Diego Costa

Position: Striker
Team: Spain
Born: October 7, 1988 (age 25)
Hometown: Lagarto, Brazil
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Nationality: Spanish
Referee Mike Dean shows a red card to Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2014
Pablo Zabaleta: 'Diego Costa should have been sent off'
Pablo Zabaleta says that Diego Costa should have been sent off after Manchester City drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Sunday.
20:29
Referee Mike Dean shows a red card to Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2014
Match Analysis: Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea
Sports Mole takes a closer look at Chelsea's 1-1 draw away to Manchester City in the Premier League.
18:34
Manchester City's English midfielder Frank Lampard acknowledges the crowd after scoring his goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on September 21, 2014
Result: Frank Lampard denies Chelsea with late equaliser at the Etihad
Frank Lampard rescues a point for 10-man Manchester City against former club Chelsea as the two Premier League title favourites play out a 1-1 draw.
17:54
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014
Team News: Chelsea make two changes for Manchester City meeting, Diego Costa stats
Jose Mourinho makes two changes to his starting lineup for the visit to face Manchester City, while Manuel Pellegrini rings the changes to his side.
15:55
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
Diego Costa urges Manchester City to "provoke" him
Chelsea striker Diego Costa warns Manchester City that he will score against them if they provoke him at the Etihad Stadium.
09:19
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
Glenn Hoddle: "Diego Costa is the real deal"
Glenn Hoddle feels that Chelsea striker Diego Costa has all the attributes needed to have long-term success in the Premier League.
05:26
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Jose Mourinho defends Diego Costa approach
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels that there is nothing wrong with Diego Costa's approach to the game amid criticism of his style of play.
04:53
Martin Keown looks on prior to the pre-season match between Corby Town and Stevenage at Steel Park on August 2, 2011 in Corby, England
Martin Keown: 'Diego Costa is mixture of Dennis Bergkamp and Didier Drobga'
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that Diego Costa combines the ability of Didier Drogba and Dennis Bergkamp.
Sep 20, 15:13
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
David Silva: 'We can stop Diego Costa'
Manchester City midfielder David Silva insists that his side are capable of shutting down Chelsea forward Diego Costa in their Premier League clash on Sunday.
Sep 20, 02:50
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
Manuel Pellegrini: 'Diego Costa not only Chelsea threat'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that striker Diego Costa is not the only Chelsea player that will test his side this weekend.
Sep 19, 20:24
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
Preview: Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the match between Premier League champions Manchester City and current leaders Chelsea.
Sep 19, 17:59
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 will start against Manchester City'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals that striker Diego Costa will start for his side against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Sep 19, 13:04
Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in west London on February 8, 2014
Live Coverage: Jose Mourinho's weekly Chelsea press conference
Sports Mole brings you live coverage of Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea's match against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Sep 19, 12:15
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
Didier Drogba full of praise for "hungry" Diego Costa
Didier Drogba claims that Diego Costa is exactly what Chelsea needed as they search for success this season.
Sep 19, 05:23
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014
Jose Mourinho concerned over Diego Costa fitness
Jose Mourinho admits that star striker Diego Costa "had a problem" over his fitness having picked up an injury on international duty recently.
Sep 18, 07:30
Schalke's Netherlands striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-1 Schalke 04
Sports Mole assesses who impressed, and who didn't, during Chelsea's Champions League clash with Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 23:23
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 was not fit enough to play'
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits that striker Diego Costa was not in the right condition to play in his side's Champions League clash with Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 22:31
Schalke's Netherlands striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
Result: Chelsea waste chances to win Champions League opener
Chelsea are pegged back by a resilient Schalke 04 in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stage.
Sep 17, 21:44
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
Team News: Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa for Chelsea
Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa in the Chelsea starting XI for tonight's Champions League encounter against Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 18:54
Newcastle manager looks on before kick-off against Manchester City in their Premier League match on January 12, 2014
Premier League weekend: Five talking points
Sports Mole picks out five of the main talking points to have arisen from the latest batch of Premier League matches.
Sep 16, 12:50
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates Ander Herrera (L), Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 1
Premier League in numbers: Week 4
Sports Mole looks back on the most recent round of Premier League fixtures with a selection of statistics from each encounter.
Sep 16, 11:54
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
Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out the 11 Premier League players that impressed us the most during the fourth round of matches.
Sep 16, 10:57
Chelseas Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on September 13, 2014
Pat Nevin expects Chelsea to come out firing against Schalke 04
Pat Nevin believes that Chelsea will come firing out of the blocks when they take on Schalke in their opening Champions League group game on Wednesday.
Sep 16, 08:47
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
Diego Costa hails Chelsea "family"
Diego Costa hails the "family" atmosphere at Chelsea after netting seven goals in his first four games at the club.
Sep 16, 06:44
Liverpool's Jamie Carragher in action against Queens Park Rangers on May 19, 2013
Jamie Carragher praises Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone
Jamie Carragher praises the work conducted by Diego Simeone as Atletico Madrid coach.
Sep 16, 04:01
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
Preview: Chelsea vs. Schalke 04
Sports Mole looks ahead to Chelsea's Champions League group opener against German club Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Sep 15, 16:23
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
Champions League 2014-15: Group G preview
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the teams that make up Group G of this season's Champions League, including Chelsea.
Sep 15, 12:11
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
Jose Mourinho praises Diego Costa character
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praises Diego Costa for playing through the pain barrier in the 4-2 victory over Swansea, following a hamstring complaint.
Sep 15, 09:27
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
Diego Costa hopeful scoring run can continue
Chelsea striker Diego Costa admits that he is determined to continue his excellent start to the season after notching a hat-trick against Swansea City.
Sep 15, 03:45
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
Jamie Redknapp: 'Diego Costa is the complete package'
Former Premier League midfielder Jamie Redknapp says that Chelsea's Diego Costa is the "real deal" following his hat-trick against Swansea City at the weekend.
Sep 15, 01:27
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
Nemanja Matic hails Diego Costa's impact at Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic praises Diego Costa for the form that has seen him score seven goals in four games since his arrival from Atletico Madrid.
Sep 14, 21:15
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on August 18, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Cesc Fabregas is dream teammate for strikers'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that it is "the dream for every striker" to play alongside midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Sep 14, 14:11
Swansea manager Garry Monk looks on prior to kick-off in the Premier League match against Aston Villa on April 26, 2014
Garry Monk taking positives from Chelsea defeat
Swansea City manager Garry Monk praises his players after seeing them lose 4-2 to Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 13, 19:45
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
Jose Mourinho praises Diego Costa form
Jose Mourinho says that Diego Costa's goalscoring form for Chelsea is "not normal" after the striker netted a hat-trick against Swansea City this afternoon.
Sep 13, 18:42
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: 'We could have scored six against Swansea City'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that his side could have scored six goals in their Diego Costa-inspired win over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 13, 18:28
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
Player Ratings: Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City
Sports Mole rates the performances of each of the players involved in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Swansea.
Sep 13, 17:42
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
Alan Shearer: 'Chelsea's Diego Costa is the real deal'
Chelsea forward Diego Costa earns the praise of Premier League legend and former striker Alan Shearer following his match-winning hat-trick against Swansea City.
Sep 13, 17:29
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
Match Analysis: Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City
Sports Mole takes a closer look at Chelsea's Diego Costa-inspired 4-2 victory over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 13, 17:13
Bafetibis Gomis and Jordi Amat of Swansea City celebrate as John Terry of Chelsea scores an own goal for their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2014
Result: Diego Costa hat-trick downs Swansea City
Diego Costa bags a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Swansea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge to maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season.
Sep 13, 16:52
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
Half-Time Report: Late Diego Costa header denies Swansea City advantage
Chelsea hitman Diego Costa heads a late first-half equaliser to hold Swansea to a 1-1 half-time draw at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 13, 15:49
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