Diego Costa

  • Costa, Hazard inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over Leicester City 3 hours 35 minutes ago

    London: Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored in the second half as Chelsea finally broke down Leicester's stubborn resistance for a 2-0 victory in the Premier League on Saturday. The newly promoted visitors had threatened a major upset until Costa controlled a deflected pass from Branislav Ivanovic in front of goal...
  • Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea's 3-1 win at Burnley 4 days ago

    Burnley: New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday. Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during the close season, was influential throughout the game, having a...
  • Atletico Madrid sign goalkeeper Oblak from Benfica July 16, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid has bought Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak from Benfica with Thibaut Courtois' future likely at Chelsea. Atletico announced the transfer, depending on the standard medical, on Wednesday with the 21-year-old Oblak agreeing to a six-year deal. The 1.86-meter (6-foot-1) Oblak has similar features to Courtois, who helped Atletico...
  • Striker Diego Costa signs five-year Chelsea contract July 15, 2014

    London: Spain striker Diego Costa has completed his move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea announced on Tuesday that Costa signed a five-year contract, two weeks after the London club agreed to meet the player's reported buyout clause of 38 million euros ($52 million). Costa scored 35 goals last season to help...
  • As it happened: Brazil vs Netherlands, third-place play-off July 13, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the third-place play-off match between Brazil and Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Neymar has urged his Brazil team-mates to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany by beating the...
  • Chelsea sign Costa from Atletico Madrid July 1, 2014

    Chelsea have signed Spain World Cup striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Stamford Bridge club said in a statement on Tuesday. The transfer fee was not disclosed but Costa's buyout clause at Atletico was about 40 million euros ($54.56 million). Costa featured in Spain's failed campaign at the World Cup and...
  • Spain's Diego Costa sees his future at Chelsea June 20, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Defending champions Spain's early exit from the World Cup has left striker Diego Costa pondering a move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. The Brazilian-born Costa said that his future is at Chelsea, reports EFE. Costa's remarks came after the defending champions' 0-2 defeat by Chile in the World...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain's reign not merely on the wane, it's over June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane - it was over. But this was no hard luck story. No tale of near misses, or if onlys. It was a 90-minute clubbing of a once-mighty empire. Of red-shirted men who had...
  • World Cup 2014: How the big names performed in the opening round in Brazil June 18, 2014

    As the first round of matches of the group stage come to a close we take a look at the stars who were supposed to dazzle in Brazil. Neymar: He is one of the most exciting young footballers in the world, and at the age of 22, has already become somewhat of...
  • World Cup 2014: Hot favourites, underdogs, top players June 12, 2014

    The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup is all set to begin with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia in the competition's opening game at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. As the clock ticks down to the kick off the month-long extravaganza, sport finally seems to...
  • If Spain tinker, Diego Costa ready for football World Cup chance June 11, 2014

    Brazil: If Spain decide to tinker with the possession-based system that has given them so much success, striker Diego Costa is ready. Even if the World Cup champions don't change their style, that suits the Brazilian-born forward just fine too. Costa said Tuesday he has fully recovered from a nagging hamstring injury...
  • Diego Costa looks healthy as Spain tops El Salvador 2-0 June 8, 2014

    Landover: Diego Costa's hamstring withstood 74 minutes on a hot and humid afternoon just six days before Spain open the defense of their World Cup title. He showed bursts of speed, jostled with defenders and drew a penalty when he was the knocked to the ground by the goalkeeper. On Sunday,...
  • Scolari made picking Spain over Brazil easy: Diego Costa June 8, 2014

    Washington: Spain striker Diego Costa says Brazil coach Felipe Scolari's indifference made it easier to decide to play for his adopted country than his homeland at the World Cup. Costa says he never received a phone call from Scolari about playing for Brazil, while Spain coach Vicente del Bosque "is the...
  • Spain's Costa denies he was offered World Cup chance with Brazil June 7, 2014

    Spain striker Diego Costa has refuted Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's claims that he contacted him over playing the World Cup for the host nation. The Brazil-born forward chose to represent Spain, where he plays his club football with Atletico Madrid, and made his debut for the team in a friendly...
  • Diego Costa not hampered by injury in training June 2, 2014

    Spain striker Diego Costa did not appear to be slowed by injury in training on Monday as the defending World Cup champions prepared for their final international friendly before heading to Brazil. All 23 players took part in the training session ahead of Saturday's match against El Salvador in Washington. Costa...
  • Costa hopeful of comeback against El Salvador in friendly ahead of WC June 1, 2014

    Madrid: Striker Diego Costa is hopeful of playing some part in Spain's friendly against El Salvador next weekend as he battles to be fit in time for the World Cup. The Atletico Madrid player, who has chosen to play for Spain ahead of his native Brazil, has been struggling with various...
  • Spain gamble on Costa in 23-man World Cup squad May 31, 2014

    World Cup holder Spain included Diego Costa in its 23-man squad for Brazil despite lingering worries over a leg injury to the striker. Costa has been hobbled for weeks by a right thigh muscle problem, but coach Vicente del Bosque is prepared to gamble that the Atletico Madrid forward will...
  • Diego Costa has hamstring tear, out for 15 days May 27, 2014

    Madrid: A doctor treating Diego Costa for a hamstring injury said the striker has a muscle tear that needs to be reassessed in 15 days, raising doubts about his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad. Pedro Guillen of the Cemtro clinic told the Cadena Cope radio station on Tuesday that...
  • We have enough backup if Diego Costa injured: Vicente del Bosque May 27, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is hopeful Diego Costa will recover from a leg muscle injury in time to feature at the World Cup but believes the world and European champions have plenty of backup if he doesn't make it. Forward Costa, who plays his club football with Atletico Madrid, has...
  • Atletico Madrid bid to outwit Real Madrid in Champions League final May 24, 2014

    Atletico Madrid have a chance in Saturday's Champions League final not only to claim their debut European crown but to deny their loathed and vastly wealthier neighbours Real Madrid a record-extending 10th. Atletico have already outperformed this season in securing a remarkable La Liga triumph, shattering the domestic dominance of Real...
  • Atletico Madrid still waiting on Diego Costa, Arda Turan fitness May 24, 2014

    Atletico Madrid are still sweating on the fitness of Diego Costa and Arda Turan and a decision on whether they can play in Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid has not yet been taken, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday. Costa, Atletico's top scorer, and playmaker Arda limped out of...
  • Diego Costa, Arda Turan back in training before Real showdown May 23, 2014

    Forward Diego Costa and playmaker Arda Turan were back in training with their Atletico Madrid team mates on Thursday, suggesting they will be fit for Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid. Costa, Atletico's top scorer, and Arda, a key component of the team's attacking play, limped out of last weekend's...
  • Factbox: Key Champions League final head-to-heads May 22, 2014

    Key head-to-heads in Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Real players listed first: Iker Casillas v Thibaut Courtois A clash of youth and experience. Courtois, 22, may be a more complete goalkeeper, with his extra height giving him an advantage with crosses, but 33-year-old Casillas has shown on...
  • Ronaldo confident of fitness, Costa seeks miracle ahead of Champions League final May 21, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is certain he will finally shake off his muscle problems and be able to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League football final on Saturday. Ronaldo again set the alarm bells ringing when he pulled up during his warm up ahead of the last Primera...
  • Diego Simeone won't rule Diego Costa out of Champions League final May 19, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says it's still too early to rule Diego Costa out of the Champions League final despite striker's chances of playing looking slim. Costa limped off early in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Barcelona that clinched Atletico's first Spanish league title in 18 years, and the club...
  • Believer Simeone never doubted Atletico's title win May 18, 2014

    Barcelona: The fighting spirit Atletico Madrid have shown all season meant coach Diego Simeone never doubted they would come from behind to draw 1-1 against Barcelona and claim a first La Liga title for 18 years, the Argentine said on Saturday. Barca needed to beat Atletico in a final-day showdown to...
  • As it happened: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga title decider May 17, 2014

    La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes as Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp. ...
  • Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa set to start against Barcelona May 16, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says striker Diego Costa has recovered from a hamstring injury and will start against Barcelona on Saturday in the Spanish league title decider. Costa missed Sunday's 1-1 draw against Malaga but will return with Atletico on the verge of winning its first league title in...
  • Few surprises in Spain's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad May 20, 2014

    Spain's preliminary 30-player squad for the World Cup featured few surprises, with Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa included in the team. The defending champions sent their preliminary list to FIFA on Tuesday, with coach Vicente del Bosque to announce the final 23-man squad on May 25. Costa leads the attack, with Atletico Madrid...
  • Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa doubtful for Malaga game May 9, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa looks certain to miss Sunday's La Liga game at home to Malaga after a scan showed he has a thigh-muscle injury. Atletico's top scorer this season with 27 goals in La Liga and eight in the Champions League, Costa was unable to train with his...