Tinga (footballer)

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Tinga as a Borussia Dortmund player (2006)
Personal information
Full name Paulo César Fonseca Nascimento
Date of birth (1978-01-13) 13 January 1978 (age 45)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Central midfielder
Youth career
1994–1997 Grêmio
Senior career*
1997–2003 Grêmio 89 (7)
1999Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 24 (8)
2000Botafogo (loan) 17 (1)
2004 Sporting CP 20 (0)
2005–2006 Internacional 42 (6)
2006–2010 Borussia Dortmund 98 (9)
2010–2012 Internacional 43 (3)
2012–2015 Cruzeiro 40 (1)
International career
2001–2007 Brazil 4 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Paulo César Fonseca do Nascimento (born 13 January 1978), known as Tinga, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.


After making a name for himself at Grêmio, he went on to play professionally in, other than his country, Japan, Portugal and Germany, representing Borussia Dortmund in the latter nation.

Club career

Born in Porto Alegre, Tinga started playing professionally with local Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, receiving his nickname from the name of the Restinga quarter where he grew up. In 1999 he was loaned to J2 League club Kawasaki Frontale, moving to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas in the following year, also on loan. [1]

In January 2004, following a wages dispute, Tinga left Grêmio and signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal, for the rest of that season and two more. [2] However, he would only serve as third-choice in the Portuguese capital side, [3] although he scored in a 2–0 home win against SK Rapid Wien in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup. [4]

Tinga returned to Brazil in December 2004, being sold to Sport Club Internacional [5] and being instrumental in the team's Copa Libertadores success in 2006 as he scored against São Paulo FC in a 4–3 aggregate win. Following these displays, he signed a three-year contract with Borussia Dortmund in Germany for R$8 million. [6] [7] On 26 August he assisted and was booked in his first game, a 3–1 win at VfB Stuttgart, [8] going on to only miss four Bundesliga matches combined in his first two campaigns and adding eight goals.

On 1 April 2010, after not having his contract with Borussia renewed, the 31-year-old Tinga left the club. [9] He re-joined former club Internacional the following month and, on 17 May 2012, moved to Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

On 30 April 2015, Tinga announced his retirement after his Cruzeiro contract ended. [10]

International career

Tinga made his debut with Brazil in 2001. After a five-year absence he was recalled to the national team by newly appointed manager Dunga, for a friendly against Switzerland, earning his third cap on 15 November 2006.

Racism issue

On 12 February 2014, after a 2–1 loss against Real Garcilaso for the Libertadores Cup, Tinga suffered racist abuse from the home fans, who made monkey noises whenever he touched the ball. He subsequently spoke with sadness of the events, that took place in a "neighbouring country" and "still occurred in 2014". [11]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [12]
Grêmio 1996 Série A 00
Kawasaki Frontale 1999 J2 League 248
Botafogo 2000Série A171
Grêmio 2001Série A112
Sporting 2003–04 Primeira Liga 110
Internacional 2005Série A355
Borussia Dortmund 2006–07 Bundesliga 314
Career total29031


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Brazil 200120






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  2. Tinga targets Sporting success; UEFA.com, 19 January 2004
  3. "Só há uma vaga para reforços" [Only one new can be registered] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 October 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. "Sporting 2–0 Rapid Wien". UEFA.com. 16 September 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. Portuguese pair keeping busy; UEFA.com, 22 December 2004
  6. "Relatório da diretoria (2006)" [Directory report (2006)](PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  7. Dortmund bring in Tinga; UEFA.com, 17 August 2006
  8. Kringe und Frei treffen beim VfB (Kringe and Frei score at VfB); kicker, 26 August 2006 (in German)
  9. BVB: Vertrag von Tinga wird nicht verlängert (BVB: Tinga's contract will not be extended); Bild, 1 April 2010 (in German)
  10. Tinga se aposenta e exalta a carreira: "Consegui ser maior do que esperava" (Tinga retires and praises career: "I managed to be bigger than I expected"); Globo Esporte, 30 April 2015 (in Portuguese)
  11. Alvo de racismo no Peru, Tinga afirma: "Trocaria todos meus títulos por igualdade" (Racism target in Peru, Tinga claims: "I would trade all my titles for equality"); Super Esportes, 13 February 2014 (in Portuguese)
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  13. "Em 2005, melhores do Campeonato Brasileiro recebem prêmio Craque do Brasileirão" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2016.