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.
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, Sporting Clube de Portugal in the Primeira Liga. 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 after signing along Sporting teammates Facundo Quiroga and Abdelilah Saber, but only played in four Serie A matches in his first year and the team was also relegated (his best individual year – 33 appearances, five goals – was incidentally spent in the Serie B, but they faced another relegation, eventually ending 16th).
Napoli finished higher in 2003–04, but was finally relegated off the pitch. Upon this Vidigal moved to fellow league side A.S. Livorno Calcio, starting throughout most of the season and helping to a comfortable ninth 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.
Vidigal gained 15 caps for Portugal, his first one being on 23 February 2000 in a 1–1 draw with Belgium at Charleroi, in a friendly match. 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 semi-final 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
- Napoli, preso Vidigal (Napoli, Vidigal acquired); La Repubblica, 10 July 2000 (Italian)
- Luís Vidigal – FIFA competition record
- Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
- Irmãos Vidigal ignoram os genes para manterem o Estrela da Amadora no topo (Brothers Vidigal ignore genes to leave Estrela on top); Público, 13 October 2008 (Portuguese)
- One family, two nations: Brothers who have played for different international teams Archived 18 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; Daily Mirror, 22 June 2010
- Luís Vidigal: "O Sporting é paixão, é acreditar" (Luís Vidigal: "Sporting is about passion, believing"); Sporting CP, 26 December 2011 (Portuguese)