José Luís Vidigal
|Full name||José Luís da Cruz Vidigal|
|Date of birth||15 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Sá da Bandeira, Angola|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Sporting
Born in Sá da Bandeira, Portuguese Angola, Vidigal moved to Portugal at an early age, and started his footballing career with amateurs O Elvas CAD, moving in 1994 to the second division with G.D. Estoril-Praia.
The following year Vidigal signed with another team from the Lisbon area, top level powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal; after tentative beginnings he became an essential defensive unit, contributing with a career-best – in Portugal – 32 games as the Lions won they first title in 18 years.
At 27, Vidigal moved to Italy, where he would remain the following eight years: he started out with S.S.C. Napoli, having signed along Sporting teammates Facundo Quiroga and Abdelilah Saber, but only played in four Serie A matches in his first year and the club was also relegated (his best individual year – 33 appearances, five goals – was incidentally spent in the second division, but the Campania outfit faced another relegation, eventually ending 16th).
In 2003–04 Napoli finished higher, but was finally relegated off the pitch. Upon this Vidigal moved to fellow top-divisioner A.S. Livorno Calcio, starting throughout most of the season and helping the club to a comfortable 9th position.
Return to Portugal
Vidigal returned to his country aged 35, joining modest C.F. Estrela da Amadora where his older brother Lito was coach. In his first game, on 28 September 2008, he scored twice to help beat C.D. Nacional 2–1; however, he missed most of the season due to injury as the capital-based club was also immerse in a severe financial crisis – eventually being relegated from the top flight to the third level; he retired from the game shortly after.
Summoned to UEFA Euro 2000, he had to battle for position with Paulo Bento and Costinha (Paulo Sousa was also called, but was injured), but managed to appear in four games for the national team, including the semifinal loss against France.
Vidigal's last match came on 12 October 2002 in the 1–1 draw with Tunisia played in Lisbon, in another friendly. He also represented the nation at the 1996 Summer Olympics, playing all the games en route to the fourth place.
- Keegan focusing on England's strengths; BBC Sport, 11 June 2000
- Luís Vidigal – FIFA competition record
- Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
- One family, two nations: Brothers who have played for different international teams; Mirror Football, 22 June 2010
- Luís Vidigal: "O Sporting é paixão, é acreditar" (Luís Vidigal: "Sporting is about passion, believing"); Sporting's official website, 26 December 2011 (Portuguese)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- Luís Vidigal at National-Football-Teams.com
- Futbol Mercado profile (Spanish)