Diego Costa

Position: Striker
Team: Spain
Born: October 7, 1988 (age 26)
Hometown: Lagarto, Brazil
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Nationality: Spanish
Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 4, 2014
Eden Hazard: 'Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas easy to play with'
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard admits that it is "easy" to play alongside teammates Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
20:11
Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 26, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Didier Drogba has been fantastic'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praises striker Didier Drogba for his efforts during the absences of Diego Costa and Loic Remy.
14:19
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
Jose Mourinho: Diego Costa needs to be under "special care"
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that striker Diego Costa needs to be under "special care", despite declaring him fit to play against Queens Park Rangers.
12:50
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 available for Queens Park Rangers match'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals that striker Diego Costa is available for their Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
12:34
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
Sports Mole brings you live coverage of Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea's Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers.
12:15
Atletico Madrid's Mexican forward Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Sevilla FC at the Vicente Calderon stadium on September 27, 2014
Raul Jimenez: 'It's difficult to follow past Atletico Madrid strikers'
Raul Jimenez admits that he is feeling the pressure of following the strikers who have enjoyed success at Atletico Madrid in recent years.
Oct 31, 02:35
Rio Ferdinand of QPR and Nikica Jelevic of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014
Preview: Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers
Sports Mole previews the London derby between Premier League leaders Chelsea and 19th-placed QPR, who are pointless on the road this season, at Stamford Bridge.
Oct 30, 16:05
Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal outpaces Wes Brown of Sunderland to score the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on October 25, 2014
Fantasy Football advice: Week 10
Sports Mole looks ahead to the 10th weekend of Premier League action from a Fantasy Football point of view.
Oct 30, 13:17
Spanish forward Diego Costa (L) vies with French midfielder Blaise Matuidi (R) during the friendly football match France vs Spain, on September 4, 2014
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque backs Diego Costa to settle
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes that Diego Costa will start performing at international level sooner rather than later.
Oct 28, 17:33
Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho protests during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 26, 2014
Dominic Solanke: 'It's amazing to work with Jose Mourinho'
Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke believes that working with manager Jose Mourinho will help him to improve.
Oct 28, 09:35
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 boss Jose Mourinho hopeful Diego Costa will be fit to face QPR
Jose Mourinho confirms that Diego Costa's hamstring and groin injuries, not a virus, forced him out of Chelsea's draw with Man United, but is hopeful over his fitness.
Oct 28, 07:18
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league Clasico football match on October 26, 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale make Ballon d'Or 23-man shortlist
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale are included in FIFA's 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.
Oct 28, 06:45
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
Diego Costa: 'Our preparation has been vital to good start'
Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes that his side's good start to the season is down to the hard work he and his teammates have put in off the pitch.
Oct 28, 05:25
Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal gives a thumbs up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 26, 2014
Tactical Analysis: United vs. Chelsea - A tale of two set pieces
Sports Mole analyses the tactics of the game as Chelsea are frustrated by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Oct 27, 19:22
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
Team News: Diego Costa misses out for Chelsea against Manchester United
Chelsea and Manchester United make two changes apiece for their Premier League meeting at Old Trafford, with Diego Costa missing out through injury.
Oct 26, 15:13
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
Jose Mourinho: Didier Drogba can play 'key role' for Chelsea
Jose Mourinho insists that Didier Drogba can play a key role for Chelsea this season if the 36-year-old's schedule is sensibly managed.
Oct 26, 06:46
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Report: Diego Costa expected to start for Chelsea
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly expected to lead the line for the Blues in their clash with Manchester United, despite his recent injury struggles.
Oct 26, 04:17
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is interviewed for British televison ahead of the UEFA Champions League football match between Benfica and Chelsea at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, on March 26, 2012
Glenn Hoddle: 'Manchester United need to attack Chelsea'
Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle believes that Manchester United need to take the game to the Blues in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Oct 26, 04:05
Ji-Sung Park of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on November 6, 2010
Park Ji-sung: Didier Drogba "not the same player"
Park Ji-sung claims that Didier Drogba is not the player he was ahead of Chelsea's visit to Old Trafford.
Oct 25, 14:25
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.
Oct 24, 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 "insecure" in his new autobiography.
Oct 24, 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.
Oct 24, 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.
Oct 24, 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.
Oct 24, 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.
Oct 24, 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
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