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Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, OIH (born 28 April 1973 in Ponta Delgadamarker, Azores), commonly known as Pauleta ( ), is a former Portuguesemarker professional footballer, who played as a striker.

Pauleta is the leading scorer for the Portuguese national team, having scored 47 goals in 88 matches. He played for his country in UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup before retiring from international football. When selected for the latter competition, he was the only player to have never played in the Portuguese first division.

His goal celebration of spreading his arms like wings earned him the nickname The Birdman of the Açores. In November 2005, Pauleta signed to become a FIFA ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages, the first Portuguese to do so.

Club career

Early starts/Spain

Pauleta started his career at youth level playing for local clubs in the Azores, before turning professional with lower league clubs in Portugalmarker, working his way up the ranks. He was part of FC Porto's youth team for a brief stint, but left soon due to homesickness. Pauleta signed his first professional contract with Uni√£o Micaelense in 1994, spending a season at the club. He then moved to second division's G.D. Estoril-Praia in 1995, scoring 19 goals in 30 league games.

The goals continued to flow following a switch to Spanish second level club UD Salamanca in 1996. Pauleta struck 19 times as it gained promotion to the top flight in 1997, scoring a further 15 times in his first season in the first division. That scoring rate earned a move to Deportivo de La Coru√Īa in 1998. Pauleta enjoyed a two-year spell with the Galicianmarker team, scoring 33 goals in 92 matches, including eight from 12 starts as Deportivo won their first league championship title in 1999-2000.

France

Pedro Pauleta joined Girondins de Bordeaux in September 2000, and enjoyed an impressive run in his first season. He scored a debut hat-trick as Bordeaux crushed FC Nantes 5-0 in an away match.He ended the season as the club's leading scorer with 26 goals in all competitions,and the league's second leading scorer with 20.

In the 2001-02 season, Pauleta was the league's top scorer with 22 goals. He also was the club's leading scorer in all competitions with 35 goals - a record.Subsequently, he was been voted the best player in the French first division, and was also awarded the 'Oscar of football' by fellow players and coaches,and was named one of the 50 players shortlisted for the 2002 European Footballer of the Year award (Ballon d'Or), with only another player from the French League in the list.In the same season, Pauleta also won the French League Cup, being instrumental to the success scoring two goals in the final.After his great performances, Manchester City's manager Kevin Keegan expressed an interest in the striker, but Bordeaux's chairman Jean-Louis Triaud said that, initially, they were not interested in the transfer, showing that Pauleta could be for sale only in the right circumstances.

In 2002-03, Pauleta proved himself another time, scoring 23 league goals, and 30 in all competitions. For the second time, he won the title for the best player in the first level, and was also named in the French League team of the year. In total, he registered 65 league goals in 98 games and 91 in 130 matches in all competitions for Bordeaux,ranking third all-time upon his departure.

Pauleta joined Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the 2003-04 season, signing a three-year contract in a reported ‚ā¨12 million transfer deal.He helped the capitalmarker side to its first silverware in six years, by scoring the only goal of the 2004 French Cup final against LB Ch√Ęteauroux. Pauleta continued with his goal scoring exploits in the league, registering 18 goals in 37 games, as PSG finished the league in second place.

On 2 April 2006, Pauleta scored his first hat-trick for Paris Saint-Germain against former club Bordeaux, as the home side won 3-1.Despite reported interest from defending French champions Olympique Lyonnais, Pauleta stayed at Paris-Saint Germain to help them clinch the 2006 French Cup. He scored his 99th and 100th overall goals for PSG in heroic fashion, off a fantastic volley and a textbook header respectively.

After 2007-08, as PSG faced relegation until the very last matchday (eventually reaching safety at 16th), Pauleta retired from football after his last match on 17 May 2008, with the possible exception being if any of the Big three (S.L. Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Porto) in Portugal came calling, which they did not.He retired at 35 without having played one game in Portugal's top flight, subsequently staying at PSG, now in an ambassadorial role.

In late May 2009, Pauleta played his farewell match, at the Parc des Princesmarker, playing one half each with a team of friends and PSG - former and current - players. His son André, 13, replaced him at the end of the game, netting the final two goals.

International career

Pauleta was the first national team player to never have played in Portugal's topflight when he made his international debut against Armenia, in August 1997. He would have to wait 18 months for his first national team start, against the Netherlands. His first goals came a month later, when he scored two in a 7-0 rout of Azerbaijan, in a 26 March 1999 Euro 2000 qualifier.

A substitute at the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, he led the Portuguese attack at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, scoring a hat-trick against Poland, ending with that tally in as many games, as Portugal was ousted in the group stage.

Although he played all but one game on the road to the Euro 2004 final, Pauleta did not score in that tournament finals. However, on 12 October 2005, against Latvia, he became the national team's all-time goal scoring leader, surpassing Eusébio's previous record of 41 goals.

Pauleta was the European topscorer in the qualifying round for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and, in a friendly match against Cape Verde in May 2006, preluding the final stages, he showed great form as he netted three times, in a 4-1 win. However, after scoring the first national side goal in the group stage match against Angola, he failed to find the net again during the tournament. After Portugal's defeat to Germany in the third place play-off game, Pauleta announced his international retirement.

Statistics

Club

Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Uni√£o Micaelense Liga de Honra 1994-95 0 0 - -
Total 0 0 - -
Estoril-Praia Liga de Honra 1995-96 30 19 - -
Total 30 19 - -
Salamanca Segunda División 1996-97 37 19 - -
La Liga 1997-98 34 15 - -
Total 64 34 - -
Deportivo La Coru√Īa La Liga 1998-99 28 10 3 1 - - 31 11
1999-00 30 8 3 0 - 5 3 38 11
Total 58 18 6 1 - 5 3 69 22
Bordeaux Ligue 1 2000-01 28 20 1 3 1 0 7 3 37 26
2001-02 33 22 2 4 4 4 6 5 45 35
2002-03 37 23 5 5 2 1 4 1 48 30
Total 98 65 8 12 7 5 17 9 130 91
Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 2003-04 37 18 6 5 0 0 - 43 23
2004-05 35 14 3 4 0 0 6 1 45 19
2005-06 36 21 6 5 2 2 - 44 28
2006-07 33 15 3 1 1 2 9 6 46 24
2007-08 27 8 2 1 5 6 - 34 15
Total 168 76 20 16 9 10 15 7 212 109
Career total 418 212 16 15 37 19
Last Update: 22 April 2009


National team

National Team Year Friendlies International
Competition
Total Goals per match
App Goals App Goals App  Goals
Portugal 1997 0 0 3 0 3 0
1998 1 0 0 0 1 0
1999 2 1 5 2 7 3
2000 5 1 4 1 9 2
2001 3 0 7 7 10 7
2002 8 4 3 3 11 7
2003 12 8 0 0 12 8
2004 4 3 10 6 14 9
2005 5 2 7 5 12 7
2006 3 3 6 1 9 4
Total 43 22 45 25 88 47


Honours

Club

Deportivo La Coru√Īa



Girondins de Bordeaux



Paris Saint-Germain



Individual



References

  1. SOS Children's Villages - Portugal: Pedro Pauleta
  2. Season 2000/2001 French League Week 6 - Match Stats, www.frenchleague.com, accessed 16 June 2009.
  3. 2000-01 Bordeaux's Top Scorers, www.scapulaire.com, accessed 22 June 2009.
  4. 2001-02 Bordeaux's Top Scorers, www.scapulaire.com, accessed 22 June 2009.
  5. Season 2001/2002 League Cup Final - Match Stats, www.frenchleague.com, accessed 16 June 2009.
  6. Pedro Pauleta - 2002-03 Stats, www.frenchleague.com, accessed 16 June 2009.
  7. Bordeaux's all time goalscorers., www.scapulaire.com, accessed 17 June 2009.
  8. Pauleta prize for PSG
  9. Pauleta punishes former friends
  10. Hundred up for Pauleta
  11. Retired Pauleta returns to PSG
  12. Résumé du jubilé de Pauleta (Pauleta's testimonial sumup)
  13. Pauleta dethrones "The King"


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