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Andrés Augusto Mendoza Azevedo (born 26 April 1978 in Chincha Altamarker) is a Peruvianmarker footballer currently finishing his contract as a striker for Monarcas Morelia, in the Mexican League

Known as El Condor or La Pantera, he has pace as his main attribute.

Club career

Mendoza started playing professionally with Sporting Cristal, which he helped become national champion in his first season.

Subsequently, he represented a myriad of teams, in Belgiummarker, Ukrainemarker, Russiamarker, Romaniamarker and Francemarker. He had a steady period with Club Brugge K.V., helping it win the 2002 Belgian Cup, with a hat-trick in a 3-1 one win over Excelsior Mouscron,while also netting the game's only in a 1-0 success at AC Milan, in the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League.

In 2004, Mendoza signed with FC Metalurh Donetsk,which loaned him twice during his link. After his release, he moved countries again in 2008: after a short spell with FC Steaua Bucureşti,he joined Monarcas Morelia in Mexicomarker, being the second best goalscorer in the league's Apertura 2008, with 10 goals in 16 games. On May 1, 2009 Monarcas Morelia released Mendoza, due to an injury to his right leg.

International career

Mendoza made his debuts with Peru in 1999, becoming a regular fixture in the following years. He represented the nation at two Copa América tournaments: 2004 and 2007, totalling seven scoreless appearances.

After a failed campaign to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was called by national coach Julio Cesar Uribe for a two-friendly match squad against Ecuador, in June 2007. He was used as a substitute the first game against their northern neighbors (win), and started in the second (0-2 loss).

On December 7, 2007, Mendoza was one in a group of internationals that were found guilty of having introduced women and alcohol into the national squad's hotel two days before Peru's away drubbing at the hands of Ecuador (5-1, in which he scored), being subsequently banned for one 1/2 years from representing Peru.Months later he was the only one who did not get his suspension eliminated after all the other player's suspensions were reduced.

Honours

Sporting Cristal



Club Brugge



Monarcas Morelia



References

  1. Mendoza the hero for Brugge
  2. Mendoza heads to Metalurh
  3. Andrés Mendoza signed with Steaua
  4. Peru ban Farfán and Pizarro for 18 months


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