|Full name||Vítor Manuel da Costa Araújo|
|Date of birth||16 February 1966|
|Place of birth||Calendário, Portugal|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He excelled in the late 80's/early 90's with Benfica, to where he arrived from the lower leagues, going on to amass Primeira Liga totals of 335 games and 43 goals over the course of 11 seasons (289/44 in official matches with his main club) – he also played with Vitória de Guimarães in the competition.
Born in Calendário, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Paneira started playing professionally with hometown's F.C. Famalicão, joining F.C. Vizela in the second division in the 1987–88 season and also receiving his first under-21 call-ups during the Toulon Tournament.
He was signed by S.L. Benfica in the summer of 1988, and remained there until the end of the 1994–95 campaign, being an instrumental element during his seven-year stay as he helped the Lisbon club to the Primeira Liga championship three times, adding the 1993 domestic cup. He also played in the 1990 Champions Cup final, with Benfica losing 0–1 to A.C. Milan; in the 1992–93 UEFA Cup he scored twice in a 2–1 home win against Juventus FC, coached by Giovanni Trapattoni (albeit in a 2–4 aggregate defeat).
Paneira moved to Vitória de Guimarães for 1995–96, due to problems with Benfica boss Artur Jorge which was also part of a locker room clean-up – he was club captain when this occurred – and played four seasons there. In the 1999 summer he switched to Académica de Coimbra, and retired at 35 after two years in the second level.
On 16 December 2009, Paneira was named coach of Boavista FC, with the 2001 league champions now in division three. He was appointed at another side in the category, C.D. Tondela, on 24 May 2011, leading them to promotion in the playoffs in his first season.
Paneira made his debut for Portugal the same year he signed for Benfica, in a 0–0 friendly draw with Sweden on 12 October 1988. In total he won 44 caps for the national team (42 for Benfica and two for Guimarães) and scored four goals in a seven-year period, playing his last international in another friendly, a 1–0 win over Republic of Ireland on 29 May 1996.
|1||25 January 1989||Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece||Greece||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|2||15 February 1989||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Belgium||1–0||1–1||1990 World Cup qualification|
|3||26 April 1989||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Switzerland||3–1||3–1||1990 World Cup qualification|
|4||20 February 1991||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||Malta||4–0||5–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
2 includes 2 matches in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
3 includes 3 matches in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
4 includes 1 match and 1 goal in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
5 includes 8 matches and 1 goal in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
- Primeira Divisão: 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94
- Taça de Portugal: 1992–93
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1989
- European Cup: Runner-up 1989–90
- Nº28 – Vítor ("Paneira") Manuel da Costa Araújo; Vedeta ou Marreta?, 12 November 2006 (in Portuguese)
- "Champions' Cup 1989–90". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "Benfica 2–1 Juventus". UEFA.com. 4 March 1993. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- Vítor Paneira é o novo treinador do Boavista (Vítor Paneira is new Boavista coach); Boavista's official website, 16 December 2009 (in Portuguese)
- "Vítor Paneira: "Seremos principiantes nestas andanças"" [Vítor Paneira: "We will be beginners in this stage"] (in Portuguese). Record. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- Tondela: Vítor Paneira despedido (Tondela: Vítor Paneira fired); Mais Futebol, 8 November 2013 (in Portuguese)
- Vítor Paneira assume comando técnico do histórico Varzim (Vítor Paneira takes the helm of historic Varzim); Público, 25 March 2014 (in Portuguese)
- Vítor Paneira deixou o comando do Varzim (Vítor Paneira no longer in charge of Varzim); O Jogo, 5 May 2015 (in Portuguese)
- Vítor Paneira é o novo treinador do CD Tondela (Vítor Paneira is the new CD Tondela manager); Tondela's official website, 30 May 2015 (in Portuguese)
- "Paneira". European Football. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- "Vitor Paneira". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Subida à II B pela mão de Paneira" [Promotion to II B by the hand of Paneira] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2015.