Pedro Mendes (footballer, born October 1990)
Mendes with Rennes in 2016
|Full name||Pedro Filipe Teodósio Mendes|
|Date of birth||1 October 1990|
|Place of birth||Neuchâtel, Switzerland|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2009–2010||→ Real Massamá (loan)||22||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Servette (loan)||15||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Real Madrid B (loan)||23||(1)|
|2014||→ Sassuolo (loan)||9||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018
Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to Portuguese parents, Mendes reached Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system in 2005, aged nearly 15. In his first two senior seasons he played with Real SC (third division) and Servette FC (Switzerland, second level), in both cases on loan, helping the latter club to promotion.
In the 2011 summer, still owned by Sporting, Mendes joined Real Madrid, being assigned to the B-team. On 7 December 2011 he made his debut with the main squad, coming on as a substitute for Álvaro Arbeloa midway through the second half of a 3–0 away win against AFC Ajax in the season's UEFA Champions League; during his spell with the Merengues, several of his Castilla teammates expressed their dissatisfaction over what they saw as a preferential treatment by first-team manager José Mourinho, the player's compatriot.
Returning to Sporting for the 2012–13 campaign, Mendes was made captain of the B-side who competed in division two, also appearing sporadically for the main squad. On 28 May 2013, he signed a five-year contract with Parma F.C. in Serie A.
On 21 January 2014, Mendes moved to fellow league club U.S. Sassuolo Calcio in a co-ownership deal with Parma. In June he was bought by the latter, who sold Raman Chibsah and Nicola Sansone to the former on the same day.
On 18 July 2017, Mendes signed with fellow league club Montpellier HSC. He first appeared in the league for them on 5 August, playing the entire 1–0 home win over Stade Malherbe Caen, and scored his first goal on 16 September by heading from the corner kick as the visitors defeated Troyes AC by the same score.
Mendes won exactly 50 caps for Portugal at youth level, including 13 for the under-21 team for whom he scored in a 1–1 home draw against Poland for the 2013 UEFA European Championship qualifiers. His maiden full appearance occurred on 14 October 2018, when he replaced S.L. Benfica's Rúben Dias in the 56th minute of the 3–1 friendly victory over Scotland at Hampden Park.
- As of 4 July 2018
|Real Massamá||2009–10||Second Division||22||0||—||—||—||22||0|
|Real Madrid B||2011–12||Segunda División B||23||1||—||—||—||23||1|
|Real Madrid||2011–12||La Liga||—||—||—||1||0||1||0|
|Sporting B||2012–13||Segunda Liga||31||1||—||—||—||31||1|
- Pedro Mendes ya es nuevo fichaje del Real Madrid – B (Pedro Mendes is already new Real Madrid – B signing) Archived 16 June 2013 at Archive.is; Nuevo Fútbol, 20 August 2011 (in Spanish)
- "Ajax 0–3 Real Madrid". Real Madrid C.F. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- Indignación en la cantera del Madrid por el supuesto trato de favor a Pedro Mendes (Outrage in Madrid youth system for alleged favouring of Pedro Mendes); Libertad Digital, 8 December 2011 (in Spanish)
- "Parma sign Pedro Mendes". Forza Italian Football. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "Ufficiale: al Sassuolo arrivano Mendes, Rosi e Sansone, al Parma vanno Rossini e Schelotto" [Official: Mendes, Rosi and Sansone arrive at Sassuolo, Rossini and Schelotto go to Parma.] (in Italian). U.S. Sassuolo. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.[permanent dead link]
- "Compartecipazioni: Sansone e Chibsah sono del Sassuolo" [Co-ownership: Sansone and Chibsah are Sassuolo's]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 19 June 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Pedro Mendes, nouveau défenseur Rouge et Noir" [Pedro Mendes, new Black and Red defender] (in French). Stade Rennais. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- "SC Bastia 2–1 Stade Rennais: 10 men Corsicans hold on". Vavel. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- "Montpellier: Giovanni Sio et Pedro Mendes (Rennes) arrivent" [Montpellier: Giovanni Sio and Pedro Mendes (Rennes) arrive]. L'Équipe (in French). 13 July 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Giovanni Sio et Pedro Mendes se sont officiellement engagés à Montpellier" [Giovanni Sio and Pedro Mendes officially committed to Montpellier]. L'Équipe (in French). 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Football / Ligue 1: Montpellier domine Caen en pensant à "Loulou" (1–0)" [Football / Ligue 1: Montpellier dominate Caen while thinking of "Loulou" (1–0)]. Midi Libre (in French). 5 August 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
- "Mendes goal downs Troyes". Ligue 1. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Skorupski heroics earn a point for Poland". UEFA. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- "Bruma fires rocket to seal routine win for Portugal against Scotland". The Guardian. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- "Pedro Mendes". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 June 2017.