Édgar Méndez

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Édgar
Édgar Méndez vs Elche - 2014.png
Édgar playing with Almería in 2014
Personal information
Full name Édgar Antonio Méndez Ortega[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-02) 2 January 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Arafo, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 17
Youth career
Tenerife
2006–2007 Murcia Deportivo
2007–2009 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Real Madrid C 23 (1)
2009–2010 Atlético Ciudad 30 (0)
2010–2011 Betis B 20 (0)
2011–2012 Melilla 35 (7)
2012–2014 Almería B 32 (6)
2012–2015 Almería 30 (4)
2013–2014Jaén (loan) 17 (0)
2014Tenerife (loan) 14 (1)
2015–2016 Granada 15 (1)
2016–2017 Alavés 27 (4)
2017– Cruz Azul 68 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:33, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

Édgar Antonio Méndez Ortega (born 2 January 1990), known as Méndez or simply Édgar, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Mexican club Cruz Azul as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Arafo, Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Édgar finished his apprenticeship with Real Madrid and made his senior debut in the 2008–09 season with the C-team, in Tercera División. He upgraded to Segunda División B with CF Atlético Ciudad in summer 2009, and joined fellow league side Real Betis B for the following campaign.[2]

In July 2011, Édgar signed with UD Melilla also in the third level,[3] and scored a career-best seven goals in his only season. In 2012 he moved to UD Almería, being assigned to the reserves.[4]

On 20 July 2013, Édgar joined Andalusia neighbours Real Jaén in a season-long loan deal.[5] On 25 August he made his debut as a professional, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–4 away defeat against CD Numancia for the Segunda División championship.[6]

On 28 January of the following year, Édgar moved to CD Tenerife in the same division, also in a temporary deal.[7] On 23 March, he scored his first professional goal, netting the last of a 5–0 home routing of SD Ponferradina.[8]

In June 2014, Édgar returned to Almería and renewed his contract with the club on 16 August, being definitely promoted to the first-team squad in La Liga.[9] He made his debut in the competition on 23 August, starting and assisting Fernando Soriano in a 1–1 home draw against RCD Espanyol.[10]

Édgar scored his first goal in the Spanish top level on 12 September, netting his side's only in a 1–1 home draw against Córdoba CF.[11] On 7 October, he agreed to an extension, until 2018.[12]

On 1 July 2015, Édgar signed a four-year deal with neighbouring Granada CF after suffering relegation with Almería.[13] On 15 July the following year, he terminated his contract after being sparingly used,[14] and joined fellow league team Deportivo Alavés for three years.[15]

On 8 February 2017, in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, Édgar scored the only goal of the tie against Celta de Vigo, qualifying the Basques to the decisive match for the first time in their 91-year history. He came on as a 79th-minute substitute for Gaizka Toquero, and scored just three minutes later.[16]

Édgar moved abroad on 4 July 2017, joining Mexican side Cruz Azul.[17]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 March 2019[18]
Club Season Competition League Cup Continental Other[i] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid C 2008–09 Tercera División 23 1 23 1
Atlético Ciudad 2009–10 Segunda División B 30 0 2 0 32 0
Betis B 2010–11 Segunda División B 20 0 0 0 20 0
Melilla 2011–12 Segunda División B 35 7 1 0 36 7
Almería B 2012–13 Segunda División B 32 6 32 6
Jaén (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 17 0 2 0 19 0
Tenerife (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 14 1 0 0 14 1
Almería 2014–15 La Liga 30 4 1 1 31 5
Granada 2015–16 La Liga 15 1 3 0 18 1
Alavés 2016–17 La Liga 27 4 6 4 33 8
Cruz Azul 2017–18 Liga MX 28 8 7 1 35 9
2018–19 30 4 11 2 41 6
Total 58 12 18 3 0 0 0 0 76 15
Career totals 278 35 33 8 0 0 0 0 311 43
  1. ^ Including Segunda División B play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cruz Azul

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Edgar Antonio Mendez Ortega" (in Spanish). Liga MX. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ Édgar ficha por el Betis B (Édgar signs for Betis B); Tenerife Deportivo, 28 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Melilla presenta a sus dos primeros fichajes, Edgar y Andoni (Melilla present their first two signings, Edgar and Andoni); Info Melilla, 19 July 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Édgar Méndez: "El Almería es un grande" (Édgar Méndez: "Almería is a big one"); Diario de Almería, 15 August 2012 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Jaén obtiene la cesión de Edgar (Jaén get Edgar loan); Marca, 20 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El Numancia le pone cabeza a la Liga (Numancia "head" league); Marca, 25 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Edgar Méndez se convierte en el tercer fichaje del Tenerife" (Edgar Méndez becomes Tenerife's third signing); Marca, 28 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "'Manita' tinerfeña con sabor a 'playoff' a costa de los bercianos" (Tenerife 'fiver' with a taste of playoff at the bercianos' expense); Marca, 23 March 2014 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Edgar actualiza su contrato para formar parte de la primera plantilla rojiblanca (Edgar updates his contract to become a part of the main red-and-white squad); UD Almería, 16 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Sergio García amarga la Feria de madrugada (Sergio García bitters the Fair at dawn); Marca, 23 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Almería y Córdoba van poco a poco (Almería and Córdoba go at it little by little); Marca, 12 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Almería y Edgar llegan a un acuerdo para mejorar y ampliar el contrato del jugador (Almería and Edgar reach agreement to improve and extend the player's contract); UD Almería, 7 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ El Almería traspasa a Edgar al Granada CF (Almería transfer Edgar to Granada CF); UD Almería, 1 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Edgar Méndez se desvincula del Granada tras llegar a un acuerdo con el club (Edgar Méndez cuts ties with Granada after reaching an agreement with the club); Marca, 15 July 2016 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Edgar Méndez, velocidad en banda para el ataque albiazul" (Edgar Méndez, speed in the wing for the white-and-blue attack); Deportivo Alavés, 16 July 2016 (in Spanish)
  16. ^ "La noche más gloriosa" (The most glorious night); Marca, 8 February 2017 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Edgar Méndez, traspasado al Cruz Azul (Edgar Méndez, transferred to Cruz Azul); Deportivo Alavés, 4 July 2017 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ "Edgar Méndez". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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