Tony Vidmar

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Tony Vidmar
Personal information
Full name Antony Vidmar
Date of birth (1970-07-04) 4 July 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Australia U-17 (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Adelaide City 134 (15)
1993 Germinal Ekeren (loan) 9 (1)
1995–1997 NAC Breda 61 (4)
1997–2002 Rangers 104 (9)
2002–2003 Middlesbrough 12 (0)
2003–2005 Cardiff City 73 (2)
2005–2006 NAC Breda 21 (0)
2006–2008 Central Coast Mariners 33 (0)
Total 502 (33)
National team
1990–1992 Australia U23 18 (7)
1991–2006 Australia 76 (3)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Adelaide United (Youth Asst.)
2009–2012 SASI
2012–2013 Australia U-17 (Assistant coach)
2013–present Australia U-17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antony "Tony" Vidmar (born 4 July 1970 in Adelaide) is an Australian former football (soccer) player and coach. He was a member of the Australian national team, competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for his native country, and is currently Australia's third highest capped player. His brother Aurelio Vidmar was also an Australian football player.

Club career[edit]

His biggest impact in club football came whilst at Scottish side Rangers, for whom he played over 150 games and won the Scottish Premier League twice, the Scottish League Cup twice and the Scottish Cup 3 times. His goal against Italian side Parma in a UEFA Champions League qualifying round tie in 1999 cemented him a place in Rangers folklore. He left the club in 2002 and joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer.[1]

He then joined Welsh side Cardiff City on a free transfer in 2003, with manager Lennie Lawrence being quick to sign him after missing out the previous year following his release from Rangers.[2] Vidmar quickly became a fans favourite at Cardiff and made 73 appearances for the club before leaving in 2005 to re-sign for Dutch side NAC Breda, the club he had left to join Rangers.[3]

International career[edit]

Highly criticised as one of the main weak points in the Australian defence under Frank Farina's tenure, Guus Hiddink's appointment sparked a tremendous improvement in his performance, culminating in an impressive performance in the second leg of the World Cup qualifying tie against Uruguay. Vidmar notably volunteered to take his team mate Mark Bresciano's kick in the penalty shootout (after the latter had been substituted through injury). This was successfully converted, giving Australia a 3-1 lead, and they subsequently won 4-2 on penalties.

On 9 May 2006 Vidmar announced he was withdrawing himself from World Cup team selection for medical reasons, specifically an irregular heart rhythm.[4] Doctors discovered this irregularity was due to a blood clot in his left coronary artery. Following an operation in London, Vidmar was given the all-clear to resume his professional football career.[5] Vidmar announced his international retirement after the friendly fixture against Paraguay on 7 October 2006, at which Australia drew 1-1.

Retirement[edit]

On 14 February 2008 Vidmar announced his retirement and an end to his decorated playing career after the 2008 A-League Grand Final. The former Socceroo defender said he wanted to end speculation about his future and thought the domestic decider was the best way to end his career.[6]

"There has been a lot of speculation on what I was going to do, whether to continue on or to end my career. I made up my mind about three weeks ago and thought that it was probably the right time to finish and that was well before we clinched our Grand Final berth." "My aim at the start of the season was to help qualify the team for the AFC Champions League and to top that now would be very difficult."

Vidmar said there had been a lot of influential players on his career, which began at Adelaide City in 1989:

"There are a lot of people that I'd like to thank – when I first started in the National Soccer League my first coach Zoran Matic was a huge influence for my career and every other coach that I've had since has influenced me in some way." "I'd like to thank everyone at the Mariners – everyone in the office to the coaching staff and my team-mates, after what happened with my medical condition it was a gamble that they took to bring me here and I'd like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to finish my career in Australia, it would definitely be nice to finish it off with a Championship."

The Mariners went on to lose the Grand Final to the Newcastle Jets.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season National Soccer League Finals Oceania Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australia Adelaide City 1989 10 1 10 1
1989-90 26 4 26 4
1990-91 23 3 3 0 26 3
1991-92 20 1 4 0 24 1
1992-93 4 1 4 1
Club subtotal 83 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 90 10
Club Season Belgian Pro League Belgian Cup Europe Other Total
Belgium Germinal Beerschot 1992-93 9 1 9 1
Club Season National Soccer League Finals Oceania Other Total
Australia Adelaide City 1993-94 22 3 4 1 26 4
1994-95 22 1 2 0 24 1
Club subtotal 127 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 140 15
Club Season Eredivisie Dutch Cup Europe Other Total
Netherlands NAC Breda 1995-96 30 2 30 2
1996-97 31 2 31 1
Club subtotal 61 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 61 4
Club Season Scottish Premier League Scottish Cup Europe Other Total
Scotland Rangers 1997-98 12 0 2 0 14 0
1998-99 28 1 1 1 4 0 33 2
1999-2000 27 6 1 1 5 0 33 7
2000-01 15 1 1 0 3 0 19 1
2001-02 22 1 4 0 5 0 3 0 34 1
Club subtotal 104 9 7 2 19 0 3 0 133 11
Club Season FA Premier League FA Cup Europe Other Total
England Middlesbrough 2002-03 12 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
Club Season Football League First Division FA Cup Europe Other Total
Wales Cardiff City 2003-04 45 1 1 0 2 0 48 1
2004-05 28 1 1 0 4 0 33 1
Club subtotal 73 2 2 0 0 0 6 0 81 2
Club Season Eredivisie Dutch Cup Europe Other Total
Netherlands NAC Breda 2005-06 21 0 21 0
Club subtotal 82 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 82 4
Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other Total
Australia Central Coast Mariners 2006-07 15 0 2 0 17 0
2007-08 15 0 3 0 3 0 21 0
Club subtotal 30 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 48 0
Total 437 34 26 3 19 0 16 0 498 39

1 Includes English League Cup, Scottish League Cup, A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup

International[edit]

[7]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 2 0
1992 5 0
1993 6 0
1994 6 0
1995 4 1
1996 1 0
1997 13 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 3 0
2001 13 1
2002 0 0
2003 3 0
2004 10 1
2005 9 0
2006 1 0
Total 76 3

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 June 1995 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Ghana 1-0 2-1 Friendly
2 9 April 2001 BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia  Tonga 16-0 22-0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 12 October 2004 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Solomon Islands 3-0 6-0 2004 OFC Nations Cup

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

With Central Coast Mariners:

With Rangers:

With Adelaide City:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boro sign Vidmar" BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October 2007
  2. ^ "Vidmar joins Cardiff". BBC Sport. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Croft shown exit door by Cardiff" BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October 2007
  4. ^ "Vidmar out of World Cup" The World Game 9 May 2006
  5. ^ "Doctors give Vidmar all clear" SMH 6 July 2006
  6. ^ "Vidmar calls it a day"
  7. ^ Tony Vidmar at National-Football-Teams.com

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