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Diego Costa
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Chelsea

Diego
Costa

Attacker

Date of Birth
Oct 07, 1988
Place of Birth
Lagarto, Brazil
Nationality
Spain
Height
186 cm
Weight
78 kg

Bio

Diego da Silva Costa, generally known more simply as Diego Costa, was born in Lagarto, Brazil on 7 October 1988. A centre forward, who is also capable of playing in an attacking midfield role, he is known for his dribbling ability and prolific goalscoring.

During his youth, Diego Costa was on the books for Barcelona Esportivo Capela, a team from São Paulo, and often played street football during his teenage years. However, he did not play professional football in Brazil, instead moving to Portugal to sign his first professional contract with Braga. In 2006, Braga sent Costa on loan to second division side FC Penafiel and he found fine goalscoring form, before transferring to Atlético Madrid in 2007.

Upon signing for Atlético Madrid, Costa was allowed to remain on loan with Braga until the end of the 2006-07 season, scoring his first goal for the club in a UEFA Cup tie against Parma. After that, he spent the 2007-08 season on loan at Celta Vigo and the 2008-09 season on loan at Albacete, before signing for Real Valladolid in the summer of 2009. Over the course of the 2009–10 campaign, Costa scored nine goals for the side, but Valladolid were eventually relegated. In the 2010 summer transfer window, Atlético Madrid made use of a buy-back clause in his contract in order to bring him back to the Spanish capital.

Throughout the 2010-11 season, Costa made regular appearances for the side and managed to contribute eight goals. However, the following season, he was once again sent on loan, this time to Rayo Vallecano. Upon returning to Atlético Madrid in 2012-13, Costa established himself as a first team player, scoring 20 goals and helping the club to win the Copa del Rey. The 2013-14 season saw Costa find even greater goalscoring form, as he cemented his place as one of La Liga's top strikers.

At international level, Costa is a rare example of a player who has played for two completely seperate national teams. He played two friendly matches for Brazil in 2013, but gained Spanish citizenship later that year. Spain's Football Federation subsequently asked FIFA for permission to call Diego Costa up for the Spanish national team. Costa himself expressed his desire to represent his adopted country instead of the country of his birth and in February 2014, he made his debut for Spain in a win against Italy.

Headlines

Mandzukic not Diego Costa's replacement

Mandzukic not Diego Costa's replacement

by Football News

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic says he will bring a different style to the table than the departed Diego Costa. The Croatian goalscorer, 28, arrived at the Vicente Calderon in place of Costa, who departed for Chelsea... Read more

Fabregas eyes trophies at Chelsea

Fabregas eyes trophies at Chelsea

by Football News

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas is confident he can help the club win silverware during his first season with the club. The Spain international joined from Barcelona in June and returns to the Premier League after three years in La Liga... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Premier League
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/2014
La Liga
2960 35 34 1 8 1 27 7 0 0
2012/2013
La Liga
2055 31 24 7 16 10 10 12 0 0
2011/2012
La Liga
1319 16 15 1 5 1 10 9 0 0
2011/2012
La Liga
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010/2011
La Liga
1324 28 13 15 5 21 6 5 0 0
2009/2010
La Liga
2892 34 32 2 2 3 8 9 0 1
2008/2009
Segunda División
2988 35 34 1 6 0 10 14 1 2
2007/2008
Segunda División
0 30 30 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
2006/2007
Segunda Liga
0 13 13 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
2006/2007
Primeira Liga
0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13538 228 201 27 42 36 82 56 1 3

Transfers & Loans

2014
15 Jul
€ 40,000,000
2012
26 Jan
Loan
2010
1 Jul
€ 1,000,000
2008
20 Aug
Loan
2007
1 Aug
Loan
2007
1 Jul
€ 3,500,000
2006
1 Jul
Loan

Games Played

Date Match  
23 Jun 2014 0 3 0 0 0
18 Jun 2014 0 2 0 0 0
13 Jun 2014 1 5 0 0 0