João Paulo Dias Fernandes

Personal information
Full name João Paulo Dias Fernandes
Date of birth (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
2001–2011 Santa Maria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Santa Maria 39 (9)
2012–2013 Trofense 35 (11)
2013–2017 Gil Vicente 112 (28)
2017– Braga 30 (13)
National team
2012 Portugal U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018

João Paulo Dias Fernandes (born 9 November 1992), commonly known as Paulinho, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for S.C. Braga as a striker.

Club career


Born in Barcelos, Braga District, Paulinho started playing with local amateurs Santa Maria FC.[1] In 2012 he signed with Segunda Liga club C.D. Trofense, making his debut as a professional on 29 July by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–5 away loss against C.D. Aves for the group stage of the Taça da Liga;[2] his maiden appearance in the league took place on 12 August, in a 0–2 defeat to the same opponent where he also started.[3]

Gil Vicente

In the 2013 off-season, after scoring 11 goals during the season, Paulinho moved to the Primeira Liga with Gil Vicente FC.[1] He made his debut in the competition on 18 August, coming on as a 49th-minute substitute in a 2–0 home win over Associação Académica de Coimbra.[4] He netted his first goal on 24 November of the same year, but in a 2–3 loss at C.S. Marítimo.[5]

During the 2016–17 campaign, with the team again in the second level, Paulinho scored a career-best 19 times for a runner-up position in the individual charts.[6]


On 24 May 2017, Paulinho moved to S.C. Braga on a four-year contract.[7] He finished his first year as team top scorer at 13 – 17 across all competitions – helping them qualify to the group phase of the UEFA Europa League after ranking fourth in the league.[8]

International career

Paulinho won his first and only cap for the Portugal under-21 team on 14 November 2012, playing the last 18 minutes of the 3–2 friendly defeat of Scotland.[9] In May 2018, he was included by full side manager Fernando Santos in a preliminary 35-man squad for the upcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia,[10] but he did not make the final cut.[11]


  1. 1 2 "Paulinho um goleador "made in" Santa Maria" [Paulinho scorer made in Santa Maria] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. "Aves 5–1 Trofense" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. "D. Aves-Trofense, 2–0: Golos a abrir e a fechar" [D. Aves-Trofense, 2–0: Early and late goals]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. "Académica domina, Gil ganha" [Académica dominate, Gil win] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. "Marítimo vence Gil Vicente e abandona lugares de descida" [Marítimo defeat Gil Vicente and leave relegation zone] (in Portuguese). TSF. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. "Oficial: Braga confirma contratação de Paulinho" [Official: Braga confirm signing of Paulinho]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 24 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. "Paulinho, ex-Gil Vicente, assina por quatro épocas pelo Sporting de Braga" [Paulinho, formerly of Gil Vicente, signs for four seasons with Sporting de Braga]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 24 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  8. "Paulinho visa meta histórica" [Paulinho eyeing historical goal]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  9. "Sub-21 dão volta ao marcador e vencem a Escócia por 3–2" [Under-21s come back from behind and beat Scotland 3–2] (in Portuguese). TSF. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  10. "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  11. "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
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