Bruno Mendes

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Bruno Mendes
Personal information
Full name Bruno Miguel da Cunha Sousa Oliveira Mendes
Date of birth (1976-03-15) 15 March 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Carregado, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1987–1989 Carregado
1989–1994 Vilafranquense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Vilafranquense
1998–2001 Campomaiorense 43 (0)
2001–2010 Rio Ave 161 (3)
Total 204 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bruno Miguel da Cunha Sousa Oliveira Mendes (born 15 March 1976 in Carregado, Lisbon) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

After making his Primeira Liga debuts in the 1998–99 season with S.C. Campomaiorense, which folded soon after, Mendes moved to Rio Ave FC, going on to play in the club for nearly a decade and becoming one of the players with most matches in the Vila do Conde side's all-time list with more than 150 overall, only behind Evandro and Niquinha.

In the 2008–09 campaign, after helping Rio Ave to a top flight promotion, Mendes was an undisputed defensive starter, partnering former FC Porto's Gaspar in the middle and scoring in a 2–4 home loss against Vitória de Guimarães on 3 January 2009.

In 2009–10, Rio Ave again managed to maintain its top division status, but he only contributed with two games, retiring at the end of the season aged 34.

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