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Diego Costa turning his back on World Cup dream: Scolari
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Diego Costa turning his back on World Cup dream: Scolari

Oct 30 2013, 12:48am CDT | by IANS

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 30 (IANS) Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has accused Diego Costa of "turning his back on the dream of millions" by pledging his international future to Spain.

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 30 — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has accused Diego Costa of "turning his back on the dream of millions" by pledging his international future to Spain. Brazil-born Costa has...

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Diego Costa turning his back on World Cup dream: Scolari

Oct 30 2013, 12:48am CDT | by IANS

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 30 (IANS) Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has accused Diego Costa of "turning his back on the dream of millions" by pledging his international future to Spain.

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 30 — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has accused Diego Costa of "turning his back on the dream of millions" by pledging his international future to Spain.

Brazil-born Costa has signed an official document declaring his intention to represent his adopted country, Spain's football federation (RFEF) said on its website Tuesday.

The decision triggered an immediate reaction in Brazil, whose football confederation (CBF) released a statement in which Scolari berated the Atletico Madrid striker, reported Xinhua.

Scolari said the 25-year-old had already been omitted from Brazil's squad to play Chile and Honduras in international friendlies next month.

"A Brazilian player who refuses to wear Brazil's national shirt and take part in a World Cup in his own country has to be automatically deselected," Scolari said.

"He is turning his back on the dream of millions to represent the five-time world champions at the World Cup in Brazil."

Costa, who has lived in Spain since 2007 and holds a Spanish passport, played in two March friendlies for Brazil but remains eligible for Spain due to not having played a competitive international match.

He is the leading scorer in Spain's La Liga with 11 goals from 10 matches so far this season.

Earlier Tuesday, CBF president Jose Maria Marin vowed not to give up on changing the player's mind.

Costa, overlooked for Brazil's triumphant Confederations Cup campaign in June, had been called up for the November friendlies ahead of next week's scheduled squad announcement alongside Daniel Alves, Hulk, Lucas Leiva and Marquinhos.

According to the CBF, the players were named to allow time for visa applications to the US and Canada, where the matches will be played.

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Oct 1 2014 3:51am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

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Chelsea knew they were going to have to survive a good team in Sporting Lisbon and a rowdy environment in Portugal when the two sides met in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday. What they didn't know was that they were going to need to survive their own inability to finish chance after chance, too.In the end, the Blues came away with a 1-0 win, as Nemanja Matic's 34th-minute goal was the difference. But despite taking 15 shots and putting seven of them on target—a ...
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Sep 30 2014 3:36pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Blues are back on track to win Group G after an away win. Chelsea managed to take all three points away to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, though they should have done it much more comfortably than they did. Despite their dominance in creating chances, they only converted once, so their 1-0 victory was in doubt throughout the match. It only took two minutes for Chelsea to destroy the Sport ...
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Sep 30 2014 12:52pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

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Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea XIs: Diego Costa starts & Schurrle is in, Nani plays

Sep 30 2014 12:49pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Back Chelsea at 6/1 to beat Sporting Lisbon – Champions League Special! Click here to Back Chelsea at amazing odds of 6/1!!Sporting Lisbon: Rui Patrício; Cédric, Maurício, Sarr, Silva; João Mário, Carvalho, Adrien Silva; Carrillo, Slimani, NaniChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Salah, Willian, Remy.Diego Costa has been given the green light ...
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Sporting Lisbon vs. Chelsea live stream: How to watch the UEFA Champions League online

Sep 30 2014 11:51am CDT | Source: SBNation

After a surprising home draw against Schalke two weeks ago, Chelsea's top standing in their UEFA Champions League group isn't assured. But the Blues can go a long way towards asserting their dominance by pulling off a win away to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday (2:45 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2). Chelsea are mostly fit, though Didier Drogba will miss out. Diego Costa and Ramires have slight fitness concerns, but both are expected to make the 18-man squad. Sp ...
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