Diego Costa

Position: Striker
Team: Spain
Born: October 7, 1988 (age 26)
Hometown: Lagarto, Brazil
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Nationality: Spanish
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Preview: Schalke 04 vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews Chelsea's Champions League trip to Germany to face Roberto di Matteo's Schalke 04.
17:21
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea hugs Eden Hazard of Chelsea after he scored their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Cesc Fabregas plays down Chelsea title talk
Chelsea ace Cesc Fabregas plays down talk of the Blues winning the Premier League by insisting that there is plenty of football still to play.
12:23
Manager Alan Irvine of West Brom looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium on August 23, 2014
Alan Irvine: 'Diego Costa's goal was offside'
West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine believes that Chelsea's first goal in their 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge, scored by Diego Costa, was offside.
Nov 22, 17:55
Referee Lee Mason shows Claudio Yacob of West Brom a red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Chelsea weren't ruthless enough'
Jose Mourinho says that his Chelsea team should have put 10-man West Bromwich Albion to the sword in the 2-0 Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge.
Nov 22, 17:27
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea hugs Eden Hazard of Chelsea after he scored their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Sports Mole rates the performances of the players on show during Chelsea's 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Nov 22, 17:14
Diego Costa of Chelsea scores the opening goal under pressure from Joleon Lescott of West Brom during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Match Analysis: Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Sports Mole casts a close eye over Chelsea's 2-0 home victory at the expense of West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Nov 22, 17:01
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Result: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard fire Chelsea seven points clear
First-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard help Chelsea beat West Brom 2-0 and move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Nov 22, 16:50
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Half-Time Report: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard on target against 10-man West Bromwich Albion
First-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard help Chelsea into a 2-0 lead over West Brom in a first half that also saw Claudio Yacob sent off for the visitors.
Nov 22, 15:46
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates with Loic Remy as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 18, 2014
Team News: Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas start for Chelsea
Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas start for Chelsea for the visit of West Bromwich Albion to Stamford Bridge.
Nov 22, 14:12
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 22, 2014
Live Commentary: Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion - as it happened
Find out how Chelsea overcame West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge with Sports Mole's text updates.
Nov 22, 14:00
Diego Costa of Chelsea and Steven Caulker of Queens Park Rangers chase the ball during the Barclays Premier League match on November 1, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'I won't protect Diego Costa'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that he has no plans to rest striker Diego Costa during the upcoming Christmas period.
Nov 21, 13:00
Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho protests during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 26, 2014
Live Coverage: Jose Mourinho's weekly Chelsea press conference
Follow Sports Mole's live coverage of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion.
Nov 21, 11:45
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster looks on during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Millwall and Southampton at The Den on August 26, 2014
Fantasy Football advice: Week 12
Sports Mole looks at who is on course to deliver points for Fantasy Football owners this weekend.
Nov 21, 08:45
Shane Long #9 of West Brom scores to level the scores at 1-1- during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 9, 2013
Preview: Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion
Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Chelsea and West Brom at Stamford Bridge, where the Baggies came within one minute of victory last term.
Nov 20, 17:40
Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates with his teammates after scoring during a friendly football match Spain vs Germany at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on November 18, 2014
Match Analysis: Spain 0-1 Germany
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the key talking points from Germany's 1-0 victory over Spain.
Nov 18, 22:12
James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's second goal and his second of the game with teammates Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June
Sports Mole's FIFA Puskas Award verdict
Sports Mole ranks the 10 goals that have been nominated for this year's FIFA Puskas Award.
Nov 18, 12:49
Diego Costa of Chelsea looks on with a ripped shirt during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on November 8, 2014
Chelsea legend Johnny Paton: 'Diego Costa would have thrived under Brian Clough'
Chelsea's oldest living former player Johnny Paton says that Brian Clough would have loved to manage Diego Costa.
Nov 16, 22:41
Atletico Madrid's Koke celebrates with team mate David Villa after scoring the opening goal against Barcelona during their Champions League quarter final match on April 9, 2014
Chelsea, Manchester City to meet £48m Koke release clause?
Chelsea and Manchester City steal a march on their rivals in the pursuit of sought-after Atletico Madrid playmaker Koke, according to reports.
Nov 16, 10:55
Spain's national football team players celebrate with the trophy during the award ceremony following the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010
Alvaro Morata: 'Impossible to repeat Spain's success'
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata reveals that the current Spain squad will struggle to emulate the success of recent World Cup and European Championship glories.
Nov 15, 12:03
Head coach Vicente Del Bosque of Spain faces the media during a press conference ahead of their international friendly match against Bolivia at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on May 29, 2014
Spain boss Vincente del Bosque defends Diego Costa after Sergio Ramos criticism
Spain manager Vincente del Bosque comes out in support of Diego Costa after Segio Ramos criticises the Chelsea forward on Spanish radio.
Nov 15, 06:41
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on August 18, 2014
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas 'expected to be fit for West Bromwich Albion clash'
Chelsea are reportedly expecting Cesc Fabregas to be fit enough to face West Bromwich Albion next weekend.
Nov 14, 01:51
Spain's Paco Alcacer celebrates after scoring during the Group C Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Luxembourg and Spain at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg on October 12, 2014
Preview: Spain vs. Belarus
Sports Mole looks ahead to Spain's latest Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus in Madrid this weekend.
Nov 13, 15:08
A dejected Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager applauds the travelling fans following his team's 1-0 defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on March 29, 2014
Combining Jose Mourinho's two Chelsea teams
Sports Mole picks the best 11 players from Jose Mourinho's two stints in charge of Chelsea.
Nov 11, 11:23
Swansea players celebrate after Swansea City's Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (3L) scored an equalising goal during the English Premier League football match against Arsenal on November 9, 2014
Premier League in numbers: Week 11
Sports Mole looks back over the 11th round of Premier League fixtures with a selection of facts and figures.
Nov 10, 11:59
Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on November 8, 2014
Brendan Rodgers impressed by improvement of Emre Can
Brendan Rodgers admits that he was pleased with the performance of Emre Can in Liverpool's defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Nov 9, 19:21
Diego Costa of Chelsea attempts an overhead kick under pressure from Alberto Moreno of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match on November 8, 2014
Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
Nov 8, 15:54
Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool on November 8, 2014
Match Analysis: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield - a result that sent the visitors seven points clear at the top.
Nov 8, 15:17
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal with John Terry of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match on November 8, 2014
John Terry hails "big performances" from Chelsea
Chelsea captain John Terry praises the team's "big performances" in recent weeks following their 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Nov 8, 15:04
Brendan Rodgers the Liverpool manager looks on prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on February 2, 2014
Brendan Rodgers: 'It was a clear, clear penalty'
Brendan Rodgers feels that Liverpool were denied a "clear, clear penalty" in their 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
Nov 8, 15:04
Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool on November 8, 2014
Result: Diego Costa scores winner for Chelsea
Diego Costa scores in the second half to give Chelsea a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
Nov 8, 14:38
Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on November 8, 2014
Half-Time Report: Gary Cahill cancels out Emre Can strike
Gary Cahill gets Chelsea back on level terms after a deflected Emre Can strike gave Liverpool the lead at Anfield.
Nov 8, 13:32
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers arrives for the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 27, 2014
Team News: Brendan Rodgers recalls Bernabeu absentees
The likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli return for Liverpool against Chelsea.
Nov 8, 11:47
Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool on November 8, 2014
Live Commentary: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea - as it happened
Relive Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield as the Blues open up a seven-point gap at the top of the table.
Nov 8, 11:45
Diego Costa of Chelsea and Steven Caulker of Queens Park Rangers chase the ball during the Barclays Premier League match on November 1, 2014
Jose Mourinho grateful for Diego Costa's Spain absence
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits that he is grateful for Spain leaving out striker Diego Costa for their international fixtures next week.
Nov 7, 14:08
Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea looks on during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea at Greenhous Meadow on October 28, 2014
Live Coverage: Jose Mourinho's weekly Chelsea press conference
Follow Sports Mole's live coverage of Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea's match against Liverpool.
Nov 7, 13:45
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Vicente del Bosque explains Diego Costa absence
Spain coach Vincent del Bosque reveals that he sought advice from Chelsea's medical team before deciding to leave Diego Costa out of the national squad.
Nov 7, 12:31
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Chelsea's Diego Costa not included in Spain squad
Diego Costa is left out of Spain's squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus due to his recent injury problems.
Nov 7, 11:49
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27, 2014
Preview: Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, where the Blues won last season in a fatal blow to the Reds' title hopes.
Nov 6, 16:38
Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea looks on during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea at Greenhous Meadow on October 28, 2014
Jose Mourinho: "Referee's team did not have a good night"
Jose Mourinho claims that poor refereeing from an old nemesis cost Chelsea what would have been a "deserved" victory over Maribor in the Champions League.
Nov 5, 22:59
NK Maribor's Arghus reacts after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between NK Maribor and Chelsea in Maribor, Slovenia on November 5, 2014
Result: Jasmin Handanovic heroics deny Chelsea
Eden Hazard misses a penalty as Chelsea slump to a 1-1 draw away at Maribor in the Champions League.
Nov 5, 21:35
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