Douglas Costa de Souza
Date of birth: 14/9/1990, 18 years old
Place of birth: Sapucaia, Rio Grande do Sul
Height: 1.72 Mts.
Weight: 64 Kgs.
Position: Attacking midfielder
Costa began his football career in the junior teams at Novo Hamburgo
from Rio Grande do Sul. At the ago of 11 he was approached by
Gremio de Porto Alegre, one of the biggest teams in the south of Brazil.
the Gremio youth teams he began to impress not only this coaches, but
also anyone that went to see him in action in the international
Before he had even played a handful of top flight games, Costa was attracting the attention of the big
European clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid,
although Gremio were prepared to protect their rough diamond. A new rule, which means that no Brazilian
player can go abroad until he is at least 18, also played a significant role in
the club’s successful protection of their prodigy.
Costa is a small, but fast and
extremely skilful player, capable of playing anywhere across the
middle of forward line, although, given his physique, he is at his best
when employed just behind the strikers.
He was quickly labelled
'the new Ronaldinho' because of his origins and also because of his
potential. With his magical left foot, he takes on and beats
opponents, places precise passes and sends powerful shots goalwards.
debut in the Gremio first team came on October 10, 2008, in a Brazilian
Championship encounter against Botafogo. He scored a goal in his
team's 2-1 victory.
In 2008, Costa
was named in the Under-19 and Under-20 squads for several different
international tournaments, which is where he began to attract the
attention of several European scouts.
January 20, 2009, he made his official debut for a Brazil team in this
tournament, as the men in gold played against Paraguay. The team may not have performed well
in the next two matches, which were against Bolivia and Chile, but Costa was back
to his best when the Brazilians took on Uruguay and Argentina.
two goals in successive games, Costa then stood-out against old rivals
Argentina, as he came on in the second half and created both goals in
Brazil's 2-0 win.
Gremio have no plans
to cash in on their starlet and Costa has yet to forge a regular place in their
first team squad. That is his next main ambition before looking to
impress in the Copa Libertadores.
In September 2008, he turned
18, which meant that his contract was automatically renewed until 2013
and saw a buy-out clause of €26.5 million included.
club is expected to meet the valuation, but the player's agent, Cesar
Bottega, has explained that "there is room to negotiate."
time being clubs such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid
continue to show interest in the rising star of Brazilian football, but
they are not alone.
According to Bottega, however, Costa would
prefer to play in Spain, as he would adapt quickly, and because of
the climate and the language. The player has, meanwhile, stated that
he is not another Cristiano Ronaldo.
Martin Decaux, Goal.com