The PFA pays tribute to Socceroo Tony Vidmar, who today announced he will be retiring from football at the end of this season. Australia’s third most capped international, is currently preparing to play in the A-League Grand Final in what will be his final career match. Tony’s club career has also taken him to Ekeren in Belgium, NAC Breda in the Netherlands, Middlesbrough and Cardiff City in England and Glasgow Rangers in Scotland.

In a 15 year international career, Tony was part of four World Cup qualifying campaigns and was one of the scorers from the penalty spot against Uruguay in that famous night in 2005. Tony made 76 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 3 goals in the process before retiring from international football in the friendly match against Paraguay in October 2006.

Tony is also the inaugural Ambassador of the My Football Career program, the joint initiative by the PFA and FFA that assists and safeguards players’ professional interests and development both within and away from football.

PFA Executive Chairman Brendan Schwab said, “Tony‘s achievement in international and club football is outstanding. He is a true great of the game. His contribution and support with the My Football Careerprogram has been vital in our work in ensuring more players may have an opportunity to forge a career as successful as that of Tony’s on and off the pitch. The PFA wishes Tony all the best in his future endeavours.”

Socceroo Tony Vidmar