|Full name||Paulo José Lopes de Figueiredo|
|Date of birth||28 November 1972|
|Place of birth||Malanje, Angola|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Figueiredo was born in Malanje, Portuguese Angola to Portuguese settlers, moving to the land of his parents at the age of three. From 1991 to 1996 he played for five clubs, including one spell at C.F. Os Belenenses for which he failed to appear in the second division in the 1991–92 season.
In the 1996 summer, Figueiredo signed for C.D. Santa Clara in the second level, scoring five goals in 33 games in his third year as the team promoted to the Primeira Liga for the first time ever. He made his debut in the competition on 22 August 1999 in a 2–2 home draw against Sporting Clube de Portugal, and appeared in 31 league matches during the 1999–2000 campaign, but the Azores side was immediately relegated back.
After four more seasons with Santa Clara (two in the top flight) and nearly 300 official games, Figueiredo moved to the Portuguese lower leagues, splitting 2004–05 with Sport Clube Dragões Sandinenses and S.C. Lusitânia. He then signed with Sweden's Östers IF, being relegated in his first and only season in the Allsvenskan.
Figueiredo spent 2007–08 with FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț in Romania and C.D. Olivais e Moscavide in Portugal, without any competitive appearances for the former team. Subsequently, he closed out his career in his homeland after two years with C.R.D. Libolo.
In 2003, aged almost 31, Figueiredo was invited to play for Angola, and returned for the first time in almost 30 years to the country of his birth. After featuring heavily during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign – ten games, one goal against Nigeria on 18 June 2005, in a 1–1 away draw – he was selected to the final stages in Germany, playing in all three group stage matches as the Palancas Negras managed two draws in their first participation ever.
(Angola score listed first, score column indicates score after each Figueiredo goal)
|1.||21 June 2003||Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Nigeria||Nigeria||1–0||2–2||2004 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|2.||18 June 2005||Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, Nigeria||Nigeria||1–1||1–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||25 March 2007||Estádio da Cidadela, Luanda, Angola||Eritrea||6–1||6–1||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|4.||17 June 2007||Estádio da Cidadela, Luanda, Angola||Swaziland||1–0||3–0||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|5.||13 January 2008||Complexo Desportivo, Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal||Egypt||1–1||3–3||Friendly|
- Internacional angolano anuncia fim de carreira (Angolan international announces end of career); Ango Notícias, 18 June 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Angola 0–1 Portugal; BBC Sport, 11 June 2006