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Manuel Da Costa

Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi (born 6 May 1986 in Saint-Max), known as Manuel da Costa, is a Portugal football (soccer) who plays as a centre-back for FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Da Costa was born in France, but qualifies to play for Portugal national football team, through Manuel Da Costa parents (born from a Portuguese father and a Morocco mother).

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Manuel Da Costa biography


Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi (born 6 May 1986 in Saint-Max), known as Manuel da Costa, is a Portugal football (soccer) who plays as a centre-back for FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Da Costa was born in France, but qualifies to play for Portugal national football team, through Manuel Da Costa parents (born from a Portuguese father and a Morocco mother).

Club career

AS Nancy

Da Costa began Manuel Da Costa career at Ligue 1 club AS Nancy. As well as Manuel Da Costa ten appearances in Ligue 1 in the 2005–06 season with Manuel Da Costa debut coming in January – da Costa scored a memorable individual goal to help Nancy defeat Le Mans UC72 in the French League Cup semi-finals. Nancy went on to lift the trophy and qualify for the UEFA Cup.

PSV

Aft er rejecting offers from FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Newcastle United F.C., Manuel Da Costa opted to play in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven, where the glamour of Champions League football caught Manuel Da Costa 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 Manuel Da Costa 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. Manuel Da Costa played Manuel Da Costa first Champions League match on 12 September 2006, in a 0–0 home draw against Liverpool F.C..

Fiorentina

On 29 January 2008, it was confirmed by PSV that an agreement had been reached on the transfer of da Costa to ACF Fiorentina, subject to a medical.

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, Manuel Da Costa agreed for a loan move to U.C. Sampdoria till the end of the season.

West Ham United

In August 2009 Manuel Da Costa signed a three-year contract with English side West Ham United F.C., for an undisclosed fee, as part of a deal that took Savio Nsereko to Fiorentina. Da Costa made Manuel Da Costa debut for West Ham in their 3–1 away defeat in the Football League Cup to Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 22 September 2009. Manuel Da Costa league debut arrived on 28 September 2009 in a 3–1 defeat at City of Manchester Stadium to Manchester City F.C.. Manuel Da Costa scored Manuel Da Costa first goal for West Ham against Hull City A.F.C. in a 3–3 draw at the KC Stadium on 21 November 2009. Da Costa left West Ham in June 2011. Manuel Da Costa had played 35 games in all competitions scoring four goals including two against Stoke City F.C. and one against Everton F.C..

Lokomotiv Moscow

In June 2011 Manuel Da Costa left West Ham to join Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee after West Ham were relegated from the Premier League.

International career

Da Costa had never played for Portugal national football team but Manuel Da Costa was called up for 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying matches in October, November 2006 and March 2007. Manuel Da Costa could have played for France national football team or Morocco national football team but instead joined the Portugal national under-21 football team. Although Manuel Da Costa does not speak fluent Portuguese, da Costa insists that Manuel Da Costa feels Portuguese, and the country's place in Manuel Da Costa heart is Manuel Da Costa reason for choosing Portugal over France.

Manuel Da Costa also represented Portugal at the Toulon Under-20 tournament in May 2006, having resisted calls to play for France, where Manuel Da Costa was born.
In October 2010 da Costa was called up, for the first time, into the Portugal national under-23 football team for a game against Northern Ireland national under-23 football team on 12 October.

Personal life

In January 2011 da Costa was charged with sexual assault and common assault on a woman in a nightclub in Ilford. Manuel Da Costa appeared at Redbridge, London Magistrates' Court on January 25. Manuel Da Costa did not enter a plea and was remanded on bail to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 18 April 2011.
On 18 April Manuel Da Costa pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on a woman in Ilford in October 2010 but admitted one charge of common assault. Manuel Da Costa was released on conditional bail to stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 12 September 2011. On 16 September Manuel Da Costa was cleared of groping a woman in a nightclub. But Manuel Da Costa was fined £1,000 at Snaresbrook Crown Court for slapping her in the face. The judge ordered Manuel Da Costa to pay £250 compensation to the victim.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_da_Costa_(footballer)

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