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Tony Vidmar : biography

4 July 1970 -

Antony "Tony" Vidmar (born 4 July 1970 in Adelaide) is an Australian former professional football (soccer) player of Slovenian 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.

Retirement

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. "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.

Honours

With Australia:

  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997 (Runners-up)
  • OFC Nations Cup: 2004

With Central Coast Mariners:

  • A-League Premiership: 2007-08

With Rangers:

  • SPL Championship: 1998-99, 1999–2000
  • Scottish Cup: 1998-99, 1999–2000, 2001–02
  • Scottish League Cup: 1998-99, 2001–02

With Adelaide City:

  • NSL Championship: 1991-92, 1993–1994

Career statistics

Club

Club Season National Soccer League Finals Oceania Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
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
Germinal Beerschot 1992-93 9 1 9 1
Club Season National Soccer League Finals Oceania Other Total
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
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
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
Middlesbrough 2002-03 12 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
Club Season Football League First Division FA Cup Europe Other Total
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
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
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
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