Diego Costa has told the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) that he wishes to represent Spain in international football.
With Costa fulfilling all of FIFAs requirements, he is eligible to play for Spain under Del Bosque. However, a complication has arisen and Del Bosque will not be able to call him up this coming Friday when he gives his 23 man list for the games against Belarus and Georgia. Brazil has delayed submitting the required paperwork to FIFA.
Brazil must submit to FIFA proof that Diego da Silva Costa has never played for the Brazilian national football team in any official match. Diego has already represented Brazil when he made his debut against Italy last February. However, that game was a friendly match, therefore allowing him to keep his options open to Spain.
The Brazilian federation is delaying in submitting the paperwork, because they believe that it is not fair that Diego can represent Spain. Their reasoning is that since Brazil is the World Cup 2014 host, and automatically qualified, they have no official matches to play. The Spanish argument is that Brazil had a chance to call him up during the Confederations Cup, which were official FIFA matches.
With this delay, the Brazilian Federation believes they can try and convince Diego to forget about Spain. Having scored 8 goals in 7 matches, Diego is the league’s top goal scorer along with Messi.
With Diego having already given his “yes” to Spain, will he change his mind?
La Roja or La Canarinha?