Mario Méndez (Mexican footballer)
|Full name||Mario Méndez Olagüe|
|Date of birth||June 1, 1979|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2011
Mario Méndez started his career with Club Atlas in the year 1998, in the golden age that included many (at the time, promising) players like Rafael Márquez, Daniel Osorno, Juan Pablo Rodriguez and Miguel Zepeda. With Atlas he got a sub-championship in the year of 1999 having been a vital part in the defense. He stayed with this club until 2004. In 2004 Mario Mendéz was bought by Deportivo Toluca F.C., where he was an important player in the squad playing 49 games and scoring one goal.
Later on Méndez was sent to Monterrey to play for the Rayados of Monterrey. Unfortunately he did not have much time on the field as he was on the Mexico national team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de México) in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Later that year he was transferred to Tigres on 29 May 2006. He previously played for Tigres arch-rival Rayados of Monterrey, but was playing there only on loan, and was signed with Club Toluca who negotiated the transference with Tigres.
He was called up to the Mexico national team to participate in the 2006 World Cup. He started for Mexico's first two games against Iran, Angola and later, in the Elimination Round of 16 against Argentina. In the game against Iran he made an assist in the goal of Zihna. Although he has been criticized for his occasional careless plays and teamwork abilities on the national team, he continues to be one of Mexico's important talented players.
After Lavolpe's resignation as coach Mendez returned to Mexico, joining Club Toluca.
During the Hugo Sanchez era, Mendez was not called up for Mexico. Méndez returned to the team under the new manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. He appeared in the September 2008 friendly match against Chile (a 1-0 defeat), coming on as a substitute for Jaime Correa Córdoba. He now plays for CD Irapuato as of 12 June 2011 after being transferred from Club Toluca.
|1.||January 19, 2000||Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico||Romania||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
- "Mario Méndez". Esmas.com (in Spanish).
- Football Database.com provides Mario Méndez's profile and stats
- Mario Méndez – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)