Douglas Costa Biography

Mon 19 April 2021 | 10:30

A detailed look at Douglas Costa biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Douglas Costa is a professional player who is currently playing as a winger for Bayern Munich football club and Brazil National team. He is currently a Juventus player, on a loan spell with the Bavarians. Over the past decade, Douglas Costa has proven to be among the best in his position. A graduate of Gremio youth academy, Douglas Costa made a name for himself first by his impressive performances for Ukraine giants,

Shakhtar Donetsk


Costa spent five years with Shakhtar and won many trophies including a domestic treble in the 2010-11 season. Since 2015, Costa has been playing for Bayern Munich and Juventus. He was a Bayern player first and went on loan to Juventus. Then he became a


player and went on loan to Bayern Munich.

Douglas Costa has had very successful spells with both teams. He won two Bundesliga and three Serie A titles, respectively. Costa has been a player for Brazil national team both at the youth and senior level. He represented his country in the 2015 Copa America and the 2018 World Cup.

As of March 20, 2021 Douglas Costa has scored 65 goals and has provided 97 assists in 432 matches during his professional career. He has played 22 games for

Bayern Munich

in the 2020-21 season, registering 1 goal and 3 assist to his name. Stay tuned to read more about

Douglas Costa biography

and professional life.

All You Need to Know about Douglas Costa Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Douglas Costa biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Douglas Costa Information

We will start our article on Douglas Costa biography with some of his general information including

Douglas Costa life story

, physical stats, personal info and footballing information. Stay tuned to read more about Douglas Costa bio.

Douglas Costa Bio

  • Full Name:

    Douglas Costa de Souza

  • Nickname:

    the Flash

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Douglas Costa Physical Stats

  • Weight:


  • Height:

    1.72 m (5 ft.7 in)

  • Eye Color:


  • Hair Color:


Douglas Costa Football Information

  • Position:


  • Jersey Number:

    11 at Juventus and 7 with Brazil national team

  • Professional Debut:

     4 October 2008

Douglas Costa Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    14 September 1990

  • Birth Place:

    Sapucaia do Sul, Brazil 

  • Zodiac Sign:


  • Nationality:


Douglas Costa Early Life

In this section of our article about Douglas Costa biography we will present you with the most interesting facts about Douglas Costa childhood and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Douglas Costa date of birth is at the 14th day of September, 1990. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with the famous Spanish goalkeeper, Oier Olazabal who is also born on September 14.

Douglas Costa nationality

is Brazilian. He was born into a football-loving family from Sapucaia do Sul in Brazil. Like most Brazilians, Douglas Costa's parents were football fans and supported their son on the early stages of his footballing career. According to his parents' interviews, they dreamt of having a footballer son and named him after their idol, Maicon Douglas. Douglas mother later revealed that Douglas tried to play football before he was even born. So his family were sure that their son is going to be a footballer.

Cota's father was once a football player, but decided to pursue a career in mechanics after failing to make it as a professional. He later upgraded himself to an industrial mechanic and this change in his career made it possible for the family to move to ESteio, where Douglas could pursue his dream to become a footballer.

Douglas Costa started playing futsal in his father's work place's courts in ESteio. He impressed right from the start of his footballing journey. His passion for football and his clear talent, persuaded his parents to sign him up for a trial at Novo Hamburgo youth academy when he was 10 years old.

Costa's amazing performances for the academy caught the eyes of Gremio scouts and he was invited for a trial with the Brazilian giants in the following year. Costa passed the trial with ease and impressed his coaches. He stayed at the academy till 2008, when he got called up to the senior team.

One famous story about

Douglas Costa Childhood

is when Gremio decided to loan him to Santa Catarina. Douglas was furious with Gremio's decision and when the two club faced each other in a local tournament, Costa scored twice and eliminated his parent club. After scoring the first goal, Douglas ran to Gremio's manager and shouted "I told you, you should have allowed me to stay"

Douglas Costa most inspiring footballing memory was when Brazil won the 2002 World Cup. He was 12 years old at the time and was at awe of the amazing performances by Brazil in Football's biggest international events.

His footballing idol during his early years was Roberto Carlos, who was magnificent for Real Madrid ad Brazil national team during Costa's childhood.

Douglas Costa was a member of Brazil youth team during his teenage years and shone in the South American U-20 Championship, which Brazil won and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where they ended as runners-up.

In 2008 Douglas Costa was called up to


senior side, which market the start of his professional career at the age of 18.

Douglas Costa Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Douglas Costa profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

Starting his professional career at Gremio

Douglas Costa professional career started in 2008 as he was promoted to Gremio senior side. He scored his first professional goal in his debut, which was a 2-1 win over Botafogo. Despite his young age, Douglas Costa continued to perform at a high level consistently and completed the 2008 season with one goal in six matches.

He stayed at Gremio for another season, before moving to Ukraine to play for Shakhtar Donetsk. According to reports, Sir Alex Ferguson spotted Costa's talent when the Brazilian was at Gremio and wanted to sign him. However, the move never happened as Gremio wanted 21 million Euros and Manchester United never wanted to invest more than 7 million on him.

Overall, Douglas Costa played 30 games for Gremio, registering 2 goals and provided 6 assists along the way.

Reaching the top with Shakhtar Donetsk

In the summer of 2010 it was announced that Douglas Costa has signed a 5 year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk. He made his debut for Shakhtar in in a UEFA Europa League game Fulham, which Shakhtar lost 2–1. He scored his first goal in a 2–1 win against Metalist Kharkiv.

Douglas Costa stayed at Shakhtar for the next five seasons and enjoyed many title-winning campaigns, including the historic treble-winning 2010-11 season. Costa was the league top assist provider in 2013.

In total, Costa scored 38 goals and provided 40 assists in 202 games for Shakhtar.

Moving to Bayern Munich

Costa's amazing performances for Shakhtar attracted the attention of many big European clubs and eventually it was Bayern Munich who secured his signature in a 5 season deal for a fee of 30 million euros. Costa recalled his memories of working with Guardiola in an interview:

"When I arrived at Bayern he asked me: 'How are you? Are you ready to learn how to play football?' Before, I thought the coach's job was just to set up the team. However, with Guardiola it's something different. He is addicted to football and because of that he is a phenomenon."

Costa upgraded his level under head coach Pep Guardiola and won two consecutive Bundesliga titles with Bayern. His best season of his first spell with the Bavarians was the 2016-17 season when he scored 7 goals and provided 9 assists in 34 games.

Italian adventure with Juventus

 In 2017, Costa was loaned for two seasons to Juventus. He was consistently good at his first season on loan and managed to score 6 goals in 47 games. His high quality performances persuaded Bianconeri to make his move permanent in the following season.

Costa stayed with Juventus for the next three season. He won a total of 5 titles with the club, including three Serie A titles. In the summer of 2020, Costa was loaned back to Bayern Munich after scoring 10 goals and providing 21 assists in 103 games.

As of the end of March 2021, Costa has played 22 games with a stats of 1 goal and 3 assists for Bayern Munich across all competitions.  

Douglas Costa current market value is at 12 million Euros. His loan move at Bayern will expire at the end of the season and he has already stated that he prefers to go back to his parent club, where he is under contract until the end of June 2022.

With Brazil youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Costa was a star for the Brazil U-20 team which won the South American U-20 Championship and ended-up as the FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up. He was first called to Brazil National team by Coach Carlos Dunga in 2014. Cota was included in Brazils squad for 2015 Copa America. He scored his first goal for Selecao in Brazil's opener against Peru, which was the winning goal in the injury-time.

Douglas Costa represented his country in the 2018 World Cup. As of March 2021, Douglas Costa has played 31 games for Brazil and has scored 3 goals. His most important goal for the national team was scored against Uruguay in a 2-2 draw at the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

Style of Play

Douglas Costa is known the most for incredible speed, dribbling ability and perfect crosses. He is considered as one of the best wingers of the football world.

The dark side of Douglas Costa's career has been the many injuries he has suffered during the past few seasons. Yet his quality is such that whenever he enters the pitch, he make his mark on the game with explosive runs down the left wing and many assists he provides for strikers.

Despite being criticized often for his lack of finishing in front of the goal, Douglas Costa has scored his debut goals in his debut match for three out of the four clubs he has played in. for Gremio against Botafogo, for Shakhtar Donetsk against Fulham in Uefa Europa League, and for Juventus against Lazio.

Famous as an injury-prone player, Douglas Costa once revealed that retirement has crossed his mind on multiple occasions due to his terrible injury history, but eventually he decided to fight on and come back strong. He has defended his playing style in one of his recent interviews:

"I'm not going to change my style of play because it might bother some people. That is just the way we Brazilians are."

He has also talked about his next career objectives:

"This is in the plan which I have for my career and my life, to one day win the Champions League and the World Cup."


Douglas Costa is considered as one of the best wingers of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his versatility and team play. Despite being a natural winger, Costa has played at five different positions during his career.

Douglas Costa received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances for Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Goal Celebration

Douglas Costa does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. Two of His most memorable goal celebrations were his acrobatic back-flip after his goal or Bayern Munich against Eintracht Frankfurt, and his selfie with the fans after his goal, again for Bayern, against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Douglas Costa outside football

Costa is a family man and he has admitted in interviews that he prefers to spend all his leisure time with his wife and kid.

Douglas Costa is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is @douglascosta.  He has around 6.5 million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is also @douglascosta.

Douglas Costa is also a fan of the tattoo culture and has many tattoos on his skin including two bolts tattooed on the back of both legs as a reminder of how lightning quick he is.

Because of his many injuries, Costa developed an obsession with physical training. He has a strong friendship with his trainer, Lucas Kruel, a Futsal player himself, and is spending many of his free times at his home-based Gym.

Costa is a fan of travelling as well. He has published many photos of himself, accompanied by his girlfriend, Nathalie Felix as the two have explored the sited of UAE, Turkey and many more countries.

Douglas Costa Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on

Douglas Costa biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Douglas Costa immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Douglas Costa was born at 14th day of September 1990, into a middle-class football-loving family from Brazil. His father, Antonio Valmor de Souza was an amateur footballer, and His Mother is known as Marlene Costa de Souza.

Douglas Costa has had a complex relationship with his father. Although he is grateful for all the support he received from his dad during the early days of his career, he has dark memories of him when he was struggling with Alcohol and Drug addictions.

According to Douglas himself, his father told him many times that if he want to become a successful footballer he should never try alcohol, Cigarettes and drugs. Douglas's father eventually quit the harmful habits all together and costa has never tried any of those things because he has seen how destructive they can be. 

Douglas Costa was in a long-term relationship with his teenage sweetheart, a Brazilian model named Luisa Ramos. They started dating in their teenage year's when they Costa was playing in Brazil. Luisa followed Costa to Ukraine after he joined Shakhtar Donetsk. After so many years of relationship the couple decided to get married in 2014. However this turned to be a bad decision as they ended up getting a divorce only one year later. The cause of the divorce has never mentioned by either of them.

In 2020 it was announced that Costa is in a new relationship with Doulas the Brazilian Super model, Natalia Felix, who is also active as a radio jockery. During the Covid-19 pandemic Costa left Italy with his private jet alongside his new girlfriend. Natalia quoted the Bible passage Colossians 3:23 in expressing the need to help those vulnerable in the pandemic.

Any new information about Douglas Costa love life and family will be published here at SportMob. You can also check out our article on

top facts about Natalia Felix

if you want to know more about Douglas Costa's girlfriend.


It is really interesting to know if Douglas Costa has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Douglas Costa religion

is Christianity. He is a devoted Catholic and has stated in many interviews that he is deeply religious and holds the religion close to his heart.

There are no information on Douglas Costa's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Douglas Costa has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

Douglas Costa Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Douglas Costa career statistics both on the club and international level.


Overall, Douglas Costa has played 432 games for 4 clubs (Gremio, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayern Munchen and Juventus). He has registered 65 goals and 97 assists to his name.

Douglas Costa registered 2 goals and 6 assist in Brazil's Serie for Gremio, followed by 29 goals and 30 assists in 141 games for Shakhtar in Ukraine's Primera Liga. He has also registered 6 goals and 18 assists in 78 games at the Italian Serie A and 9 goals and 21 assists in 61 Bundesliga games.

Douglas Costa best season individually was the 2013-14 Season in which he scored 7 goals and assisted further 14 in 39 games for Shakhtar Donetsk across all competitions.

On the international level he has played 31 games for Brazil, scoring 3 goals and assisting 6 times. His most important goal for the national team was against Uruguay 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.


On the international, Douglas Costa career stats shows that he has played 31 games for

Brazil National team

. He was also a member of Brazil U20 and Olympic teams. In total scored 4 goals in 12 matches for Brazil youth teams.

(All the stats are from Trasfermarket.com)

Douglas Costa Honors

We rap up our article on Douglas Costa biography with a look at his honors and achievements. Douglas Costa has won many collective and individual awards. Below is a complete list of Douglas Costa's honors:

With Shakhtar Donetsk

 Ukrainian Premier League (five straight seasons from 2009 to 2014), Ukrainian Cup (three back-to-back titles from 2009 to 2012) Ukrainian Super Cup (2010-2012-2013)

With Bayern Munchen:

Bundesliga (2 straight seasons from 2015-2017), DFB Pokal (2015)

FIFA FIFPro World XI (Fifth team: 2015)

With Juventus:

Serie A (3 back to back titles from 2017 to 2020), Coppa Italia (2017- 18), Italian Super Cup (2017-2018)

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2018- 19 and 2019- 20), Premier League Player of the Month (2 times), FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee (2019)

With Brazil National team:

South American U-20 Championship and FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up (2009)

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