Jose Luis Vidigal
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Jose Luis Vidigal

Luís Vidigal
Personal information
Full name José Luís da Cruz Vidigal
Date of birth (1973-03-15) 15 March 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Sá da Bandeira, Angola
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1984-1992 O Elvas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992-1994 O Elvas 60 (3)
1994-1995 Estoril 27 (0)
1995-2000 Sporting CP 110 (5)
2000-2004 Napoli 86 (8)
2004-2005 Livorno 30 (3)
2005-2006 Udinese 23 (1)
2006-2008 Livorno 35 (1)
2008-2009 Estrela Amadora 15 (3)
Total 369 (23)
National team
1995-1996 Portugal U21 7 (1)
1996 Portugal U23 7 (0)
2000-2002 Portugal 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Luís da Cruz Vidigal (born 15 March 1973) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

During his extensive professional career, the no-nonsense midfield battler[1] played more years abroad (Italy, eight) than in his country of adoption (seven), where he represented mainly Sporting.

A Portugal international for two years, Vidigal appeared with the national team at Euro 2000, helping them to the third place.

Club career

Early years / Sporting

Born in Sá da Bandeira, Portuguese Angola, Vidigal moved to Portugal at an early age, and started his footballing career with amateurs O Elvas CAD, moving in 1994 to the second division with G.D. Estoril-Praia.

The following year, Vidigal signed with another team from the Lisbon area, Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga. After tentative beginnings he became an essential defensive unit, contributing with a career-best - in Portugal - 32 games as the Lions won their first title in 18 years.

Italy spell

At 27, Vidigal moved to Italy, where he would remain the following eight years. He started out with S.S.C. Napoli after signing along Sporting teammates Facundo Quiroga and Abdelilah Saber,[2] but only played in four Serie A matches in his first year and the team was also relegated (his best individual year - 33 appearances, five goals - was incidentally spent in the Serie B, but they faced another relegation, eventually ending 16th).

Napoli finished higher in 2003-04, but was finally relegated off the pitch. Upon this, Vidigal moved to fellow league side A.S. Livorno Calcio, starting throughout most of the season and helping to a comfortable ninth position.

Vidigal was irregularly used in his final three years, often from the bench, representing Udinese Calcio (one year) and returning to Livorno where he played until 2008.

Return to Portugal

Vidigal returned to his country aged 35, joining modest C.F. Estrela da Amadora where his older brother Lito was coach. In his first game, on 28 September 2008, he scored twice to help beat C.D. Nacional 2-1; however, he missed most of the season due to injury as the capital-based club was also immerse in a severe financial crisis - eventually being relegated from the top flight to the third level; he retired from the game shortly after.

International career

Vidigal earned 15 caps for Portugal, his first one being on 23 February 2000 in a 1-1 draw with Belgium at Charleroi, in a friendly match. Summoned to UEFA Euro 2000, he had to battle for position with Paulo Bento and Costinha (Paulo Sousa was also called, but was injured), but managed to appear in four games for the national team, including the semi-final loss against France.

Vidigal's last match came on 12 October 2002 in the 1-1 draw with Tunisia played in Lisbon, in another friendly. He also represented the nation at the 1996 Summer Olympics, playing all the games en route to the fourth place.[3]

Personal life

Vidigal was the second of 13 children, four of his brothers also being footballers: Beto, Lito (whom represented Angola internationally), Toni and Jorge.[4][5][6][7] His nephew, André, was also involved in the sport professionally.[8][9]


  1. ^ Keegan focusing on England's strengths; BBC Sport, 11 June 2000
  2. ^ Napoli, preso Vidigal (Napoli, Vidigal acquired); La Repubblica, 10 July 2000 (in Italian)
  3. ^ Luís Vidigal - FIFA competition record
  4. ^ Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
  5. ^ Irmãos Vidigal ignoram os genes para manterem o Estrela da Amadora no topo (Brothers Vidigal ignore genes to leave Estrela on top); Público, 13 October 2008 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ One family, two nations: Brothers who have played for different international teams Archived 18 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Daily Mirror, 22 June 2010
  7. ^ Luís Vidigal: "O Sporting é paixão, é acreditar" (Luís Vidigal: "Sporting is about passion, believing") Archived 20 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Sporting CP, 26 December 2011 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Sobrinho de Luís e Lito Vidigal comprado pelo Fortuna Sittard" [Nephew of Luís and Lito Vidigal bought by Fortuna Sittard] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "André Vidigal" (in Dutch). Jupiler League. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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