Monday 08 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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.