Paulo Vinícius (footballer, born 1984)

Paulo Vinícius de Souza Nascimento (born 12 August 1984), known as Paulo Vinícius, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a defender for Romanian club FCSB. He can occupy all three defensive positions.

Paulo Vinícius
Personal information
Full name Paulo Vinícius de Souza Nascimento[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-12) 12 August 1984 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Cuiabá, Brazil[1]
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Number 55
Youth career
1997–2003 Cuiabá
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Cuiabá 10 (1)
2003Operário Ltda (loan) 5 (0)
2005–2008 Grêmio Anápolis 10 (2)
2005Mixto (loan) 3 (0)
2006–2007Santa Clara (loan) 29 (1)
2007–2008Leixões (loan) 2 (0)
2008Olhanense (loan) 14 (2)
2008–2011 União Leiria 76 (5)
2011–2014 Braga 39 (4)
2014–2015 Operário Ltda 2 (0)
2015–2016 Boavista 32 (2)
2016–2017 Apollon Limassol 33 (6)
2017–2021 CFR Cluj 115 (15)
2021– FCSB 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2021

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 126 matches and nine goals in representation of four clubs. In 2017 he signed with CFR Cluj in Romania, where he won several club and invididual honours.

Club careerEdit


Born in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Vinícius only played lower league football in his country. In 2006 he signed with Portuguese club C.D. Santa Clara, making his debut in the Segunda Liga on 27 August in a 1–0 away win against Portimonense S.C. where he played the full 90 minutes. He scored his first goal of the season on 14 January 2007, but in a 2–1 away loss to Gil Vicente FC.[2]

Remaining in the country, Vinícius joined Leixões S.C. in the summer of 2007.[3] His first match in the Primeira Liga took place on 3 November of that year, when he came on as a late substitute in a 3–0 home win over S.C. Braga.[4] During the 2008 January transfer window, still owned by Grêmio Esportivo Anápolis, he moved to S.C. Olhanense.[5]

Vinícius signed for U.D. Leiria for 2008–09, netting twice during the campaign[6][7] to help his team return to the top division after a one-year absence. In the following years, he continued to be regularly used.

Subsequently, and save for a short spell back in his country with amateurs Operário Futebol Clube (Várzea Grande), Vinícius continued to compete in the Portuguese top tier, featuring regularly at Braga[8] but also dealing with injury problems[9][10] and starting at Boavista FC.[11] He helped the former side win the 2012–13 edition of the Taça da Liga notably playing the entire semi-final against S.L. Benfica where they emerged victorious after a penalty shootout.[12]


In the summer of 2016, the 32-year-old Vinícius joined Apollon Limassol from the Cypriot First Division.[13] He scored a career-best six goals in his first and only season, also finding the net in the final of the domestic cup where his team defeated APOEL FC 1–0.[14]


Vinícius signed for CFR Cluj in June 2017.[15] He scored his first goal for the team on 14 August, helping to a 2–0 Liga I away victory over Sepsi OSK.[16] On 10 February 2018, Vinícius opened a 1–1 draw with title contenders FCSB.[17] He was an undisputed starter in his first year, as the club won the fourth national championship in its history.[18][19]

Vinícius left Cluj-Napoca in the summer of 2021 upon the expiration of his contract, after winning the national title in every possible season as well as two Supercupa României. On 27 July that year, aged nearly 37, he agreed to a one-year deal with FCSB.[20] His first goal came in a 6–0 derby thrashing of Dinamo București, on 12 September.[21]



Apollon Limassol

CFR Cluj



  1. ^ a b c d "Paulo Vinícius" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Gil Vicente-Santa Clara, 2–1: Mateus resolve" [Gil Vicente-Santa Clara, 2–1: Mateus the decider]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 January 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Paulo Vinícius por uma época" [Paulo Vinícius for one season]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 June 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Leixões-Sp. Braga, 3–0 (Roberto 36, Bruno China 45+1, Jorge Gonçalves 73)". Record (in Portuguese). 3 November 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Paulo Vinícius cedido até ao final da época" [Paulo Vinícius loaned until the end of the season]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Sp. Covilhã-União de Leiria, 2–3: Sucesso com selo de Carlão" [Sp. Covilhã-União de Leiria, 2–3: Carlão-sealed success]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 March 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Aves-U. Leiria, 0–2: Vitória sem discussão" [Aves-U. Leiria, 0–2: Uncontested win]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 April 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Paulo Vinícius já está seguro" [Paulo Vinícius is already confirmed]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 20 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ Russo Belo, Joana (2 October 2013). "Sp. Braga: A quinta dupla de centrais" [Sp. Braga: The fifth stopper duo]. Correio do Minho (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ Rocha, Pedro (21 January 2014). "Braga | NAC e Paulo Vinícius transferíveis" [Braga | NAC and Paulo Vinícius transferlisted]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Paulo Vinícius assina pelo Boavista" [Paulo Vinícius signs for Boavista] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ a b R. Teixeira, Nuno (27 February 2013). "Sp. Braga afasta Benfica da final da Taça da Liga" [Sp. Braga oust Benfica from League Cup final] (in Portuguese). Relvado. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Έναρξη συνεργασίας με PAULO VINICIUS" [Start of cooperation with PAULO VINICIUS] (in Greek). Apollon Limassol. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Chipre: três portugueses ganham a Taça" [Cyprus: three Portuguese win Cup]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 24 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  15. ^ Crăiţoiu, Andrei (17 June 2017). "EXCLUSIV CFR Cluj a obținut semnăturile a doi fotbaliști » Prima reacție oficială despre venirea lui Bokila: "Nu o să uit asta niciodată!"" [EXCLUSIVE CFR Cluj obtained the signature of two players » First official reaction about Bokila's coming: "I'll never forgive this!"]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Sepsi – CFR Cluj 0–2. Oaspeţii ajung la cinci victorii consecutive fără gol primit şi se distanţează în fruntea clasamentului VIDEO" [Sepsi – CFR Cluj 0–2. Guests make it to five wins in a row without conceding a goal and distance themselves at the top of the table VIDEO] (in Romanian). Telekom TV. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  17. ^ "FCSB – CFR 1–1. Roş-albaştrii, salvaţi de un gol din penalty. Clujenii rămân pe locul 1" [FCSB – CFR 1–1. Roș-albaștrii, saved by a penalty goal. Cluj men stay on top] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  18. ^ Voicu, Cristian (22 May 2018). "EXCLUSIV | Jucătorul de la CFR care şi-a speriat colegii: "E un animal desăvârşit! Îmi pune barieră, nu pot să trec de el". Anul care l-a schimbat pe unul dintre cei mai promiţători fotbalişti ai lui Dan Petrescu: "Am învăţat că talentul nu face nimic"" [EXCLUSIVE | The CFR player who scared his teammates: "He's a real animal! He builds up a wall, I cannot go through it". The year changed one of Dan Petrescu's most promising footballers: "I learned that talent does nothing"]. ProSport (in Romanian). Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  19. ^ "CFR Cluj: lotul de jucători și alte date statistice" [CFR Cluj: player squad and other statistics] (in Romanian). Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Bine ai venit, Paulo Vinicius!" [Welcome, Paulo Vinícius!] (in Romanian). FCSB. 27 July 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  21. ^ "FCSB - Dinamo 6-0 | Victorie istorică pentru roș-albaștri. "Câinii", dezmembrați de echipa lui Iordănescu" [FCSB - Dinamo 6-0 | Historic victory for the red-blues. "The Dogs", dismembered by Iordănescu's team] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  22. ^ Guimarães, Christian (11 August 2016). "Zagueiro mato-grossense ex-Cuiabá e Operário VG conquista título na Europa" [Mato Grosso's own ex-Cuiabá and Operário VG stopper conquers title in Europe] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  23. ^ "FOTO&VIDEO | CFR Cluj a câștigat Supercupa României!" [PHOTO&VIDEO | CFR Cluj won the Romanian Supercup!] (in Romanian). Romanian Football Federation. 15 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  24. ^ "GALA GSP 2020. Paulo Vinicius – „Stranierul anului" în Ancheta Gazetei Sporturilor" [GSP GALA 2020. Paulo Vinícius – "Foreign Player of the Year" in the Gazeta Sporturilor Awards]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 22 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.

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