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Diego Costa

Position:
Forward
Height:
6'1" (1.86m)
Weight:
172 lbs (78 kg)
age:
26
DOB:
October 7, 1988
POB:
Brazil

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Player Profile

Jose Mourinho finally got the striker that he had been craving when Chelsea paid Atletico Madrid £32 million to secure the services of Brazil-born Spain international Diego Costa in July 2014.

Named "Diego" after Maradona by his football-loving parents, Costa grew up playing a brutal version of street football in Brazil where he honed his physical attributes. Beginning his footballing life at Barcelona Esportivo Capela in Sao Paulo, he moved to Portugal to play for Braga in 2006 on the advice of super-agent Jorge Mendes, who had noticed his talent.

However, bureaucracy limited his spell there and he was forced to move to join manager Rui Bento at Penafiel on loan. There, in 13 games, he netted five goals and attracted the attention of Atletico Madrid.

After his arrival for €1.5 million, Costa had to wait for his chance. He played for Sporting Braga, Celta Vigo and Albacete on loan before, having failed to impress on those spells, he was sold to Real Valladolid as part of the deal that took highly-rated young goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to the Vicente Calderon.

But he would be back within a year. Costa netted six goals in his first 12 games for Valladolid and, although he only added a couple more before the side were relegated at the end of the season, he had shown what he could do. It was enough for Atletico to activate the buy-back clause in his contract and he netted six goals in 28 games upon his return, before suffering a cruciate ligament injury the following season.

Needing time to heal, he was lent to Rayo Vallecano in 2012 and he blossomed during his time there, netting 10 goals in 15 games. But he also unleashed another side of himself. "On the pitch I fought with everyone, I couldn't control myself," he revealed. "I insulted everyone, I had no respect for the opposition. I thought I had to kill them."

Diego Simeone took him under his wing back in Madrid, paired him with Falcao and the result was there for everyone to see. The Colombian netted 34 goals and Costa got 20, and praise was forthcoming for both. When Falcao left for Monaco, Costa stepped into his shoes and scored 27 goals in 35 league matches, while also scoring eight on his club's way to the Champions League final. Injury hampered his participation in both competitions towards the end of the season, but he bagged himself a La Liga title winners' medal before a poor 2014 World Cup with Spain saw him return home after the group stages.

Starting a new chapter in his career with Chelsea, Costa's determination and goalscoring prowess saw him a perfect Premier League addition and he scored 20 goals in his first season in England, winning the Premier League and League Cup.

Strengths: Powerful and strong, Costa can bully defenders and then use his pace when a change is required. Incredibly competitive, his passion and will to win is second to none and his finishing is improving all the time.

Weaknesses: Injury and fitness concerns have hindered him somewhat, while his ability to influence big matches -- most notable in his showing at the World Cup -- can still be improved. His fiery temperament has also got him in trouble in the past.

Career high: Scoring 36 goals in all competitions in 2013-14, Costa helped Atletico to win a surprise La Liga title.

Career low: His performances helped Atletico reach the 2013-14 Champions League final, but he lasted just nine minutes before coming off with a recurring hamstring injury and then had to watch from the bench as Real Madrid won.

Style: Strong, fast, athletic, a striker with a good finishing touch.

Quotes: "He's at an age where he can continue to improve so let's hope he can develop further. I'm sure he'll be a success. I'm always going to be thankful to the players that give all their best. He had excellent performances while he was with us." Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, July 2014.

Trivia: Costa was born in Brazil, and chose to spurn his homeland to represent Spain at the 2014 World Cup. Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil's coach, said he had "turned his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil."

Career

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Chelsea H - Sunderland May 24, 2015 Prem W 3-1 Substitute 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0
Chelsea A - West Brom May 18, 2015 Prem L 3-0 Started 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0
Chelsea H - Stoke Apr 4, 2015 Prem W 2-1 Sub-On 45; Sub-Off 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Hull Mar 22, 2015 Prem W 2-3 Sub-Off 74 min 1 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Southampton Mar 15, 2015 Prem D 1-1 Started 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - PSG Mar 11, 2015 UCL D 2-2 Started 0 0 9 2 4 3 1 0
Chelsea A - West Ham Mar 4, 2015 Prem W 0-1 Started 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Tottenham Mar 1, 2015 CC W 2-0 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Burnley Feb 21, 2015 Prem D 1-1 Started 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0
Chelsea A - PSG Feb 17, 2015 UCL D 1-1 Sub-Off 80 min 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Liverpool Jan 27, 2015 CC W 1-0 Started 0 0 3 1 2 3 1 0
Chelsea A - Liverpool Jan 20, 2015 CC D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Swansea Jan 17, 2015 Prem W 0-5 Sub-Off 74 min 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - Newcastle Jan 10, 2015 Prem W 2-0 Started 1 0 3 3 1 1 0 0
Chelsea H - Watford Jan 4, 2015 FAC W 3-0 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Tottenham Jan 1, 2015 Prem L 5-3 Started 1 0 3 2 3 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Southampton Dec 28, 2014 Prem D 1-1 Started 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - West Ham Dec 26, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Started 1 1 6 1 1 2 0 0
Chelsea A - Stoke Dec 22, 2014 Prem W 0-2 Started 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Chelsea A - Derby Dec 16, 2014 CC W 1-3 Unused Substitute
Chelsea H - Hull Dec 13, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Started 1 0 3 1 4 1 1 0
Chelsea H - SP Lisbon Dec 10, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Started 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
Chelsea A - Newcastle Dec 6, 2014 Prem L 2-1 Started 0 0 5 2 1 1 1 0
Chelsea A - Sunderland Nov 29, 2014 Prem D 0-0 Sub-Off 75 min 0 0 2 0 1 2 1 0
Chelsea A - Schalke Nov 25, 2014 UCL W 0-5 Sub-Off 65 min 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
Chelsea H - West Brom Nov 22, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Sub-Off 83 min 1 0 4 3 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Liverpool Nov 8, 2014 Prem W 1-2 Sub-Off 89 min 1 0 5 2 3 0 1 0
Chelsea A - NK Maribor Nov 5, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 6 2 1 0 0 0
Chelsea H - QPR Nov 1, 2014 Prem W 2-1 Started 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Spain A - Luxembourg Oct 12, 2014 ECQ W 0-4 Sub-Off 82 min 1 0 7 4 1 0 1 0
Spain A - Slovakia Oct 9, 2014 ECQ L 2-1 Started 0 0 1 1 6 2 1 0
Chelsea H - Arsenal Oct 5, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Started 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0
Chelsea A - SP Lisbon Sep 30, 2014 UCL W 0-1 Started 0 0 3 1 0 4 0 0
Chelsea H - Aston Villa Sep 27, 2014 Prem W 3-0 Sub-Off 80 min 1 0 5 4 0 3 0 0
Chelsea A - Man City Sep 21, 2014 Prem D 1-1 Sub-Off 85 min 0 0 2 1 3 3 1 0
Chelsea H - Schalke Sep 17, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Sub-On 73 min 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Chelsea H - Swansea Sep 13, 2014 Prem W 4-2 Sub-Off 71 min 3 0 5 4 1 1 0 0
Spain A - France Sep 4, 2014 Int L 1-0 Sub-Off 66 min 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0
Chelsea A - Everton Aug 30, 2014 Prem W 3-6 Started 2 0 4 4 2 0 1 0
Chelsea H - Leicester Aug 23, 2014 Prem W 2-0 Sub-Off 79 min 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Chelsea A - Burnley Aug 18, 2014 Prem W 1-3 Started 1 0 2 1 3 0 1 0
Spain A - Australia Jun 23, 2014 WC W 0-3 Unused Substitute
Spain H - Chile Jun 18, 2014 WC L 0-2 Sub-Off 63 min 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Spain H - Netherlands Jun 13, 2014 WC L 1-5 Sub-Off 61 min 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards