Somália (footballer, born 1984)

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Paulo Silva ("Somália")
Personal information
Full name Paulo Rogério Reis Silva
Date of birth (1984-04-10) April 10, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Left wingback
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Taquaritinga
2006 Francana
2007–2009 Bragantino
2009 América de Natal
2010–2013 Botafogo
2012 Ponte Preta (loan)
2013 Joinville (loan)
2013–2014 ABC
2015– CRB
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paulo Rogério Reis Silva, nicknamed Somália (born April 10, 1984, in São Paulo), is a Brazilian footballer, who can play in both defensive midfielder and left wingback. He currently plays for CRB of the Série B.


Silva started his football career playing for small São Paulo-based clubs. Joining Bragantino in 2007, he became noted for his shooting ability. Despite his club's poor form, Silva managed to attract the attention of Botafogo, signing a contract with the club in 2010. His good performances and versatility earned him a five-year contract with the Série A club.[1] He has played all across the pitch for Botafogo.

Personal life[edit]

Fake kidnapping[edit]

On January 7, 2011, Silva claimed he had been kidnapped at gunpoint before being robbed of money and jewelry.[2] CCTV footage showed that he was simply late for training, and fabricated the story in order to circumvent the clubs 40% wage drop due to tardiness.[3][4] Silva was charged with filing a false police report, and on January 19, 2011, he agreed to a deal offered by prosecutors to donate R$22,000 (about US$13,000) to the victims of recent floods in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in order to avoid a possible prison sentence and criminal record.[5]




  1. ^ CBF Registry (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Gustavo Rotstein (January 7, 2011). "Somália sofre sequestro-relâmpago e não vai à reapresentação do Botafogo". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Thamine Leta (January 7, 2011). "Jogador Somália forjou sequestro-relâmpago, diz polícia do Rio". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brazil police say footballer Somalia 'faked' his kidnap". BBC News. January 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Somália entra em acordo e precisará fazer doações no valor de R$22 mil". Esporte UOL (in Portuguese). January 19, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 

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