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Full NamePaulo Fonseca
First NamePaulo
Last NameFonseca
ProfessionFootball Manager
Birth CityNampula
Birth CountryMozambique
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual Orientationstraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseKaterina Ostroushko
No Of Children3
Height188 cm
Networth$8 M
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Date of BirthMarch 5,1973
Age51 years
Married DateMay 29,2018

Paulo Fonseca is the Portuguese football manager and a former player who played as a central defender for 14 seasons in his senior career. 

Paulo was at the helm of A.S. Roma before he departed from the club in May 2021. Since his departure, he has been out of work. 

He is currently linked to Newcastle to fill the place of Steve Bruce, who was sacked from the club.

Happily married 

Paulo Fonseca is happily married to his Ukrainian wife, Katerina Ostroushko. The couple exchanged vows on the 29th of May, 2018, a year after their meet. 

It is the second marriage of Paulo. He was previously married to his then-spouse Sandra, but their marriage could not survive. 

Katrina, who is 18 years junior, worked as the former press secretary to Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk owner Rinat Akhmetov.

Shakhtar is Fonseca’s former club. Katerina is currently working as a television host.

Paulo Fonseca with his wife Katerina Ostroushko.
Paulo Fonseca with his wife Katerina Ostroushko. Source: Instagram

A beautiful wedding ceremony in Italy

The couple had planned for an ideal romantic location halfway between their country Portugal and Ukraine so that their friends do not have to travel far. 

They found Italy to be the best as the couple had already fallen in love with the country on their first visit and made their visit from time to time. 

It was a romantic wedding ceremony at Villa Balbianello with the charismatic setting of Lake Como

Katerina is looking forward to celebrating one of their wedding anniversaries by the sea because she had dreamt of her big day to be by the sea.

Paulo Fonseca describes his wedding day to be one of the best days of his life.
Paulo Fonseca describes his wedding day to be one of the best days of his life. Source: Instagram

Father of three beautiful children

Paulo is the father of his three beautiful children. Out of his three kids, he shares two of the kids with his first spouse, Sandra.

His third child, son Martin, was born in 2019 whom he shares with his second wife, Katerina.

Paulo Fonseca with his daughter Beatriz Fonseca.
Paulo Fonseca with his daughter Beatriz Fonseca. Source: Instagram

Fonseca is a family man and dedicates his spare time to his spouse and kids. During the coronavirus pandemic, he devoted his time to his beloved wife and son. 

Fonseca, in an interview, confessed to seeing the positive aspect of the situation where one must learn and understand what truly is important in life.

Paulo Fonseca with his wife Katerina Ostroushko and son Martin.
Paulo Fonseca with his wife Katerina Ostroushko and son Martin. Source: Instagram

He keeps himself up to date with the trending fashion

Fonseca is into fashion and loves to wear stylish clothes. According to him, he keeps an eye on the latest fashion trends. 

Fashion is something that interests him, especially shoes. In this process, his spouse, an expert, also supports him by giving him advice.

His deal with Tottenham Spurs collapsed following the disagreement with Spurs managing director 

Fonseca was close to signing Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but the deal was later collapsed following the disagreement with Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici over tactics. 

According to Fonseca, the agreement was done, and they were planning the pre-season player. 

When the managing director Fabio Paratici came, things changed, and there was a conflict with some ideas. 

As a coach, he has some coaching principles, and like everyone else, he wants to work for a great club, but above that, the right project and a club are most important. 

He wanted people to believe in his idea and play style, but that did not happen with Paratici as he wanted a more defensive manager.

He was influential in shaping Josue’s football career

One of the proud moments for the coaches is when you become the influential factor for the players. 

The Portuguese footballer Josue credits Fonseca for shaping his career, instilling in him the determination and faith in himself which he was lacking. 

He was playing under Fonseca in Pacos de Ferreira in the 2012-13 season and was having a problem with the club at the time. 

According to Josue, Fonseca put a condition that he will let him play on the weekend only if he follows his few things, to which Josue agreed.

Initially, Josue was not able to give more than the minimum, but Fonseca’s belief in him completely changed Josue’s life and career. 

Fonseca did not give up on him and continued motivating him. When Josue heard the words “I believe in you” from his coach, which he had not even heard from his family members, he started believing in himself, realizing what he was capable of. 

Those life-changing words transformed him to be a better player. His development from zero self-esteem to immense confidence is all because of Fonseca.

His obsession with Zorro

Born in Nampula, Mozambique, Fonseca grew up in poverty. He was 14 when his family moved to Barreiro, a city in Lisbon

While growing up, he was obsessed with the fictional character Zorro from the movie “The Mask of Zorro” and used to dress up like him as a kid. 

Back in 2017, when he was at the helm of Shakhtar Donetsk, he had promised to dress like Zorro if he led his team to the last-16

His club finished the group stage in second after the 2-1 victory over Manchester City and reached the round of 16 of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League

As promised by him, he dressed up in Zorro for the press conference.

Paulo Fonseca with Zorro mask during the press conference in 2017.
Paulo Fonseca with Zorro mask during the press conference in 2017. Source: Pinterest

Net Worth

As a manager, he has won Supertaca Candido de Oliveira with Porto in 2013, Taca de Portugal with Braga in 2015-16 season

He had a successful season at Shakhtar Donetsk. He never missed the chance to win the double during his spell, due to which he was crowned with the League’s best coach in the 2016-17 season

From his incredible career, he has amassed the estimated net worth of:

Net Worth Source
$2 million - $8 millionFootball Manager, Retired Player


  1. He was born on the 5th of March, 1973. He is currently 48 years old.

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