Nuno da Costa
Da Costa with Valenciennes in 2017
|Full name||Nuno Miguel da Costa Jóia|
|Date of birth||10 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Praia, Cape Verde|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Forward, Winger|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2020
Raised in France, he began his senior career with Aubagne in the fifth tier before moving to Valenciennes of Ligue 2 in 2015. Two years later he debuted in Ligue 1 with Strasbourg, where he won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2019. In January 2020, he signed for Nottingham Forest.
Da Costa scored on his senior international debut for Cape Verde in June 2016.
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, Da Costa was raised in Portugal from 1993 and began playing with U.R. Mercês in Lisbon. He then moved to Aubagne in southern France, where he started his senior career with Aubagne FC in France's fifth tier.
Da Costa joined Valenciennes FC of Ligue 2 on 3 August 2015, following a season of 14 goals and eight assists. In his first professional season, he scored ten goals, including two on 6 May 2016 in a 4–1 win away to relegated Paris FC. He followed this with nine more in his second year, including a brace in a 3–3 home draw with FC Bourg-Peronnas on 18 November.
On 3 July 2017, Da Costa signed a four-year deal with Ligue 1's RC Strasbourg, replacing Khalid Boutaïb who had left for Malatyaspor. In his first top-flight season he found the net five times, including both goals of a 2–1 win at OGC Nice on 22 October that earned him a place in L'Équipe's team of the week. On 4 November, he was sent off after half an hour of a 2–0 loss at Troyes AC.
Da Costa was an 81st-minute substitute for Lebo Mothiba as they won the 2019 Coupe de la Ligue Final on penalties against EA Guingamp on 30 March. Four days later, he scored twice in a 4–0 win over Stade Reims at the Stade de la Meinau, part of his eight of the season. After that game, former France international Daniel Bravo described Da Costa's goal as "not bad for a black guy" during his beIN Sports punditry; he apologised in person for offence caused to the player, who accepted the apology.
On 29 January 2020, Da Costa joined EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest. The length and cost of the deal was not disclosed. He debuted on 11 February in a 1–0 home loss to Charlton Athletic, playing the last twenty minutes in place of Ryan Yates; days later he was injured in an under-23 game against Crewe Alexandra.
Da Costa made his international debut for Cape Verde on 4 June 2016 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match away to São Tomé and Príncipe. He came on in the 73rd minute for Garry Rodrigues, and six minutes later scored in a 2–1 win.
- As of match played 1 July 2019
|Valenciennes II||2015–16||CFA 2||4||0||—||4||0|
|Strasbourg II||2017–18||National 3||1||1||—||1||1|
- Scores and results list Cape Verde's goal tally first.
|1.||4 June 2016||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe||São Tomé and Príncipe||2–0||2–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- "Nuno Da Costa : Oser rêver, c'est le premier pas vers la réussite" [Daring to dream, that's the first step towards success] (in French). U10. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
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- Pruneta, Laurent (6 May 2016). "Ligue 2: Le Paris FC rate ses adieux, corrigé par Valenciennes (1-4)" [Ligue 2: Paris FC mess up their goodbye, corrected by Valenciennes (1-4)]. Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Gotte, Richard (18 November 2016). "LIGUE 2 Valenciennes trop fébrile pour conclure" [LIGUE 2 Valenciennes too feverish to wrap it up]. La Voix du Nord (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- "Nuno Da Costa (Valenciennes) signe à Strasbourg" [Nuno Da Costa (Valenciennes) signs for Strasbourg]. L'Équipe (in French). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Stratmann, Edward (28 October 2017). "Strasbourg's Nuno da Costa Has Been On A Fascinating Road To Top Flight Football". The Sportsman. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- "Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg) regrette le carton rouge «très sévère» de Da Costa contre Troyes" [Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg) regrets Da Costa's "very strict" red card against Troyes]. L'Équipe (in French). 4 November 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Loisy, Guillaume (30 March 2019). "Vainqueur de la Coupe de la Ligue, Strasbourg grimpe au 7e ciel" [Coupe de la Ligue winners, Strasbourg climb to 7th heaven]. Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- "30e journée de Ligue 1: Festival offensif de Strasbourg contre Reims avec des doublés d'Anthony Goncalves et Nuno Da Costa (4-0)" [30th matchday of Ligue 1: Attacking festival for Strasbourg against Reims with braces from Anthony Goncalves and Nuno Da Costa (4-0)]. 20 minutes (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Rathborn, Jack (4 April 2019). "Daniel Bravo: Former France international describes Nuno da Costa's goal as 'not bad for a black guy' following Moise Kean race storm". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- "Nuno da Costa: Nottingham Forest sign Strasbourg striker for an undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Bonell, Jonny; Wakefield, Mark (14 February 2020). "Da Costa injury latest as Nottingham Forest boss sent message ahead of crucial clash". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- "Nuno da Costa: "A estreia não poderia ter sido melhor"" [Nuno da Costa: "The debut could not have been better"] (in Portuguese). D Tudo 1 Pouco. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Nuno da Costa at Soccerway
- "Jóia, Nuno". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 April 2017.