Manuel Da Costa Loaned to Nacional

Manuel Da Costa – Lokomotiv to Nacional (loan)

Portuguese central defender Manuel Da Costa has joined Liga Zon Sagres side Nacional on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow. Costa did not play in to Slaven Bilic’s first-team plans at the Russian club, and is now searching for regular playing time in Portugal, which he will undoubtedly get. Da Costa moved from West Ham in June 2011, and enjoyed a relatively successful first season at the club, most notably scoring two against Zenit.

Manuel Da Costa Double Sinks Zenit

Manuel Da Costa scored a brace in Lokomotiv Moscow’s 4-2 win over Zenit on Saturday. A Zenit side featuring Danny and Bruno Alves went into the locker room ahead 2-0 at the interval, but the game changed soon after. Obinna and Caicedo, both of whom were picked up in the off-season, scored to level the scores at 2-2. The scoreline didn’t stay that way for very long, however, as Manuel Da Costa leaped above Zenit’s goalkeeper to nod the ball into the net. Da Costa furthered Zenit’s pain when he smartly dove in for the header at the backpost from a corner kick. Such a comeback is rarely seen in football, especially against such a team as Zenit, and Manuel Da Costa will have to take some of the credit. Da Costa moved from recently-relegated West Ham to the Russian side this summer, and has since settled in just fine, as evidenced with his showing this weekend.


Portuguese Abroad – 4/4/10

Overall it was about as mediocre as it gets for Portuguese players playing abroad. The highlights were Tiago and da Costa scoring for their respective clubs.


1-Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea – Paulo Ferreira and Deco started for the blues, with the latter substituted out in the 82nd minute. Both Bosingwa and Ricardo Carvalho are out injured for Chelsea, so it goes without saying that they did not make an appearance. Nani substituted in for United on 72 minutes, and assisted Macheda’s goal.

2-Bolton 0-1 Aston Villa – Vaz te not included in the Bolton squad as he is still playing for the reserves.

3-Portsmouth 0-0 Blackburn – Ricardo Rocha played a full match for Portsmouth.

4-Everton 2-2 West Ham – Manuel da Costa played full match and scored a goal for the Hammers.


5-Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Werder Bremen – Hugo Almeida played a full match for the Bremen.

6-Koln 0-3 Hertha BSC – Maniche and Petit played a full match for Koln.

7-Hamburger SV 0-0 Hannover – Sergio Pinto played a full match for Hannover.


1-Inter 3-0 Bologna – Quaresma nowhere to be seen

2-Atalanta 2-0 Siena – Brandao nowhere to be seen


1-Zaragoza 2-0 Malaga – Duda played a full match for Malaga, with Helder Rosario nowhere to be seen. Eliseu also played a full match for Zaragoza.

2-Valladolid 0-2 Villareal – Pele suspended for Valladolid, so he didn’t play, but Sereno played a full game for them.

3-Almeria 1-1 Mallorca – Nunes played a full match for Mallorca, with Bruno China nowhere to be seen.

4-Valencia 3-0 Osasuna – Manuel Fernandes played a full match for Valencia.

5-Racing Santander 0-2 Real Madrid – Pepe still out for Madrid, with Ronaldo playing a full match and scoring a penalty.

6-Atletico Madrid 3-0 Deportivo – Both Tiago and Simao started for Atletico, with the latter being substituted out in the 86th minute. Tiago also scored his first league goal since 2006! Ze Castro was nowhere to be seen for Deportivo.


7-Saint Etienne 2-0 Le Mans – Joao Paulo played full match for Le Mans.

8-Valenciennes 1-0 Lille – Ricardo Costa substituted in for Lille in the 86th minute.

9-Marseille 1-0 Lens – Marco Ramos played a full match for Lens

10-Boulogne 1-1 Toulouse – Paulo Machado played the first 74 minutes for Toulouse.

Boa Morte Nearing West Ham Return, da Costa Settling in

Portuguese international Boa Morte is nearing the final stages of his injury recovery. The winger suffered cruciate ligament damage in the pre-season, and is hoping to be fit for the remainder of West Ham’s season, as they battle out of the relegation zone.

West Ham teammate and fellow Portuguese Manuel da Costa scored today in The Hammer’s 2 all draw with Everton. Since joining in August, the defender has settled in nicely, and I wouldn’t be surprised if an international call-up is relatively imminent.