João Paulo Dias Fernandes
|Full name||João Paulo Dias Fernandes|
|Date of birth||9 November 1992|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018|
Born in Barcelos, Braga District, Paulinho started playing with local amateurs Santa Maria FC. 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; his maiden appearance in the league took place on 12 August, in a 0–2 defeat to the same opponent where he also started.
In the 2013 off-season, after scoring 11 goals during the season, Paulinho moved to the Primeira Liga with Gil Vicente FC. 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. He netted his first goal on 24 November of the same year, but in a 2–3 loss at C.S. Marítimo.
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.
On 24 May 2017, Paulinho moved to S.C. Braga on a four-year contract. 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.
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. 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, but he did not make the final cut.
- "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.
- "Aves 5–1 Trofense" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "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.
- "Académica domina, Gil ganha" [Académica dominate, Gil win] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "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.
- "Oficial: Braga confirma contratação de Paulinho" [Official: Braga confirm signing of Paulinho]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 24 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "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.
- "Paulinho visa meta histórica" [Paulinho eyeing historical goal]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "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.
- "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Paulinho at TheFinalBall.com
- Paulinho at ForaDeJogo
- National team data (in Portuguese)
- Paulinho at Soccerway