Paulo Lopes (footballer)

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Paulo Lopes
Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge Pedro Lopes
Date of birth (1978-06-29) 29 June 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Mirandela, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1991–1993 Mirandela
1993–1997 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Benfica 0 (0)
1999–2000 Gil Vicente (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2001 Barreirense (loan) 25 (0)
2001–2002 Benfica B 26 (0)
2002–2004 Salgueiros 62 (0)
2004–2007 Estrela Amadora 33 (0)
2007–2009 Trofense 47 (0)
2009–2012 Feirense 84 (0)
2012–2018 Benfica 4 (0)
Total 282 (0)
National team
1995 Portugal U17 2 (0)
1997 Portugal U20 5 (0)
1997–2000 Portugal U21 10 (0)
2003 Portugal B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paulo Jorge Pedro Lopes (born 29 June 1978) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He appeared in 81 Primeira Liga games over the course of 14 seasons, representing Benfica, Gil Vicente, Estrela da Amadora, Trofense and Feirense. He won several titles with the first club, always as third-choice.[1]

Lopes added 150 appearances in the Segunda Liga, in a 21-year professional career.

Club career

Born in Mirandela, Bragança District, Lopes joined S.L. Benfica's youth system at the age of 96, being promoted to the first team four years later and going on to serve two loans in his first two years as a senior.[1] On 19 February 2000, while at the service of Gil Vicente FC, he made his Primeira Liga debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in an eventual 1–1 away draw against Sporting Clube de Portugal after Paulo Jorge was sent off.[2][3]

In June 2002, Lopes was released by Benfica. He alternated between the top division and the Segunda Liga in the following decade, notably achieving promotions to the former competition with C.D. Trofense (2007–08)[4] and C.D. Feirense (2010–11);[5][1] during his stint with the former, on 4 January 2009, he was on goal to help the hosts defeat his parent club 2–0,[6] in an eventual relegation-ending season.

Lopes returned to the Estádio da Luz in the summer of 2012, aged 34.[7] He went on to act as third goalkeeper under several managers, collecting three league winners' medals by appearing in matches after his team had already been crowned champions;[8][9][10] he made his competitive debut on 18 October 2012, in a 4–0 away win over S.C. Freamunde for the Taça de Portugal.[1]

Lopes retired at the end of the 2017–18 campaign, being immediately appointed goalkeeper coach of Benfica's newly created under-23 team.[11][12]







  1. ^ a b c d "Paulo Lopes. Quando esperar é uma virtude" [Paulo Lopes. When waiting is a virtue]. i (in Portuguese). 5 May 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gil Vicente: Carlitos quebra-cabeças" [Gil Vicente: Carlitos the puzzle]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 February 2000. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sporting: Acosta lutador isolado" [Sporting: Acosta the lonesome fighter]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 February 2000. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Portimonense-Trofense, 2–2: De novo em festa agora com o título" [Portimonense-Trofense, 2–2: Party time again now with title]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Feirense assegura subida na vitória sobre o Aves" [Feirense confirm promotion in win over Aves] (in Portuguese). TSF. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Trofense-Benfica, 2–0 (destaques)" [Trofense-Benfica, 2–0 (highlights)]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 4 January 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Guarda-redes Paulo Lopes regressa ao Benfica dez anos depois" [Goalkeeper Paulo Lopes returns to Benfica ten years later]. Público (in Portuguese). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "FC Porto bate Benfica sob avaliação de Lopetegui" [FC Porto beat Benfica as Lopetegui looks on]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 10 May 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Benfica campeão nacional pela terceira vez consecutiva" [Benfica crowned national champions for the third consecutive time] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Boavista-Benfica, 2–2 (crónica)" [Boavista-Benfica, 2–2 (match report)]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 20 May 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  11. ^ Ponte, Pedro (9 July 2018). "Paulo Lopes 'oficializado' como treinador de guarda-redes dos sub-23" [Paulo Lopes "officialized" as under-23 goalkeeping coach]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "A mensagem de "despedida" de Paulo Lopes" [Paulo Lopes' "farewell" message]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 31 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  13. ^ "Sulejmani manteve o Benfica vitorioso" [Sulejmani kept Benfica victorious]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 25 January 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Paulo Lopes parte troféu da Supertaça" [Paulo Lopes breaks Supercup trophy] (in Portuguese). SIC Notícias. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Prémios oficiais: a lista dos premiados" [Official awards: the list of winners] (in Portuguese). Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 

External links

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  • National team data (in Portuguese)
  • Paulo LopesUEFA competition record
  • Paulo Lopes at Soccerway
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