Viola (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Paulo Sérgio Rosa
Date of birth (1969-01-01) 1 January 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Taboão da Serra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Corinthians 71 (14)
1990 São José 10 (1)
1991 Olímpia 15 (1)
1992–1995 Corinthians 73 (35)
1995–1996 Valencia 30 (10)
1996–1997 Palmeiras 36 (14)
1998–1999 Santos 28 (20)
1999–2001 Vasco da Gama 31 (6)
2001 Santos 24 (12)
2002–2003 Gaziantepspor 46 (18)
2004 Guarani 25 (10)
2005 Bahia 8 (4)
2006 Juventus (SP) 0 (0)
2007 Uberlândia 0 (0)
2008 Duque de Caxias 1 (1)
2008 Angra dos Reis 0 (0)
2009 Resende
2010 Brusque
National team
1993–1995 Brazil 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2008
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 January 2008

Paulo Sergio Rosa, usually known as Viola (born 1 January 1969), is a former Brazilian footballer.


Viola is famous for his strong personality on the pitch and great appearances in many teams he has played for throughout his long career. Back in 1988, during the final game of Campeonato Paulista (1st Division Championship of São Paulo State) between Corinthians and Guarani, Viola was called on by his coach to play the last 5 minutes of the match when the game was tied 1 – 1. Viola stepped into the pitch and surprisingly, not long after, he would score the goal that gave Corinthians the title. After that, Viola's career had a great jump and many Brazilian teams wanted to sign him up. Later in 1993, Viola's popularity increased so much that he received an invitation to play for the famous Brazilian team alongside Romário, Zinho, Bebeto and Cafu and many other brilliant players of that time to play in the 1993 Copa América. Not long after, Viola and the same team would play at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, held in the US. Brazil won the tournament and brought great honor to several Brazilian fans all over the globe. Viola came on as a substitute in the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final. In 1995, thanks to the great time Viola was having, he would win another 2 titles in Brazil; the 1995 São Paulo state champsionship and 1995 Brazilian Cup. After that, he left Brazil to play for Valencia in Spain. He spent one season in Spain. Soon, he came back to Brazil to play for other teams such as Palmeiras, Santos and Vasco da Gama.

In 1998 playing for Santos, Viola was considered as the best striker[according to whom?] of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, scoring an amazing[according to whom?] 20 goals in 28 games. In the same year, he would also win the Copa CONMEBOL (predecessor of Copa Sudamericana). In 1999, playing for Vasco da Gama, Viola won the Torneio Rio-São Paulo (tournament between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states). And in 2000, he also won the Copa Mercosur (also predecessor of Copa Sudamericana) and one more time, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.


In 2002, Viola left Brazil again to join Turkish side Gaziantepspor where he scored 18 goals in 46 Super Lig matches during a 1½-season spell.[1]

Return to Brazil and retirement

In mid-2003, back to Brazil Viola would defend many other teams including Guarani, Bahia, Juventus, Uberlândia, Duque de Caxias, Angra dos Reis and Resende Futebol Clube. In early 2010 Viola was hired by Brusque.





Vasco da Gama




  • São Paulo state league's top scorer: 1993
  • Brazilian league's top scorer: 1998
  • Copa Conmebol's top scorer: 1998


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External links

  • VIOLA SOCCER SCHOOL IN AMERICA[permanent dead link]
  • Viola at
  • Guardian Article
  • Viola at Sambafoot

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