Darius Vassell

Date of birth13 June 1980
Place of birthBirmingham
NationalityEnglish
Weight76 kg
Height1.70 m
PositionForward

Having beaten such as Andy Cole and Kevin Phillips in the competition for 2002 World Cup places, Darius had a truly dream start to his international career when he scored on his debut with a spectacular acrobatic volley in Holland in February 2002.

He performed impressively against Italy to unsettle one of the best defensive units then scored against Paraguay.

A powerful striker with exceptional control and electric pace, he signed professional forms at Aston Villa in 1998.

Darius joined Manchester City in July 2005 with a four-year contract.

He joined Ankaragucu in July 2009 with a two-year contract that was cancelled at the end of the first season.

Darius joined Leicester City in October 2010 with a contract to June 2012.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Aston Villa 14 Apr 1998 27 Jul 2005
Manchester City 27 Jul 2005 30 Jun 2009
Ankaragucu 23 Jul 2009 30 Jun 2010
Leicester City 20 Oct 2010 30 Jun 2012

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Aston Villa FA Cup
1
1998-99 Aston Villa League Cup
1
1998-99 Aston Villa Premier League
6
1998-99 Aston Villa UEFA Cup
3
2
1999-00 Aston Villa FA Cup
1
1999-00 Aston Villa League Cup 1
3
1999-00 Aston Villa Premier League 1
10
1
2000-01 Aston Villa FA Cup 2
1
1
1
1
2000-01 Aston Villa League Cup
1
1
2000-01 Aston Villa Premier League 5
18
4
2
2000-01 Aston Villa UEFA Intertoto Cup
3
1
2001-02 Aston Villa FA Cup 1
1
2001-02 Aston Villa League Cup
1
2001-02 Aston Villa Premier League 30
6
12
3
2001-02 Aston Villa UEFA Cup 1
2001-02 Aston Villa UEFA Intertoto Cup 1
4
2
1
2002-03 Aston Villa FA Cup
1
2002-03 Aston Villa League Cup 3
3
2002-03 Aston Villa Premier League 28
5
8
2
2002-03 Aston Villa UEFA Intertoto Cup 1
1
2003-04 Aston Villa FA Cup 1
2003-04 Aston Villa League Cup 5
1
1
2
2003-04 Aston Villa Premier League 26
6
9
2004-05 Aston Villa League Cup 1
1
2004-05 Aston Villa Premier League 17
4
2
2005-06 Manchester City FA Cup 4
1
2005-06 Manchester City League Cup 1
1
2005-06 Manchester City Premier League 36
8
4
2006-07 Manchester City FA Cup 4
2
1
2006-07 Manchester City Premier League 28
4
3
6
2007-08 Manchester City FA Cup 3
2007-08 Manchester City League Cup 1
1
1
2007-08 Manchester City Premier League 21
6
6
2
2008-09 Manchester City FA Cup
1
2008-09 Manchester City Premier League 6
2
1
2008-09 Manchester City UEFA Cup 6
1
2010-11 Leicester City FA Cup 1
2010-11 Leicester City League Championship 26
5
4
2
2011-12 Leicester City League Championship 10
3
2
3
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
23 Aug 1998 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 3-1 Premier League
09 Sep 1998 Aston Villa v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
15 Sep 1998 Aston Villa v Strømsgodset IF W 3-2 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
29 Sep 1998 Strømsgodset IF v Aston Villa W 0-3
Agg: 2-6
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
28 Oct 1998 Chelsea v Aston Villa L 4-1 League Cup 3rd round
03 Nov 1998 Aston Villa v Celta Vigo L 1-3
Agg: 2-3
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
23 Jan 1999 Aston Villa v Fulham L 0-2 FA Cup 4th round
30 Jan 1999 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
01 May 1999 Manchester United v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
08 May 1999 Aston Villa v Charlton Athletic L 3-4 Premier League
16 May 1999 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
28 Aug 1999 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 1-0 Premier League
11 Sep 1999 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 3-1 Premier League
14 Sep 1999 Chester City v Aston Villa W 0-1 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
18 Sep 1999 Aston Villa v Bradford City W 1-0 Premier League
21 Sep 1999 Aston Villa v Chester City W 5-0
Agg: 6-0
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
13 Oct 1999 Aston Villa v Manchester United W 3-0 League Cup 3rd round
18 Oct 1999 Sunderland v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
22 Nov 1999 Coventry City v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
18 Dec 1999 Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1999 Derby County v Aston Villa W 0-2 Premier League
29 Dec 1999 Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Premier League
03 Jan 2000 Leeds United v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
08 Jan 2000 Aston Villa v Southampton W 1-0 FA Cup 4th round
11 Jan 2000 West Ham United v Aston Villa W 1-3 League Cup Quarter-final
15 Jan 2000 West Ham United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
22 Jan 2000 Aston Villa v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
16 Jul 2000 Dukla Pribram v Aston Villa D 0-0 Intertoto Cup 3rd round 1st leg
22 Jul 2000 Aston Villa v Dukla Pribram W 3-1
Agg: 3-1
Intertoto Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
26 Jul 2000 Celta Vigo v Aston Villa L 1-0 Intertoto Cup Semi-final 1st leg
19 Aug 2000 Leicester City v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
09 Sep 2000 Ipswich Town v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
30 Sep 2000 Aston Villa v Derby County W 4-1 Premier League
14 Oct 2000 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
22 Oct 2000 Aston Villa v Sunderland D 0-0 Premier League
28 Oct 2000 Aston Villa v Charlton Athletic W 2-1 Premier League
01 Nov 2000 Aston Villa v Manchester City L 0-1 League Cup 3rd round
05 Nov 2000 Everton v Aston Villa W 0-1 Premier League
23 Dec 2000 Leeds United v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
26 Dec 2000 Aston Villa v Manchester United L 0-1 Premier League
01 Jan 2001 Chelsea v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
07 Jan 2001 Newcastle United v Aston Villa D 1-1 FA Cup 3rd round
13 Jan 2001 Aston Villa v Liverpool L 0-3 Premier League
17 Jan 2001 Aston Villa v Newcastle United W 1-0 FA Cup 3rd round replay
20 Jan 2001 Manchester United v Aston Villa L 2-0 Premier League
24 Jan 2001 Aston Villa v Leeds United L 1-2 Premier League
27 Jan 2001 Aston Villa v Leicester City L 1-2 FA Cup 4th round
03 Feb 2001 Bradford City v Aston Villa W 0-3 Premier League
18 Mar 2001 Aston Villa v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
31 Mar 2001 Manchester City v Aston Villa W 1-3 Premier League
07 Apr 2001 Aston Villa v West Ham United D 2-2 Premier League
14 Apr 2001 Aston Villa v Everton W 2-1 Premier League
17 Apr 2001 Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa D 3-3 Premier League
21 Apr 2001 Aston Villa v Southampton D 0-0 Premier League
28 Apr 2001 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
05 May 2001 Aston Villa v Coventry City W 3-2 Premier League
19 May 2001 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
14 Jul 2001 NK Slaven Koprivnica v Aston Villa L 2-1 Intertoto Cup 3rd round 1st leg
25 Jul 2001 Rennes v Aston Villa L 2-1 Intertoto Cup Semi-final 1st leg
01 Aug 2001 Aston Villa v Rennes W 1-0
Agg: 2-2
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
07 Aug 2001 FC Basel v Aston Villa D 1-1 Intertoto Cup Final 1st leg
18 Aug 2001 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
21 Aug 2001 Aston Villa v FC Basel W 4-1
Agg: 5-2
Intertoto Cup Final 2nd leg
26 Aug 2001 Aston Villa v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
08 Sep 2001 Liverpool v Aston Villa W 1-3 Premier League
16 Sep 2001 Aston Villa v Sunderland D 0-0 Premier League
20 Sep 2001 Aston Villa v Varteks Varazdin L 2-3 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
30 Sep 2001 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers W 2-0 Premier League
14 Oct 2001 Aston Villa v Fulham W 2-0 Premier League
20 Oct 2001 Everton v Aston Villa L 3-2 Premier League
24 Oct 2001 Aston Villa v Charlton Athletic W 1-0 Premier League
27 Oct 2001 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers W 3-2 Premier League
03 Nov 2001 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
17 Nov 2001 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough D 0-0 Premier League
25 Nov 2001 Leeds United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
28 Nov 2001 Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday L 0-1 League Cup 4th round
01 Dec 2001 Aston Villa v Leicester City L 0-2 Premier League
05 Dec 2001 West Ham United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
09 Dec 2001 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 3-2 Premier League
17 Dec 2001 Aston Villa v Ipswich Town W 2-1 Premier League
26 Dec 2001 Aston Villa v Liverpool L 1-2 Premier League
29 Dec 2001 Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Premier League
01 Jan 2002 Sunderland v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
06 Jan 2002 Aston Villa v Manchester United L 2-3 FA Cup 3rd round
12 Jan 2002 Aston Villa v Derby County W 2-1 Premier League
21 Jan 2002 Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
30 Jan 2002 Aston Villa v Everton D 0-0 Premier League
02 Feb 2002 Fulham v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
09 Feb 2002 Aston Villa v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
23 Feb 2002 Manchester United v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
02 Mar 2002 Aston Villa v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
05 Mar 2002 Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
17 Mar 2002 Aston Villa v Arsenal L 1-2 Premier League
23 Mar 2002 Ipswich Town v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
30 Mar 2002 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa L 3-2 Premier League
02 Apr 2002 Aston Villa v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
06 Apr 2002 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
13 Apr 2002 Aston Villa v Leeds United L 0-1 Premier League
20 Apr 2002 Leicester City v Aston Villa D 2-2 Premier League
27 Apr 2002 Aston Villa v Southampton W 2-1 Premier League
11 May 2002 Chelsea v Aston Villa W 1-3 Premier League
31 Jul 2002 Lille OSC v Aston Villa D 1-1 Intertoto Cup Semi-final 1st leg
07 Aug 2002 Aston Villa v Lille L 0-2
Agg: 1-3
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
18 Aug 2002 Aston Villa v Liverpool L 0-1 Premier League
24 Aug 2002 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
28 Aug 2002 Aston Villa v Manchester City W 1-0 Premier League
01 Sep 2002 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
16 Sep 2002 Birmingham City v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
22 Sep 2002 Aston Villa v Everton W 3-2 Premier League
28 Sep 2002 Sunderland v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
02 Oct 2002 Aston Villa v Luton Town W 3-0 League Cup 2nd round
06 Oct 2002 Aston Villa v Leeds United D 0-0 Premier League
21 Oct 2002 Aston Villa v Southampton L 0-1 Premier League
16 Nov 2002 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
23 Nov 2002 Aston Villa v West Ham United W 4-1 Premier League
30 Nov 2002 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 3-1 Premier League
04 Dec 2002 Aston Villa v Preston North End W 5-0 League Cup 4th round
07 Dec 2002 Aston Villa v Newcastle United L 0-1 Premier League
14 Dec 2002 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion W 2-1 Premier League
18 Dec 2002 Aston Villa v Liverpool L 3-4 League Cup 5th round
21 Dec 2002 Chelsea v Aston Villa L 2-0 Premier League
26 Dec 2002 Manchester City v Aston Villa L 3-1 Premier League
01 Jan 2003 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers W 2-0 Premier League
04 Jan 2003 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers L 1-4 FA Cup 3rd round
11 Jan 2003 Liverpool v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
18 Jan 2003 Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-1 Premier League
28 Jan 2003 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa W 2-5 Premier League
02 Feb 2003 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers W 3-0 Premier League
08 Feb 2003 Fulham v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
22 Feb 2003 Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
03 Mar 2003 Aston Villa v Birmingham City L 0-2 Premier League
15 Mar 2003 Aston Villa v Manchester United L 0-1 Premier League
22 Mar 2003 Southampton v Aston Villa D 2-2 Premier League
05 Apr 2003 Aston Villa v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
12 Apr 2003 West Ham United v Aston Villa D 2-2 Premier League
19 Apr 2003 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League
21 Apr 2003 Newcastle United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
26 Apr 2003 Everton v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
03 May 2003 Aston Villa v Sunderland W 1-0 Premier League
11 May 2003 Leeds United v Aston Villa L 3-1 Premier League
24 Aug 2003 Aston Villa v Liverpool D 0-0 Premier League
27 Aug 2003 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 2-0 Premier League
30 Aug 2003 Aston Villa v Leicester City W 3-1 Premier League
20 Sep 2003 Aston Villa v Charlton Athletic W 2-1 Premier League
23 Sep 2003 Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa W 0-5 League Cup 2nd round
27 Sep 2003 Chelsea v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
05 Oct 2003 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers D 1-1 Premier League
19 Oct 2003 Birmingham City v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
25 Oct 2003 Aston Villa v Everton D 0-0 Premier League
29 Oct 2003 Aston Villa v Leicester City W 1-0 League Cup 3rd round
08 Nov 2003 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough L 0-2 Premier League
23 Nov 2003 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
29 Nov 2003 Aston Villa v Southampton W 1-0 Premier League
03 Dec 2003 Aston Villa v Crystal Palace W 3-0 League Cup 4th round
06 Dec 2003 Manchester United v Aston Villa L 4-0 Premier League
14 Dec 2003 Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 3-2 Premier League
17 Dec 2003 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 2-1 League Cup 5th round
20 Dec 2003 Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa W 0-2 Premier League
26 Dec 2003 Leeds United v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
28 Dec 2003 Aston Villa v Fulham W 3-0 Premier League
04 Jan 2004 Aston Villa v Manchester United L 1-2 FA Cup 3rd round
06 Jan 2004 Aston Villa v Portsmouth W 2-1 Premier League
10 Jan 2004 Liverpool v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
21 Jan 2004 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa L 5-2 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
27 Jan 2004 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers W 2-0
Agg: 4-5
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
31 Jan 2004 Leicester City v Aston Villa W 0-5 Premier League
07 Feb 2004 Aston Villa v Leeds United W 2-0 Premier League
11 Feb 2004 Fulham v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
22 Feb 2004 Aston Villa v Birmingham City D 2-2 Premier League
28 Feb 2004 Everton v Aston Villa L 2-0 Premier League
14 Mar 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa W 0-4 Premier League
20 Mar 2004 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers L 0-2 Premier League
27 Mar 2004 Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
04 Apr 2004 Aston Villa v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
10 Apr 2004 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa D 2-2 Premier League
12 Apr 2004 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 3-2 Premier League
18 Apr 2004 Aston Villa v Newcastle United D 0-0 Premier League
24 Apr 2004 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
08 May 2004 Southampton v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
14 Aug 2004 Aston Villa v Southampton W 2-0 Premier League
22 Aug 2004 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
25 Aug 2004 Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
28 Aug 2004 Aston Villa v Newcastle United W 4-2 Premier League
11 Sep 2004 Aston Villa v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
18 Sep 2004 Norwich City v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
22 Sep 2004 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers W 3-1 League Cup 2nd round
25 Sep 2004 Aston Villa v Crystal Palace D 1-1 Premier League
02 Oct 2004 Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa D 2-2 Premier League
16 Oct 2004 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 3-1 Premier League
23 Oct 2004 Aston Villa v Fulham W 2-0 Premier League
26 Feb 2005 Aston Villa v Everton L 1-3 Premier League
05 Mar 2005 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 2-0 Premier League
20 Mar 2005 Birmingham City v Aston Villa L 2-0 Premier League
02 Apr 2005 Newcastle United v Aston Villa W 0-3 Premier League
10 Apr 2005 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion D 1-1 Premier League
16 Apr 2005 Southampton v Aston Villa W 2-3 Premier League
20 Apr 2005 Aston Villa v Charlton Athletic D 0-0 Premier League
23 Apr 2005 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers D 1-1 Premier League
01 May 2005 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa L 5-1 Premier League
07 May 2005 Aston Villa v Manchester City L 1-2 Premier League
15 May 2005 Liverpool v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 England UEFA Under-18 3
3
1998-99 England Under-18 2
3
1998-99 England Under-21
1
1999-00 England UEFA Under-21
1
2000-01 England UEFA Under-21 4
1
2000-01 England Under-21 2
2001-02 England FIFA World Cup 1
2
2001-02 England International Friendly 4
1
3
2001-02 England UEFA Under-21 2
2001-02 England Under-21 1
1
2002-03 England International Friendly
3
2002-03 England UEFA European Championship
3
1
2003-04 England International Friendly 1
2003-04 England Summer Tournament
2
2
2003-04 England UEFA European Championship
5


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
02 Sep 1998 Republic of Ireland v England W 0-5 U18
13 Oct 1998 Italy v England W 2-4 U18
08 Mar 1999 Spain v England D 1-1 UEFA U18 Group 1
10 Mar 1999 England v Andorra W 8-0 UEFA U18 Group 1
12 Mar 1999 England v Israel W 2-1 UEFA U18 Group 1
27 Apr 1999 Hungary v England D 2-2 Under-21
07 Sep 1999 Poland v England L 3-1 UEFA Under-21 Group 5
31 Aug 2000 England v Georgia W 6-1 Under-21
06 Oct 2000 England v Germany D 1-1 UEFA Under-21 Group 9
10 Oct 2000 Finland v England D 2-2 UEFA Under-21 Group 9
14 Nov 2000 Italy v England D 0-0 Under-21
23 Mar 2001 England v Finland W 4-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 9
27 Mar 2001 Albania v England W 0-1 UEFA Under-21 Group 9
14 Aug 2001 England v Netherlands W 4-0 Under-21
31 Aug 2001 Germany v England W 1-2 UEFA Under-21 Group 9
05 Oct 2001 England v Greece W 2-1 UEFA Under-21 Group 9
13 Feb 2002 Netherlands v England D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 England v Italy L 1-2 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 England v Paraguay W 4-0 International Friendly
21 May 2002 Korea Republic v England D 1-1 International Friendly
26 May 2002 England v Cameroon D 2-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 2002 England v Sweden D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
12 Jun 2002 Nigeria v England D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
21 Jun 2002 England v Brazil L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
16 Oct 2002 England v FYR Macedonia D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group 7
12 Feb 2003 England v Australia L 1-3 International Friendly
02 Apr 2003 England v Turkey W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
22 May 2003 South Africa v England W 1-2 International Friendly
03 Jun 2003 England v Serbia and Montenegro W 2-1 International Friendly
11 Jun 2003 England v Slovakia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
11 Oct 2003 Turkey v England D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
31 Mar 2004 Sweden v England L 1-0 International Friendly
01 Jun 2004 England v Japan D 1-1 Summer Tournament
05 Jun 2004 England v Iceland W 6-1 Summer Tournament
13 Jun 2004 France v England L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
17 Jun 2004 England v Switzerland W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
21 Jun 2004 Croatia v England W 2-4 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
24 Jun 2004 Portugal v England L 2-2 (5-6) UEFA European Championship Quarter-final


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.