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Aurelio Vidmar
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Personal information
Full name Aurelio Vidmar
Date of birth 3 February 1967 (1967-02-03) (age 42)
Place of birth    Adelaide, Australia
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club Adelaide United (Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1985–1991
1991–1992
1992–1994
1994–1995
1995–1996
1996
1996–1998
1998–1999
1999–2003
2003–2004
Adelaide City
K.V. Kortrijk
K.S.V. Waregem
Standard Liège
Feyenoord
FC Sion
CD Tenerife
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Adelaide City
Adelaide United

Career Total

157 0(29)
030 0(10)
057 0(25)
032 0(22)
015 00(2)
013 00(7)
025 00(1)
024 00(6)
137 0(23)
027 00(2)
517 (127)   
National team2
1996
1991–2001
Australia U-23
Australia

044 0(17)
Teams managed
2005–2006
2007–
Adelaide United (Asst.)
Adelaide United

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 14 August 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 14 August 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Aurelio Vidmar (born 3 February 1967 in Adelaide) is an Australian football (soccer) player and previous captain of the Australian national team. He currently coaches A-league club Adelaide United. He is the older brother of Tony Vidmar, also an Adelaide coach.

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Biography

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Club career

Aurelio started his professional career with local Adelaide team Adelaide City before moving to Europe in the mid 1990's to Belgium, where he was the league's top scorer in the 1994-95 season. He also played in Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands and in Japan before returning to Australia in 1999 to rejoin City. Vidmar signed with Adelaide United when they took Adelaide City's spot in the National Soccer League and was awarded the captaincy by then coach John Kosmina. Despite plans to play in the inaugural A-League season he retired in 2005[1] bringing an end to a 20 year playing career in which time he played 517 games scoring 127 goals.

International career

Vidmar was a member of the Socceroos team for 12 years and was a member of three unsuccessful FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns. He played and scored against Diego Maradona's Argentina in Australia's final qualifying ties in 1993, he played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Iran in 1997 when a 2-0 lead slipped from Australia's grasp. Aurelio sometimes captained the national team between 1995 and 2001 [2] when he retired for international competition accumulating 44 caps and scoring 17 goals.

Managerial career

After his retirement in 2005 he took up a role of assistant coach working under Kosmina, he was appointed as head coach on May 2, 2007. The 2007-2008 A-League season was not very successful for Aurelio Vidmar, his side finishing 6th out of 8 teams on the ladder the first time Adelaide failed to make the finals. Calls for his resignation were being made and his unsuccessful Asian Champions League campaign, albeit against talented opposition, only fuelled these accusations, coming 3rd in his group with only the winner progressing to the quarter finals.

Vidmar began to regain the support of the United supporters by securing valuable acquisitions such as Cristiano and Sasa Ognenovski and built up Adelaide's defence and improved their attacking options. He created history by leading Adelaide to the 2008 Asian Champions League final, becoming the first Australian team to achieve such a feat. This lead to Adelaide United CEO Sam Ciccarello to re-assign Vidmar and his assistant Phil Stubbins for another 3 years in November 2008.[3]

Vidmar was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame in the same month.[4] He is also in the Football Federation of South Australia Hall of Champions.[5]

He made a controversial diatribe after the semi-final against Melbourne Victory, in which Adelaide lost 4-0, and 6-0 on aggregate.[6] Post-match, he claimed that Adelaide was a "piss-ant town", and that politics within the club was to blame for the loss. He later apologised for his remarks.[7]

However with the start of the new season Vidmar was un-able to retain the form from the previous season with a slow start by taking only 5 of the 15 available points. He has been criticised for his use of playing a lone striker.

As a result of comments he made at a media conference in November 2009 about ‘beheading his players like they would do in Saudi Arabia’ if they did not perform well, Adelaide United handed Vidmar a two-match touchline ban. The club also issued Vidmar a $10,000 fine.[8][9]

Honours

With Australia:

With Adelaide City:

Personal Honours:

References

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Awards
Preceded by
Gary van Egmond
Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year
2008/09
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Simple English

Aurelio Vidmar
File:Aurelio
Personal information
Full name Aurelio Vidmar
Date of birth 3 February 1967 (1967-02-03) (age 44)
Place of birth    Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1984-1991
1991-1992
1992-1994
1994-1995
1995
1996
1996-1997
1998-1999
1999-2003
2003-2004
Adelaide City
Kortrijk
Waregem
Standard Liège
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Sion
Tenerife
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Adelaide City
Adelaide United
National team
1991-2001 Australia
Teams managed
2007- Adelaide United

Aurelio Vidmar (born 3 February 1967) is a former Australian football player. He has played for Australia national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
AustraliaLeague Cup League CupTotal
1985Adelaide CityNational Soccer League102102
1986262262
1987232232
1988225225
1989255255
1989/90239239
1990/91284284
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup League CupTotal
1991/92KortrijkFirst Division30103010
1992/93WaregemFirst Division32183218
1993/94257257
1994/95Standard LiègeFirst Division32223222
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup League CupTotal
1995/96Feyenoord RotterdamEredivisie152152
SwitzerlandLeague Schweizer Cup League CupTotal
1995/96SionNationalliga A147147
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la LigaTotal
1996/97TenerifeLa Liga251251
1997/980000
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1998Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ. League 11543100185
1999920021113
AustraliaLeague Cup League CupTotal
1999/00Adelaide CityNational Soccer League348348
2000/01214214
2001/02233233
2002/03326326
2003/04Adelaide UnitedNational Soccer League272272
CountryAustralia 2945229452
Belgium 1195711957
Netherlands 152152
Switzerland 147147
Spain 251251
Japan 2463121298
Total 4911253121496127

International career statistics

Australia national team
YearAppsGoals
199161
199220
199352
199442
199510
199610
1997168
199800
199900
200050
200144
Total4417

References


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