with the under-20s losing all three group stage matches (five goals conceded).[3]


  1. ^ "Belenenses: Cândido Costa e Evandro de regresso, Costinha de fora" [Belenenses: Cândido Costa and Evandro return, Costinha out] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Costinha: «Ninguém gosta de ficar de fora»" [Costinha: «Nobody likes to be left out»]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 November 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Paulo CostinhaFIFA competition record

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