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Zé Kalanga
Personal information
Full name Paulo Baptista Nsimba
Date of birth (1983-10-12) 12 October 1983 (age 40)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Right winger
Youth career
2000–2004 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Petro Atletico 45 (17)
2006–2010 Dinamo București 33 (2)
2007–2008Boavista (loan) 22 (0)
2010–2011 Libolo 9 (0)
2011–2012 Santos de Angola 5 (4)
2013–2016 Bravos do Maquis 18 (1)
2017 Santa Rita 8 (0)
Total 140 (24)
International career
2003–2010 Angola 55 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Paulo Baptista Nsimba (born 12 October 1983), nicknamed Zé Kalanga, is an Angolan former professional footballer who played as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zé Kalanga was born on 12 October 1983 in Luanda, Angola and he played junior level football in England at Bristol City.[2][3] He began his senior career in 2004 at Angolan club, Petro Atletico in his hometown of Luanda, showing an appetite for goals in his three-seasons spell.[2][3][4]

Dinamo București and Boavista[edit]

His bright and promising performances for Angola on the right wing at the 2006 World Cup earned the 23-year-old a move to Romanian club Dinamo București who needed a replacement for Florentin Petre, paying to Petro Atletico a fee estimated by the Romanian press between $200.000–500.000.[5][6][7][8] Upon arriving on the Bucharest Henri Coandă airport, his first words in front of the reporters at the advice of the club's officials were:"Batem Steaua!" (We will defeat Steaua!).[6][9] He made his Liga I debut on 13 August 2006 in a 1–0 away victory against Jiul Petroșani and kept his promise as in his first derby, Dinamo won 1–0 with Steaua.[2][10] He scored his first goal in the league on 1 October in a 3–1 win over rivals Rapid București, then he scored another one in April 2007 in a 2–0 with Gloria Bistrița, these being his only two goals scored in the 21 league games coach Mircea Rednic used him, as the team won the title.[2][4][11] Zé Kalanga also appeared in five matches as The Red Dogs reached the sixteenths-finals of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup where they were eliminated with 3–1 on aggregate by Benfica.[2][12]

In June 2007 he did not attend Dinamo's pre-season reunion after the summer break.[5] Following this, he was loaned out to Portuguese side Boavista for the duration of the 2007–08 season, making his debut on 15 September 2007 under coach Jaime Pacheco in a 0–0 with Leixões, his evolution being praised by the press.[2][5][4][13] He played constantly for them, a highlight being an assist to Jorge Ribeiro's goal in the 2–0 win over Sporting Lisbon.[2][14] Zé Kalanga played 22 league games, helping The Panthers finish on the 9th place, but the club ended up being relegated because of referee corruption in the 2003–04 season.[2][15]

Zé Kalanga returned at Dinamo in September 2008, but he played rarely in one season and a half spent at the club.[2][5][4][16] With The Red Dogs he has a total of 33 Liga I games with two goals scored and seven appearances without scoring in European competitions.[2]

Late career[edit]

Zé Kalanga was sold by Dinamo in January 2010 back to Angola at Libolo for $500.000.[5][7][17] He spent the rest of his career in Angola, also playing for Santos de Angola, Bravos do Maquis and Santa Rita until his retirement in 2017.[5][18][19]

International career[edit]

Zé Kalanga made his debut for the Angola national team under coach Ismael Kurtz on 31 May 2003 in a friendly which ended 1–1 with Gabon.[3][20] Coach Oliveira Gonçalves took him in the squad for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, using him in a loss with Cameroon and a victory with Togo as the team failed to pass the group stage.[3][21]

He played eight games and scored one goal in a 3–0 with Gabon at the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, the team earning the qualification to the final tournament after a 1–0 win over Rwanda with Zé Kalanga providing the assist to Akwá's goal.[3][18] At the final tournament, Angola did not pass the group stage but coach Gonçalves used Zé Kalanga in all three matches, a 1–0 loss with Portugal, a 0–0 with Mexico and a 1–1 with Iran, at the latter he was voted Man of the Match as he provided the assist to Flávio's goal.[3][19][22] For his performances in 2006, Zé Kalanga was awarded by an Angolan radio with the "Newcomer of the year" title.[23]

He made four appearances and scored one goal in a 6–1 win over Eritrea at the successful 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.[3] Gonçalves used him in all four games from the final tournament, as the team passed the group stage, being defeated by Egypt in the quarter-finals.[24] His impressive performance, especially in the 3–1 win over Senegal when he provided an assist to Manucho's headed goal, made Eurosport place him in the team of the tournament.[3][25] In the following years he played five games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, scoring in a 3–1 victory over Niger and was used by coach Manuel José in two games at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, organised by his nation, including playing in the 1–0 loss with Ghana from the quarter-finals.[3][26] Zé Kalanga's last appearance for the national team took place on 3 March 2010 in a friendly which ended 1–1 with Latvia, having a total of 55 matches with six goals scored for the Black Sable antelopes.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Scores and results list Angola's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Zé Kalanga goal.
List of international goals scored by Zé Kalanga[3]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 February 2005 Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo  Congo 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 4 September 2005 Estádio da Cidadela, Luanda, Angola  Gabon 3–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 30 April 2006 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 2–0 3–0 2006 COSAFA Cup
4 3–0
5 25 March 2007 Complexo Desportivo da Cidadela, Luanda, Angola  Eritrea 3–0 6–0 2008 African Cup of Nations qualification
6 12 October 2008 Estádio dos Coqueiros, Luanda, Angola  Niger 3–1 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


Dinamo București


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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Zé Kalanga at National-Football-Teams.com
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  6. ^ a b "Ze Kalanga s-a pus bine cu fanii: 'Batem Steaua!'" [Ze Kalanga got on well with the fans: 'We beat Steaua!'] (in Romanian). Libertatea.ro. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
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  9. ^ "Ze Kalanga: "Să pierd cu Steaua, dar să iau titlul!"" [Ze Kalanga: "To lose with Steaua, but to take the title!"] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  10. ^ "Victorie din scurt" [Victory in short] (in Romanian). Libertatea.ro. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Derby rosu" [Red derby] (in Romanian). Libertatea.ro. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
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    "Ze Kalanga, dorit de Steaua!" [Ze Kalanga, desired by Steaua!] (in Romanian). Libertatea.ro. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Dinamo mai are nevoie de un singur punct pana la titlu. Farul s-a indepartat la sase puncte de retrogradare" [Dinamo needs only one more point until the title. Farul has moved to six relegation points] (in Romanian). Hotnews.ro. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Dinamo, 99% campioana" [Dinamo, 99% champion] (in Romanian). Evz.ro. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  12. ^ "Benfica - Dinamo 1-0. Ne-am inecat la mal" [Benfica - Dinamo 1-0. We drowned at the shore] (in Romanian). Hotnews.ro. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Dinamo - Benfica 1-2" (in Romanian). Hotnews.ro. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  13. ^ "Ze Kalanga va fi coechipier cu portarul Carlos la Boavista Porto" [Ze Kalanga will be teammates with goalkeeper Carlos at Boavista Porto] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Angolano Zé Kalanga animou jogo de empatas" [Angolan Zé Kalanga loves the game of draws] (in Portuguese). Cmjornal.pt. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  14. ^ "Iti mai aduci aminte de Ze Kalanga? Vezi un film in care fostul dinamovist arata de ce e in stare la Boavista!" [Do you remember Ze Kalanga? Watch a film in which the former Dynamo player shows why he is in good shape at Boavista!] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "BOAVISTA-SPORTING, 2-0 (Marcelão 39', Jorge Ribeiro 83')" (in Portuguese). Record.pt. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  15. ^ "Ze Kalanga și Carlos, retrogradați!" [Ze Kalanga and Carlos, relegated!] (in Romanian). Prosport.ro. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Ze Kalanga si Carlos retrogradati! Boavista - in liga secunda dupa scandalul "Fluierul Aurit" din Portugalia!" [Ze Kalanga and Carlos relegated! Boavista - in the second league after the "Golden Whistle" scandal in Portugal!] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  16. ^ "Ze Kalanga, din nou "câine"" [Ze Kalanga, a "dog" again] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Ze Kalanga: "Dinamo este a doua mea casă"" [Ze Kalanga: "Dinamo is my second home"] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  17. ^ "Dinamo l-a dat pe Ze Kalanga pe 500.000$! Vezi unde pleaca" [Dinamo gave Ze Kalanga for $500,000! See where it goes] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Dinamo l-a vîndut cu 500.000$ pe Ze Kalanga!" [Dinamo sold Ze Kalanga for $500,000!] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Dinamo a scăpat de Ze Kalanga. Superafacere" [Dinamo got rid of Ze Kalanga. Super business] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Ze Kalanga, la Recreativo Libolo pentru 500.000 de dolari!" [Ze Kalanga, to Recreativo Libolo for 500,000 dollars!] (in Romanian). Prosport.ro. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  18. ^ a b "Zé Kalanga: "O futebol angolano está a morrer"" [Zé Kalanga: "Angolan football is dying"] (in Portuguese). Dw.com. 18 November 2022. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  19. ^ a b "Ce mai face Ze Kalanga, fostul star al Angolei campion cu Dinamo. Interviu pentru Deutsche Welle: "Fotbalul nostru e pe moarte"" [How is Ze Kalanga, former star of Angola champion with Dinamo? Interview for Deutsche Welle: "Our football is dying"] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 10 January 2023. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
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    "Angola waste chance". Eurosport.com. 29 January 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  22. ^ "Portugal edge Angola". Eurosport.com. 11 June 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "Angola hold Mexico". Eurosport.com. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
    "No miracle for Angola". Eurosport.com. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  23. ^ "Akwa given award". Eurosport.com. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
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    "Quarter-finals". News.bbc.co.uk. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
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