Fernando Mendes (footballer, born 1937)
|Full name||Fernando Mamede Mendes|
|Date of birth||15 July 1937|
|Place of birth||Seia, Portugal|
|Date of death||31 March 2016(aged 78)|
|Place of death||Lisbon, Portugal|
|1977–1979||Sporting CP (youth)|
|1986–1988||Sporting CP (assistant)|
|1988–1996||Sporting CP (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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).
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.
- "Dez golos que explicam o fenómeno" [Ten goals that explain the phenomenon] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "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.
- "Faleceu Fernando Mendes" [Fernando Mendes has died] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.