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Personal information
Date of birth (1967-02-03) 3 February 1967 (age 57)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.80 m
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Bangkok United (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Adelaide City 157 (29)
1991–1992 Kortrijk 30 (10)
1992–1994 Waregem 57 (25)
1994–1995 Standard Liège 32 (22)
1995–1996 Feyenoord 15 (2)
1996 Sion 14 (7)
1997–1998 Tenerife 25 (1)
1998–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 24 (6)
1999–2003 Adelaide City 110 (21)
2001 → Croydon Kings (loan) 3 (0)
2003–2004 Adelaide United 27 (2)
Total 494 (125)
National team
1996 Australia U-23 4 (3)
1991–2001 Australia 44 (17)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Adelaide United (assistant)
2007–2010 Adelaide United
2010–2016 Australia (assistant)
2010–2016 Australia U-23
2012 Australia U-20
2013 Australia(caretaker)
2016–2017 Bangkok Glass
2019–2021 Lion City Sailors
2021 BG Pathum United
2022– Bangkok United
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aurelio Vidmar (/ɔːˈrli ˈvɪdmɑːr/ aw-REEL-ee-OH-_-VID-mar; born 3 February 1967) is an Australian association football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Thai League 1 club Bangkok United.

He is a former captain of the Australia national team and former coach of the Australia U23 national team.

In recognition of decorated national team career, and his service to Adelaide United, the southern end of Hindmarsh Stadium is named the Vidmar End.

His brother Tony Vidmar is also a former footballer.

Club career

Vidmar started his professional career with local Adelaide team Adelaide City before moving to Europe in the mid-1990s to Belgium, where he was the league's top scorer in the 1994–95 season. He also played in Spain, Switzerland, the 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 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 Australia national 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. He also played in the match between Australia and American Samoa in 2001 and scored twice. Vidmar sometimes captained the Socceroos between 1995 and 2001 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 2 May 2007. The 2007–08 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 AFC Champions League Final, becoming the first Australian team to achieve such a feat. This led Adelaide United CEO Sam Ciccarello to re-sign Vidmar and his assistant Phil Stubbins for another three years in November 2008.

Vidmar was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame in the same month. He is also in the Football Federation of South Australia Hall of Champions. He made a controversial diatribe after the semi-final against Melbourne Victory, in which Adelaide lost 4–0, and 6–0 on aggregate. 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.

However, with the start of the new season, Vidmar was unable to retain the form from the previous season with a slow start by taking only five of the 15 available points. He has been criticised for his use of playing a lone striker. Adelaide finished last in the 2009–10 season. After leaving Adelaide United, Vidmar became the coach of the Young Socceroos. Vidmar was the caretaker coach of the Socceroos team for one match in 2013, after Holger Osieck's contract was terminated.

He was appointed in 2018 as Director of Football for Adelaide United FC. After five months, the club announced on 6 February 2019, that Vidmar had resigned from his role.

In 2022, Vidmar has been named as coach of Bangkok United, the struggling Thai League 1 side. The Australian replaces Totchtawan Sripan, who has been appointed the club's technical director.

Personal life

Vidmar is the brother of Tony Vidmar, who is also a former footballer.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Adelaide City 1985 National Soccer League 10 2 10 2
1986 26 2 26 2
1987 23 2 23 2
1988 22 5 22 5
1989 25 5 25 5
1989–90 23 9 23 9
1990–91 28 4 28 4
Total 157 29 157 29
Kortrijk 1991–92 Belgian First Division 30 10 30 10
Waregem 1992–93 Belgian First Division 32 18 32 18
1993–94 25 7 25 7
Total 57 25 57 25
Standard Liège 1994–95 Belgian First Division 32 22 32 22
Feyenoord 1995–96 Eredivisie 15 2 15 2
Sion 1995–96 Nationalliga A 14 7 14 7
Tenerife 1996–97 La Liga 25 1 25 1
1997–98 0 0 0 0
Total 25 1 25 1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1998 J1 League 15 4 3 1 0 0 18 5
1999 9 2 0 0 2 1 11 3
Total 24 6 3 1 2 1 29 8
Adelaide City 1999–2000 National Soccer League 34 8 34 8
2000–01 21 4 21 4
2001–02 23 3 23 3
2002–03 32 6 32 6
Total 110 21 110 21
Croydon Kings (loan) 2001 3 0 3 0
Adelaide United 2003–04 National Soccer League 27 2 27 2
Career total 494 125 3 1 2 1 499 127

Internnational

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Australia 1991 6 1
1992 2 0
1993 5 2
1994 4 2
1995 1 0
1996 1 0
1997 16 8
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 5 0
2001 4 4
Total 44 17

Managerial statistics

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Adelaide United 2 May 2007 3 June 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&094.&&&&&094 &&&&&&&&&&&&&035.&&&&&035 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.23000037.23
Bangkok Glass 13 August 2016 10 July 2017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&053.33000053.33
Lion City Sailors 18 December 2019 30 April 2021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&059.&9000059.09
BG Pathum United 1 June 2021 15 November 2021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&070.&&&&&070.00
Bangkok United 11 March 2022 Present &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&061.90000061.90
Total &&&&&&&&&&&&0187.&&&&&0187 &&&&&&&&&&&&&091.&&&&&091 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 &&&&&&&&&&&&&054.&&&&&054 &&&&&&&&&&&&&048.66000048.66

Results from penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws in this table.

Honours

Player

Adelaide City

  • NSL Championship: 1986

FC Sion

  • Swiss Cup: 1995–96

Australia

Manager

BG Pathum United

  • Thailand Champions Cup: 2021

Individual

  • Belgian League top scorer: 1994–95 (22 goals)
  • Oceania Footballer of the Year: 1994
  • Football Federation of South Australia Hall of Champions: 2008
  • Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame: 2008
  • A-League Coach of the Year: 2008–09
  • South Australia Sports Hall of Fame 2019
  • Thai League 1 Coach of the Month: August 2022

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