Best wishes for the Red Devil
The great Devils ruled the EPL generations after generations and made fans all over the world. The glorious run of Manchester United witnessed many great players like Van der ser, Ryan gigs, Paul Scholes, Ferdinand and today’s birthday boy Nemanja Vidic. He was a liable center back, made the defense of United an unpenetrable wall. Here on his 36th Birthday here his life in synopsis,
Early Life :
Vidic was born 21 October 1981 in Titovo Užice, Serbia. Vidić was born to Dragoljub, a now-retired copper factory worker, and Zora, a bank clerk. Vidić took up football at six years of age, alongside his older brother Dušanko, with local side Jedinstvo Užice. He progressed quickly and moved to Sloboda Užice at the age of 12. The Yugoslav wars broke out during his early teenage years, during which his family lived under constant fear of being bombed.
Club Career :
From 1989 Nemanja started his youth career joining the Jedinstvo Putevi academy. During five years he was a trainee and took part in the youth team games. In 1994 Vidić had moved to the Sloboda Užice academy and trained there during two years before he was noticed by scouts of one of the best Serbian clubs. In 1996 Nemanja had a demonstration game in Red Star Belgrade and soon moved there to continue his training.
In 2000 the young back was offered to sign for the club and to become a regular. Nemanja accepted the offer and signed a four-year contract. He immediately was sent on loan, because there was no place for him in the first team and the back had to gain more practice and experience.
In 2000 Vidić went on loan to Spartak Subotica and made 27 appearances for the temporary club, scoring six goals.
After the end of his loan spell, Nemanja started to take an active part in Red Star Belgrade matches and after some time he became a regular. Till 2004, not including a loan spell, Nemanja Vidić played in 67 matches and netted 12 goals.
In 2004 Vidić’s career underwent a change for the best as Spartak Moscow scouts paid attention to the young back that was thought to be very promising, physically and technically fit and with a great vision of the field. In 2004 Nemanja signed for the Russian club and played for it till 2006, making 39 appearances and contributing four goals.
In 2006 the Serbian back attracted the attention of the English side Manchester United that decided to buy the footballer for £7 million. Nemanja signed a long-term contract with the club and played for it till 2014, being the key center back. From 2010/2011 Vidić was a captain of the team, succeeding Gary Neville.
In 2014 the 32-year-old Nemanja felt he was no longer able to compete on the top level which Premier League was and completed a move to Internazionale and ended in 2016 with 38 goals in his remarkable 367 appearances of club career.
International Career :
A Yugoslavian youth international, Vidić made his senior debut on 12 October 2002 against Italy in UEFA Euro 2004 qualification.
Vidic was part of Serbia and Montenegro’s “Famous Four” defence alongside Mladen Krstajić, Ivica Dragutinović and Goran Gavrančić, that conceded just one goal during the ten 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, setting a new record for the fewest goals conceded but on 12 June 2006, he injured his left knee ligaments during training, and therefore he did not participate in any games at the 2006 World Cup.
He was a regular during 2010 World Cup qualifying when fit, and was instrumental in Serbia finishing top of their group ahead of the likes of France and Romania, with the best defensive record of all the teams participating in the group. Serbia had less luck at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and came in the last place in Group D.
From 2002 till 2011 Nemanja was capped 56 times for the Serbia national team and delivered two goals.
Married life :
On 17 July 2006, Vidić married Ana Ivanović, an economics student at the University of Belgrade. Together, they have three sons named Luka, Stefan, and Petar.
Red Star Belgrade
Yugoslav Cup (1): 2001-02
First League of Serbia and Montenegro (1): 2003-04
Serbia and Montenegro Cup (1): 2003-04
Premier League (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Football League Cup (3): 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
FA Community Shield (5): 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
Best Sportsman of SD Crvena Zvezda: 2002
Serbia’s Overseas Player of the Year (4): 2005 (with Spartak Moscow), 2007, 2008, 2010 (with Manchester United)
Serbian Footballer of the Year (2): 2005, 2008
PFA Premier League Team of the Year (4): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
Premier League Player of the Month (1): January 2009
Premier League Player of the Season (2): 2008–09 and 2010–11
ESM Team of the Year (3): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11
FIFA FIFPro World XI (2): 2009, 2011
FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2013
Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12)
Nemanja Vidic dedicated his whole life to worship the sports football. We still remember his defensive tackles which blocked the great strikers to do their job. He was in the dream squad of Manchester United and he will be remembered until the end of this game. Have a peacefully retired life mate, Happy Birthday!