MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has come out in support of Diego Costa after the Spain striker reportedly refused to practice with the rest of the team.
Costa yet to deliver in return to Atletico Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa was so furious that it was hard to keep him away from the referee.
His teammates tried to contain him. Even his opponents had to intervene.
Costa banned 8 games for allegedly insulting referee
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been suspended for eight games for allegedly insulting a referee, meaning he will not play the rest of the season.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in unstoppable form, Barcelona didn't need much help to stay on course for another Spanish league title.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid...
MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
MADRID (AP) — For quite a while now, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been able to count on some of the best players in the world.
Stars like Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin have...
Atletico’s Costa not fit for 90 minutes against Juventus
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is not fit to play the entire match against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
To take on Ronaldo, Atletico could unleash attacking trio
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort to finally outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be able to call on Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata when his team hosts Juventus in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday, in what will be Ronaldo's first match in Madrid since leaving Real Madrid last year.
Soccer academies offer hope of stardom, demand sacrifice
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A promising goalkeeper who was being monitored by European clubs. A defender who hoped to become a professional player like his cousin. A forward who wanted to follow in the footsteps of international striker Diego Costa.
Each carried similar goals and hopes. Each left family behind to try to make it as a professional player. Each dreamed of one day becoming the next Brazilian soccer star.
Atletico Madrid beats Getafe to move closer to Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Despite being depleted by injuries, Atletico Madrid kept pressure on Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league standings.
Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez scored first-half goals as Atletico defeated Getafe 2-0 on Saturday to move within two points of leader Barcelona, which on Sunday visits Girona.
Diego Simeone's team earned the comfortable home victory even though it was missing injured players such as Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Angel Correa and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion.
Atletico Madrid’s Costa to undergo left foot surgery
MADRID (AP) — Striker Diego Costa will undergo foot surgery and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
Atletico Madrid says Costa will be operated on his left foot this week in Brazil with the supervision of Atletico doctors.
The Brazil-born player had been bothered by the foot injury for a few weeks. He said he wasn't being able to play at full strength because of the injury.
Barcelona scores late, frustrates Atletico Madrid again
MADRID (AP) — Another late goal for Barcelona, another disappointing draw for Atletico Madrid.
For the second consecutive year, Atletico wasn't able to hold on to its lead against Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, missing another chance to end its winless streak against the Catalan club in the Spanish league.
Ousmane Dembele's 90th-minute goal gave Barcelona a 1-1 draw in Madrid on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against Atletico to 17 leagues matches.
Late goal extends Barca’s unbeaten streak against Atletico
MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.
The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.
Sevilla has a chance to move past both clubs if it defeats Valladolid at home on Sunday.
Diego Costa in scoring slump before Atletico hosts Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With his imposing frame, aggressive attitude and talent for scoring difficult goals, Diego Costa has rightfully earned his reputation as a terror for defenders.
But that status is in serious danger after a scoring drought in the Spanish league that dates back to February.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa out with left leg injury
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says striker Diego Costa has been sidelined because of a left thigh muscle injury.
Atletico say tests on Friday confirmed an unspecified injury that forced Costa on Wednesday to be substituted in the second half of the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League.
The club did not say how long Costa will be out of action, but local media said it could be up to three weeks.
Spain depleted for UEFA Nations League game against England
MADRID (AP) — Spain will be without some key players when it hosts England in the UEFA Nations League, including Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Costa.
Spain coach Luis Enrique left all three off on Thursday because of injuries. Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez are also out hurt.
Atletico wins 2-1 at Monaco in Champions League opener
MONACO (AP) — Monaco started its Champions League campaign with yet another home defeat, losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
After losing all three home games in the group stage last season, Leonardo Jardim's side grabbed an early lead against the run of the play with a goal from Champions League debutant Samuel Grandsir.
However, Atletico dominated for long spells and struck back before the interval through goals from Diego Costa and Jose Gimenez.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Players from the Premier League and the Spanish league scored nearly half of the goals at the World Cup in the group stage.
Of the 122 goals in the 48 matches so far, 31 came from players in England's top league and 29 from players in Spain. Four other goals came from players on teams in those country's second division.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent's hat trick in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo," Costa said. "I wish I could be like him."
But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he has the potential be right up there with Ronaldo fighting to be one of the stars of this World Cup in Russia.
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain's 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo.
"It's always a difficult decision," Lopetegui said. "There wasn't anything negative about (Morata). But we thought there were other players in the position who could help us."
LYON, France (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone knows his team must find a way to stop Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet in Wednesday's Europa League final.
Payet is the French league's best passer and helped lead Marseille to its first European final for 14 years, with three goals and seven assists in the competition. So while Simeone highlighted multiple attacking threats in this Marseille team, he clearly views Payet as the most dangerous.
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Marseille advanced to its first European final in 14 years after a goal late in extra-time gave it a 3-2 aggregate win over Salzburg in the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday.
Five minutes after coming on as a substitute, Portuguese defender Rolando volleyed in a corner from captain Dimitri Payet in the 116th minute.
MADRID (AP) — Arsenal's hopes of winning one last trophy under Arsene Wenger ended at the hands of Diego Costa and Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
Costa scored the only goal late in the first half to give Atletico a 1-0 second-leg victory over Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals, advancing 2-1 on aggregate to its fifth European final in nine seasons.
The result also meant Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa could miss the first leg of the Europa League semifinal against Arsenal because of an injury to his left hamstring.
Atletico says the injury was diagnosed after exams on Friday, a day after Costa got injured in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals at Sporting Lisbon.
Costa was substituted in the 52nd minute in a 1-0 defeat. Atletico advanced 2-1 on aggregate.
Morata left out of Spain squad, Diego Costa returns
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata out of the national team squad for friendlies against Germany and Argentina, while Diego Costa was included after returning to action with Atletico Madrid.
Lopetegui said Friday he did not include Morata in his 24-strong squad because he hasn't played much recently, but added that the player still has a chance of making it to the World Cup in Russia.
Morata making the most of his time in the spotlight
Alvaro Morata was only a few weeks into life at Chelsea when some of the vulnerability that has cropped up during his career appeared to strike again.
"They're already killing me," Morata said of his perceived critics following his miss in Chelsea's penalty shootout loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
They were worrying words from a player who was about to start the season as the undisputed No. 1 striker at a top club for the first time.
Atletico says Diego Costa will go back to Spain from Chelsea
MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa will finally reunite with Atletico Madrid.
Atletico and Chelsea announced on Thursday they have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian-born striker to the Spanish club.
Atletico said Chelsea gave the Spain international permission to travel to Madrid in the coming days to take his medical and finalize the contract with his former club.
Zappacosta solo goal, Chelsea routs Qarabag 6-0 in CL opener
LONDON (AP) — Who needs Diego Costa when you have Davide Zappacosta?
On his full Chelsea debut, the wing back announced himself to Stamford Bridge in spectacular fashion with an audacious solo goal eclipsing anything the exiled striker Costa has produced in west London.
Costa omitted from Chelsea’s Champions League squad
LONDON (AP) — Diego Costa has been left out of Chelsea's squad for the group stage of the Champions League amid uncertainty over the striker's future.
Philippe Coutinho was included in Liverpool's squad, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the forwards in Manchester United's group even though he is currently injured and might not be available until the knockout stage.
Clubs fight back against player power in European soccer
Alexis Sanchez was about to play in a crucial World Cup qualifying match for Chile in Santiago when he learned his potential transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City had fallen through.
Philippe Coutinho played — and scored — for Brazil in Porto Alegre while likely knowing his dream move to Barcelona from Liverpool was not going to happen.
Riyad Mahrez left the Algerian national team's training camp in Sidi Moussa in a bid to tie up a transfer from Leicester that never materialized.
Fabregas, Morata lead Chelsea to 2-0 win over Everton
LONDON (AP) — Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata guided Chelsea to a 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday as the Premier League champions further banished memories of their opening-day loss.
Fabregas put Chelsea in front after 27 minutes and Morata headed in a second goal before halftime.
Everton offered little to show that it could win at Chelsea for the first time in the league since 1994, a run which now spans 23 matches.
Conte laughs off Costa comments, says striker is ‘the past’
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea manager Antonio Conte laughed off Diego Costa's suggestion that he was being treated like a criminal and said Friday the striker is "the past."
The English soccer season started last weekend but Costa is currently in his native Brazil, after claiming he was told in a text message sent by Conte during the offseason that he was not wanted at Chelsea anymore.
Conte frustrated as Chelsea launches title defense in EPL
Antonio Conte missed out on two of his top transfer targets, saw a key player sold against his wishes, and feels the current Chelsea squad is ill-equipped to handle the addition of the Champions League to its schedule.
No wonder the Italian coach cuts a frustrated figure heading into the start of Chelsea's Premier League title defense.
LONDON (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on in the English Premier League, which starts on Friday.
Antonio Conte ignited the first managerial feud of the season when he said that Chelsea must avoid "a Mourinho season" as the champions seek to defend their Premier League title.
Conte was referring to Chelsea's implosion under Jose Mourinho during the 2015-16 season when the Portuguese was fired before the halfway point as the team failed to defend its title.
LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on Friday and is set to take over from Diego Costa as the main striker for the English champion.
Chelsea announced the signing of the Spain international without giving a fee. He signed for five years.
Costa was one of Chelsea's key players in its run to the Premier League title last season. But he said last month that he was told by coach Antonio Conte he wasn't wanted for the coming season.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United and Chelsea appear to need a striker. Manchester City has a shortage of full backs. Arsenal's transfer plans could hinge on whether Alexis Sanchez stays.
With six weeks to go until the Premier League begins, English soccer's top clubs are gearing up for preseason training and in the process of reshaping their squads in what is set to be another offseason of heavy spending.
BEIJING (AP) — China will effectively double the cost for its clubs to buy foreign football players in a move aimed at slowing the influx of pricey overseas stars and encouraging homegrown talent.
Unwanted by Chelsea, Diego Costa shines with Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Diego Costa isn't letting an uncertain future damage his current performances for Spain.
The Chelsea striker scored what proved to be Spain's winner to secure a 2-1 victory at Macedonia on Sunday that kept it top of its 2018 World Cup qualifying group.
The goal came after Costa said Wednesday — following Spain's home friendly against Colombia — that Chelsea coach Antonio Conte had told him via text message that he didn't want him on his team next season.