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Who is Roma manager Paulo Fonseca?
The recently appointed Roma manager Paulo Fonseca was born in Mozambique in 1973. By nationality, he is Portuguese and played for many clubs in his homeland over the course of his near 20-year playing career.
As a youth product, Fonseca swapped clubs a number of times, some due to being dropped and others due to his own personal preferences. He started his footballing life Galitos in 1982 when he was just nine years old, already at this young age he was beginning to show promising signs as a footballer. He played in Galitos's academy for a year before moving to UD Vila Chã, again for a single year. He then moved to Santoantoniense where he played youth football from 1985 to 1986. Finally, he settled with Barreirense, a Portuguese third division club at the time. He stayed in the academy for five years between 1986 and 1991 before graduating to the senior squad aged just 17.
By this time, having swapped and changed a number of times, Fonseca had established himself as a centre-half, the position which he would occupy for the entirety of his playing career. As part of the senior setup with Barreirense, Fonseca would appear 91 times and score six goals, not a bad return for a defender. After four years, Fonseca had outgrown the club and moved to Porto where he hoped to establish himself as a top-flight player.
In 1995, at the age of 22, Fonseca agreed on terms with Porto and he made the permanent switch to the titan of a club. However, Fonseca was ultimately unable to achieve his aspirations of nailing down a first-team place with the club and ultimately did not make a single league appearance in his time there. In each of his three-season with them, he was loaned out. Firstly he joined Leca FC in the 1995/1996 season where he would play Primera Liga football, appearing 22 times at centre-half in total in a relatively successful stint with the club. The following season he joined Belenenses, again on loan, and played 27 times scoring one goal in the process. but he was becoming frustrated by Porto's unwillingness to give him a run at the starting eleven. The next season would prove to be the final straw for Sonseca as he was again sent out on loan, this time to Maritimo where he played 31 times in the league and scored two goals.
He spent the rest of his career with Vitória S.C. and C.F. Estrela da Amadora. The first of these two spells was a disappointment, Fonseca appeared only six times for Vitória and was used only as a replacement option for the first team. His next and final destination, Estrela da Amadora, proved to be a much happier time in Fonseca's career. He played a healthy amount of games in five years with the club, 72 in total making it the team for which he appeared the second most times during his career. He scored four goals also, taking his career tally up to 13. He hung up his boots in 2005 having made 249 league appearances in Portugal.
He decided he wanted to continue his footballing career in a management capacity and became the manager of the youth team of Estrela Amadora, the club where he retired. He managed there for two years, achieving reasonable success, before taking his first senior position with 1º Dezembro where he stayed for a season before being snapped up by Odivelas. He stayed again for a single season before switching to Pinhalnovense where his career really began to take flight. His team reached the quarter-finals of the Cup competition in Portugal in two successive seasons, a feat which earned Fonseca his first professional job in Portugal with Aves.
With Aves he stayed for season, guiding the team to a highly respectable 3rd place finish in the second division before landing him his first taste of top-flight management with Paços Ferreira where he took charge for a season in which they played in the Champions League for the first time in the club's history after finishing in third once again.
His miraculous time with the club earned him a move to the die where he never got a look-in as a player, Porto. His time at the club was ultimately a disappointment, however, the won the Supercup in his first match in charge but he was dismissed a few months before the end of the season as they trailed leaders Benfica in third place.
Since then he has returned to Paços Ferreira, spent time with Braga, and got a first taste of foreign football as he managed Shaktar Donetsk for three seasons. This latter stage of his career was the most successful, he won nine trophies. This haul was enough for Roma to hire him for the start of the 2019/20 season after the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri.