David Vidal

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David Vidal
Personal information
Full name David Vidal Tomé
Date of birth (1950-08-02) 2 August 1950 (age 68)
Place of birth Porto do Son, Spain
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Lleida 33 (4)
1973–1974 Deportivo La Coruña 9 (2)
1974–1975 Cádiz 6 (0)
1975–1976 Villarreal
1976–1977 Jerez
Gimnàstico Melilla
Jerez Industrial
AgD Ceuta
Teams managed
1986 Cádiz
1987 Cádiz
1988–1990 Cádiz
1990–1993 Logroñés
1994 Rayo Vallecano
1995–1996 Villarreal
1997–1998 Hércules
1999–2000 Compostela
2002–2003 Murcia
2003–2004 Las Palmas
2005–2006 Lleida
2007–2008 Elche
2010 Albacete
2011 Albacete
2013 Xerez
2016 Guadalajara
2017 Lorca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Vidal Tomé (born 2 August 1950) is a Spanish former football player and coaches.

Football career[edit]

Vidal was born in Porto do Son, A Coruña, Galicia. After an unassuming career (the central defender never played in La Liga and appeared in only 15 second division games) he took up coaching in 1982, first with Cádiz CF in his adopted city, where he had retired as a player.

Vidal began with the Andalusians' youth sides, then moved to assistant manager, being finally appointed head coach for the 1988–89 season after a brief interim spell in 1987. It was during that time he managed arguably the club's best ever player, Mágico González, of whom he once said: "Technically he was better than Maradona".[1]

After two-and-a-half additional years in the top flight with modest CD Logroñés, which always maintained its status, Vidal resumed his career mainly in the second level. On 12 January 2007 he was appointed manager of Elche CF, following the sacking of Luis García.[2] On 12 October of the following year, following a draw at Celta de Vigo which meant Elche only managed two points from seven games, the manager was sacked following a meeting with the club's directors; his assistant, former Spain and Deportivo de La Coruña player Claudio Barragán was temporarily placed in charge of the team.[3]

On 17 March 2010, the board of directors of Albacete Balompié announced that Vidal would replace Julián Rubio as manager until the end of the campaign.[4] After helping the Castile-La Mancha side avoid relegation from division two, as 15th, he was released.

Vidal returned to Albacete midway through the 2010–11 season, replacing fired Antonio Calderón. He was also sacked after only one-and-a-half months in charge, as the team was eventually relegated to the third tier after 21 years.

After two years out of football, Vidal was appointed at Tercera División club Xerez CD on 13 July 2013.[5] As it was in the midst of severe economic problems, he left after less than one month,[6] and continued to work in the lower leagues.[7][8]

In May 2017, Vidal achieved promotion to the second division with Lorca FC after arriving the previous month.[9] On 5 June, however, his contract was not extended.[10]


  1. ^ "El fútbol sería distinto sin David Vidal" [Football would be different without David Vidal]. El Día de Córdoba (in Spanish). 30 November 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  2. ^ "David Vidal dirigirá al Elche" [David Vidal will manage Elche]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 January 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Claudio Barragán entrenará al Elche" [Claudio Barragán will coach Elche]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 13 October 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  4. ^ "David Vidal, nuevo entrenador del Albacete hasta final de temporada" [David Vidal, new Albacete manager until the end of the season]. ABC (in Spanish). 17 March 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  5. ^ "David Vidal ya es xerecista" [David Vidal is already a xerecista]. Diario de Jerez (in Spanish). 13 July 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ "David Vidal deja el Xerez Deportivo" [David Vidal leaves Xerez Deportivo]. Diario de Jerez (in Spanish). 8 August 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  7. ^ "David Vidal, nuevo entrenador del CD Guadalajara" [David Vidal, new CD Guadalajara manager] (in Spanish). Cadena COPE. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  8. ^ "El Lorca despide a Julio Algar y ficha a David Vidal" [Lorca fire Julio Algar and sign David Vidal]. La Opinión de Murcia (in Spanish). 9 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  9. ^ "David Vidal asciende al Lorca a Segunda y se 'reengancha al fútbol'" [David Vidal promotes Lorca to Segunda and gets 'rehooked on football']. El Mundo (in Spanish). 27 May 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  10. ^ "David Vidal no seguirá al frente del Lorca FC" [David Vidal will not remain ahead of Lorca FC] (in Spanish). Lorca FC. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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