Dino da Costa
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|Date of birth||1 August 1931|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|1960–1961||→ Fiorentina (loan)||30||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A prolific and effective centre-forward, he began his football career in his native country with Botafogo (1948-55), for whom he scored 36 goals from 51 appearances in the Campeonato Carioca, winning the top-goalscorer award in 1954, with 24 goals, and the league title in 1948, forming a notable attacking partnership with Vinício. He later moved to Italy, where he played for a number of clubs in Serie A. He made his Serie A debut on the 18th September 1955, against Vicenza, with Roma, for whom he scored 71 times in 149 appearances between 1955-1961, also winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup with the club in 1961, and winning the Capocannoniere Award during the 1956-57 season as the Serie A top goalscorer, with 22 goals. Alongside Roma legend Francesco Totti, he is the joint all-time top scorer in the Rome Derby in official competitions, with 11 goals, and 12 including friendly matches.
During his time with Roma, Da Costa also played for Fiorentina on loan during part of the 1960-61 season, during which he won the Coppa Italia, the European Cup Winners' Cup, and the Coppa delle Alpi. After returning to Roma briefly during the following season, he moved to Atalanta (1961-63), where he won his second Coppa Italia in 1963, later moving to Juventus Juventus (1963-66), under Heriberto Herrera, where he won his third Coppa Italia title in 1965. He also played for Verona in Serie B (1966-67), and Ascoli in Serie C (1967-68), at the end of his career. Following his professional footballing career, he also served briefly as a coach in the lower divisions.
Despite being born in Brazil, Da Costa played once at senior international level for Italy, scoring his only goal in a 2–1 defeat to Northern Ireland, on the 15th January 1958; the defeat meant that Italy had failed to qualify for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, finishing second in their group, behind Northern Ireland, by a single point.
- Campeonato Carioca: 1948
- Coppa Italia: 1962-63
- Coppa Italia: 1964-65
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