Fernando Mendes (footballer born 1937)

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Fernando Mamede Mendes
Personal information
Full name Fernando Mamede Mendes
Date of birth (1937-07-15) 15 July 1937 (age 76)
Place of birth Seia, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957-1968 Sporting CP 225 (2)
National team
Portugal 21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fernando Mamede Mendes (born 15 July 1937 in Seia) is a Portuguese retired football midfielder and manager.

Football career[edit]

During his entire professional career, which lasted 12 seasons (1956–68), Mendes played solely for Sporting Clube de Portugal, also starting and finishing his football formation at the Lisbon club.

He played for six years with the Portuguese national team, but did not attend any major international tournament: on 25 April 1965 he broke his leg in the early minutes of the away fixture against Czechoslovakia for the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification, as the national team eventually won it 1–0 thanks to Eusébio, with ten players (no substitutions were allowed then).

Mendes never fully recovered from that situation, and retired three years later at only 30. In 24 league matches over the course of three separate seasons, he served as interim coach at his only club (the last in late 2000-early 2001), winning nine games, drawing nine and losing six; with the Lions, he also worked as an assistant coach and extensively with the youth teams.

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