Mano (Portuguese footballer)

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Mano Villarreal.jpg
Mano lining up for Villarreal
Personal information
Full name Luís Miguel Lopes Mendes
Date of birth (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
1996–2003 Almada
2003–2004 Corroios
2004–2006 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Belenenses 60 (0)
2010–2012 Villarreal B 36 (0)
2012 Levadiakos 1 (0)
2012– Estoril 84 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U20 12 (0)
2007 Portugal U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 December 2016.

Luís Miguel Lopes Mendes (born 9 April 1987), known as Mano, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for G.D. Estoril Praia mainly as a right back.

Club career[edit]

A product of C.F. Os Belenenses' youth system, Lisbon-born Mano first appeared with the first team on 4 February 2007 in a 1–0 away win against Vitória de Setúbal. He had to wait until the 2008–09 season to become an important member of the main squad.

In the 2009–10 campaign, Mano featured in 28 games but Belenenses finished as second from bottom in the Primeira Liga, dropping down to the second level. In July 2010 he moved to Villarreal CF B in Spain, playing 31 Segunda División matches in his first year (27 starts) as the Valencians retained their league status.

International career[edit]

Mano represented Portugal at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, also appearing in other minor tournaments. In the competition held in Canada, in the round-of-16 defeat against Chile (0–1), he was going to be sent off by referee Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh for a foul, when teammate Zequinha stripped the judge of his red card, receiving his marching orders as well.[1][2] Subsequently both players were suspended from international football, Mano for three months.[3]


  1. ^ Vidal off after sinking Portugal;, 12 July 2007
  2. ^ Referee loses his red card; SoccerBlog, 13 July 2007
  3. ^ Zequinha suspended for one year; Mano for three months; World Cup Blog, 28 July 2007

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