Alberto Méndez (footballer)
|Full name||Alberto Méndez Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||24 October 1974|
|Place of birth||Nuremberg, West Germany|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1999||→ AEK Athens (loan)||11||(0)|
|1999–2000||→ SpVgg Unterhaching (loan)||6||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Racing Ferrol (loan)||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Nuremberg, West Germany of Spanish descent, Méndez was discovered by Arsenal and Arsène Wenger playing for German non-league side 1. SC Feucht, and signed for the English in the 1997 summer. He made his debut with the main squad in a League Cup match against Birmingham City on 14 October as a substitute, and scored the final goal in a 4–1 home win.
However, Méndez could not establish himself in the Gunners' first team, and played in only eleven official matches – four of which were in the league – in five seasons, with one goal to his name. He had subsequent spells with AEK Athens FC, SpVgg Unterhaching (his only Bundesliga experience, which consisted in six appearances from the bench during the 1999–2000 campaign), Racing de Ferrol and Terrassa FC, the latter two in Spain's second division, before returning to Germany permanently in 2004, playing in the lower leagues well into his 30's.