Paulo Madeira

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Paulo Madeira
Madeira at the 2011 Legends Cup
Personal information
Full name Paulo Sérgio Braga Madeira
Date of birth (1970-09-06) 6 September 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1982–1987 Lusitano
1987–1989 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Benfica 75 (1)
1993–1994 Marítimo (loan) 32 (3)
1995–1997 Belenenses 64 (5)
1997–2002 Benfica 94 (3)
2002–2003 Fluminense 0 (0)
2003–2004 Estrela Amadora 26 (0)
Total 291 (12)
National team
1989 Portugal U20 6 (0)
1989–1990 Portugal U21 17 (2)
1991–1999 Portugal 25 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paulo Sérgio Braga Madeira (born 6 September 1970) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Madeira was born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola. A youth graduate of S.L. Benfica, he made his first-team debuts in 1989–90 and, after serving a loan with fellow Primeira Liga club C.S. Marítimo, returned for another season.

After excellent displays with Lisbon neighbours C.F. Os Belenenses, Madeira was bought back by Benfica, but failed to appear regularly in his second spell with his alma mater (five years), which included a demotion to the club's B-side. He retired at almost 34 after brief stints with Fluminense FC and C.F. Estrela da Amadora, with the campaign ending in relegation; over the course of 13 seasons, he amassed top division (the only competition he appeared in in his country) totals of 291 games and 12 goals.

International career[edit]

At international level, Madeira was part of the Portugal senior team that participated at UEFA Euro 1996, although he did not leave the bench. In total, he earned 25 caps and scored three goals over the course of eight years.

Previously, Madeira was instrumental in helping the under-20 side to the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia, playing all the matches.[1][2]

Paulo Madeira: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 1999 D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal  Azerbaijan 3–0 7–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
2 31 March 1999 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0–3 0–5 Euro 2000 qualifying
3 31 March 1999 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0–4 0–5 Euro 2000 qualifying


  1. ^ "Riade, 25 anos: como foi e onde estão os campeões" [Riyadh, 25 anos: how did it go and where are the champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Paulo MadeiraFIFA competition record

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