Fernando Mendes (footballer, born 1937)

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Fernando Mendes
Personal information
Full name Fernando Mamede Mendes
Date of birth (1937-07-15)15 July 1937
Place of birth Seia, Portugal
Date of death 31 March 2016(2016-03-31) (aged 78)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1953–1956 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1968 Sporting CP 165 (1)
1968–1969 Atlético 12 (1)
Total 177 (2)
National team
1959–1965 Portugal 21 (0)
Teams managed
1974–1975 Lusitânia
1975–1976 Atlético
1976–1977 Vianense
1977–1979 Sporting CP (youth)
1980 Sporting CP
1981 Marítimo
1982–1984 Belenenses
1984–1985 Farense
1985–1986 Trofense
1986–1988 Sporting CP (assistant)
1988–1996 Sporting CP (youth)
1996 Sporting CP
2000 Lourinhanense
2000–2001 Sporting CP
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Mamede Mendes (15 July 1937 – 31 March 2016) was a Portuguese football midfielder and manager.

Football career[edit]

Mendes was born in Seia, Guarda District. During his professional career, which lasted 13 seasons, he played almost exclusively for Sporting Clube de Portugal, also starting and finishing his football formation at the Lisbon club. He appeared in 233 games during his spell, including friendlies.

Mendes represented the Portuguese national team during six years, 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).[1]

Mendes never fully recovered from that situation, and retired four years later at only 31. In 24 Primeira Liga 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.[2]


Mendes died on 31 March 2016 at the Hospital Pulido Valente in Lisbon, after a long illness. He was 78 years old.[3]


  1. ^ "Dez golos que explicam o fenómeno" [Ten goals that explain the phenomenon] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Treinadores no futebol e títulos conquistados" [Coaches in football and titles won]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 26 August 2008. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Faleceu Fernando Mendes" [Fernando Mendes has died] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.

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