Diego Costa

Position: Striker
Team: Spain
Born: October 7, 1988 (age 26)
Hometown: Lagarto, Brazil
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Nationality: Spanish
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: Cesc Fabregas returns for Chelsea against Derby County
Cesc Fabregas comes back into the Chelsea starting lineup for their League Cup quarter-final against Derby County.
Dec 16, 18:55
David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool on December 14, 2014
Premier League in Numbers: Week 16
Sports Mole reflects on the 16th round of Premier League matches with a selection of facts and figures from each of the 10 fixtures.
Dec 16, 12:02
Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla chips the ball as he scores their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 13, 2014
Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out the 11 most impressive players from the 16th round of Premier League fixtures.
Dec 16, 10:55
Referee Chris Foy shows Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa a yellow card for simulation during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge in London on December 13, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'I can't believe Diego Costa cards'
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho reveals his dismay at the number of yellow cards being handed out to striker Diego Costa in the Premier League.
Dec 14, 23:16
Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge in London on September 21, 2013
Jose Mourinho: "Honest" Gary Cahill did not dive
Jose Mourinho defends the "honest" Gary Cahill against claims that the Chelsea defender dived in the 2-0 win over Hull City.
Dec 13, 20:26
Eden Hazard of Chelsea (10) celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on December 13, 2014
Eden Hazard: 'Hull City win will bring us confidence'
Eden Hazard says that Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Hull City can give them the "confidence" needed to stay top of the Premier League.
Dec 13, 17:55
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: 'Chelsea are a clean side'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims that his side are "clean" following controversy over alleged diving in their 2-0 Premier League win against Hull City.
Dec 13, 17:39
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: 'Chelsea performance just good enough'
Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea's performance in beating 10-man Hull City 2-0 was "just good enough" to secure the three Premier League points.
Dec 13, 17:36
Eden Hazard of Chelsea (10) scores their first goal with a header during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on December 13, 2014
Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
Sports Mole rates the performances of the players involved during Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
Dec 13, 17:34
Eden Hazard of Chelsea (10) celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on December 13, 2014
Match Analysis: Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
Sports Mole casts a closer eye over Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
Dec 13, 17:08
Diego Costa of Chelsea shoots past Alex Bruce of Hull City to score their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on December 13, 2014
Result: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa goals ensure Chelsea stay top
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa hand Chelsea a 2-0 victory over 10-man Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
Dec 13, 16:51
Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech during a game against a Thailand XI on July 17, 2013
Team News: Petr Cech makes first Premier League start of season for Chelsea against Hull City
Petr Cech makes his first Premier League start of the season for Chelsea against Hull City as he replaces the injured Thibaut Courtois.
Dec 13, 14:19
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Swansea in the Premier League match on April 13, 2014
Live Commentary: Chelsea 2-0 Hull City - as it happened
Find out how Chelsea were able to overcome Hull City by two goals at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of Sports Mole's live text updates.
Dec 13, 14:00
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
Jose Mourinho: 'Diego Costa lacking confidence following goalless run'
Jose Mourinho claims that he is happy with Diego Costa's performance against Sporting Lisbon in midweek, despite seeing his striker go four games without a goal.
Dec 12, 08:43
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
Report: Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea on a free transfer
Chelsea are to offload Fernando Torres on a free transfer this January if AC Milan cancel the striker's two-year loan deal, according to reports.
Dec 11, 21:46
Despondent Chelsea players look on as their unbeaten record in 2014-15 ends against Newcastle United in the Premier League on December 6, 2014
Preview: Chelsea vs. Hull City
Sports Mole previews the clash between Chelsea and Hull at Stamford Bridge as the hosts look to reply to their first loss of the season in their last Premier League outing.
Dec 11, 15:40
Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on November 1, 2014
Fantasy Football advice: Week 16
Sports Mole looks ahead to the 16th week of the Premier League for a Fantasy Football point of view.
Dec 11, 13:48
Chelsea's German striker Andre Schurrle celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G football match at Stamford Bridge in London on December 10, 2014
Match Analysis: Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon
Sports Mole looks back at Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.
Dec 10, 22:28
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 set for shock Chelsea return?
Former Blues striker Fernando Torres is rumoured to be on the verge of an unlikely return to Chelsea.
Dec 10, 20:00
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
Team News: Six changes for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho rings the changes for his side's Champions League encounter at home to Sporting Lisbon.
Dec 10, 18:43
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 stars hand out Christmas gifts to sick children in hospital
Chelsea's first-team stars, including Diego Costa and John Terry, hand over Christmas gifts to a group of ill children in hospital during their annual trip.
Dec 10, 11:23
Chelsea's English defender John Terry passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on October 5, 2014
Chelsea to rest key trio for Sporting Lisbon clash
Chelsea trio John Terry, Willian and Eden Hazard are to be rested for the visit of Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.
Dec 9, 13:18
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
Preview: Chelsea vs. Sporting Lisbon
Sports Mole gazes ahead to Wednesday night's Champions League group game as already-qualified Chelsea take on Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge.
Dec 9, 13:07
West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Swansea City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London on December 7, 2014
Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week
Sports Mole selects the 11 most impressive players from the 15th round of Premier League fixtures.
Dec 9, 10:56
Wilfried Bony of Swansea City celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on October 25, 2014
Wilfried Bony on the move? Three Premier League suitors
Sports Mole picks out three Premier League clubs that would benefit from signing Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony in January.
Dec 8, 12:08
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
Jose Mourinho: 'Diego Costa needs to improve condition to rediscover form'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Diego Costa needs to "improve" his fitness in order to return to his prolific form in front of goal.
Dec 8, 06:56
Diego Godin of Atletico de Madrid jumps, celebrating scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Valladolid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 15, 2014
Why Manchester United should stump up £28.5m for Diego Godin
Sports Mole discusses Manchester United's reported £28.5m move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.
Dec 7, 10:48
Papiss Cisse of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on December 6, 2014
Match Analysis: Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Newcastle's 2-1 victory over league leaders Chelsea at St James' Park.
Dec 6, 15:19
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
Team News: Diego Costa returns for Chelsea against Newcastle United
Diego Costa is back in the Chelsea starting lineup for their trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Dec 6, 11:58
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: 'Diego Costa to start against Newcastle United'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirms that striker Diego Costa will return to the starting lineup for the game against Newcastle United.
Dec 5, 14:27
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 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference.
Dec 5, 13:45
Newcastle United's Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England, on December 2, 2014
Papiss Cisse: 'Newcastle United ready for Chelsea'
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse believes that the team are ready for a "very hard game" against Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Dec 5, 11:47
Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal with Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on December 3, 2014
Preview: Newcastle United vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Newcastle and table-topping Chelsea at St James' Park, where the Blues have lost on their last two visits.
Dec 5, 10:38
 Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on December 2, 2014
Sports Mole's Premier League Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out the most impressive performers during the 14th round of Premier League fixtures.
Dec 4, 11:13
Steven Taylor of Newcastle controls the ball during the Pre Season Friendly match between Rangers and Newcastle United at Ibrox Stadium on August 06, 2013
Steven Taylor: Newcastle United will not copy Sunderland's "defensive" tactics
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor believes that his side are in for a "completely different" test against Chelsea compared to what rivals Sunderland faced.
Dec 4, 08:28
Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal with Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on December 3, 2014
Jose Mourinho proud of Diego Costa-less Chelsea
Jose Mourinho hails his Chelsea team for proving that they are not overly reliant on talisman Diego Costa after beating Spurs 3-0.
Dec 4, 00:56
Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal with Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on December 3, 2014
Jose Mourinho hints at Didier Drogba coaching role
Jose Mourinho hints that Didier Drogba could continue on at Chelsea in a coaching capacity once his contract expires this summer.
Dec 4, 00:15
Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on December 3, 2014
Match Analysis: Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Chelsea's convincing 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Dec 3, 22:18
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 "really happy" with Chelsea win
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he is "really happy" with his team's performance and result against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Dec 3, 22:05
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
Team News: Didier Drogba starts for Chelsea
Didier Drogba comes in for suspended striker Diego Costa for Chelsea's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Dec 3, 19:12
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