The Brazilian Football Federation has officially called up Diego Costa for Brazil’s upcoming friendlies, with Honduras and Chile in November.
The Selecao play Honduras on 16 November, in Miami, followed by Chile on 19 November, in Toronto. And the CBF have sent a dispatch to the Atlético Madrid striker as well as Dani Alves, Hulk Lucas Leiva and Marquinhos (PSG), players that require visas to enter the USA and Canada.
The forward will now have to make the final decision on his international future. If he decides to play for Spain, he will have to inform FIFA in writing and clearly state that he no longer wishes to play for Brazil.
Only then will Vicente Del Bosque call him up for the friendlies against Angola (15 November, in Luanda) and against South Africa (19 November, in Johannesburg).
Nevertheless, if Diego Costa opts for Spain, Brazil could contest the case before the Players’ Status Committee, and, ultimately, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber, which could delay matters significantly and even stop him from playing at the World Cup.