Paulo Gonçalves is the legal advisor of Benfica but has also worked in the past for Boavista and FC. Porto.
In FC. Porto, he was one of those responsible for the formation of the Public Limited Sports company (SAD) in 1997. According to the website bancada.pt José Guilherme Aguiar confirmed knowing “Paulo Gonçalves, just as a friend of Alexandre Pinto da Costa [Son of the F.C. Porto President]. His wife was an instructor of processes of the Disciplinary Committee of the league. I had always known Paulo Gonçalves – and he described himself – as a Porto supporter and fanatic,” revealed the lawyer and former leader of FC Porto.
Paulo Gonçalves ceased to cooperate with FC Porto supposedly by an incompatibility with Adelino Caldeira, which is the current administrator of Porto SAD.
After F.C.Porto, Paulo Gonçalves continued his career in Boavista, where he also helped to create the SAD.
Paulo Gonçalves could have been secretary general of the league in 2006. According to the newspaper Record “The director-general of the Boavista, Paulo Gonçalves is, at this moment, the person best placed to replace Emanuel Medeiros, who joined the association of European leagues, as secretary general of the league. The current leader of Boavista gathers broad consensus between clubs and is seen as a “person” for the position”.
Paulo Gonçalves was one of the favorites to enter in the list of Hermínio Loureiro when this one was president of the Portuguese league, but this didn’t happen.
In 2006, according to the website bancada.pt, Luis Filipe Vieira, President of Benfica, made the following statements: “I do not demand any Paulo Gonçalves [in the League]. It wasn’t me that was in Óbidos talking about two hours with Mr. Paulo Gonçalves, I didn’t promise him anything, nor that he would take a position in the league. This situation involves other clubs and other Presidents”, “if the name of Paulo Gonçalves appears connected with Benfica again, I will tell the whole truth, not only of this but all”.
Incredibly, after the words uttered by Luís Filipe Vieira, Paulo Gonçalves eventually replaced Seara Cardoso as legal advisor of Benfica SAD, in 2007.
According to José Guilherme Aguiar, “Paulo Gonçalves went to Benfica thanks to José Veiga and Alexandre Pinto da Costa, who was a partner of Veiga and came to collaborate with Benfica in business. Paulo Goncalves, who was a lawyer, became, over time, a man of the confidence of Luís Filipe Vieira, especially in what concerns the rules of football. Benfica has its lawyers for judicial matters, but Paulo Goncalves is the right arm of Vieira on the legal and regulatory framework. So, what does Paulo Gonçalves, Luís Filipe Vieira knew and gave his knowledge.” These statements were made to the website bancada.pt.
But, after all, what kind of power Paulo Gonçalves has in Benfica? José Guilherme Aguiar has no doubts that Paulo Gonçalves “does what Vieira tells him to do” and that everything he does is communicated to the president of Benfica. “He is, arguably, the man of confidence of Luís Filipe Vieira. He is the ‘hand’ man of Luís Filipe Vieira, who does what LFV tells him and what he does is the ignorance of the president. That, to me, is indisputable.”
Paulo Gonçalves is present in many exchanges of e-mails revealed on the TV Show Universo Porto da Bancada. It is an element of the octopus that works behind the scenes.