Fonseca with Porto in 2013
|Full name||Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues Fonseca|
|Date of birth||5 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Nampula, Mozambique|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Shakhtar Donetsk (coach)|
|1983–1984||UD Vila Chã|
|1995–1996||→ Leça (loan)||22||(0)|
|1996–1997||→ Belenenses (loan)||27||(1)|
|1997–1998||→ Marítimo (loan)||31||(2)|
|2005–2007||Estrela Amadora (youth)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique, Fonseca played 14 years as a senior, beginning with F.C. Barreirense in the third division and moving straight to the Primeira Liga with Leça F.C. in the 1995–96 season, starting in 21 of his league appearances as the club finished 14th and narrowly avoided relegation. In the following five years he continued in the latter competition, being first-choice with C.F. Os Belenenses and C.S. Marítimo but only a backup with Vitória S.C. and C.F. Estrela da Amadora.
Fonseca retired in June 2005 at the age of 32 after a further four campaigns with Estrela, three of those spent in the second level. In the 2003–04 campaign he participated in 15 games as the Lisbon side ranked dead last in the main category, with the subsequent relegation.
Fonseca started coaching immediately after retiring, remaining two years at the helm of Estrela da Amadora's youth team. From 2007 to 2011 he was in charge of several modest teams, notably C.D. Pinhalnovense, which he led to the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal in both the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons.
In 2011–12, Fonseca was appointed at C.D. Aves in division two for his first job in the professionals, and he led the team to the third position, just two points shy of promotion. In the following campaign he signed for F.C. Paços de Ferreira, repeating the position and subsequently qualifying the club to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history; highlights included winning both games against S.C. Braga (2–0 at home, 3–2 away) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (1–0 on both occasions).
Fonseca succeeded Vítor Pereira at the helm of back-to-back-to-back national champions FC Porto, signing a two-year contract on 10 June 2013. He started his spell on a high note, winning the year's Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira after a 3–0 triumph against Vitória de Guimarães.
However, on 5 March 2014, following a string of poor results that left the club in the third position in the league, nine points behind leaders S.L. Benfica, he was relieved of his duties. Previously, on 12 January, he had stated that Porto would be champions in the last matchday against Benfica.
On 31 May 2016, Fonseca moved abroad for the first time in his career, replacing legendary Mircea Lucescu (12 seasons) at the helm of FC Shakhtar Donetsk and signing a two-year contract at the Ukrainian Premier League side.
|1º de Dezembro||2007||2008||34||13||11||10||39||32||+7||38.24|
|Paços de Ferreira||2012–13||2014–15||80||36||25||19||120||91||+29||45.00|
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- "A carreira de Paulo Fonseca" [The career of Paulo Fonseca] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
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- "Fonseca: "Na última jornada seremos campeões"" [Fonseca: "In last matchday we will be champions"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Paços de Ferreira confirma regresso de Paulo Fonseca" [Paços de Ferreira confirms return of Paulo Fonseca] (in Portuguese). Porto 24. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "Braga oficializa Paulo Fonseca" [Braga makes Paulo Fonseca official] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "Sp. Braga vence Taça de Portugal" [Sp. Braga wins Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "Paulo Fonseca is Shakhtar head coach". Shakhtar Donetsk. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "Oficial. Paulo Fonseca confirmado no Shakhtar" [Official. Paulo Fonseca confirmed at Shakhtar] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "Paulo Fonseca". Zerozero. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- Paulo Fonseca at thefinalball.com
- Paulo Fonseca profile at ForaDeJogo
- Paulo Fonseca manager stats at ForaDeJogo
- Paulo Fonseca coach profile at Soccerway