Diego Costa

Biography of Diego Costa

Diego Costa was born on October 7, 1988 in Lagarto, part of the smallest Brazilian state Sergipe. He started football in Sao Paulo, where played at an amateur Barcelona club from his childhood.

First steps in professional career

Costa moved to Europe, invited by the Portuguese Braga in early 2005. He signed his first professional contract with them after half a year. The footballer continued to play for the U-team the first season. The situation did not change the next season. So Diego expressed his wish to play on loan in order to get the game practice at an adult level. The temporary home for him was Portuguese average team Penafiel in Segunda. The striker played 13 matches and scored 5 goals there for half a year.

Contract with Atletico Madrid

Atletico de Madrid managers noticed the promising youngster and he signed a contract with Colchoneros. Nevertheless, he immediately went back on a loan to Braga, played there half a year and made his debut in the UEFA Cup. The forward played next full season in Celta in the Segunda. He took part in 30 matches and scored 6 goals for a year. Diego Costa also played on loan in the Segunda during 2008/2009 season, but this time in Albacete. He managed to help the team avoid eliminating to the lower division (35 matches, 10 goals).

Atletico wanted to get goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo from Valladolid in the summer of 2009, and decided to give Costa on loan as part of the deal. The Valladolid striker played 34 games and scored 8 goals for the season, but it did not help the team to stay in the Primera. In such a way Atletico Madrid managed to return the Brazilian to their ranks and paid only €1 million.

Costa in EURO Cups and national tournaments

Diego Costa began playing regularly in the team in all tournaments with Colchoneros and mainly appeared on the field in the second half as someone’s substitute. He played 39 matches in national tournaments and EURO Cups, scored 8 goals in total in the season 10/11. Everybody expected Costa to become the first team forward next season, but fate brought a difficult test into his career. The football player got a severe knee injury in the pre-season training camp and couldn’t play for almost half a year. Atletico gave him on loan to the capital’s Rayo Vallecano after recovery, where he gained health after illness very quickly. Costa scored 10 goals in 16 games. The Bees managed to stay in La Liga mainly due to his productive and reliable game.

Key forward of Diego Simeone

The footballer has already become the main forward of Diego Simeone team since the beginning of the season 2012/2013. He scored 20 goals in different tournaments in 44 games within that season. He helped his team win the King’s Cup and became the best scorer in the tournament. Diego also received the national championship bronze medal.

Breakthrough of the Brazilian playmaker

The next season was a real breakthrough for the Brazilian, who had already got the Spanish citizenship. He won gold medals with the team in the Liga BBVA and became one of the championship top scorers. Costa lost only a few scored goals to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. And it is well known nobody has been able to compete with them in the forwards’ race for several years before. Colchoneros also reached the King’s Cup semi-final, having lost in the Madrid’s Derby to the Whites. But the most important thing happened later.

Atletico stopped a step away from winning the Champions League, where they lost in the dramatic final to the same Real Madrid. Diego Costa was brilliant at that tournament and stayed the main Colchoneros hope to win the title. Unfortunately, his injury at the very start of the match left the Brazilian out of the game already on the 9th minute of the final match.

Transfer to Chelsea

Most European great teams wanted to see Diego Costa in their ranks at the beginning of the 2014/2015 season. But one should have paid a fortune in order to get him, as the striker had had a valid contract with Atletico until 2018. Chelsea, London was the hardest in his intentions to get him. They paid €38 million release fee for Atletico and signed with the player a new contract with nice financial conditions until the summer of 2019. Diego Costa has already spent a pre-season training camp with his new team, settled in the new team quickly and began to work out the money invested in him by the club.

First results with the Blues

He made his debut for the Blues in the Premier League in a match against Burnley on August, 18. Costa scored that match as well as  to Leicester later on. Diego notched with a double in the away match against Everton. So, Costa already made a hat-trick to Swansea net in the 4th round and pleased fans at the Stamford Bridge. Although Diego didn’t surprise with some special results in the debut games for the Londoners in the Champions League.

Career in the Brazil National Team

Diego Costa was summoned by Louis Felipe Scolari to the national Brazilian team in mid-March 2013. He played two friendly matches against Italy and Russia. However, the footballer received an invitation to the Spanish national team soon, as he had citizenship of the country.

Spanish citizenship and Furia Roja

The player made a difficult choice in favor of Furia Roja. He asked FIFA to allow him to play for the Spanish national team and refused to play for his native country. Costa made his debut for the Spaniards in a friendly match with Italy on March 5, 2014 and played a full match. He went to the World Championship in Brazil in the summer of the same year, but couldn’t help his team avoid failure. So he was forced to watch the World Cup as a spectator after the group’s stage, having played only two matches. Our footballer notched with the first scored goal for Furia Roja to Luxembourg net in the qualifying tournament for Euro-2016 on October 12, 2014.