Claudio Mendes

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Clau Mendes
Personal information
Full name Claudio Mendes Vicente
Date of birth (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Arrecife, Spain
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Las Palmas
Number 26
Youth career
Orientación Marítima
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2020 Las Palmas C 21 (1)
2019– Las Palmas B 3 (0)
2020– Las Palmas 3 (0)
National team
2018 Guinea Bissau U18 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2020

Claudio "Clau" Mendes Vicente (born 8 December 2000) is a professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Spanish club UD Las Palmas. Born in Spain, he represents Guinea Bissau internationally.

Club career[edit]

Born in Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands to Bissau-Guinean parents,[1] Mendes represented SRCyD Torrelavega and CD Orientación Marítima as a youth before joining UD Las Palmas in 2019.[2] Initially assigned to the C-team in Tercera División, he made his senior debut on 31 August of that year, coming on as a half-time substitute in a 1–2 away loss against CD Buzanada.

Mendes scored his first senior goal on 7 September 2019, netting the last in a 3–0 home success over EMF Atlético Unión Güímar.[3] In December, he also started to feature for the reserves in Segunda División B.[4]

Mendes made his first team debut with the Amarillos on 13 June 2020, replacing Juanjo Narváez late into a 0–0 Segunda División home draw against Girona FC;[5] aged 19 years and 188 days, he became the third-youngest debutant of the club's history who was born in the isle of Lanzarote, only behind Sito and Antonio Betancort's debuts.[6]

International career[edit]

Born in Spain, Mendes is of Bissau-Guinean descent.[7] He represented the latter's under-18s for the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualification, scoring a goal on his debut.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Mendes' twin brother Leo is also a footballer. A goalkeeper, both finished their formation at Orientación before moving to different teams.[9]


  1. ^ "El lanzaroteño Clau Mendes debuta con la UD Las Palmas" [The lanzaroteño Clau Mendes debuts with UD Las Palmas] (in Spanish). Lancelot Digital. 13 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Clau Mendes, el 7º jugador nacido en Lanzarote que juega con Las Palmas" [Clau Mendes, the 7th Lanzarote-born player who plays with Las Palmas] (in Spanish). Lanzarote Deportiva. 14 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  3. ^ "3–0: Las Palmas C acaba con la pesadilla del gol" [3–0: Las Palmas C end their goal nightmare] (in Spanish). Tinta Amarilla. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ "El récord meteórico de Claudio Mendes" [The meteoric record of Claudio Mendes] (in Spanish). Tinta Amarilla. 14 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Las Palmas-Girona, un partido sin público y sin fútbol" [Las Palmas-Girona, a match without attendance and without football] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Claudio Mendes, el nuevo testigo de Lanzarote" [Claudio Mendes, the new token of Lanzarote] (in Spanish). Tinta Amarilla. 13 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Clau Mendes, la última perla del fútbol amarillo desde... Lanzarote" [Clau Mendes, the latest pearl of amarillo football from... Lanzarote] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Goal of Claudio Mendes!". Retrieved 13 June 2020 – via
  9. ^ "Claudio y Leo: un calco" [Claudio and Leo: an image] (in Spanish). Tinta Amarilla. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

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