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Monday 08 July 2013

On this day in 2004: Pedro Mendes moves to Tottenham

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Champions League winner Mendes joining Spurs

  • Pedro Mendes moved to Tottenham in June 2004 with Helder Postiga going the other way

  • The midfielder played in Porto's 2004 UEFA Champions League final win over Monaco

  • Mendes was a regular in the 2004/05 campaign for Spurs as they finished ninth in the league

  • After joining Portsmouth, Mendes helped them stay up with some crucial long-range goals

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 8 July 2004 - Pedro Mendes joins Tottenham from Porto

Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of midfielder Pedro Mendes from Porto, with Portugal striker Helder Postiga going the other way to the reigning UEFA Champions League winners.

Pedro Mendes played for Jose Mourinho’s Porto side in their run to the UEFA Champions League final in the 2003/04 campaign, and played the full 90 minutes of the 3-0 win over Monaco.

The midfielder quickly established himself at White Hart Lane, playing 24 Barclays Premier League matches in his first season as Tottenham finished ninth. Mendes found first-team opportunities harder to come by the next season and moved to Portsmouth in January 2006.

He joined Harry Redknapp’s team in a relegation battle and, after Pompey slipped eight points adrift of safety with 10 matches remaining, Mendes scored two magnificent long-range strikes in a comeback win against Manchester City and inspired a great escape from the drop zone.

Mendes scored another important goal in a victory over West Ham United the next week and he made a lasting impression at Fratton Park as Pompey secured survival.

Mendes stayed with Portsmouth until 2008, when he moved to Scottish club Rangers. The Portuguese international made 88 appearances in the Barclays Premier League overall, scoring on six occasions.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Porto midfielder Pedro Mendes joined Tottenham, with Helder Postiga going the opposite direction