Sebastián Méndez

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Sebastián Méndez
Personal information
Full name Sebastián Ariel Méndez Pardiñas
Date of birth (1977-07-04) 4 July 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Cúcuta Deportivo (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2002 Vélez Sarsfield 177 (3)
2002–2006 Celta 56 (0)
2006–2009 San Lorenzo 60 (0)
2009 Banfield 19 (0)
Total 313 (5)
National team
1999 Argentina 2 (0)
Teams managed
2010 San Lorenzo (caretaker)
2011 Banfield
2013–2014 Atlanta
2014 Platense
2015 Gimnasia Jujuy
2016–2017 Godoy Cruz
2017 Belgrano de Córdoba
2018 Palestino
2019– Cúcuta Deportivo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sebastián Ariel Méndez Pardiñas (born 4 July 1977) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current manager of Cúcuta Deportivo in the Colombian Categoría Primera A.

As a player, he won the Argentine Primera División with all three clubs he represented in his country, and also spent almost five years in Spain.

Playing career[edit]

A native of Buenos Aires, Méndez started his career with Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield. He made his debut in the top division on 24 July 1994 against Club Social, Deportivo y Cultural Español, aged only 17. During his tenure the club had the most sustained period of success in its history, collecting three leagues and other five international tournaments, with the player being an undisputed starter during his last six years.

In January 2002, Méndez moved to Spain to play for Celta de Vigo in La Liga, during the Galician team's heyday. In his four-and-a-half-year spell, he started rarely (tops 16 games in 2004–05, with the side in the second level) but did amass 69 competitive appearances.[1]

In 2006, Méndez returned to his country, signing with San Lorenzo de Almagro and helping it to the 2007 Clausura tournament to conquer his fourth league title. Nevertheless, during 2008 he took part in only a few matches, mostly because of constant injuries and ejections. Afterwards, he was transferred to Club Atlético Banfield for the 2009–10 season, and was a key member of the squad that won the 2009 Apertura, appearing in all 19 contests.

On 13 December 2009, the squad celebrated its first ever top division accolade. Shortly after, Méndez announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.[2]

Manager career[edit]

On 4 April 2010, Méndez returned to San Lorenzo now as a caretaker manager, following Diego Simeone's dismissal. On 21 December he landed his first full-time job, in another of his former clubs, Banfield, where he replaced Julio César Falcioni.[3]


San Lorenzo


  1. ^ "Sebastián Méndez" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. ^ El central Méndez anuncia su retirada tras ganar el Apertura con el Banfield (Centre-back Méndez announces retirement after winning Apertura with Banfield); Deportes Orange, 14 December 2009 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Sebastián Méndez será el nuevo entrenador de Banfield" [Sebastián Méndez will be Banfield's new coach] (in Spanish). Cancha Llena. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010.

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