15 Paulinho

José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior

Midfielder

The Brazilian stands out for his ability to play in different positions and his knack for getting into the box

Born on 25 July 1988 in São Paulo in Brazil, José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior, better known as Paulinho, is player who is stands out for being a powerful midfielder at 1.82m tall who can get into the box and can play anywhere in the middle of the park. The 29 year old has plenty of experience in the game in various continents.

The midfielder made his professional debut at the 18 years of age with Lithuanian club Vilnius FC. He also spent time at Polish club Lodz before returning to Audax São in his home country where he had played as an U19. A year later he signed for Bragantino and his excellent season brought him to the attention of Corinthians where he played until 2013 and during his time with the club from São Paulo he also made his debut for the national time. Paulinho returned to Europe in 2013 with English club Tottenham Hotspur before signing for Chinese club Guangzhou in 2015.

In all, before joining the blaugranes the midfield had made 462 official club appearances, scoring 98 goals. He has won three national league titles, one in Brazil and two in China, the Copa Libertadores, and Asian Champions League.

Paulinho is a fixture in the Brazilian national squad and has been one of the players who has featured most for the national team in recent years. The midfielder  made his debut for ‘la canarinha’ in 2011 and was part of the squad that won the Confederations Cup in 2013. Prior to joining Barça had 41 caps to his name with 9 goals 

Technical profile

The midfielder stands out for his ability to play in different positions and his knack for getting into the box. He is a great all round player, good with the ball at his feet, hard working in defence and with an excellent shot.