Paulo César Silva Peixoto (born 12 May 1980) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Gil Vicente FC. Mainly a left midfielder, he can occasionally occupy the left back position.
After playing his first two professional seasons at lowly Clube Caçadores das Taipas (based on Caldas das Taipas near Guimarães, where he was born), Peixoto's ability as a left winger allowed him to jump from the fourth division straight into the top flight with C.F. Os Belenenses, thanks to former player João Cardoso.
He would score seven goals in his debut season, one of them a long range shot closing a 3–0 win against F.C. Porto at the Estádio do Restelo. In July 2002, he signed with Porto, going on to be managed for two years by José Mourinho.
However, Peixoto's Porto career did not go as planned: while talented, he failed to impose in the first team, and in his first season only played 15 matches, scoring three goals. Mourinho was still convinced of his abilities, so he refused to release him. Again with a slow start, he was starting to keep up with high profile players such as Benni McCarthy, Derlei and Deco when, after netting in two consecutive league games in 4–1 wins, he was seriously injured in