Jesús Mendoza Aguirre
Mendoza (center) training with Xerez in 2009
|Full name||Jesús Mendoza Aguirre|
|Date of birth||23 February 1977|
|Place of birth||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1998–1999||→ Portuense (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He spent the vast majority of his 18-year senior career with Xerez, competing in all three major levels of Spanish football and appearing in 459 official games. In 2014, he started working as a manager, with the same club.
Mendoza was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz. After starting professionally with lowly Racing Club Portuense, he moved in 1999 to hometown's Xerez CD: in nine of the following ten seasons, he never appeared in less than 35 games, being instrumental in the Andalusians' promotions to the second division (2001) and La Liga (2009).
In the 2009–10 campaign, Mendoza could only play 12 league matches as the team was immediately relegated from the top flight. He made his debut in the competition on 30 August 2009, in a 0–2 away loss against RCD Mallorca.
In late 2010, 33-year-old Mendoza renewed his contract with his main club for a further season, whilst accepting to take a pay cut. On 3 July 2013, after dropping two levels at once, he left the Azulinos and joined Atlético Sanluqueño CF in division three, retiring in January of the following year.
Mendoza returned to former side Xerez on 7 July 2014, being appointed manager.
- El Mallorca bautiza al Xerez en Primera (Mallorca baptizes Xerez in Primera); Marca, 30 August 2009 (in Spanish)
- Mendoza renueva una temporada con el Xerez (Mendoza renews with Xerez for one season); Marca, 20 December 2010 (in Spanish)
- Mendoza, nuevo jugador del Atlético Sanluqueño (Mendoza, new player of Atlético Sanluqueño) Archived 27 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Atlético Sanluqueño, 3 July 2013 (in Spanish)
- Mendoza, entrenador del Xerez Club Deportivo (Mendoza, manager of Xerez Club Deportivo); Xerez CD, 7 July 2014 (in Spanish)