David Vidal

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David Vidal
Personal information
Full name David Vidal Tomé
Date of birth (1950-08-02) 2 August 1950 (age 68)
Place of birth Porto do Son, Spain
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Lleida 33 (4)
1973–1974 Deportivo La Coruña 9 (2)
1974–1975 Cádiz 6 (0)
1975–1976 Villarreal
1976–1977 Jerez
Gimnàstico Melilla
Jerez Industrial
AgD Ceuta
Teams managed
1986 Cádiz
1987 Cádiz
1988–1990 Cádiz
1990–1993 Logroñés
1994 Rayo Vallecano
1995–1996 Villarreal
1997–1998 Hércules
1999–2000 Compostela
2002–2003 Murcia
2003–2004 Las Palmas
2005–2006 Lleida
2007–2008 Elche
2010 Albacete
2011 Albacete
2013 Xerez

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

David Vidal Tomé (born 2 August 1950) is a Spanish football manager.

Football career

Vidal was born in Porto do Son, A Coruña, Galicia. After an unassuming playing career (the central defender never played in La Liga and appeared in only 15 second division games) he took up coaching in 1982, first with Cádiz CF in his adopted city, where he had hung up his boots.

Vidal began with the Andalusians' youth sides, then moved to assistant manager, being finally appointed head coach for the 1988–89 season after a brief interim spell in 1987. It was during that time he managed arguably the club's best ever player, Mágico González, of whom he once said: "Technically he was better than Maradona".[1]

After two 1/2 additional years in the top flight with modest CD Logroñés, which always maintained its status, Vidal resumed his career mainly in the second level. On 12 January 2007 he was appointed manager of Elche CF, following the sacking of Luis García.[2] On 12 October of the following year, following a draw at Celta de Vigo which meant Elche only managed two points from seven games, the manager was sacked, following a meeting with the club's directors; his assistant, former Spain and Deportivo de La Coruña player Claudio Barragán was temporarily placed in charge of the team.[3]

On 17 March 2010 the board of directors of Albacete Balompié announced that Vidal would replace Julián Rubio as manager of the division two outfit, until the end of the campaign.[4] After helping the Castile-La Mancha side avoid relegation, as 15th, he was released.

Vidal returned to Albacete midway through the 2010–11 season, replacing fired Antonio Calderón. He was also sacked after only one 1/2 months in charge, as the team was eventually relegated to the third division after 21 years.


  1. "El fútbol sería distinto sin David Vidal" (in Spanish). El Día de Córdoba. 30 November 2007. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "David Vidal dirigirá al Elche" (in Spanish). Marca. 11 January 2007. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Claudio Barragán entrenará al Elche" (in Spanish). Diario AS. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "David Vidal, nuevo entrenador del Albacete hasta final de temporada" (in Spanish). ABC. 17 March 2010. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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