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Paulo Da Silva

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 14
  • Date of birth: 1 February, 1980 (30 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (180cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Paulo Da Silva
0|1 Paulo Da Silva
0 As substitute
23|29 Total Paraguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
5 Total Paraguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Paulo Da Silva
1 Paulo Da Silva
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
6|5 Paulo Da Silva
0|0 Paulo Da Silva
83|76 Total Paraguay
9|0 Total Paraguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Paraguay games played

  1. Italy 1-1 Paraguay
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report

Player Profile

The centre-back played more minutes in qualification than any outfield player, but has been used sparingly since joining Sunderland last summer. He missed pre-season because of a visa delay, and eventually went on to start 12 Premier League games, often as cover for the injury-prone John Mensah.

He admits arriving on Wearside was a culture shock, as was the physical style of football, but expects to make a bigger impact next season.

Da Silva was disappointed to be overlooked by Cesare Maldini for the 2002 World Cup. He got the call-up four years later, but his only appearance was as an 89th-minute substitute in the final game. His two goals in qualifying for South Africa were both headers in a 3-0 win away to Chile.

He built his reputation during a six-year spell with Mexican side Toluca, where he won two Apertura titles. Earlier in his career he tried his luck in Italy with Venezia, but failed to make an impression.

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