Goran Vidovic has signed a two-year extension to his contract at R. Excelsior Mouscron.
Vidovic hits back
Vidovic featured in Belgium's EURO 2000™ squad but, despite promising performances during their qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, it was expected that the Belgian side were prepared to let him go.
"I know that people think that I am old, slow and always injured, but this is a false image," said Vidovic. "This season, except in the first three or four games of the season, I have always played. And do you think that the club would offer me a contract extension if I was always injured?"
Indeed, Excelsior coach Hugo Broos hailed Vidovic as a key member of his squad upon signing the new deal. "Vido is an important player for his team," said Broos. "The only problem he has is that he has never trained hard in his career. He played football and that was it. No jogging, no weight-lifting, no stretching. If you do that for years, it takes its toll on you. But I believe a fighting fit Vido is a very good player. He is masterful at the centre of our defence, but can be a menace when he pushes forward."
From third to first division
Vidovic, who has been capped 15 times by Belgium, began his career in Bosnia-Herzegovina before moving to FK Zeljeznicar where he played until 1992. He then signed for FC St. Gallen and later played in the Belgian third division, before he joined Excelsior in 1995. Vidovic is expected to play a key role for Excelsior on Wednesday, as they take on K. Sint Truidense VV in the second leg of the Belgian Cup semi-final.