Sunday, 11 January 2015

Vidic long walk down the Cliff

The name Vidic was once upon a time synonymous to the word "Rock". One would not be mistaken if he interchanged both nouns in a sentence,
Nemanja Vidic established himself at Red Star Belgrade during the early part the 2000s, his defensive consistency earned him a move to Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2004.

This move enhanced his reputation as he became a strong figure in the Serbian national team and was part of the "Famous four" which was the name of the Serbian back line that conceded just one goal during the 2006 FIFA World cup qualification campaign.

In January 2006 Vidic was signed by the then Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a fee of £7 million.
Vidic arrival to the premier league was one that raised eye brows though not in a positive sense
because many considered him to be a non premier league material, and his first game for United did nothing to prove the people's shallow judgement wrong as he was easily beaten to the ball and Man Utd loosing 4 - 3 to Blackburn Rovers.
Paul Scholes in this recent column in the Independent newspaper confirmed this as he wrote "It might surprise you to hear that Nemanja who arrived from Spartak Moscow was not the powerful centre back he became over his years with the club. There was nothing of him when he arrived. He was skinny and relatively easy to push off the ball. He took a battering in his first few weeks at the club - in training as well as matches"
Nemanja Vidic being a determined player put in a lot of effort to developing his self both physically and technically. He spent most of his time in the Gym and turned himself into a big, strong center half who was capable of knocking strikers out of the way.

Nemanja Vidic transformed himself into one of the World's best center backs, due to his defensive consistency and awareness, as well as his strength, leadership and ability in the air. He effectively combined his ability to head the ball and his strength which made him become unbeatable in the air as he was always a handful to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba who expressed his frustration by giving him a slap in the UEFA Champions league final in Moscow (Drogba was sent off for that).
Vidic would later go on to form a prominent defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand and in the process collected a host of honours including 3 consecutive premier league titles (5 titles in total), the UEFA Champions league , the FIFA World club cup, three league cup medals, as well as being included in three consecutive (4 in total) PFA team of the year sides from 2007 to 2009.
Nemanja Vidic "the rock" was an in formidable part of the Man Utd back line as he helped the team to a record - breaking run of 14 straight clean sheets and was awarded the Barclays player of the season
The former united captain was always thought a perfect fit for the Italian serie A due to his rugged nature and the news of him heading to Inter Milan at the end of 2013/2014 season was received with excitment and lots of good wishes for the big center back.
Six months later Nemanja Vidic has become a shadow of himself and his name have been faxed to various club across Europe seeking for a loan move for the Serbian.
Vidic began his Internazionale career in a goalless draw at Torino on 31 August, he conceded a penalty and was also sent off for dissent after sarcastically applauding the referee in added time on September 21, the one time FIFA team of the year defender made a very costly mistake to allow Franco Vazquez to score the only goal for Palermo in a 1 - 1 draw at stadio Renzo Barbera.
Vidic has found it so difficult to adapt to life in Italy and with the return of Roberto Mancini he has been deemed surplus to requirement at the San Siro particularly given to his huge salary.
The Serbian has only managed 9 appearances for the blue and black side of Milan.

The one time most wanted defender has become a player clubs are turning their backs on including his former club Manchester United who claimed they will not be making any short- term additions this January despite their ongoing problem at the back.

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