DOUGLAS COSTA PROFILE


BIOGRAPHY

Douglas Costa de Souza
born 14 September 1990 in Sapucaia do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, commonly known as Douglas Costa or simply Douglas, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

On 10 January 2010 he signed a 5 year contract with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk for €6 million. He made his competitive debut in a Europa League tie in a 2–1 defeat at Fulham's Craven Cottage and made his home debut the following week in the 2nd leg of the tie. His first season with Shakhtar wasn't what he might have expected, he started a couple of matches, but most of his goals came as a substitutes scoring for consecutive games to bring Shakhtar victories. This season he has scored 5 league goals for the Ukrainian giants.

The 2009 South America Youth Championship winner was a much sought after prospect before his rather surprising move east to the Brazilian colony at Shakhtar last winter. A subdued first six months at the club has segued into a more productive second half of 2010. His explosive turn of pace and very skillcu has used him on both wings, with his ability to cut inside from the right providing an ancillary goal threat. Still a little inconsistent, but revelling in the liberal attacking environment that Lucescu has created in Donetsk.


He has been linked with a number of big clubs for the summer transfer window including Liverpool, Manchester City and their rivals Manchester United.


PLAYER DETAILS
Full name: Douglas Costa de Souza
Date of birth: September 14, 1990
Place of birth: Sapucaia do Sul, Brazil
Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)
Playing position: Attacking midfielder

Club information
Current club: Shakhtar Donetsk
Number: 20

Youth career
2001–2002 Novo Hamburgo
2002–2008 Grêmio

Senior career
2008–2010 Grêmio 28 (2)
2010– Shakhtar Donetsk 40 (10)

National team
2009 Brazil U-20 12 (4)

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