Sunday, February 26, 2012


Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima (born 12 October 1989) commonly known as Paulo Henrique Ganso or Ganso (Goose), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Santos FC. In 2009, he received a nomination for the Brazilian Football Confederation award for "Breakthrough Player" of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, given to the best rookie of the competition.

In 2009 he was called up to play for Brazil in the World Under-20 Championships. In early 2010, the Brazilian media began calling for Brazilian national team coach Dunga to choose Ganso for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, primarily as a substitute for Kaká, because of their similar styles of play. On 11 May 2010, he was named as one of seven backup players for 23-men 2010 FIFA World Cup squad. On 26 July 2010, he was called up by the new coach Mano Menezes to the "Seleção" for a friendly match against USA. On 10 August 2010, in a friendly against the USA he made his senior debut, where one of his shots rattled the post, almost giving him his first senior international goal. He was named in Mano Menezes 23 man 2011 Copa America squad and given the number 10 shirt. During their group game against Paraguay, Ganso assisted Jadson's goal as well as an last minute goal from Fred to tie the game at 2-2.

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