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Friday, 15 July 2011 21:58

Vitoria Guimaraes sign Pedro Mendes

“I have returned to my true home”

Pedro Mendes receives standing ovation upon re-signing for GuimaraesPedro Mendes has signed a 2-year contract with his home-town club, Vitoria Guimaraes. Flanked by his two children, Mendes was the star attraction in a ceremony this evening at the Dom Afonso Henriques stadium to present the 2011/12 squad to the fans.
Mendes began his career at Vitoria before moving to FC Porto for a single season where he was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s team that won the Champions League and Portuguese title in 2003/04. The Portugal international went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Rangers and Sporting, before going full circle to return to his first club eight years after leaving.

“I always said I intended to finish my career at Vitoria Guimaraes. From the day I ended my association with Sporting I began to give the possibility serious thought. I’m very happy because I feel I still have a lot to offer Vitoria,” said Mendes.
I want to thank the fans for the messages of incentive they have sent me in the last few days and I want to say I will do everything I can to help make this club even bigger.
“At this point in my career nothing is more enticing that playing for Vitoria. It had to be now, or it would have been too late. It was at Vitoria that I wanted to end my career and I’m going to play to the very limit of my abilities.

For now I want to enjoy this moment, which is my return to my true home.”
by Tom Kundert
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Comments (19)
19 Friday, 22 July 2011 20:20
Benfica was eliminated by Braga on the european stage for all of europe to see Benfica's incompetence!

Guimaraes is a "small" team in comparison to Braga achievement-wise. They could have all the support they want but as long as they keep losing I'll be happy. Also I was saying Braga is massive compared to Guimaraes. Practically 4x bigger. Guimaraes and their support is limited to their small city. Braga's will just keep growing and growing and growing in their large city.
great signing very solid player
18 Wednesday, 20 July 2011 04:01
big3 + 2 = BETTER GAMES
Well. . .
17 Monday, 18 July 2011 22:42
Bryan, it's nice to see how an irrational hatred of the club makes you happy for a Portuguese football loss.

It's also pretty nice to see you telling someone who lives in NJ that a 180k people city is "massive".

And let me guess, the "humiliating defeat" is a 2-1? If your club is so big as you make it, Benfica supporters shouldn't be ashamed of such a loss.

If you're on a crusade against Benfica I'd suggest you hire some Porto fans. Your team finished 17 points from Benfica, you'll get nowhere.
Massive? LOL
16 Monday, 18 July 2011 22:20
Bryan, I didn't forget. Benfica was a huge disappointment last season. And you are right, its not only the big losses, its where and they occurred as well.
That being said, even with the Europa final, Braga didn't make anywhere near what Benfica did, and you can argue they didn't have as good a year as Benfica either. We are always able to recover quickly. Whether we do is another question.

Also remember that there's no harsher critics of Benfica than Benfiquistas themselves.

No matter how big Braga is as a city, Guimaraes always as had more support. At least in Portugal they've had.
. . .
15 Monday, 18 July 2011 18:20
I guess Bryan/SC is an exaggerated version of the original.

Facebook pages don't count for anything. I bet most old school Braga fans don't have one. Sócios are not fans but they are the only reliable indicator you have.

As for the Benfica results, if my club started by losing to Dijon but in a week's time was able to beat PSG convincingly I wouldn't be worried. Plus, they don't even have their central defenders and right defender. ;)
Braga falling on its face?
14 Monday, 18 July 2011 18:16
Braga may fail but won't fail the way your so called 'Glorioso' did last year. That would literally be impossible. Im guessing the humiliating defeats Benfica received when they travel to Braga haven't sunk in yet. Perhaps, losing to 5-0 to Porto , watching Porto win the league at the Luz, and getting eliminated at home in the taca de Portugal probably still hasn't sunk in.

Lol, so now it's become just your opinion that Guimaraes has more fans. I'm guessing the attendance logic didn't work out so well. I will admit that Guimaraes is a city with little over 50,000 people and their participation rate is higher. But to compare the fan base is ridiculous. The city of Braga is the third largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and Porto and has more then 175,063 people. Of course Braga has more fans and has more potential for growth. The city is massive.

Please wait till the 26th of July then. Then well see who falls on whos face. Good luck against that Turkish team btw the way. If Benfica falls on its face in europe I wouldn't be surprised. It's a normal thing already because it happens every year. I'm just going to be laughing again when it happens on the 26th.
13 Monday, 18 July 2011 17:04
Bryan, Benfica have lost to Dijon and tied Servette and Anderlecht but last season Benfica won almost all their pre- season matches (and let me add that Sporting were looking promising) and both teams ended up having a not so good season. So whatever happens in pre-season means nothing. If you want to talk, talk about something worthwhile.
You are at least funny
12 Monday, 18 July 2011 16:47
It will be sweet when Braga falls on its face this season.
4th will be an accomplishment.

I will give you this Bryan/SCB (I hope that's not someone using your name) you have brought interest into a club without interest. I actually take a look at what they are doing just so I'm informed in order to rebuke you.

Sadly Braga isn't even your favorite team. You fall into the category of "my favorite team is whoever beats Benfica. My second favorite team is Braga."
Don't worry, you're not alone in that type of thinking. Many Sporting fans think the same about Benfica, as do Benfica fans about Sporting.

As for the "fan pages", I'm happy to see the growth, especially after coming off the last two seasons. Many Portuguese abroad are from teh area, so it's good to see.
Although I still say that Guimaraes has a much hard core following than Braga.

By the way, Benfica out draws everyone in away matches attendance. Just another notch to go with the average attendance, overall attendance, and world wide following.
Glorioso Giants indeed.
11 Monday, 18 July 2011 12:58
Are you telling me attendances= fans because if thats the case Porto has more fans then Sporting and practically as many fans as Benfica. LOL. Portos and Benficas total attendance records this year are practically equal. Regardless, we have a higher attendance then Guimaraes this season anyways. If I would have to choose between attendances and winning Id choose winning. Winning brings in the money $$$ especially in europe where Guimaraes have underperformed. The day Guimaraes makes a european final is the day that cows will fly.

@ Yutik/Russia, socios don't indicate fans. If that were the case, Benfica would have more fans then Barcelona and Man Utd. Regardless, those numbers were in 2009. The next two years for Braga were historic. Check the fan pages and you'd see the numbers I'm talking about.

Almost 30,000 in the Braga page


Yeah of course I brought up Dijon because they are a european GIANT LOLZ! Let's not forget tieing to Servette and Arderlecht. Benfica are certainly ready for the champions league LOL!
10 Monday, 18 July 2011 03:36
No wonder,,he end up his career playing for mediocre team in portugal,,he's average
Lets look at the numbers
9 Monday, 18 July 2011 03:08
Fan pages? LOL!!!
Lets look at attendance.
Last season after Braga was coming off a 2nd place finish they only had 17,000 more fans that Guimaraes for the whole year. They average just over 1,000 more than Guimaraes.
In 09/10 when Braga had that wonderful year and finished 2nd, they average almost 2,000 less than Guimaraes. Guimaraes out drew them by almost 25,000.
Guimaraes also out drew Braga in the 08/09 by over 90,000 for the season.

I won't deny Braga its success, but Guimaraes has always had the bigger fan base.
Good luck!
8 Sunday, 17 July 2011 17:13
Nice to see Pedro Mendes moving back to Guimarães; I guess Sporting got rid of him not only due to physical problems but also for the psychological effect of moving onto a new chapter with Domingos.

And of course Bryan/SCB doesn't lose an opportunity to bash Benfica. Only a hater is capable of bringing up Dijon when their last result was a more than convincing 3-1 win against last year's Ligue 1 fourth place team. (By the way, didn't you watch Braga's 2-2 tie with a second division team?)

From where did you get those numbers? Back in 2009 Guimarães had 30000 sócios and Braga had 20000; I have no doubt that Braga has grown since then and maybe has surpassed Guimarães, but it strikes me as odd that Guimarães' number was cut in half.
Bragas fine
7 Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:25
The only thing we need is another experienced centre back to partner Henrique. Nuno Andre Coelho is under performing but Henrique has been solid. The good news is we haven't lost to teams like dijon lol. If anything you guys should be worried about Benfica not qualifying for the CL LOL.

For those who think Guimaraes is more popular then Braga look at their fan pages. Bragas fan page has almost 30,000 fans (and growing at a high rate) while Guimaraes has only 15,000.
A good year
6 Saturday, 16 July 2011 14:56
I too was surprised that sporting were so eager to get rid of mendes.

Its hard to get an idea of where Braga would be at atm, however this guimaraes team has also been in the making since their promotion back into the top flight.

I feel something brewing this year for them.
5 Saturday, 16 July 2011 13:11
I think Vitoria could finish above Braga this season.

Manuel Machado teams will always be strong and competitive and Pedro Mendes fits into that category perfectly.

The Minho derbies should be tasty affairs this season, but I fear Braga will struggle to live up to last seasons achievements and the loss of Domingos will effect them too.
Big signing for Guimaraes
4 Saturday, 16 July 2011 12:10
I actually thought Mendes was a good signing by Sporting last season (not Maniche).
Injuries have begun to plague him, but hopefully he's fit now. I too hope that Guimaraes comes back strong this season. People may not like this, but they were the 4th most followed team in the league, before Braga started their run the past two seasons. Their rivalry with Braga is also as intense as Benfica vs Sporting. Calling it a mini classico wouldn't do it justice.
It will be interesting to see if they have enough to pass a possibly diminished (my belief) Braga.
In any case he should bring enough quality on the field to go along with loads of experience.
Guimaraes looking good
3 Saturday, 16 July 2011 08:32
Thats a great signing, no transfer fee and guimaraes get a quality player. Guimaraes are looking very good for this year, lets hope they step up and start challenging the top spot abit more.

We need them to help portugal in the europa league.
Welcome Back
2 Saturday, 16 July 2011 00:29
Try not to edit this post around too much Portugoal ; )...
So glad Pedro Mendes found his way back to V.Guimaraes. I respect this player a lot and I was grateful enough to see him play live when Sporting came to Red Bull Arena for that New York Football Challenge tournament. I wish nothing, but the best for him at Guimaraes and theres no doubt he will make their midfield a lot stronger.
BTW too bad his first game back ended up being a 1-0 lost at home to Rio Ave lol
Pedro Mendes
1 Friday, 15 July 2011 22:33
Pedro Mendes is a great player so he will definitely add a lot of class and experience to their midfield. Vitoria has plenty of passionate fans and a beautiful stadium so they definitely have the potential to start something special. Braga did this 2 seasons ago and now it's Vitoria's turn. It would be great to see Braga and Vitora challenge the big 3 this season.

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