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SBD Global/October 31, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Brazilian-Born Striker Diego Costa Chooses To Play For Spain Rather Than Brazil In World Cup
Published October 31, 2013
COSTA EXPLAINS CHOICE: In Madrid, AS reported Costa said, "It has been a difficult decision with everything that it means to decide between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything, which is Spain. Spain has given me everything that I have in my life. I feel very appreciated here for everything that I do and I feel the love of the Spanish people." Costa said in regards to the criticism he is receiving from Brazil, "I want the people of Brazil to understand that I am not for one second rejecting Brazil. I don't look at it that way. I just feel valued here [in Spain], where I have made my career. It was a very thought-out decision, but it was not a rejection" (AS, 10/30).
CBF TO APPEAL: In London, Declan Warrington reported the CBF is "expected to appeal against Costa's decision." CBF President JOSE MARIA MARIN "had already described Spain's intention of calling him up as 'illegal'" (DAILY MAIL, 10/30).