Pavel "Paul" Vinar (24 March 1940 – 20 May 2009) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the VFL during the 1960s. Vinar was born in Czechoslovakia, and moved to Geelong in Australia with his mother and four brothers after his father was killed in World War II. Despite being Czech, his nickname was Swede.
|Full name||Pavel Vinar|
|Date of birth||24 March 1940|
|Place of birth||Czechoslovakia|
|Date of death||20 May 2009 69)(aged|
|Place of death||Tasmania, Australia|
15 June 1959, Geelong|
vs. Carlton, at Kardinia Park
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1966.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Vinar was a utility player, often used at full back or in the ruck. He was a follower in the club's 1963 premiership side. He was renowned for his long kicking ability. A highly regarded defender and occasional ruckman, he was also a nationally recognised long kicking champion considered to have the longest and most accurate kick of his era. Bob Davis, his coach during his time with the Cats, thought Vinar had the best drop kick he had ever seen.
Vinar moved to Tasmania in 1967 to take up the coaching role for Longford after which he became a regular Tasmanian representative, including at the 1969 National Carnival and in Tasmania’s historic victory over Western Australia in 1970 where he was named best player. Following his 5 seasons at Longford he moved to Launceston, which was also in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association.
Right to the end of his senior playing career Paul Vinar was able to roost the ball well over 65 metres. Vinar's playing record included: 132 games (Geelong, 1959-66); 104 games (Longford, 1967-71); 45 games (Launceston, 1972-74); 15 games (NTFA, 1967-72); 7 games (Tasmania, 1967-71).
- Craven, Denis (21 May 2009). "Tributes flow for big-kicking Cat Paul Vinar". Geelong Advertiser. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009.
- Paul Vinar's playing statistics from AFL Tables