Sergio Méndez

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Sergio (El Tabudo) Méndez
Personal information
Full name Sergio de Jesús Méndez Bolanos
Date of birth (1942-02-14)14 February 1942
Place of birth Santa Elena, El Salvador
Date of death 18 December 1976 (aged 34)
Place of death El Salvador
Height 1.83 m (6ft-0in)
Playing position Midfielder
Number 7
Youth career
El Vencedor, Santa Elena
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964-1970 C.D.Águila 141 (73)
1971-1976 C.D.Atlético Marte
National team
1965-1974 El Salvador 27 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Méndez and the second or maternal family name is Bolanos.

Sergio de Jesús Méndez Bolanos (born 14 February 1942 – died December 18,1976) was a football player from El Salvador who represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed (El Tabudo) because of the town where he was born, Méndez played for Atlético Marte,[1] C.D. Suchitepequez (Guatemala) and C.D.Águila where he was one of the top scorers during his years in the team.

International career[edit]

Méndez played 7 matches for El Salvador at the 1968 Summer Olympics, after he had scored against Cuba in the qualifiers.[2] Méndez also had the opportunity to play at the 1965 CONCACAF Championship where he played all of the games. In the Championship he started in 6 games, substituted in 2 games and scored 5 goals for the Salvadoran team.[3] He also played in all the world cup qualification games scoring 3 goals and the three matches at the 1970 World Cup Finals.[4]

Death[edit]

Mendez died in a car accident on December of 1976. He is one of six 1968 Olympic footballers of El Salvador who have already died. Mendez was a very good friend of footballer Jose Antonio (Ruso) Quintanilla, they were also teammates in C.D. Atletico Marte.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sergio de Jesus Mendez - C.D. Atlético Marte
  2. ^ Una y una en La Habana - El Gráfico (Spanish)
  3. ^ Gomez, Omar. "El Salvador en Copa CCCF y NORCECA". elbaloncuscatleco.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Sergio MéndezFIFA competition record
  5. ^ Hace 40 años de aquel México 70 - El Salvador.com (Spanish)