Manuel da Costa (footballer)
Da Costa playing for Lokomotiv
|Full name||Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi|
|Date of birth||6 May 1986|
|Place of birth||Saint-Max, France|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|2009||→ Sampdoria (loan)||2||(0)|
|2009–2011||West Ham United||31||(3)|
|2012–2013||→ Nacional (loan)||16||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:51, 19 February 2014 (UTC).
Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi (born 6 May 1986 in Saint-Max, France), known as Manuel da Costa, is a Moroccan footballer who plays as a centre-back for Sivasspor. He has previously played for Nancy, PSV, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, West Ham United, Lokomotiv Moscow and Nacional and has played for Portugal at Under-21 level.
Da Costa began his career at Ligue 1 club AS Nancy. As well as his ten appearances in Ligue 1 in the 2005–06 season with his debut coming in January – da Costa scored a memorable individual goal to help Nancy defeat Le Mans in the French League Cup semi-finals. Nancy went on to lift the trophy and qualify for the UEFA Cup.
After rejecting offers from Bordeaux and Newcastle United, he opted to play in the Netherlands with PSV, where the glamour of Champions League football caught his eye. The 20-year-old centre-back agreed a five-year contract with the Dutch champions to become new coach Ronald Koeman's second summer signing at €1 million. Da Costa was given the number 14 shirt, and he stated: "It will be a beautiful base to grow and develop with PSV."
Da Costa, after a first season to get acquainted to a new challenge, gradually became more important in Koeman's side in 2007–08, establishing himself as a versatile defender. He played his first Champions League match on 12 September 2006, in a 0–0 home draw against Liverpool.
Da Costa did not manage to make a breakthrough into Fiorentina's first team, making just one appearance in the Italian Serie A. On 30 January 2009, he agreed for a loan move to Sampdoria till the end of the season.
West Ham United
In August 2009 he signed a three-year contract with English side West Ham United, for an undisclosed fee, as part of a deal that took Savio Nsereko to Fiorentina. Da Costa made his debut for West Ham in their 3–1 away defeat in the League Cup to Bolton Wanderers on 22 September 2009. His league debut arrived on 28 September 2009 in a 3–1 defeat at Eastlands to Manchester City. He scored his first goal for West Ham against Hull City in a 3–3 draw at the KC Stadium on 21 November 2009. Da Costa left West Ham in June 2011. He had played 35 games in all competitions scoring four goals including two against Stoke City and one against Everton.
In June 2011 he left West Ham to join Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee after West Ham were relegated from the Premier League. The amount of transfer was 1.5 million euros. According to club president Olga Smorodskaya, Da Costa was bought to replace the team left back Marko Baša who left for French Champions Lille OSC. On 14 August 2011, Da Costa made his debut in Russia against Volga Nizhny Novgorod in a 0–0 draw and also on his debut, he received a yellow card. On 28 August 2011, Da Costa provided assist for Felipe Caicedo to score the only goal in the game to beat FC Kuban Krasnodar 1–0. On 10 September 2011, Da Costa scored a brace and his first goal in Russia to beat defending champion FC Zenit Saint Petersburg 4–2. By the end of 2011/12 season, Da Costa had made 15 appearances after he had established himself in the first team in the second half of the season. He also played in seven of eight games in the UEFA Europa League. However ahead of the new season, Da Costa was used less frequently by new manager Slaven Bilić and his first team opportunities at Lokomotiv Moscow became limited.
On 31 August 2012, Da Costa was loaned to Nacional by Lokomotiv Moscow to receive more playing time in the first team. Despite being Portuguese, it was the first time that Da Costa had signed for a Portuguese team. He had to wait until 23 September 2012 for his debut, in which he scored in a 3–3 draw against Paços de Ferreira. On 28 October 2012, Da Costa received a red card after a second bookable offence in a 2–1 loss against Rio Ave. After the match, Da Costa said that he took responsibility for fouling a player to concede penalty. He also said that he had been settled well at the club. Then on 3 March 2013, Da Costa scored his second goal for the club, in a 2–1 win against Gil Vicente. The next match against Rio Ave, Da Costa, again, sent-off after a second bookable offence in a 1–1 draw. This turned out to be his last appearance, as in the reminder of the season, Da Costa was no longer included in the starting line-up, due to being barred by the club from entering the club's facilities.
Da Costa had never played for Portugal but he was called up for Euro 2008 qualifying matches in October, November 2006 and March 2007. He could have played for France or Morocco but instead joined the Portugal U-21. Although he does not speak fluent Portuguese, da Costa insists that he feels Portuguese, and the country's place in his heart is his reason for choosing Portugal over France.
He also represented Portugal at the Toulon Under-20 tournament in May 2006, having resisted calls to play for France, where he was born. In October 2010 da Costa was called up, for the first time, into the Portugal under-23 team for a game against Northern Ireland under-23 team on 12 October.
In May 2014 Da Costa was named by coach Badou Zaki in the Morocco squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Morocco. On 23 May, he made his debut for the Lions of the Atlas in a 4-0 win against Mozambique.
In January 2011, Da Costa was charged with sexual assault and common assault on a woman in a nightclub in Ilford. He appeared at Redbridge Magistrates' Court on 25 January. He did not enter a plea and was remanded on bail to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 18 April 2011. On 18 April he pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on a woman in Ilford in October 2010 but admitted one charge of common assault. He was released on conditional bail to stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 12 September 2011. On 16 September he was cleared of groping a woman in a nightclub. But he was fined £1,000 at Snaresbrook Crown Court for slapping her in the face. The judge ordered him to pay £250 compensation to the victim.
During his Nacional career in 2013, da Costa was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after the police performed a breathalyzer test on him, which was more than 1.30 g, leading to his arrest in the early morning. In court, da Costa was fined 350 euros and banned from driving for three months, due to driving under the influence of alcohol.
- As of 24 November 2011
- PSV Eindhoven
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- "Manuel da Costa: "He could have avoided expulsion" (in Portuguese:Manuel da Costa: "Podia ter evitado a expulsão")" (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Manuel da Costa may terminate soon" [Manuel da Costa pode rescindir em breve] (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Claudemir renews contract for three more seasons" [Claudemir renova contrato por mais três épocas] (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Boot full of unknowns" [Arranque repleto de indefinições] (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
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- "New Morocco coach Badou Zaki recalls Crystal Palace striker Chamakh". www.afrikansoccer.com. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
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- "West Ham's Manuel da Costa faces sexual assault charge". BBC Sport. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Crown court date for Hammers star's sex assault claims". www.newhamrecorder.co.uk. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "West Ham defender Manuel Da Costa admits nightclub assault on woman". www.dailymail.co.uk. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Ex-West Ham star Da Costa cleared of sex attack at Faces". www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- "Manuel da Costa accused alcohol" [Manuel da Costa acusou álcool] (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
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