Kevin Ray Mendoza

Kevin Ray Mendoza Hansen (born 29 September 1994) is a Filipino–Danish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for HB Køge in the Danish 1st Division.[1]

Kevin Ray Mendoza
Personal information
Full name Kevin Ray Mendoza Hansen
Date of birth (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994
Place of birth Herning, Denmark
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
HB Køge
Number 32
Youth career
Midtjylland
Viborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Viborg 6 (0)
2014 Kjellerup
2014–2015 Ringkøbing
2015–2018 Thisted 62 (0)
2018–2019 Horsens 6 (0)
2019– HB Køge 18 (0)
National team
2018– Philippines 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:41, 24 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:44, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

Career

Youth

Mendoza is a former FC Midtjylland and Viborg FF youth team player.

Viborg FF

In 2011, he was promoted to Viborg FF's first team squad signing a 3-year contract with the club. Prior to that, he had repeatedly served as backup keeper for the club's first team after the departure of Kristian Kirk.[2]

On 10 June 2012, Mendoza made his debut for Viborg FF on the final match of the season in a 2-1 defeat against FC West Zealand.[3]

In February 2013, Mendoza was given a one-week trial and a chance to train with Liverpool's reserve team.[4]

On April 3, 2014, Viborg FF announced that they had agreed to terminate the contract of Mendoza with immediate effect. Mendoza requested to leave after being demoted as third choice goalkeeper of the club.[5]

Kjellerup IF

A few days after the termination of his contract at Viborg FF, Mendoza joined Kjellerup IF.[6]

On 12 April 2014, Mendoza made his debut for Kjellerup IF in a 3-0 home win against Aabyhøj IF.

Ringkøbing IF

After his stint in Kjellerup IF, Mendoza joined Ringkøbing IF signing a six-month deal.

Thisted FC

On 27 May 2015, Mendoza joined Thisted FC. The club has been following him since the termination of his contract at Viborg FF.

AC Horsens

On 30 June 2018, it was announced that Mendoza have signed a two-year deal with Danish Superliga club AC Horsens.[7] On 22 July, he made his debut for Horsens in a 1-1 home draw against Randers FC.[8] The club announced on 19 June 2019, that they had terminated the contract with the player.[9]

HB Køge

Mendoza joined HB Køge on 2 July 2019.[10]

International career

Mendoza was born and raised in Denmark of mixed Danish and Filipino heritage which made him eligible to play for Denmark or the Philippines at international level.

Philippines

In December 2018, it was reported that Mendoza have applied for a Philippine passport and will join the national training camp of the Philippines in preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which will be held in January 2019. [11]

Mendoza was included in the final 23-man squad of the Philippines for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which will be held at United Arab Emirates. [12]

References

  1. Kevin Ray Mendoza at Soccerway
  2. "Kevin Ray forlænger sin kontrakt" (in Danish). Viborg FF. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. "Viborg sluttede med nederlag" (in Danish). Viborg FF. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. "Liverpool hand Viborg goalkeeper Kevin Ray Mendoza a one-week trial". Talk Sport. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. "Mendoza forlader Viborg" (in Danish). Bold DK. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. "Ny klassemålmand til KIF" (in Danish). Kjellerup IF. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. "Horsens snupper Mendoza fra sommer" (in Danish). Bold DK. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. "Mendoza efter stærk Horsens-debut: Viste at drengene kan stole på mig" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  9. Michael Lansing erstatter Kevin Ray Mendoza, achorsens.dk, 19 June 2019
  10. HB Køge skriver med Kevin Ray Mendoza, hbkoge.dk, 2 July 2019
  11. "Horsens-vikar får filippinsk pas: Skal konkurrere mod tidligere FCM-keeper" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  12. "Philippines Squad For AFC Asian Cup Announced". Philippine Football Federation. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
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