Paulo Roberto Rink (born 21 February 1973) is a former footballer who played as a forward. Most commonly known for his time at Bayer Leverkusen, the Brazilian-born player earned 13 caps representing Germany. He retired in 2007.[2]

Paulo Rink
Personal information
Full name Paulo Roberto Rink
Date of birth (1973-02-21) 21 February 1973 (age 49)
Place of birth Curitiba-PR, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1989–1990 Athlético Paranaense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1997 Athlético Paranaense 35 (14)
1991Atlético Mineiro (loan)
1995Chapecoense (loan) 0 (0)
1997–2001 Bayer Leverkusen 88 (29)
1999Santos (loan) 12 (0)
2002 1. FC Nürnberg 19 (3)
2002–2003 Energie Cottbus 13 (3)
2003 Olympiakos Nicosia 14 (9)
2004 Vitesse 17 (5)
2004 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 11 (1)
2005 Olympiakos Nicosia 21 (14)
2005–2006 Omonia Nicosia[1] 13 (10)
2006–2007 Athlético Paranaense 13 (1)
International career
1998–2000 Germany 13 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Born in Curitiba, Rink began his career playing for Athlético Paranaense. After a solid career with the club, he negotiated with Bayer Leverkusen, and was transferred for US$6 million, the highest transfer fee paid for an Atlético Paranaense player at that time. Rink remained there for four years, barring a six-month break, when he was loaned out to Santos FC.

He played for several other clubs, 1. FC Nürnberg, FC Energie Cottbus, Vitesse Arnhem, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Olympiakos Nicosia and Omonia Nicosia.[3]

Rink ended his career in Athlético Paranaense, where his career started. His honorary match took place on 24 May 2007 at the Kyocera Arena. Playing in Paulo Rink's friends team were amongst others: Oséas, his old friend, who from 1995 to 1998 acted as his striking partner at Atlético Paranaense. Also present was the Uruguayan Gustavo Matosas, teammate in 1997 and 1998 and Kléberson, who played with him in 1998.

International careerEdit

Rink, whose great-grandfather had emigrated from Heidelberg to Brazil in 1904, was naturalized as a German citizen and subsequently called up to the Germany national team by then manager Berti Vogts in September 1998. He was the first Brazilian to play for Germany. The attacker took part in friendlies against Romania and Malta. A year afterwards, while still playing for Bayer Leverkusen, he was once again called up, this time for the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico. He played for Germany in the 2000 UEFA European Championship as well. In total, Rink was able to collect 13 international caps between 1998 and 2000.[4]


  1. ^ "Team Stats for Omonia". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Paulo Rink anuncia su retiro de las canchas como profesional". 1 May 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2008.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (30 June 2016). "PAULO Roberto RINK - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (30 June 2016). "PAULO Roberto RINK - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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