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 during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Marko Suler: 'I wanted to play against Diego Costa'
Maribor defender Marko Suler says that he was relishing the challenge of playing against Diego Costa in this week's Champions League match against Chelsea.
20:26
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) celebrates scoring with teammate Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic during the English Premier League football match against Swansea on September 13, 2014
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic wary of Maribor
Nemanja Matic believes that Chelsea should "be very careful" when they come up against Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Oct 20, 13:39
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates alongside Branislav Ivanovic as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2014
Chelsea striker Diego Costa to miss Maribor clash
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirms that Diego Costa will sit out Tuesday's visit of Maribor in the Champions League through injury.
Oct 20, 12:53
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his, and their third goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the The Etihad Stadium in Manchester,
Joe Hart: 'Sergio Aguero rubbish in training'
Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart does not mind if hitman Sergio Aguero is "useless" in training providing the Argentine continues doing the business on the field.
Oct 20, 00:41
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his, and their third goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the The Etihad Stadium in Manchester,
Sergio Aguero: 'Three points more important than goals'
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero insists that the three points were more important than his four goals in the 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Oct 19, 14:14
The Chelsea team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 on September 17, 2014
Preview: Chelsea vs. Maribor
Sports Mole takes a closer look at Chelsea's upcoming Champions League encounter against Slovenian side Maribor.
Oct 19, 12:19
Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Sunderland at St Mary's Stadium on October 18, 2014
Graziano Pelle aiming to maintain goalscoring form
Six-goal Southampton hitman Graziano Pelle aims to maintain his impressive goalscoring record throughout the entirety of his debut Premier League season.
Oct 19, 00:54
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Jose Mourinho criticises Spain, confirms Diego Costa's Champions League absence
Jose Mourinho criticises the Spanish national team after Diego Costa was forced to sit out Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Crsytal Palace through injury.
Oct 18, 18:14
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
Result: Chelsea still unbeaten after win at Crystal Palace
Premier League leaders Chelsea maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in a match which finished 10-a-side at Selhurst Park.
Oct 18, 16:53
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar celebrates scoring the opening goal during tthe English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in south London on October 18, 2014
Half-Time Report: Two red cards in feisty opening 45 minutes between Chelsea and Crystal Palace
Chelsea lead Crystal Palace 1-0 at the break thanks to Oscar's early free kick, while two red cards are shown shortly before half time.
Oct 18, 15:50
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on prior to kick-off in the Champions League semi-final first leg match against Atletico Madrid on April 22, 2014
Jose Mourinho hails Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas signings
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hails the singings of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
Oct 18, 14:58
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Team News: Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle not included in Chelsea squad
Diego Costa is left out of Chelsea's matchday squad for their trip to Crystal Palace.
Oct 18, 14:05
Fernando Torres #9 of AC Milan celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and AC Milan at Stadio Carlo Castellani on September 23, 2014
Fernando Torres: 'Jose Mourinho wanted me to stay'
Fernando Torres claims that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wanted him to stay at Stamford Bridge and that Diego Costa's arrival pushed him toward the exit.
Oct 17, 23:49
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Diego Costa doubtful for Crystal Palace trip'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals that striker Diego Costa is a doubt for his side's trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Oct 17, 12:48
Jose Mourinho of Chelsea gives out instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2014
Live Coverage: Jose Mourinho's weekly Chelsea press conference
Sports Mole brings you live coverage of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of the team's trip to Selhurst Park.
Oct 17, 12:15
A dejected John Terry of Chelsea reacts after opening the scoring with an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on March 29, 2014
Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the London derby between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park, where the hosts will seek a repeat of last year's Premier League win.
Oct 16, 18:57
Newcastle player Papiss Cisse celebrates after scoring the first Newcastle goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2014
Fantasy Football advice: Week Eight
Sports Mole looks ahead to the eighth weekend of Premier League action from a Fantasy Football point of view.
Oct 16, 14:22
Loic Remy of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2014
Loic Remy ready to challenge Diego Costa for starting spot
Chelsea striker Loic Remy says that he joined Chelsea in the summer to become a better player over time.
Oct 15, 07:10
Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 17, 2014
Man City's David Silva: 'It won't be easy for Chelsea to win the Premier League'
Manchester City's David Silva does not believe that Chelsea will 'easily' win the Premier League this season, despite the strength of their squad.
Oct 14, 07:01
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates alongside Branislav Ivanovic as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2014
Vicente del Bosque pleased for Diego Costa
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque praises Diego Costa after the Chelsea forward broke his international duck in last night's 4-0 win over Luxembourg.
Oct 13, 15:16
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Diego Costa relieved to end Spain drought
Diego Costa says that he is relieved to end a six-game goal drought and net his first goal for Spain.
Oct 13, 00:06
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
Result: Spain cruise to victory over Luxembourg
Spain record a comfortable 4-0 win over Luxembourg in their Euro 2016 qualifier.
Oct 12, 21:38
Spain's David Silva celebrates after scoring during the Group C Euro 2016 qualifying football match Luxembourg vs Spain at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg, on October 12, 2014.
Half-Time Report: Spain in control at the break
Spain take a 2-0 lead in at half time against Luxembourg in their Euro 2016 qualifier.
Oct 12, 20:33
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Team News: Diego Costa, David de Gea and David Silva all start for Spain
Diego Costa, David Silva and David de Gea all start for Spain as they are hosted by Luxembourg.
Oct 12, 19:14
Spain's David Silva celebrates after scoring during the Group C Euro 2016 qualifying football match Luxembourg vs Spain at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg, on October 12, 2014.
Live Commentary: Luxembourg 0-4 Spain - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the Euro 2016 qualifier between Luxembourg and Spain, which the away side won 4-0.
Oct 12, 18:45
Spanish forward Diego Costa (L) vies with French midfielder Blaise Matuidi (R) during the friendly football match France vs Spain, on September 4, 2014
Paco Alcacer backs Diego Costa to score for Spain
Spain forward Paco Alcacer is backing teammate Diego Costa to score his first international goal in the near future.
Oct 11, 15:03
Juraj Kucka (C) of Slovakia celebrates his goal during Euro 2016 qualifing football match between Slovakia and Spain in northern Slovak town of Zilina on October 9, 2014
Match Analysis: Slovakia 2-1 Spain
Sports Mole dissects the action as Slovakia shock Spain 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group C qualifier in Zilina.
Oct 9, 22:25
Juraj Kucka (C) of Slovakia celebrates his goal during Euro 2016 qualifing football match between Slovakia and Spain in northern Slovak town of Zilina on October 9, 2014
Result: Slovakia record shock win against Spain
Slovakia inflict a first qualifying loss on Spain in eight years as Miroslav Stoch's late header snatches them a shock 2-1 Group C win at the Stadion MSK Zilina.
Oct 9, 21:38
Robert Mak of Slovakia celebrates scoring a goal for Ukraine during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier football match Ukraine vs Slovakia in Kiev, on September 8, 2014
Half-Time Report: Slovakia take shock lead against Spain
A Juraj Kucka goal gives Slovakia a shock 1-0 lead over Spain in their Euro 2016 qualifier at the Stadion MSK Zilina this evening.
Oct 9, 20:34
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Team News: Diego Costa starts for Spain in Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia
Chelsea striker Diego Costa starts up front for Spain in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia.
Oct 9, 18:57
Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013
Branislav Ivanovic: 'Chelsea can still improve'
Branislav Ivanovic insists that there is more to come from Chelsea following their impressive start to the new campaign.
Oct 9, 05:59
Atletico Madrid's Koke celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Malaga during their La Liga match on January 4, 2013
Koke: 'Time was not right to leave Atletico Madrid'
Koke insists that he does not regret his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer and claims that the La Liga champions can continue to get better.
Oct 8, 15:50
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Vicente del Bosque backs Diego Costa to improve for Spain
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque backs Diego Costa to start performing for his adopted country at international level.
Oct 8, 13:02
Spain teammates David Silva and Diego Costa during a game with Chile on June 18, 2014
Video: Spain surprise Diego Costa with birthday cake after Chelsea hit man turns 26
Chelsea's Diego Costa receives a surprise birthday cake from his Spain teammates after turning 26 years old.
Oct 8, 11:56
Paco Alcacer celebrates with David Silva after scoring Spain's 2nd goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C Qualifier between Spain and FYR of Macedonia at Estadio Ciutat de Valencia on September 8, 2014
Preview: Slovakia vs. Spain
Sports Mole peers ahead to Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Group C as defending champions Spain travel to Slovakia.
Oct 7, 16:47
Radamel Falcao of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2014
New strikers: How have they fared in the Premier League?
Sports Mole reflects on how 10 strikers that joined Premier League clubs during the summer have fared so far this season.
Oct 7, 08:34
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014
Diego Costa: 'Jose Mourinho didn't stop me from joining up with Spain'
Diego Costa insists that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho didn't try to stop him from joining up with the Spain squad due to his recent injury problems.
Oct 7, 06:10
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea is closed down by Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match on October 5, 2014
Jack Wilshere: 'Arsenal can learn from Chelsea'
Jack Wilshere claims that a lack of killer instinct in the final third will cost Arsenal their shot at glory unless they rectify it.
Oct 7, 00:29
Diego Costa of Chelsea is congratiulated by teammate Willian of Chelsea after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 27, 2014
Diego Costa hoping to open Spain account
Chelsea forward Diego Costa wants to open his account for Spain in the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg.
Oct 6, 15:30
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa at Villa Park on October 4, 2014
Premier League in numbers: Week 7
Sports Mole looks back over the seventh round of Premier League matches with a selection of facts and figures.
Oct 6, 11:42
Champions League
Championship
League One
7.45pm
Barnsley
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Notts County
7.45pm
Bristol City
vs
Bradford
7.45pm
Colchester
vs
Chesterfield
7.45pm
Crawley
vs
Walsall
7.45pm
Crewe Alexandra
vs
Peterborough
7.45pm
Doncaster
vs
Leyton Orient
7.45pm
Gillingham
vs
Preston
7.45pm
MK Dons
vs
Fleetwood Town
7.45pm
Oldham
vs
Coventry
7.45pm
Port Vale
vs
Scunthorpe
7.45pm
Sheff Utd
vs
Yeovil
7.45pm
Swindon
vs
Rochdale
League Two
7.45pm
Accrington
vs
Hartlepool
7.45pm
AFC Wimbledon
vs
Plymouth
7.45pm
Cambridge
vs
Cheltenham
7.45pm
Carlisle
vs
Burton Albion
7.45pm
Exeter
vs
Wycombe
7.45pm
Luton
vs
Dag & Red
7.45pm
Morecambe
vs
York City
7.45pm
Newport County
vs
Southend
7.45pm
Northampton
vs
Oxford Utd
7.45pm
Portsmouth
vs
Stevenage
7.45pm
Shrewsbury
vs
Bury
7.45pm
Tranmere
vs
Mansfield
Conference Premier
7.45pm
Barnet
vs
Braintree Town
Scottish Challenge Cup
Scottish Championship
7.45pm
Falkirk
vs
Livingston
Scottish League Two
7.30pm
Annan
vs
Arbroath
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