Chelsea legend Paulo Ferreira played professional football for three clubs in Portugal before he ended his career in the Premier League with the Blues. Paulo Ferreira represented the trio of Estoril, Vitoria Setubal and FC Porto in the Portuguese top flight.
Paulo Ferreira was at Vitoria Setubal from 2000 to 2002 before he left the club to join FC Porto. In his first season at Vitoria Setubal, he helped the club finish in third position in the second division. As a result, the club was able to gain promotion to the top flight. The third place was good enough to push Vitoria Setubal amongst the big boys in the PrimeiraLigaat the end of the 2000/01 season.
During that debut season at Vitoria Setubal, Ferreira netted two times in 33 league appearances for the club in the second tier. The Ex-Chelsea fullback made his debut in the PrimeiraLiga at the start of the 2001/02 season for Vitoria Setubal. He had spent the whole of his professional career in the lower leagues.
Ferreira spent a lot of his playing time in the SegundaLiga, the second tier of Portuguese Football before the start of the 2001/02 campaign. His debut in the top flight came against Maritimoon August 13, 2001. He could not do much to prevent a 3-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Maritimo.
Paulo Ferreira impressed for Setubal that season and his performances for the club prompted FC Porto to sign him thanks to then Porto manager Jose Mourinho. It was Mourinho that converted him from a right midfielder to a right-back. He would later play left-back in his career.