Nemanja Vidic.

United legend explores new career path

Thursday 18 November 2021 12:11

Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic is one of 29 former professional footballers who have enrolled in UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players course.

The Serbian captained the Reds with distinction and was a fearless leader at the heart of the defence under Sir Alex Ferguson. Between 2006 and 2014, he was a rock for the club and won five Premier League titles, in addition to the Champions League and World Club Cup in 2008. The centre-back was also named Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year in the following year (2009).

Now he is embarking on a new career path after signing up to the 20-month programme.

Nemanja Matic discusses his relationship with Nemanja Vidic.

UEFA describe the aim as to “equip top international players with the tools required to transfer their playing strengths into effective management skills off the pitch.”

It should be perfect for those wishing to explore a career in administration and, as it is staged in various cities across the world, the experience gained will be unrivalled.

The first session of the UEFA MIP course is currently being held in Nyon, Switzerland. It will run until the summer of 2023.

Vidic is not the only former Premier League player on the course, with Demba Ba, Vedran Corluka, Nigel De Jong, Aaron Mokoena and Paul Scharner also on the list of those taking part.

Ex-United team-mate Edwin van der Sar is currently CEO at Ajax, while Ji-sung Park has taken similar courses, including The FIFA Master, an International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, in 2017. 

Best of luck to Nemanja in his studies!