Aurelio Vidmar

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Aurelio Vidmar
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Personal information
Full name Aurelio Vidmar
Date of birth (1967-02-03) 3 February 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Adelaide City 157 (29)
1991–1992 Kortrijk 30 (10)
1992–1994 Waregem 57 (25)
1994–1995 Standard Liège 32 (22)
1995–1996 Feyenoord 15 (2)
1996 Sion 13 (7)
1997–1998 Tenerife 25 (1)
1998–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 24 (6)
1999–2003 Adelaide City 137 (23)
2001 Croydon Kings (loan) 3 (0)
2003–2004 Adelaide United 27 (2)
Total 520 (127)
National team
1996 Australia U-23 4 (3)
1991–2001 Australia 44 (17)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Adelaide United (assistant)
2007–2010 Adelaide United
2010– Australia (assistant)
2010– Australia U-23
2012– Australia U-20
2013 Australia (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 20 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Aurelio Vidmar (born 3 February 1967 in Adelaide) is an Australian retired football (soccer) player, former captain of the Australian national team and current coach of the Young Socceroos.

Biography[edit]

Club career[edit]

Aurelio started his professional career with local Adelaide team Adelaide City before moving to Europe in the mid-1990s to Belgium, where he was the league's top scorer in the 1994-95 season. He also played in Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands and in Japan before returning to Australia in 1999 to rejoin City. Vidmar signed with Adelaide United when they took Adelaide City's spot in the National Soccer League and was awarded the captaincy by then coach John Kosmina. Despite plans to play in the inaugural A-League season he retired in 2005[1] bringing an end to a 20 year playing career in which time he played 517 games scoring 127 goals. He is the older brother of Tony Vidmar

International career[edit]

Vidmar was a member of the Socceroos team for 12 years and was a member of three unsuccessful FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns. He played and scored against Diego Maradona's Argentina in Australia's final qualifying ties in 1993, he played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Iran in 1997 when a 2-0 lead slipped from Australia's grasp. He also played in the match between Australia and American Samoa in 2001 and scored twice. Aurelio sometimes captained the national team between 1995 and 2001[2] when he retired for international competition accumulating 44 caps and scoring 17 goals.

Managerial career[edit]

After his retirement in 2005 he took up a role of assistant coach working under Kosmina, he was appointed as head coach on 2 May 2007. The 2007-2008 A-League season was not very successful for Aurelio Vidmar, his side finishing 6th out of 8 teams on the ladder the first time Adelaide failed to make the finals. Calls for his resignation were being made and his unsuccessful Asian Champions League campaign, albeit against talented opposition, only fuelled these accusations, coming 3rd in his group with only the winner progressing to the quarter finals.

Vidmar began to regain the support of the United supporters by securing valuable acquisitions such as Cristiano and Sasa Ognenovski and built up Adelaide's defence and improved their attacking options. He created history by leading Adelaide to the 2008 Asian Champions League final, becoming the first Australian team to achieve such a feat. This led Adelaide United CEO Sam Ciccarello to re-sign Vidmar and his assistant Phil Stubbins for another 3 years in November 2008.[3]

Vidmar was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame in the same month.[4] He is also in the Football Federation of South Australia Hall of Champions.[5] He made a controversial diatribe after the semi-final against Melbourne Victory, in which Adelaide lost 4-0, and 6-0 on aggregate.[6] Post-match, he claimed that Adelaide was a "piss-ant town", and that politics within the club was to blame for the loss. He later apologised for his remarks.[7]

However with the start of the new season, Vidmar was unable to retain the form from the previous season with a slow start by taking only 5 of the 15 available points. He has been criticised for his use of playing a lone striker. Adelaide finished last in the 2009-10 season. As a result of comments he made at a media conference in November 2009 about "beheading his players like they would do in Saudi Arabia" if they did not perform well, Adelaide United handed Vidmar a two-match touchline ban. The club also issued Vidmar a $10,000 fine.[8][9] After leaving Adelaide United, Vidmar became the coach of the Young Socceroos. [10] Vidmar has now become the caretaker coach of the Socceroos team.[11]

Club career statistics[edit]

[12]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australia League Cup League Cup Total
1985 Adelaide City National Soccer League 10 2 10 2
1986 26 2 26 2
1987 23 2 23 2
1988 22 5 22 5
1989 25 5 25 5
1989/90 23 9 23 9
1990/91 28 4 28 4
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Total
1991/92 Kortrijk First Division 30 10 30 10
1992/93 Waregem First Division 32 18 32 18
1993/94 25 7 25 7
1994/95 Standard Liège First Division 32 22 32 22
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Total
1995/96 Feyenoord Rotterdam Eredivisie 15 2 15 2
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Total
1995/96 Sion Nationalliga A 14 7 14 7
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Total
1996/97 Tenerife La Liga 25 1 25 1
1997/98 0 0 0 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1998 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J. League 1 15 4 3 1 0 0 18 5
1999 9 2 0 0 2 1 11 3
Australia League Cup League Cup Total
1999/00 Adelaide City National Soccer League 34 8 34 8
2000/01 21 4 21 4
2001/02 23 3 23 3
2002/03 32 6 32 6
2003/04 Adelaide United National Soccer League 27 2 27 2
Country Australia 294 52 294 52
Belgium 119 57 119 57
Netherlands 15 2 15 2
Switzerland 14 7 14 7
Spain 25 1 25 1
Japan 24 6 3 1 2 1 29 8
Total 491 125 3 1 2 1 496 127

International career statistics[edit]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 6 1
1992 2 0
1993 5 2
1994 4 2
1995 1 0
1996 1 0
1997 16 8
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 5 0
2001 4 4
Total 44 17

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

With Adelaide City:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Gary van Egmond
Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year
2008/09
Succeeded by
Ernie Merrick