Dídac Vilà

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Dídac Vilà
Dídac Vilà Spain Under-21 2011.jpg
Vilà before a game with Spain U21 in 2011
Personal information
Full name Dídac Vilà Rosselló
Date of birth (1989-06-09) 9 June 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Mataró, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens
Number 23
Youth career
1998–1999 Mataró
1999–2008 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Espanyol B 40 (3)
2010–2011 Espanyol 24 (0)
2011–2015 Milan 1 (0)
2011–2012 Espanyol (loan) 37 (2)
2013–2014 Betis (loan) 12 (0)
2014–2015 Eibar (loan) 15 (0)
2015– AEK Athens 52 (2)
National team
2008 Spain U19 2 (0)
2009 Spain U20 6 (0)
2011 Spain U21 8 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
2011– Catalonia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:25, 9 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vilà and the second or maternal family name is Rosselló.

Dídac Vilà Rosselló (born 9 June 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Greek club AEK Athens F.C. as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Espanyol[edit]

Born in Mataró, Barcelona, Catalonia, Vilà joined local RCD Espanyol's youth system at the age of 10, making his senior debuts in 2008–09 and helping the reserves promote from the fourth division, as champions. He was promoted to the first team by manager Mauricio Pochettino, making his La Liga debut on 30 January 2010 in a 1–0 home win against Athletic Bilbao (which, in his own words, came as a "surprise"[1])[2] and ending his first professional season with 11 league games, starting and playing all the minutes in every match as the Pericos finished in mid-table; previously, he appeared with the main squad in the 2008 final of the Copa Catalunya, lost 1–2 to UE Sant Andreu,[3] and signed a five-year contract with the club shortly after.[4]

After missing the first months of the 2010–11 campaign due to physical problems,[5][6] Vilà once again gained first-choice status at Espanyol, taking over longtime incumbent – and also a youth graduate at the club – David García.

Milan[edit]

On 28 January 2011, Vilà was bought by A.C. Milan in Serie A for a reported €3 million.[7][8] After only one official appearance for the Italians,[9] and subsequently being highly critical of coach Massimiliano Allegri,[10] he returned to Espanyol in early June 2011, in a season-long loan.[11] He only missed one match during the league campaign,[12] scoring twice but in as many away losses.[13][14]

At the beginning of 2012–13, Vilà was set to join Valencia CF on loan, with the Che having the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season,[15][16] but the deal fell apart as he did not pass the required medical exams.[17][18] Subsequently the player underwent surgery,[19][20] failing to play in a competitive match for the Rossoneri.

For the 2013–14 season, Vilà moved to Real Betis on loan,[21] again being bothered by physical problems – including a leg fracture.[22] After the Andalusians' relegation he subsequently returned to Milan, and joined SD Eibar on 26 August 2014 also in a temporary deal;[23] after fully recovering he suffered a thigh injury,[24] going on to feature in 16 games across all competitions.

AEK Athens[edit]

On 7 August 2015, AEK Athens F.C. announced the signing of Vilà on a three-year deal,[25] with the player stating he hoped this move would see him return to his old form.[26] He played understudy to Aristidis Soiledis during the first part of the campaign[27] but eventually became first-choice, impressing manager Gus Poyet for his professionalism in training.[28]

Vilà started 2016–17's domestic league with a goal, contributing to a 4–1 home win over Xanthi FC.[29]

International career[edit]

In 2011, Vilà received his first callup for the Spanish under-21s. That year he was selected by manager Luis Milla to the UEFA European Championship in Denmark, playing all the matches and minutes for the eventual champions.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 April 2017[31]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2008–09 30 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 33 3
2009–10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 40 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 43 3
Espanyol 2008–09 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2010–11 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2011–12 37 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 40 3
Total 61 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 68 3
Milan 2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Betis 2013–14 12 0 2 0 0 0 6 1 20 1
Total 12 0 2 0 0 0 6 1 20 1
Eibar 2014–15 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Total 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
AEK Athens 2015–16 26 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2016–17 26 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 34 2
Total 52 2 11 0 0 0 2 0 65 2
Career total 181 7 22 1 0 0 8 1 211 9

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Espanyol B
Milan
AEK

International[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dídac Vilà: "No me esperaba debutar"" [Dídac Vilà: "I did not expect to make debut"]. Marca (in Spanish). 31 January 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Garcia makes the difference". ESPN Soccernet. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "El Sant Andreu deja al Espanyol sin Copa Cataluña" [Sant Andreu leave Espanyol without Catalonia Cup]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 October 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "El canterano Dídac Vila renueva por cinco temporadas" [Youth system player Dídac Vila renews for five seasons]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 October 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "El defensa Dídac Vilà, operado de una hernia abdominal" [Defender Dídac Vilà, surgery for abdominal hernia]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Galán ha sido operado con éxito de su fractura del peroné derecho" [Successful right fibula surgery for Galán]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 October 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dídac Vila, sold to AC Milan". RCD Espanyol. 28 January 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Milan: accordo per Didac Vilà" [Milan: agreement for Didac Vilà] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Udine, festa Champions – Basta lo 0–0 con il Milan" [Udine, Champions party – 0–0 with Milan is enough]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 22 May 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Milan, Didac Vilà:- 'Ce l'ho con Allegri'" [Milan, Didac Vilà:- 'I got it with Allegri'] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "El Espanyol oficializa el acuerdo con el Milan por Dídac" [Espanyol make agreement with Milan for Dídac official]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Cata Díaz, único en jugar todos los minutos de Liga" [Cata Díaz, only one to play every League minute]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 February 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Arda the artist in Atleti victory". ESPN Soccernet. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ighalo brace boosts Granada". ESPN Soccernet. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Valencia sign Dídac on loan from Milan". ESPN Star Sports. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dídac: A.C. Milan comunicato ufficiale" [Dídac: A.C. Milan official announcement] (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Valencia call off Dídac deal". ESPN Soccernet. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Milan: 137 infortuni con Allegri" [Milan: 137 mishaps with Allegri] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Dídac Vilà: Comunicato ufficiale A.C. Milan" [Dídac Vilà: A.C. Milan official announcement] (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 28 August 2012. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "El Real Betis incorpora a sus filas a Dídac" [Dídac joins Real Betis ranks] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Dídac se pierde la temporada y Caro, baja un mes y medio" [Dídac misses the season and Caro, one month and a half out]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 17 March 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "El Eibar anuncia la cesión por una temporada de Didác Vilá, procedente del Milan" [Eibar announces loan of Didác Vilá for one year, from Milan] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Dídac pasa por el quirófano" [Dídac visits surgery room]. Marca (in Spanish). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "Didac completes AEK move". SDNA. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Ο Ντίντακ της... Εσπανιόλ θα κάνει θραύση!" (in Greek). Gazzetta. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Ο "κόμβος" της Βέροιας" [Veria's "hub"] (in Greek). Sport 24. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Γύρισαν όπως τους ήθελε ο Πογέτ" (in Greek). Sport 24. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  29. ^ "Welcome to AEK Hugo Almeida". Agona Sport. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  30. ^ "España sub-21, campeona de Europa: El ciclo continúa" [Spain under-21, European champion: The cycle continues] (in Spanish). Diarios de Fútbol. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  31. ^ "Dídac Vilá". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  32. ^ ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0) Archived 15 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009

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