Meet 11 Top-flight Footballers Surnamed Mendy

L-R: Edouard Mendy, Ferland Mendy, Benjamin Mendy

Chelsea completed the signing of Senegalese goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, from Rennes last Thursday [September 24, 2020].

Edouard Mendy is now the third player with the surname in the Premier League alongside Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy and Leicester City’s Nampalys Mendy.

Interestingly, there are other footballers surnamed Mendy. Most of them are of Senegalese descent but born in France.

In fact, looking into it, it’s possible to get an entire XI of Mendys playing top-flight football in Europe.

Here’s a list of footballers surnamed Mendy:

Edouard Mendy

Club: Chelsea
Country: Senegal
Position: Goalkeeper

Chealsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has not had an easy path to the top – he was not only relegated twice while with French side Cherbourg, he also spent several months on unemployment benefits.

He joined Marseille as a fourth choice, and it was only in 2017, at second-tier Reims, that he secured a starting position.

After helping Reims secure promotion – and an impressive debut season in Ligue 1 – he moved to Rennes, where he caught the attention of Chelsea.

He was born in France to a Senegalese mother and a father from Guinea-Bissau – for whom he actually made his international debut in a friendly – before switching allegiances to Senegal.


Ferland Mendy

Club: Real Madrid
Country: France
Position: Defender

Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Ferland Mendy’s progression to Real Madrid is pretty remarkable, given that at the age of 15 a hip operation left him in a wheelchair and fearing for his ability to play again,

He recovered enough to play with Le Havre’s academy before signing a five-year deal with French Ligue 1 side Lyon in 2017.

Two years later, he was on the move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he won the title last season.

So far he has won six caps for France after turning down an offer from Senegal coach, Aliou Cisse, to play for the Teranga Lions.


Benjamin Mendy

Club: Manchester City
Country: France
Position: Defender

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy

He may have the same surname, have family from Senegal and have attended Le Havre’s academy at the same time, but Benjamin Mendy is no relation to Ferland Mendy.

Despite his bad luck with injuries, Benjamin Mendy has won a French Ligue 1 title with Monaco, two English Premier Leagues with Manchester City and the World Cup with France.


Arial Mendy

Club: Servette
Country: Senegal
Position: Defender

Arial Mendy

Unlike several of the others in this list, Arial Mendy was born in Africa, in the Senegalese city of Ziguinchor.

He was spotted by French club Lens while playing for Senegalese side Diambars, where he had spent time at the club’s academy set up by former France and Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira.

He spent a spell on loan at another French side, Orleans, earlier this year before his move to Servette in Switzerland.

While he was at Diambars, he played for Senegal in qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN), a tournament for locally-based players only.


Prosper Mendy

Club: Stromsgodset
Country: Yet to play internationally at any level
Position: Defender

Prosper Mendy (Image via RFB)

The Paris-born defender has already experienced football in four different countries after a youth career that saw him at clubs in France and Belgium.

He turned professional in Spain with CD Badajoz before moving to Norway, where he now plays his football for Stromsgodset.

He is, however, yet to play internationally at any level.


Nampalys Mendy

Club: Leicester City
Country: France
Position: Midfielder

Nampalys Mendy (image via LCFC)

Another France international in the team, Namplys Mendy came through the youth system at Monaco to play in their first team and help them win Ligue 2 in 2013.

After a move to Nice he joined Leicester City, who at the time were English Champions, in 2016.

Having drawn comparisons with former France midfielder Claude Makelele – due to his small stature, passing ability and tough tackling – he was seen as a replacement for compatriot N’Golo Kante, who had left Leicester for Chelsea.

He is yet to win a senior cap for France, having played for them at several youth levels, meaning he is still eligible to play for Senegal if he chooses to.

Nampalys Mendy’s cousin Alexandre also makes our team.


Theo Mendy

Club: Keciorengucu
Country: Yet to play internationally at any level
Position: Midfielder

Theo Mendy

Theo Mendy started his professional career in Portugal having made it from Senegal to play in Cape Verde for Sporting Praia.

More recently he has been playing in Turkey, where he last played for second-tier Keciorengucu.

He is one of the few players on the list without international experience at any level.


Frederic Mendy

Club: Vitoria Setubal
Country: Guinea-Bissau
Position: Midfielder

Frédéric Mendy (image via El_Loko für thai-fussball.com)

Frederic Mendy was born in France, but plays his international football for Guinea-Bissau, thanks to family links there.

His football journey has been an interesting one. Having started at Evreux in the lower echelons of French football, he then found himself playing in Singapore.

From there he moved to Portugal for the first time with stints at several clubs before returning to Asia and playing in South Korea and Thailand.

He returned to Portugal and the top-flight with Vitoria Setubal, where he has played the last two seasons. Setubal were recently relegated to the third-tier for failing to produce valid licensing documentation.

Frederic Mendy has scored four times in his 14 caps for Guinea-Bissau and was part of their squads at the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.


Alexandre Mendy

Club: Bordeaux
Country: Yet to play internationally at any level
Position: Forward

Alexandre Mendy

Alexandre Mendy was born in France, where he has played his entire career so far.

He came through the academy at Nice, who sent him on loan to Strasbourg and then to Ligue 2 Nimes where he made his full professional debut. Ligue 1 Guingamp signed him in 2016 before he got a transfer to Bordeaux a season later.

Unlike his cousin Nampalys, who has French youth caps, the 26-year-old is yet to be capped at any international level.


Laurent Mendy

Club: Royal Antwerp
Country: Senegal
Position: Forward

Laurent Mendy

The youngster is on the books of Belgian side Royal Antwerp and played on loan for Luxembourg’s F91 Dudelange in the Europa League last season.

He is yet to play for Senegal at senior level but has represented the under-20 team, and is only 21 so has time on his side.


Jean Alassane Mendy

Club: Free Agent
Country: Yet to play internationally at any level
Position: Forward

Jean Alassane Mendy (image via dundeefc)

Born in Dakar, Jean Alassane Mendy has spent much of his career in Norway, starting in 2011 with Lov-Ham and including two stints at Kristiansund.

He also played for Dundee in Scotland and Belgian side Lokeren before joining HamKam, who recently released him.

See Also:

11 Footballers With Weird And Long Names

6 Footballers Who Have Played For More Than One Country

source: BBC

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