Diego Costa

Position: Striker
Team: Spain
Born: October 7, 1988 (age 26)
Hometown: Lagarto, Brazil
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Nationality: Spanish
Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen on the touchline during the match against Tottenham on December 4, 2013
Rene Meulensteen plays down Diego Costa absence
Ex-Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen warns Manchester United that Chelsea are still dangerous despite Diego Costa's likely absence.
20:58
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: Mario Balotelli is "insecure"
Manchester City sriker Sergio Aguero labels Mario Balotelli as "insecure" in his new autobiography.
20:18
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
Manchester United's Louis van Gaal expects Diego Costa to line up for Chelsea
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes that Diego Costa will play for Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, despite the striker's recent bout of injury and illness.
18:58
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Preview: Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.
18:27
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: Diego Costa has a "little chance" of return
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that striker Diego Costa has a "little chance" of featuring against Manchester United on Sunday.
13:06
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 Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea's trip to Manchester United.
12:45
Nemanja Matic of Chelsea (21) celebrates with team mate Cesc Fabregas as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against Sporting Lisbon on September 30, 2014
Patrick Vieira: 'Chelsea could stay unbeaten this season'
Patrick Vieira claims that Chelsea have the ability to avoid losing a game in the Premier League this season.
Oct 24, 04:53
Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
Chelsea captain John Terry: 'Didier Drogba still a top player'
Chelsea skipper John Terry backs Didier Drogba to perform against Manchester United this weekend.
Oct 24, 01:56
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
Chelsea's Diego Costa released from hospital following illness
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly released from hospital after being treated for an illness.
Oct 23, 18:17
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,
Preview: West Ham United vs. Manchester City
Sports Mole previews Manchester City's Premier League visit to in-form West Ham United as the champions attempt to respond to another disappointing week in Europe.
Oct 23, 15:50
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on October 18, 2014
Fantasy Football advice: Week nine
Sports Mole looks ahead to the ninth weekend of Premier League action from a Fantasy Football point of view.
Oct 23, 14:03
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
Chelsea's Diego Costa 'forced to spend time in hospital with illness'
Diego Costa is reportedly forced into hospital with an apparent stomach bug, suggesting that the Chelsea striker will miss this Sunday's clash against Manchester United.
Oct 23, 09:21
Loic Remy of Chelsea (#18) pulls up injured after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against NK Maribor on October 21, 2014
Chelsea's Loic Remy hopeful of playing this weekend, despite groin problem
Loic Remy is hopeful that he will be fit to face Man United this weekend, despite Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claiming that the forward should be out with a groin injury.
Oct 22, 13:06
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
Atletico Madrid 'considered Fernando Torres return in summer'
Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Martin admits that they considered re-signing Fernando Torres from Chelsea in the summer before moving for Mario Mandzukic.
Oct 22, 11:36
Loic Remy of Chelsea (#18) pulls up injured after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against NK Maribor on October 21, 2014
Jose Mourinho unfazed by Chelsea striker shortage
Jose Mourinho insists that Chelsea "will not cry" over their striker shortage ahead of this weekend's trip to face Manchester United in the Premier League.
Oct 22, 06:17
Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba scores their second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League, Group G, football match on October 21, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Didier Drogba could start at Manchester United'
Jose Mourinho confirms that Didier Drogba could start against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Oct 21, 23:32
Loic Remy of Chelsea (#18) pulls up injured after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against NK Maribor on October 21, 2014
Match Analysis: Chelsea 6-0 Maribor
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Chelsea's record-breaking 6-0 victory over Maribor in the Champions League.
Oct 21, 22:21
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.
Oct 20, 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
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