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Paulo Costa (footballer)

Paulo Costa
Personal information
Full namePaulo Sérgio Cardoso Costa
Date of birth (1979-12-05) 5 December 1979 (age 34)
Place of birthMoita, Portugal
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubNone
Youth career
1996–1998Sporting CP
Senior career*
2000Inter Milan0(0)
2001–2002Porto B12(7)
2002–2003Venezia (loan)20(0)
2003–2004Bordeaux (loan)16(0)
2004–2005Gil Vicente (loan)17(0)
2007Aris Limassol13(2)
2009APOEL (loan)5(2)
2011Aris Limassol12(4)
National team
2000–2002Portugal U2122(10)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Sérgio Cardoso da Costa (born 5 December 1979) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder.

After hardly settling at any club for more than one decade, having played professionally in Portugal, Italy, France and Greece, he finally moved to Cyprus in his mid-20's, playing the vast majority of his remaining career there.

Football career

Born in Moita, Setúbal District, Costa began playing as a senior at Sporting Clube Lourinhanense, Sporting Clube de Portugal's farm team. In 1999 he joined F.C. Alverca, rejoining another youth product of the Portuguese League giants, Marco Caneira.

In summer 2000 both Costa and Caneira signed with Inter Milan, who bought the pair in a co-ownership deal with Reggina Calcio.[1] He was bought back from Reggina in July 2001[2] and, in a continuing series of unassuming loans, then played with F.C. Porto (who also acquired 50% registration rights for about €1.5 million[3][4]), A.C. Venezia and FC Girondins de Bordeaux, rejoining former teammate Caneira in the latter (with the first and third clubs, he was often demoted to the reserves);[5][6] he returned to Portugal for the 2004–05 season, joining Gil Vicente FC.

Costa joined Aris Thessaloniki F.C. from Greece in January 2006, as his contract with Porto and Inter was set to expire on 30 June,[7] with his new club starting the second division season in poor fashion, but improving their game and results under Nikos Anastopoulos and eventually returning to the top division, with the player contributing with 13 games; in the following season he scored a career-best seven goals, with Aris overachieving for a final fourth place as he formed a successful offensive partnership with Spaniard Koke.

In August 2007 Costa started a Cypriot adventure, as many Portuguese players in that timeframe years, by joining Aris Limassol FC. On 3 January 2008 he signed a three 1/2-year contract with another side in the country, Anorthosis Famagusta FC.

On 28 December 2008, continuing in Cyprus, Costa signed a six-month contract with APOEL FC, but his link was mutually rescinded on 13 March of the following year.[8] In August 2009 he returned to Greece and penned a two-year contract with Levadiakos FC,[9] leaving the club in January 2010 and moving back to Cyprus, signing for one 1/2-years with domestic cup holders APOP Kinyras FC.

Costa moved to Ermis Aradippou for 2010–11, but was released shortly after. He finished the season with another team in the country, former club Aris Limassol, netting four goals as it returned to the top flight after one year.


External links

  • Stats and profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • 2004–05 Portuguese League profile (Portuguese)
  • Template:Lfpfr2
  • FIFA competition record

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