Dino da Costa

Dino da Costa (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdiːno da (k)ˈkɔsta];[needs Portuguese IPA] 1 August 1931 – 10 November 2020) was an Italian professional footballer, who played as a central midfielder or striker.[1]

Dino da Costa
Dino da Costa (1963).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1931-08-01)1 August 1931
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death 10 November 2020(2020-11-10) (aged 89)
Place of death Verona, Italy
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1955 Botafogo 51 (36)
1955–1961 Roma 149 (71)
1960–1961Fiorentina (loan) 30 (8)
1961–1963 Atalanta 52 (18)
1963–1966 Juventus 51 (11)
1966–1967 Hellas Verona 31 (5)
1967–1968 Ascoli 10 (0)
National team
1958 Italy 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A prolific and effective centre-forward,[1] he began his football career in his native country with Botafogo (1948–55), for whom he scored 36 goals from 51 appearances in the Campeonato Carioca, winning the top-goalscorer award in 1954, with 24 goals, and the league title in 1948, forming a notable attacking partnership with Vinício.[1][2][3] He later moved to Italy, where he played for a number of clubs in Serie A. He made his Serie A debut on 18 September 1955, against Vicenza, with Roma, for whom he scored 71 times in 149 appearances between 1955 and 1961, also winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup with the club in 1961, and winning the Capocannoniere Award during the 1956–57 season as the Serie A top goalscorer, with 22 goals.[1] Alongside Roma legend Francesco Totti, he is the joint all-time top scorer in the Rome Derby in official competitions, with 11 goals, and 12 including friendly matches.[4]

During his time with Roma, Da Costa also played for Fiorentina on loan during part of the 1960–61 season, during which he won the Coppa Italia, the European Cup Winners' Cup, and the Coppa delle Alpi. After returning to Roma briefly during the following season, he moved to Atalanta (1961–63), where he won his second Coppa Italia in 1963, later moving to Juventus (1963–66), under Heriberto Herrera, where he won his third Coppa Italia title in 1965. He also played for Verona in Serie B (1966–67), and Ascoli in Serie C (1967–68), at the end of his career.[1][5][6]

International careerEdit

Despite being born in Brazil, Da Costa played once at senior international level for Italy, scoring his only goal in a 2–1 defeat to Northern Ireland, on 15 January 1958;[1] the defeat meant that Italy had failed to qualify for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, finishing second in their group, behind Northern Ireland, by a single point.[7]

Managerial careerEdit

Following his professional footballing career, Da Costa also served briefly as a coach in the lower divisions,[1][5][6] and the Vatican's Campionato della Città del Vaticano.[8]


Da Costa died in Verona on 10 November 2020, aged 89. [9]







  • "Da Costa Dino". enciclopediadelcalcio.it. Retrieved 2 October 2012.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "DA COSTA, Dino" (in Italian). Treccani. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Dino Da Costa" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ Varanda, Pedro (15 March 2012). "Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas". RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Roma vs. Lazio: 2-2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b Stefano Bedeschi (1 August 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Dino DA COSTA" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Dino DA COSTA". Il Pallone Racconta. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ "World Cup 1958 Qualifying". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  8. ^ Mattei, Giampaolo. "Lo scudetto vaticano? Ai Gendarmi E per gli Svizzeri "zero tituli"" (in Italian). vatican.va. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. ^ E’ morto Dino Da Costa. In viola fu protagonista della memorabile stagione 1960-61 (in Italian)
  10. ^ "Dino da Costa". Retrieved 12 January 2015.

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