Antony "Tony" Vidmar (// VID-mar; born 4 July 1970 in Adelaide) is an Australian former football (soccer) player and coach, who currently serves as an assistant coach with the Australia national association football team. He was a member of the Australian national team, competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for his native country, and with 76 caps, is one of Australia's most capped players. His brother Aurelio Vidmar was also an Australian football player.
|Full name||Antony Vidmar|
|Date of birth||4 July 1970|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, Australia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1993||→ Germinal Ekeren (loan)||9||(1)|
|2006–2008||Central Coast Mariners||33||(0)|
|2009–2010||Adelaide United Youth (assistant)|
|2012–2013||Australia U-17 (assistant)|
|2017–2019||Melbourne City (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
His biggest impact in club football came whilst at Scottish side Rangers, for whom he played over 150 games and won the Scottish Premier League twice, the Scottish League Cup twice and the Scottish Cup 3 times. His goal against Italian side Parma in a UEFA Champions League qualifying round tie in 1999 cemented him a place in Rangers folklore. He left the club in 2002 and joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer.
He then joined Welsh side Cardiff City on a free transfer in 2003, with manager Lennie Lawrence being quick to sign him after missing out the previous year following his release from Rangers. Vidmar quickly became a fans favourite at Cardiff and made 73 appearances for the club before leaving in 2005 to re-sign for Dutch side NAC Breda, the club he had left to join Rangers.
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 9 May 2006 Vidmar announced he was withdrawing himself from World Cup team selection for medical reasons, specifically an irregular heart rhythm. 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. Vidmar announced his international retirement after the friendly fixture against Paraguay on 7 October 2006, in which Australia drew 1-1.
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.
|Club||Season||National Soccer League||Finals||Oceania||Other1||Total|
|Club||Season||Belgian Pro League||Belgian Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Club||Season||National Soccer League||Finals||Oceania||Other||Total|
|Club||Season||Scottish Premier League||Scottish Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Club||Season||FA Premier League||FA Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Club||Season||Football League First Division||FA Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Central Coast Mariners||2006-07||15||0||2||0||17||0|
|Australia national team|
|1||18 June 1995||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Ghana||1-0||2-1||Friendly|
|2||9 April 2001||BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia||Tonga||16-0||22-0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|3||12 October 2004||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Solomon Islands||3-0||6-0||2004 OFC Nations Cup|
|Correct as of 13 January 2017|
With Central Coast Mariners:
- 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
- "Tony Vidmar and Gary van Egmond announced as Socceroos assistant and Young Socceroos boss". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
- "Rangers put Parma in the shade" BBC Sport Retrieved on 23 October 2018
- "Boro sign Vidmar" BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October 2007
- "Vidmar joins Cardiff". BBC Sport. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2007.
- "Croft shown exit door by Cardiff" BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 October 2007
- "Vidmar out of World Cup" Archived 12 September 2012 at Archive.today The World Game 9 May 2006
- "Doctors give Vidmar all clear" SMH 6 July 2006
- "Vidmar calls it a day"
- "Tony Vidmar". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- Antony "Tony" Vidmar - International Appearances