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Mario Méndez (Mexican footballer)

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Full name  Mario Mendez Olague
Name  Mario Mendez
Salary  475,200 MXN (2003)
Years  Team
Weight  70 kg

Current team  San Luis F.C.
Height  1.75 m
Playing position  Right Back
Role  Mexican footballer
Position  Midfielder
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Date of birth  (1979-06-01) June 1, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth  Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Number  21 (San Luis Futbol Club / Midfielder)
Similar People  Hector Martinez Serrano, Daniel Osorno, Miguel Zepeda, Israel Lopez, Franco Vaccarini

Mario Méndez Olagüe (born 1 June 1979 in Guadalajara, Jalisco) is a retired Mexican footballer, who last played as a defender and midfielder while playing for San Luis.

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Career

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.

During the Winter Transfer period, Ricardo Lavolpe, headcoach of the Argentinen Vélez Sársfield, called on the talents of Mario Méndez for Vélez Sársfield

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.

Toluca

  • Primera División de México (1): Apertura 2008
  • Mexico
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2003
  • References

    Mario Méndez (Mexican footballer) Wikipedia


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