Paulo Torres

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Paulo Torres
Personal information
Full name Paulo Manuel Banha Torres
Date of birth (1971-11-25) 25 November 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Évora, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1983–1985 SL Évora
1985–1989 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Sporting CP 65 (7)
1991 Atlético (loan) 1 (1)
1995–1996 Campomaiorense 23 (0)
1996–1998 Salamanca 29 (1)
1998 Rayo Vallecano 8 (0)
1999 Chaves 10 (1)
1999–2000 Leganés 8 (0)
2000–2001 Torreense 25 (1)
2001–2002 Penafiel 16 (0)
2002–2003 Imortal 20 (3)
Total 205 (14)
National team
1988–1989 Portugal U18 21 (4)
1990–1991 Portugal U20 12 (6)
1992–1994 Portugal U21 23 (3)
1992 Portugal 2 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Peniche
2004–2006 Fátima
2006 Barreirense
2007 Bombarralense
2007–2009 Rio Maior
2009–2011 Torreense
2011–2012 Atlético Reguengos
2012–2013 Torreense
2013 Sporting Bissau
2014–2016 Guinea-Bissau
2017– Interclube
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paulo Manuel Banha Torres (born 25 November 1971 in Évora) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a left back, and a current manager.

Playing career[edit]

During his career, which was spent entirely in his country and Spain, Torres, a free kick specialist, played for Sporting Clube de Portugal (this included a very brief loan at Lisbon neighbours Atlético Clube de Portugal), S.C. Campomaiorense, UD Salamanca – playing one season each in the country's two major divisionsRayo Vallecano, G.D. Chaves, CD Leganés, S.C.U. Torreense, F.C. Penafiel and Imortal DC, retiring at 31.

Torres was part of the Portuguese national team, dubbed The Golden Generation, that won the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship on home soil, scoring two goals through long-distance free kicks and three in total during the tournament.[1] He also won two full caps, both in the following year.

Coaching career[edit]

Torres took up coaching immediately after retiring as a player, managing exclusively in the lower leagues in Portugal. In January 2014, he was appointed as head coach of the Guinea-Bissau national team.

In September 2015, Torres received a four-match ban from the Confederation of African Football for abusing a referee during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Zambia three months earlier.[2] He was sacked in March of the following year, after a 1–3 loss to Liberia.[3]





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