Paulo Santos (Portuguese footballer)

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Paulo Santos
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Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge da Silva dos Santos
Date of birth (1972-12-11) 11 December 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Odivelas, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1989 Sporting CP
1989–1991 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Mirense 26 (0)
1992–1993 Olivais Moscavide 33 (0)
1993–1994 Benfica 1 (0)
1994–1995 Penafiel 19 (0)
1995–1998 Estrela Amadora 59 (0)
1998–2001 Alverca 67 (0)
2001–2005 Porto 8 (0)
2003Varzim (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2004 Porto B 3 (0)
2004–2005Braga (loan) 33 (0)
2005–2008 Braga 75 (0)
2009–2010 Estoril 26 (0)
2010–2012 Rio Ave 30 (0)
Total 382 (0)
National team
1994 Portugal U21 1 (0)
2005 Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paulo Jorge da Silva dos Santos (born 11 December 1972) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He played in 275 Primeira Liga matches during 14 seasons, representing in the competition Benfica, Estrela da Amadora, Alverca, Porto, Varzim, Braga and Rio Ave.

Santos was part of the Portugal squad at the 2006 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Odivelas, Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Santos began his football career at age 11 at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and made his debuts in the Primeira Liga in the 1993–94 season, winning the league with capital neighbours S.L. Benfica by playing one minute on the last game. After successful stints with C.F. Estrela da Amadora and F.C. Alverca, he went on to represent FC Porto,[1] with no significant impact.

In summer 2005, Santos joined S.C. Braga after serving a loan stint with the same team the previous campaign.[2] During that first year – with the Minho side finishing in fourth position in the league – when Andrés Madrid deflected the ball in for an own goal, he was beaten for the first time in 595 minutes, just 40 short of the record set by Benfica's Manuel Bento;[3] in the only other time he had conceded during that season so far, Red Star Belgrade claimed the away goal that ended the Portuguese's campaign in the UEFA Cup at the first round for the second year running.[4]

In 2007–08, mainly due to injury problems,[5] Santos appeared in only 12 league matches. He was released in December 2008 following a contract dispute,[6][7] although he had a link running until June 2009.[8]

Midway through 2008–09, Santos spent time training with lowly Odivelas F.C. in the third level in order to stay fit.[7] In July he "upgraded" to division two with G.D. Estoril Praia, appearing regularly to help his team retain their league status.

On 12 July 2010, at nearly 38, Santos moved to top level club Rio Ave FC, filling the gap left by the departure of starter Carlos Fernandes, who signed with a team in Turkey.[9] He retired two years later, having been first-choice in his debut campaign.

International career[edit]

Santos won one cap for the Portugal national team, appearing in a friendly with Northern Ireland on 15 November 2005 (1–1 in Belfast).[10][11] He was called up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament, as a late replacement for the injured Bruno Vale.[12]

During the group stage game against Guinea for the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship, Santos dropped his shorts to the crowd after being subjected to insults, being immediately suspended from the tournament and later banned by FIFA for one year.[13]


After retiring, Santos worked in the area of food supplements.[14]









  1. ^ Quiosque: Guarda-redes Paulo Santos assina pelo F.C. Porto (O Jogo) (Newsstand: Goalkeeper Paulo Santos signs for F.C. Porto (O Jogo)); Mais Futebol, 31 May 2001 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Sporting de Braga: guarda-redes Paulo Santos ausente pela primeira vez (Sporting de Braga: goalkeeper Paulo Santos absent for the first time); Público, 24 February 2005 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Liga 2005/06: Moretto passa a ser guarda-redes mais tempo em branco (2005/06 League: Moretto is now cleanest goalkeeper); Mais Futebol, 17 December 2005 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Sp. Braga-Estrela Vermelha, 1–1: As falhas do costume... (Sp. Braga-Red Star, 1–1: The usual mistakes...); Record, 30 September 2005 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Sp. Braga: Paulo Santos de fora da lista para o F.C. Porto (Sp. Braga: Paulo Santos out of squad for F.C. Porto); Mais Futebol, 17 August 2007 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Sp. Braga: rescisão de Paulo Santos nas «mãos» do departamento jurídico (Sp. Braga: termination of Paulo Santos in the «hands» of the juridical department); Mais Futebol, 11 September 2008 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ a b Paulo Santos liberta-se do Sp. Braga: «Sinto-me um jovem» (Paulo Santos cuts ties with Sp. Braga: «I feel young»); Mais Futebol, 19 December 2008 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Santos sticking with Braga; UEFA, 20 June 2007
  9. ^ Guarda-redes Paulo Santos reforça Rio Ave (Goalkeeper Paulo Santos bolsters Rio Ave); Mais Futebol, 12 July 2010 (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ Paulo Santos gets Portugal call; UEFA, 4 November 2005
  11. ^ N Ireland 1–1 Portugal; BBC Sport, 15 November 2005
  12. ^ Scolari turns to Paulo Santos; UEFA, 28 May 2006
  13. ^ Paulo Santos: quando baixar os calções a escoceses custou um ano sem jogar (Paulo Santos: when dropping his shorts on Scots cost one year without playing); Mais Futebol, 4 November 2005 (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Paulo Santos, o empresário que passou pela baliza dos três grandes (Paulo Santos, the entrepreneur who had goal spells in the big three); Diário de Notícias, 26 March 2017 (in Portuguese)
  15. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.

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