Season 3, Episode 8 of The Football Coaching Life Podcast sees Gary Cole chatting to Aurelio Vidmar, who has recently returned to Australia from coaching at BG Panthum United in Thailand League One.
Aurelio’s remarkable 500-plus game professional career saw the defender play in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan, before finishing his time back in Australia. Over 260 games were with Adelaide City in the National Soccer League. And of course, he was a member of the ‘Golden Generation’ playing 44 times for the Socceroos.
Viddy, as he’s affectionately known, began his coaching journey in Australia with Adelaide United as assistant to John Kosmina, before taking on the head coach role and finishing runners up in both the A-League Men’s and the Asian Champions League in 2008 and 2009.
Aurelio then became assistant coach of the Socceroos and head coach of the Olyroos from 2010-2016, was U20 head coach in 2012 and had a short stint as caretaker Socceroos coach in 2013.
He moved off the grass into the office in a Director of Football role at Adelaide United, but realised he needed to be teaching, coaching and leading on the grass again and headed into Asia to work at Bangkok Glass in Thailand, then Lion City Sailors in Singapore before heading back to Thailand with BG Pathum United.
This is a wonderfully open and honest conversation. Aurelio has so much wisdom which he shares eloquently.
Aurelio’s ‘One Piece of Wisdom’ was: ‘Be true to yourself and don’t waiver. If you start wavering and it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that, I don’t think that’s sustainable. So, whatever your beliefs and philosophies are, stick to them and don’t be someone you’re not.’
Enjoy this journey into Aurelio Vidmar’s Football Coaching Life.