|Date of birth||4 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Élancourt, France|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2001–2006||Football Croix-de-Savoie 74|
|2007–2008||→ Petrolul Ploieşti (loan)||3||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Dinamo II Bucureşti||19||(8)|
|2016||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2017.
Jean-Philippe Mendy (born 4 March 1987) is a French footballer of Senegalese descent who plays for Baniyas SC in the Arabian Gulf League . Initially a midfielder, he was later in his career moved forward.
Mendy started playing football, aged 6, at OSC Élancourt, before moving, aged 12, to FC Versailles, and at some point after, to Football Croix-de-Savoie 74, now known as Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. Aged 14, he spent some time at Clairefontaine.
In the summer of 2006, he played a single friendly match for the Swiss third-tier side CS Chênois, a 5–0 loss against the Romanian giants Dinamo Bucureşti. Despite the loss, he was noticed by Dinamo's coach Mircea Rednic, and brought to the Romanian club. Despite never officially being a CS Chênois player, he was erroneously presented as such by the Romanian media.
He made his debut for the Bucharest club on 11 November 2006, coming in the 83rd minute for Claudiu Niculescu, in a 3–0 home win against FC Oțelul Galați. His UEFA Cup debut was on 14 December 2006, after he came in for Ionel Dănciulescu in the 77th minute of the 3–1 away loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur and scored, in the 91st minute, what would prove to be his first and only goal for Dinamo's senior team.
After the 2006–07 season, he spent time on loan at second-tier side Petrolul Ploieşti, and Dinamo's B side, also playing at that level, but the rest of his time in Romania was marred by a knee injury and operation, suffered after another player fell on it. Because of that, he would only feature in one more match for Dinamo, in July 2009. After his recovery, he signed in the beginning of 2011 for the Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione team SPAL 1907. However, his convalescence was not yet over, leaving him unable to sprint properly, so he required another operation, losing another year of football.
He was brought to Slovenia by Koper's coach Rodolfo Vanoli, who saw him play at SPAL. In the summer of 2013, he moved to the Slovenian champions Maribor, where he went on to score nine goals in 16 matches in the first half of the season. In three seasons playing for Maribor, he scored a total of 42 goals in 125 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Mendy, a child of Senegalese parents born in France, is multilingual, speaking five languages: English, Italian, Romanian, French, and Wolof. In April 2014 he got married in Maribor to Lisette Mendy and became a father to a son in May.
- NK Maribor. "Žogo nosil v šolski torbi" [He carried the ball in a school bag] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- Contemporary Croix-de-savoie forum board discussion at Croixdesavoiefans.net
- Jean-Philippe Mendy Romaniansoccer statistics at Romaniansoccer.ro
- "Tottenham a taiat echipa Dinamo in bucati" [Tottenham teared Dinamo's team into pieces] (in Romanian). evz.ro. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- "Statistika sezone 13/14" [13/14 season statistics] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "Mendy na Kitajsko" [Mendy to China] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.