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Player of the Week - Diego Costa

Player of the Week - Diego Costa

A New Attack

Chelsea's biggest signing of the summer so far is Spanish international, Diego Costa, who has signed for a reported transfer fee of £32 million. Costa has joined The Blues from Atletico Madrid, in Spain, after helping the Madrid team to their first League title in nearly 20 years. Costa will be part of a new-look attack for Chelsea this season. Costa will be joined by Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who, after 2 years away, has moved back to Stamford Bridge from Turkish club, Galatasaray. Costa and Drogba will battle with World Cup winners Fernando Torres and André Schürrle for a place in Chelsea’s starting line up. Two strikers who won’t be lining up for Chelsea this season are Demba Ba, who has signed for Turkish club, Beskitas and Samuel Eto'o, who has also left the club.

What do we know about Costa?

Diego Costa celebrates with new Chelsea teammate, Cesc FabregasDiego da Silva Costa was born in October 1988, and is from a small city called Lagarto in the North East of Brazil. Costa didn't play for a major club as a youth player, and played street football until he was 16 years old. His first major club was Braga in Portugal, which he signed for in 2006. After less than a season with Braga, and a handful of games on-loan for Penafiel in the Portuguese second division, Atletico Madrid bought Costa. He continued at Braga until the end of the 2006/07 season, and was then loaned to Celta Vigo and Albacete in the Spanish second division. In two years with Atletico, Costa didn't make one appearance and in the summer of 2009 was sold to Valladolid. After one season with Valladolid, Atletico bought Costa again. This time Costa was much more successful, and scored 43 goals in only 94 appearances between 2010 and 2014. Costa scores against ChelseaDuring his time with Atletico, Costa won the Spanish League title, the Spanish Cup, the UEFA Super Cup (twice) and won a runners-up medal in the Champions League. In July 2014, Costa was signed by Chelsea.

"It was an easy decision for me to make. We have some of the best players in the world, the best manager in the world and it’s a club with great history"  Diego Costa

Has Costa played against Chelsea before?

Costa helped Atletico Madrid win La LigaStamford Bridge, Chelsea's stadium, will not be totally unfamiliar to Costa because he has played there before. In April 2014, Costa scored the second goal in a 3-1 win for Atletico Madrid, which sent the Spanish side into the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Costa was also on the substitutes' bench when Atletico Madrid beat Chelsea 4-1 in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup. Chelsea fans will be hoping that Costa can score plenty of goals now that he's in a Chelsea shirt.

"The Premier League is difficult and he knows that, he is ready. I don’t think it will be difficult for him to succeed." Jose Mourinho

Which country does Costa play for?

Costa in World Cup action against Aston Villa's Ron VlaarThis is a difficult one. Costa made his international debut for Brazil, the country of his birth, in March 2013 in a 2-2 draw against Italy. In the summer of 2013, Costa was given Spanish nationality and he was called up to the Spanish national team. Because Costa had only played in friendly matches for Brazil, he was still eligible to play for a different national team. Costa had a difficult decision to make. In October 2013, he decided to play for Spain and made his debut the following March. Costa made two appearances, for Spain, at the World Cup in Brazil, but unfortunately Spain didn't perform well and they exited at the group stage. 

What do we think?

Costa has been brought into the Chelsea team for one thing. To score goals! Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals than Costa in La Liga last season, so expect him to be among the top goalscorers in the Premier League this season. He also has a big physical presence and will hold the ball up well for other forward players like Schurrle, Oscar and Hazard to get involved in Chelsea attacks. Will he be the top scorer in the Premier League this season? What do you think?

Diego Costa in pre-season action for Chelsea, Getty.

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Did you know......?

  • Diego Costa scored on his Chelsea debut against Slovenian team, Olimpija Ljubljana.
  • Chelsea have also signed Costa's Atletico teammate, Filipe Luis.
  • Costa will join 4 other Brazilians at Chelsea: Ramires, Oscar, Willian and new signing Filipe Luis.
  • There were 7 Brazilian born players playing for different national teams at Brazil 2014.
  • Costa hasn't scored an international goal for Spain or Brazil.
Costa was Atletico Madrid's top scorer last season, Getty.

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What do you think?

How many goals will Costa score for Chelsea?Is Diego Costa a good signing for Chelsea?

Do you think he will score a lot of goals?

Is Costa the best Premier League signing of the summer?

Will he be Chelsea's top scorer this season?

 

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raulito's picture
raulito
30/07/2014
PE
0
points

I don't know if he is gonna be the top scorer but It's out of the question that he will have great performances.I don't know how far chelsea can get in the champions league or in the premier but this squad is much better than the previous one


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raulito
30/07/2014 19:12
Peru
Chelsea
0

I don't know if he is gonna be the top scorer but It's out of the question that he will have great performances.I don't know how far chelsea can get in the champions league or in the premier but this squad is much better than the previous one

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
2320
points

His first season was fantastic to him


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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:47
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

His first season was fantastic to him

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almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1315
points

vERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!


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almirpereira
26/10/2015 16:46
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

vERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
6882
points

He might be the best scorer in Chelsea.


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aragorn1986
02/11/2015 19:25
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

He might be the best scorer in Chelsea.

nikosonris
17/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I would describe him as a player with a good goal-scoring instinct, but demonstrating a little punchy and provocative style of playing.


nikosonris
17/11/2015 13:29
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I would describe him as a player with a good goal-scoring instinct, but demonstrating a little punchy and provocative style of playing.

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
2320
points

Punchy is new word to me


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:49
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Punchy is new word to me

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
28/11/2015
ME
6882
points

Costa is an amazing player but I have to notice he's not playing on the same level as in Atletico Madrid.


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aragorn1986
28/11/2015 20:21
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Costa is an amazing player but I have to notice he's not playing on the same level as in Atletico Madrid.

nikosonris
04/12/2015
UA
2453
points

I haven't seen much of Diego's playing for Atletico Madrid. Aragorn1986 do you happen to know whether he had any problems with his discipline over there before joining the Blues?


nikosonris
04/12/2015 17:06
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I haven't seen much of Diego's playing for Atletico Madrid. Aragorn1986 do you happen to know whether he had any problems with his discipline over there before joining the Blues?

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
2320
points

He's not good this season, he'll score less than 15 goals. That's my prediction


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:47
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

He's not good this season, he'll score less than 15 goals. That's my prediction

nikosonris
07/12/2015
UA
2453
points

If he keeps on behaving like he does now, he won't score event 10(


nikosonris
07/12/2015 10:13
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

If he keeps on behaving like he does now, he won't score event 10(

assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3433
points

yes he is.


assemjuve
23/02/2016 16:56
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

yes he is.

assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes he will.


assemjuve
23/02/2016 16:57
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes he will.

assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes he will.


assemjuve
23/02/2016 16:57
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes he will.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1750
points

Yes exactly.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:43
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

Yes exactly.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1750
points

Yes I believe he will score lots of goals.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:43
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

Yes I believe he will score lots of goals.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1750
points

he is one of them.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:43
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

he is one of them.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1750
points

yes he will.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:44
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

yes he will.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/06/2016
GH
3735
points

He couldn't score a lot of goals


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/06/2016 07:27
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

He couldn't score a lot of goals

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/06/2016
GH
3735
points

No he isn't the best signing in the epl


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/06/2016 07:27
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

No he isn't the best signing in the epl

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/06/2016
GH
3735
points

He wasn't the top scorer for Chelsea


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/06/2016 07:29
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

He wasn't the top scorer for Chelsea

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Goals

In this article, you will:

• Practise reading.

• Learn all about Chelsea's Spanish star, Diego Costa, and learn some new vocabulary.