Tony Vidmar

Tony Vidmar

Football player infobox
playername = Tony Vidmar
fullname = Anthony Vidmar


dateofbirth = birth date and age|1970|7|4
cityofbirth = Adelaide
countryofbirth = Australia
height = height|m=1.85
currentclub =
clubnumber =
position = Retired
youthyears =
youthclubs =
years = 1989-1992
1993
1993-1995
1995-1997
1997-2002
2002-2003
2003-2005
2005-2006
2006-2008
clubs = Adelaide City
Germinal Ekeren
Adelaide City
NAC Breda
Rangers
Middlesbrough
Cardiff City
NAC Breda
Central Coast Mariners
Career Total
caps(goals) = 083 (10)
009 0(1)
051 0(5)
061 0(4)
106 0(7)
012 0(0)
073 0(2)
021 0(0)
033 0(0)
449 (29)
nationalyears = 1991-1992
1991-2006
nationalteam = Australia U-23
Australia
nationalcaps(goals) = 016 0(7)
076 0(3)

Tony Vidmar (born July 4, 1970 in Adelaide) is a former Australian football (soccer) player of Slovenian-Italian origin. 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

His biggest impact in club football came whilst at Scottish giants Rangers FC, for whom he played over 100 games and won the Scottish Championship twice, the Scottish League Cup twice and the Scottish FA Cup 3 times. A memorable goal against Italian team Parma in a Champions League qualifier in 1999 has cemented Tony's place in Rangers FC folklore. He left the club in 2002 and joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/middlesbrough/2246812.stm "Boro sign Vidmar"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October, 2007] .

He joined Welsh side Cardiff City on a free transfer in 2003 after manager Lennie Lawrence was quick to sign him after missing out the previous year after his release from Rangers [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/3067465.stm "Vidmar joins Cardiff"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October, 2007] . Vidmar was a fans favourite while playing in Wales for Cardiff. He joined the club from Middlesbrough in 2003 and made 73 appearances before leaving in 2005 to join Dutch side NAC Breda [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/4560487.stm "Croft shown exit door by Cardiff"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October, 2007] .

International career

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 May 9, 2006 Vidmar announced he was withdrawing himself from World Cup team selection for medical reasons, specifically an irregular heart rhythm. [ [http://www.theworldgame.com.au/home/index.php?pid=st&cid=70586 "Vidmar out of World Cup"] The World Game 9 May, 2006] 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. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/aussie-update/doctors-give-vidmar-all-clear-to-play-again/2006/07/08/1152240540556.html "Doctors give Vidmar all clear"] SMH 6 July, 2006] Vidmar announced his international retirement after the friendly fixture against Paraguay on October 7 2006, at which Australia drew 1-1.

Retirement

On February 14, 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. [ [http://www.sportal.com.au/Football-news-display/vidmar-calls-it-a-day-43165 "Vidmar calls it a day"] ]

"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."

Honours

With Australia:
* FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997 (Runners-Up)
* OFC Nations Cup: 2004With Central Coast Mariners:
* List of A-League Grand Finals: 2007-2008With Rangers FC:
* SPL Championship: 1998-1999, 1999-2000
* Scottish Cup: 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2001-2002
* Scottish League Cup: 1998-1999, 2001-2002With Adelaide City:
* NSL Championship: 1991-1992, 1993-1994

References

External links

* [http://ccmariners.com.au/default.aspx?s=ccfc_playerprofile_item&pid=376 Central Coast Mariners profile]
* [http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Players/V/VE.html Oz Football profile]
* [http://www.footballdatabase.com/index.php?page=player&Id=6911&pn=Tony_Vidmar Football Database profile]


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