Daniel Paulista

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Daniel Paulista
Personal information
Full name Daniel Pollo Baroni
Date of birth (1982-05-05) 5 May 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Confiança (manager)
Youth career
2000–2001 Comercial-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Comercial-SP 9 (2)
2003–2004 Santos 25 (1)
2005 Juventude 29 (1)
2006 Sertãozinho 0 (0)
2006 São Caetano 26 (0)
2007 Corinthians 0 (0)
2007Náutico (loan) 29 (0)
2008 Sport Recife 17 (0)
2008 Rapid București 4 (0)
2009–2011 Sport Recife 46 (3)
2012 Botafogo-SP 7 (0)
2012 Comercial-SP 0 (0)
2013 Audax 23 (2)
2013–2014 ABC 18 (0)
Total 235 (9)
Teams managed
2014–2016 Sport Recife (assistant)
2015 Sport Recife (interim)
2016–2017 Sport Recife
2017–2018 Sport Recife (assistant)
2017 Sport Recife (interim)
2017 Sport Recife (interim)
2018 Boa Esporte
2019–2020 Confiança
2020 Sport Recife
2020– Confiança
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Daniel Pollo Baroni (born 5 May 1982), known as Daniel Paulista, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is the current manager of Confiança.

Playing career[edit]

Daniel Paulista was born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, and started his career at hometown club Comercial. In 2003, he moved to Santos, being the immediate backup of Paulo Almeida as the club finished second in the league.

In 2004, Daniel Paulista was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and was released on 6 July of that year.[1] He would play for Juventude, Sertãozinho and São Caetano in the following two years, only impressing with the latter.

In 2007 Daniel Paulista moved to Corinthians, but was loaned to Náutico in May of that year. On 2 January 2008, after his loan expired, he signed for Sport.

In September 2008, after winning the year's Copa do Brasil, Daniel Paulista moved abroad for the first time of his career, after agreeing to a four-year deal with Romanian Liga I club FC Rapid București for a 800,000 fee.[2] The following January, however, he left the club after appearing rarely, and subsequently returned to former club Sport.[3]

Daniel Paulista left the Leão in January 2012, after struggling with several injuries.[4] He subsequently represented Botafogo-SP,[5] Comercial,[6] Audax[7] and ABC,[8] retiring with the latter in 2014 at the age of 32.

Managerial career[edit]

In July 2014 Daniel Paulista returned to Sport, as Eduardo Baptista's assistant.[9] On 17 September of the following year, as Baptista left for Fluminense, he was named interim manager until the arrival of Paulo Roberto Falcão.[10]

On 13 October 2016, Daniel was appointed as first team manager until the end of the year, replacing Oswaldo de Oliveira.[11] He returned to his previous role in the following year, but subsequently acted as interim on two more occasions.

On 7 May 2018, Daniel took over Boa Esporte,[12] but left the club less than two months later. He was appointed in charge of Confiança the following 12 March,[13] leading the club to their promotion to the Série B.

On 15 February 2020, Daniel returned to Sport, being named manager in the place of sacked Guto Ferreira,[14] but was himself sacked on 24 August.[15] On 16 September, he returned to his former club Confiança.[16]




  1. ^ "Santos dispensa volante Daniel" [Santos release defensive midfielder Daniel] (in Portuguese). Terra. 6 July 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Football: Brazilian Daniel Paulista Joins Rapid Bucharest". IAfrica. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Petrescu spins cautionary tale". UEFA.com. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Após quatro anos, volante Daniel Paulista deixa o Sport" [After four years, defensive midfielder Daniel Paulista leaves Sport] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Botafogo-SP anuncia contratação de ex-volante de Sport e Corinthians" [Botafogo-SP announce the signing of former defensive midfielder of Sport and Corinthians] (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Copa Paulista: Ex-Corinthians comemora retorno a clube que o revelou" [Copa Paulista: Formerly of Corinthians celebrates return to the club who graduated him] (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Paulista A2: Audax apresenta ex-volante de Corinthians e Santos" [Paulista A2: Audax present former defensive midfielder of Corinthians and Santos] (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  8. ^ "ABC fecha contratação do volante Daniel Paulista, ex-Sport e Náutico" [ABC sign defensive midfielder Daniel Paulista, formerly of Sport and Náutico] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Ex-ABC, Daniel Paulista se torna auxiliar técnico do Sport" [Formerly of ABC, Daniel Paulista becomes assistant manager at Sport] (in Portuguese). Tribuna do Norte. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Após transferência de Baptista, Daniel Paulista assume Sport interinamente" [After Baptista's transfer, Daniel Paulista takes charge of Sport on an interim basis] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Sport anuncia Daniel Paulista como técnico para o lugar de Oswaldo" [Sport announce Daniel Paulista as manager for the place of Oswaldo] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Daniel Paulista, ex-Sport, é o novo técnico do Boa Esporte para a Série B" [Daniel Paulista, formerly of Sport, is the new manager of Boa Esporte for the Série B] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Confiança anuncia Daniel Paulista, ex-Sport, como novo técnico" [Confiança announce Daniel Paulista, formerly of Sport, as new manager] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Daniel Paulista é o novo técnico do Leão" [Daniel Paulista is the new manager of Leão] (in Portuguese). Sport Club do Recife. 15 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Daniel Paulista não é mais o técnico do Leão" [Daniel Paulista is no longer manager of Leão] (in Portuguese). Sport Club do Recife. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Horas depois de demitir Matheus Costa, Confiança anuncia Daniel Paulista como treinador" [Hours after sacking Matheus Costa, Confiança announce Daniel Paulista as manager] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2020.

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