pedro mendes - fact file

2004 - 2006        midfielder

Born on 26th February 1979 in Guimaraes, Portugal.

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This smooth passing midfielder is probably best known for his short time at Tottenham for the "goal that never was".

Signed by Jacques Santini to bring experience to the midfield, Mendes showed his class in his few appearances for the team.  Having served Guimaraes and Porto well in Portugal, he secured the league title and Champions League with the latter club.  It was this quality that Santini introduced and Mendes' control of the ball and both long and short passing, helped the team move forward.  A slight build did not allow him to be easily dispossessed and he used his body to good effect in holding onto the ball

He struggled to score as frequently as he had at Guimaraes, but his long range effort in the 5-1 win over Everton on New Years Day 2005 indicated that he had goals in him.  Indeed, in the next match, away at Old Trafford, he was only denied a second Spurs goal by a rank disgraceful piece of officiating by referee Mark Clattenburg and his linesman.  Having got to the ball first as it dropped just short of the halfway line with seconds remaining, Mendes hoisted a towering, dropping shot on goal.  With Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll stationed towards the front of his penalty area, he moved back, but as the ball came down, he lost balance and could only try to catch the ball high on his chest.  The keeper failed to gather the ball as it hit him harder than he thought it would and squirmed over his shoulder and into the goal.  With the linesman woefully behind play, but still in a good enough position to see, the ball cleared the goal-line by a yard before Carroll hopefully scooped the ball out of the goal.  Everyone, apart from the Manchester United players and staff were gob-smacked to see Clattenburg wave play on.  Spurs took the decision with good grace, but the other amazing thing was that the FA and the Premier League took no action against the officials who played their dishonourable part in the "goal that never was."

It should have been the start of a golden period of his career at Tottenham, but Pedro suffered with injuries to his toe and his foot while at White Hart Lane and rarely became a regular starter.

It was with a view to having a settled midfield that Jol decided that he would be allowed to leave for Portsmouth, with Noe Pamarot and Sean Davis, all signings made by previous manager Jacques Santini.  He did well for Harry Redknapp at Fratton Park, helping keep the team in the Premier League with his goals, but once more injury restricted the number of games he played and in August 2008, he was transferred to Glasgow Rangers against the wishes of manager Harry Redknapp.  Playing in the slower game in Scotland, he stood out as a class act, with his running off the ball and passing making a big difference to the way the side played.

In the 2010 January transfer window, Mendes was allowed ot move on with Sporting Lisbon paying 1.5 million to take him back to Portugal and he had been performing well enough to be include din the 2010 World Cup squad, playing all four games - two from the start.

 

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FULL NAME :  Pedro Miguel da Silva Mendes

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
FC Felgueiras (Portugal) 1998 ?? ??  31 2
Guimaraes (Portugal) 1999 ?? ??  82 7
FC Porto (Portugal) 1st July 2003 ?? ??  26 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 8th July 2004 2,000,000 ??  29 + 7 as a sub 1
Portsmouth 12th January 2006 ?? ??  63 + 5 as a sub 5
Glasgow Rangers 15th August 2008 3,000,000 ??  50 4
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) 30th January 2010 1,500,000 ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
FC Felgueiras (Portugal)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Guimaraes (Portugal)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
FC Porto (Portugal)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
25 + 5 as a sub League appearances; 1 goal
2 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
2 + 2 as a sub League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 European appearances; 0 goals
Portsmouth

53 + 5 as a sub League appearances; 5 goals
6 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
3 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 Other appearance; 0 goals
Glasgow Rangers

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Portugal international
2 full caps;  0 goals
Under-21 caps; goals
Champions League winners medal 2003-04 (Porto)
FA Cup winners medal 2007-08 (Portsmouth)

Milestones
- appearance

           

 

What they said about Pedro Mendes
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What Pedro Mendes said about ...
... his "goal" at Old Trafford which was disallowe din the game v Man U on 04.01.2005 ...  08.01.2005 (THFC programme)

"I now feel worse.  On the pitch I didn't see if the ball crossed the line or not, but I have now seen it went way over.  I feel a bit sad, as it was a goal and we should have had three points.  I had seen that Carroll had come forward and was out of his goal.  The ball came to me, so I shot and I hit it really well.  In fact, I hit it in the goal and it was a goal, only the referee didn't think so !"

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