Diego Costa to Play for Spain Over Brazil: Reports

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 29, 2013 Updated: October 29, 2013

Diego Costa, a Brazilian footballer, reportedly decided to play for Spain.

Goal.com reported that the striker will play international for Spain after an “international tug-of-war.”

Costa plays for Atletico Madrid and reportedly rejected a call from Brazil, where he was born.

He was granted Spanish nationality earlier this year.

In March, he was called up for the Brazilian national team against Italy.

The Spanish football federation says Diego Costa has asked the Brazilians “not to call him” to play, leaving him free to join the world champions.

The Spanish federation says national coach Vicente del Bosque plans to select Diego Costa for friendlies in Angola on Nov. 15 and in South Africa on Nov. 19.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.