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Vidic International Retirement Confirmed

After hinting strongly that he would be retiring from International football after Serbia’s failure to qualify for Euro 2012, Nemanja Vidic has today confirmed he will not play for his country again.

“After a great deal of thought and with a heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football,” Vidic told the official site. “I feel, after 10 years of playing for my country, it is the right time for me to stand aside and allow the younger players to come through. I would like to thank all the managers, coaches and players I have played alongside. I have always been very proud to play for Serbia and would like to wish them well in future tournaments.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. gerkeo says:

    He just turned 30 last week, shame for serbia, great for United

  2. mikekelly12 says:

    I don’t know why he didn’t play yesterday? Lets hope we get a settled back 4 for the foreseable future!

  3. CedarsDevil says:

    You have to admire modern day medication…. I was hit with an injection earlier today, so powerful that when I woke up I had no memory of events that took place in the past 48 hours!

    Looking forward to the derby match later

  4. mikekelly12 says:

    How was your nap? Shit I need a shot of what you had!

  5. James21 says:

    Good. Now for Fletcher, Young, Rio and Rooney to follow suit. :D

  6. voice of reason says:

    Vidic had just came back from an injury and considering city’s attack and his rustiness at bucharest also evans form, he was rested. He’ll have a go tomorrow.

    Vidic retiring is great for united. hope he’ll be injury free for the rest of the season, we’ll need him more than ever now.

  7. ididnotzeeit says:

    @ mikekelly

    There had to have been a good reason why the gaffer elected to not play Vidic. You’d like to think if the team captain’s fit and available he might just get a nod in a Derby match. I know SAF had recently commented on the “excellent form” Evans has been in this season but I can’t see any reason why Vidic wasn’t in the starting XI. He couldn’t be all that tired either, he didn’t even play 90 midweek.

    On Topic: Good on ya Nemanja, have a word with Rio when you get a minute

  8. CedarsDevil says:


    Great nap pal, just 2 more days of medications and I should be fine…. Was not kidding about that damn injection, bloody powerful stuff and the nurse is simply yummy…… Just love babes with fine asses

    Think I am an ass man :-)

  9. Zibbie says:

    Hello guys, I’m busy for now will come back and read a few hundred posts.
    Happy B-Day Rooney.
    A belated happy B-Day Vida.
    1 of 38
    5 points back.
    Heart and head check.
    The ill feeling has passed, now just a wee bit hollow.

  10. Zibbie says:

    I know I’m an ass man. hehe 3 cheers for booty!

  11. mikekelly12 says:

    You’re lucky pal. The last couple of nurses I’ve had looking after me when I’ve been in hospital have been proper battle axes!!
    Off topic and just throwing it out there, saw a bloke at Old Trafford yesterday with a Wythenshawe Republik red hoodie on…. was heading back to the seats while I was waiting for a beer. Was just wondering if it was anyone who contributes on here?

  12. voice of reason says:

    @ cedarsDevil

    Damn FA handed the derby to City, some dubious decision. Not clear wht it was like their’s every other decision.

    Derby in April for the 20th league title. My prediction 6-1 united ;-)

  13. CedarsDevil says:

    Hello Zibbie

    Ca va mon ami? I am feeling intellectual at the moment, could be a case of an aftermath of drugs..

    Have to love the feeling though

  14. Utd_till_i_die says:

    oh there’s a regular here who is not showing his love for evans today and prefering him over smalling and jones LOL ..guess why !!! :O

  15. Zibbie says:

    Cedars nice drug induced nap. When I get shots, I can taste them.

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Good news from Captain Vidic. Said as much after his team didn’t qualify, but this is clearly the official announcement. Serbia can’t complain as Nemanja has been a wonderful servant to his national side through some very difficult times of political turmoil. Well done Nemanja Vidic hope you are back on the team sheet and getting clean sheets for us. We need ya mate!

  17. RedHound says:

    This can only mean good things for United of course. Now, about that game. Watching the first 15 or so minutes of the start of the game, the game was so positive, City could barely get possession and looked like they’d been set up by Mancini not to lose, work for a draw, hit them on the counter but just dont lose. Then we go behind and it was such a sign of The general game-saving attitude of the players that they didn’t look dismayed going for the half time break.
    I wont try to be a robot and act like i dont have any feelings, any United fan who tells you they didnt apportion any blame to anything initially is outrightly lying, its only after you settle down, settle your feelings, put that adrenaline down,put things into perspective that you realize that you cant really blame the tactics or a single player for the result. For me the turning point was when Evans was sent off, City then could afford to go forward without a worry and even then it was hard to tell that we were playing with only ten men.
    Now, on another subject(and i mean no disrespect to anyone nor am i questioning Fergie in any way). The Comeback-Spirit thing. I know Fergie implied post-match that it was suicide to try to win the game by everyone going foward and that at 3-1 or 4-1 we really should have just defended. But like the commentator said, the Manchester United dynasty has been built on theaterical,thrilling,impossible comebacks, that spirit that Ashley Young says has now become embedded in him within months of joining the club. When the players fight back all the time from impossible situations and win, everyone fawns over them ,praises them, hails that spirit, infact it is a testament to how United is reknown for it that during that Barca loss in May, in the last 9 minutes, at 3-1 down, i remember the commentator said something along the lines of,” I know United Fans will point to the 1999 final but it is highly unlikely that United will come back to win this game”, the commentator in yesterday’s game said something similar,(minus the 1999 reference).
    The point is,United have made an Art out of the comeback, so there was always an implied belief ingrained in the players yesterday that they could come back from 3-1 and rightly so, i believed they could,(i have to say though, at 4-1 i didn’t really believe we could force out a draw). So the question is, is there a point of no return that the players ought to learn, a point where say, they should save some respect for the team’s name and reputation, a point where they should give in and just defend, OR should they be the Romantics, the “I will fight to the end” “Die on the battlefield ” type, should they finish like Boromir in Tolkien’s trilogy, going down fighting and attacking or is there a limit that even a Manchester United player should know is unredeemable?

    Would like to know your thoughts on that and really appreciate the creator of this blog, in such moments you know you can always go to ROM and find more than a bit of optimism, the usual jokers, wit, and a lot of lifting Statistics. So keep it up everyone who contributes to the daily running of this Blog.

  18. CedarsDevil says:

    voice of reason

    Was just surfing the net and read something written by a tool that United lost 6-1 to City! Stupid idiot, must be on drugs…


    This is my second home visiting nurse buddy….Must be some sort of cosmic luck as both have been hot as hell…..

  19. Zibbie says:

    Cedars after like 3 to 4 long days of work and late that 4th night when I get so tiered my mind just flows. I have learned to talk into a tape recorder and when I play it back, it is full of great Ideas stripped of all the bullshit.

  20. mikekelly12 says:

    My dream now is to be jumping up and down with my fellow reds at Wastelands on April 28th as Chicarito fires in number 7, securing our 20th league title with 2 games to spare!!!

  21. CedarsDevil says:


    Booty man too? Good on ya buddy…. Tits just bounce all over the place! hahahaha Still like them though!

    Fuck I am still drugged

    Keep it off topic fellas, sort of helps lifting our spirits

  22. CedarsDevil says:


    How about Evans netting number 7? Fuck I think I would have a heart attack of pleasure hahaha

  23. mikekelly12 says:

    I wrote something on an earlier thread which goes some way to explaining my thoughts on this topic. The first goal came very much against the run of play. The second came when we only had 3 defenders on the pitch. The 3rd came after Jones had just come on and he was cought a little flat footed by Aguero. At 3-0 you would expect it to be dead and buried but what happened to the old addage of you may as well lose 5-0 and go for it than sit back and get beat 3-0? When we got back to 3-1 we had a chance when Smalling took the ball off Rio’s head who would have had a clear chance at goal. That could have been 3-2 with about 5 minutes left. Now at 3-2 I’m pretty sure city would have abandoned their free flowing attacking football and become more reserved, particulary based on what we’ve done to them in the past. So with that in mind why not attack. The 4th goal was ultimately the killer and that had absolutely nothing to do with our attacking football, it was due to a complete lack of cencentration when De Gea rolled the ball to Rio who wasn’t ready and who then booted it out for a corner. They scored from that corner (watching it again words fail me!). It was that which was the killer and it came in the 90th minute. It wasn’t so much gung ho attacking football that cost us the 3 goals in extra time it was the abject defending. There’s nothing to say you can’t go and attack while still being able to defend to a professional standard.

  24. mikekelly12 says:

    I thought about that but would like to see Vida and Rio dominate the defence til the end of the season now! Well, in my dream anyway!

  25. CedarsDevil says:


    Is that tape recorder sexy? Talking to my wall right now but the bitch is staying quiet

    Been stoned in my life on many occasions, sniffed coke etc… Nothing compares to what I feel right now and I bloody love it…..What time is the match v City ffs? Anyone?

  26. CedarsDevil says:


    We never dominate shit pal….. At United we do things the hard way, this club will end my life eventually.

    Almost had a heart attack when Giggs netted that goal against Arsenal in 99….

  27. mikekelly12 says:

    Tell me about it. I remember getting beaten by Oldham on our way to the 92/93 table and followed that up with draws with Villa, City and Arsenal….and that was at the business end of the season and before Bruces Heroics against Wednesday!!

  28. CedarsDevil says:


    Fuck that game against Wednesday! Their penalty ruined my life for a few minutes then step up Brucie….. That’s what United are all about……. Bastards never do it the easy way

    Fucking love this club

  29. CedarsDevil says:

    Oldham were bottom at the time no?

  30. mikekelly12 says:

    There or there abouts mate.

  31. mikekelly12 says:

    Whats that website you told me about a while back? You could click on a date and it would show you the league table at that point for any year.

  32. mikekelly12 says:

    He’s busy today…new thread gents.

  33. Fred says:

    He played three games in a World Cup, including a famous win over Germany. He couldn’t ask any more than that.

  34. LoneStarRed says:

    Serbia’s loss is definitely our gain.

  35. torontored says:

    Hope Rio retires from international football as well – looked dead shaky last few times out and appears his back is giving him grief again

  36. Fred says:

    At this moment I wouldn’t be too upset if Rio retired from all football tbh. :oops:

  37. Saad says:

    Great! Now will you please go back to being “Vidic 2009″???

  38. Costas says:

    Damn right torontored. You’d think that Vidic’s decision would have persuaded him to do the same. He’ll probably wait until the summer though. What I am dreading is that it will come down to England not calling him up anymore and that’s how he’ll realize it’s over. Not the way Ferdinand should retire from the national team.


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