Former AZ Alkmaar, Sparta Rotterdam and NAC Breda  defender David Mendes da Silva has joined Greeks side Panathinaikos.

  • By Michael Bell
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da silvaThe 30 year old’s contract with Red Bull Salzburg was terminated earlier this year, and the Dutch international has now signed a three year deal with Panathinaikos.

He joins a club that finished 6th in the league last season, and are currently banned from European football due to financial difficulties. The Greek side is managed by former Roda JC, and Ajax striker Yannis Anastasiou.

Mendes da Silva started his career with Sparta Rotterdam, making 117 league appearances for the club over five seasons, while he had a spell on loan at Ajax in between, but did not play a single league game in Amsterdam.

A move to NAC Breda followed in 2004, where the versatile defender stayed for two seasons, before joining AZ Alkmaar in 2006. Its in Alkmaar, that Mendes da Silva made a name for himself, helping the club win the Eredivisie title in 2009.

The following year, he scored a stunning goal against Arsenal in the Champions League in the 93rd minute to earn his side a 1-1 draw.

After four years with AZ, Mendes da Silva moved to Austria with Red Bull Salzburg, winning the league in 2012, but having never held down a starting spot, his contract was terminated in February.

The 30 year old has 7 Netherlands caps to his name, with his last appearance for the Oranje back in 2009, coming on in the 84th minute of a 0-0 draw with Australia.

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