2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Manuel DA COSTA

Age
33
Height
187.0 cm
Date of Birth 06 May 1986
International Caps
30
International Goals
2

Born in France to a Portuguese father and Moroccan mother, Manuel da Costa chose the Atlas Lions over A Seleção das Quinas in 2014, and has since developed into one of the mainstays of the squad. In competition with Romain Saiss for the second centre-back berth, alongside the unassailable Medhi Benatia, the tall, aerially powerful defender, who also poses an attacking threat at set-pieces, has put in consistent performances whenever his services have been called upon.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed a somewhat nomadic club career, turning out in France (with Nancy), the Netherlands (PSV Eindhoven), Italy (Fiorentina and Sampdoria), England (West Ham United), Russia (Lokomotiv Moscow), Portugal (Nacional), Greece (Olympiacos) and Turkey (Sivasspor and Istanbul Basaksehir).