Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa

Football

Douglas Costa de Souza, born September 14, 1990 in Sapucaia do Sul, Brazil, is a Brazilian international footballer playing as left and right winger at Bayern Munich on loan from Juventus.

Biography

EC Novo Hamburgo (2001-2002)

Costa is a Brazilian player, with Brazilian and Native American origins.

Douglas Costa started football at EC Novo Hamburgo club in 2001.

Grêmio (2002-2010)

He was quickly recruited in 2002 to play in the youth of Grêmio until 2008.

He took part in his first Serie A match against Botafogo FR (2-1) on October 4, 2008 by being the holder, during this match he even scored a goal in the 32nd minute, his only goal so far in the colors of Grêmio.

Costa is a relatively small player, but his liveliness and precision on the ball make him a unique player.

For his first professional season, he scored one goal in 7 appearances.

Chakhtar Donetsk (2010-2015)

On January 7, 2010, he signed a five-year contract with the Ukrainian club Chakhtar Donetsk for € 6 million to own 80% of the player2, thus joining 7 of his Brazilian compatriots: Fernandinho, Jádson, Ilsinho, Luiz Adriano, Willian, Leonardo and Alex Teixeira.

Bayern Munich (2015-2017)

On July 1, 2015, he signed up for five years with Bayern Munich for around 30 million euros3. He receives number 11, left vacant following the departure of Xherdan Shaqiri. The long-lasting injury of the iconic Franck Ribéry4 forced Pep Guardiola to start the Brazilian straight away, without giving him time to acclimatize. Surprising his world, Douglas Costa is quickly decisive, playing as if he had been at the club for years5, and garnering praise from all6,7.

Juventus Turin (since 2017)

Costa is officially loaned for one year to Juventus on July 12, 2017. The cost of the loan is five million euros with an option to buy at forty million8.

On November 25, 2017, Juventus lifted the player’s purchase option9. In May 2018, he scored a goal in the Italian Cup final for a 4-0 victory against AC Milan10.

On June 7, 2018, Costa officially joined Juventus where he signed a four-year contract11.

In the national team

In 2009, he was called up to play in the South American Under-20 Cup where he won the tournament where he scored 3 goals in 8 games.

The same year, Douglas Costa took part in the Under 20 World Cup in Egypt, where he played 4 games to score a goal against Australia. But he failed with his team in the final on penalties against Ghana where he came into play in the 64th minute, however he managed his penalty in the penalty shootout.

The fine performances of Douglas Costa in the Bayern Munich jersey push Dunga to select him more regularly. The winger’s level of play does not weaken under the Seleção jersey, to the delight of his coach, who has in Costa a credible alternative to Willian and Neymar12.

In May 2018, on the strength of his convincing Turin season, Costa was summoned by Tite for the World Cup being played in Russia13. Substitute, he nevertheless stands out in the group stage against Costa Rica by delivering an assist to Neymar which seals a 2-014.15 victory.

Return on loan to Bayern Munich
On October 5, 2020, due to his numerous injuries, Juventus loaned him for a season at Bayern Munich without an option to buy.

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