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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Fonseca and the second is do Nascimento.
Personal information
Full name Paulo César Fonseca do Nascimento
Date of birth 13 January 1978 (1978-01-13) (age 32)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Centre midfielder
Club information
Current club Borussia Dortmund
Number 7
Youth career
1994–1997 Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Grêmio 202 (17)
1999–2000 Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 24 (8)
2000 Botafogo (loan) 18 (1)
2004 Sporting CP 20 (0)
2005–2006 Internacional 41 (6)
2006– Borussia Dortmund 99 (9)
National team
2001– Brazil 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:15, 30 September 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Paulo César Fonseca do Nascimento (born 13 January 1978 in Porto Alegre), commonly known as Tinga, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for German club Borussia Dortmund of the German first division. His nickname Tinga is derived from the name of the Restinga quarter in Porto Alegre, where he grew up.


Club career

Tinga started playing professionally with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, which loaned him to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and Japan's Kawasaki Frontale.

In January 2004, following a wages dispute, he left Grêmio and signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal, for the rest of that season and two more.[1] However, he would only serve as third-choice in the Portuguese capital side, although he netted in a 2-0 home win over SK Rapid Wien, in the club's 2005 UEFA Cup runner-up run.

Tinga was sold to Sport Club Internacional in December 2004,[2]being instrumental in the side's Libertadores Cup success in 2006, as he scored against São Paulo in a 4-3 aggregate win. Following these displays, he signed a three-year contract with Borussia Dortmund in Germany.[3]On August 26, he assisted and was booked in his first game, a 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart going on to only miss four league matches combined in his first two seasons, adding eight goals.

International career

After a five-year absence, Tinga was recalled to Brazil by new manager Dunga, for a friendly against Switzerland, gaining his third cap on November 15, 2006.


  1. ^ Tinga targets Sporting success;, 19 January 2004
  2. ^ Portuguese pair keeping busy;, 22 December 2004
  3. ^ Dortmund bring in Tinga;, 17 August 2006

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