Tino Costa

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Tino Costa
Tino Costa 2013.jpg
With Spartak Moscow in 2013
Personal information
Full name Alberto Facundo Costa
Date of birth (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Las Flores, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Spartak Moscow
Number 5
Youth career
1996–2002 La Terrazza
2002–2004 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 RCF Paris 28 (3)
2005–2007 Pau 62 (4)
2007–2008 Sète 29 (3)
2008–2010 Montpellier 66 (15)
2010–2013 Valencia 84 (10)
2013– Spartak Moscow 30 (3)
National team
2011– Argentina 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Alberto Facundo "Tino" Costa (born 9 January 1985) is an Argentine football player currently playing for Spartak Moscow. Costa operates as a midfielder and is known for his technical skill, penalty-taking, his free kick ability and his pin-point passing.

Early career[edit]

Costa, commonly known as Tino, began his career in Argentina playing for local club La Terrazza. At the age of 17, he made the highly risky decision of leaving the country for the island of Guadeloupe to play for Racing Club de Basse-Terre in the Guadeloupe Division d'Honneur. Costa spent two years at the island club helping the club win the league and cup double. He played in the 2004 edition of the Coupe de Guadeloupe final helping his club defeat AS Gosier by a score of 3–1. His great play caught the attention of Racing Club de Paris, who offered the player a trial.[1] Racing, who were playing in the third-tier National, signed the player and Costa played one season for the club appearing in 28 total matches scoring 3 goals. The following season, he joined Pau FC, another club in the National. At Pau, Costa appeared in 39 total matches scoring 4 goals with Pau barely avoiding relegation in both years he spent there.[2] After leaving Pau, Costa joined his third National club in FC Sète. There, he became a household name in the league appearing in 29 total matches scoring 3 goals helping Sète come within seven points of promotion. He also assisted on several goals and collected nine yellow cards. For his efforts, he was named the league's top player, which led to interest from clubs in the higher divisions.

Club career[edit]

Montpellier[edit]

Costa signed with Montpellier of Ligue 2 for the 2008–09 season, after agreeing to a three-year contract. He made his debut for the club in their opening match of the season, playing the full 90 minutes in their loss to Strasbourg.[3] He scored his first career goal for the club a few weeks later in their 4–0 demolition of Reims.[4] He was held scoreless for the majority of the fall season, before returning to form mid-season scoring a brace against Boulogne.[5] In a span of six weeks, during the latter part of the season, Costa scored goals against Dijon,[6] Châteauroux,[7] Brest,[8] and Clermont.[9] As a result, Montpellier were among the head of the pack for promotion to Ligue 1. The club's future was determined on the final day of the season with a 2–1 victory over Strasbourg, who were also fighting for promotion. Costa scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 19th minute helping Montpellier return to Ligue 1 play.[10] For the entire season, Costa scored 8 goals and assisted on 11 goals. He was nominated for the Ligue 2 Player of the Year award, but lost out to the Cameroonian Paul Alo'o.

Following the season, several Ligue 1 clubs began inquiring for Costa's services, most notably RC Lens and Toulouse.[11] However, Costa refuted any claims of leaving the city of Montpellier and signed a contract extension on 1 July 2009 until the year 2013.[12] Despite missing the club's opening 1–1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, Costa made his Ligue 1 debut against Lorient scoring the club's opening goal in the 60th minute. The match ended in a 2–2 draw.[13] The following week, he scored again, this time in a 2–0 victory over Sochaux.[14] Two weeks later, he converted a 39th minute penalty against Lens. The goal turned out to be the winner.[15]

Valencia[edit]

On 1 July 2010, Costa joined La Liga club Valencia on a four-year contract for a transfer fee of €6.5 million. He scored his first goal for Valencia on his debut in the UEFA Champions League. The midfielder shot accurately from 30 yards out, and Valencia went on to win 0–4 at Bursaspor. He scored his first league goal for Valencia against Getafe on 14 November 2010. On 18 December he scored his second league goal from 35 yards out when he converted a free-kick against Real Sociedad.

Spartak Moscow[edit]

On 5 June 2013 it was announced that Costa left Valencia to go to Russian giants Spartak Moscow for €7 M transfer fee.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 6 June 2013)
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
RC Basse-Terre 2003–04
Total
Racing Paris 2004–05 28 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 3 3
Total 28 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 3 3
Pau 2005–06 31 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 2 4
2006–07 31 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 2 5
Total 62 4 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 64 4 9
Sète 2007–08 29 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 3 7
Total 29 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 3 7
Montpellier 2008–09 35 8 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 8 11
2009–10 31 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 7 6
Total 66 15 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 70 15 17
Valencia 2010–11 24 4 2 1 0 0 7 2 2 32 6 4
2011–12 26 5 3 5 1 0 9 1 3 40 7 6
2012–13 31 1 6 1 1 0 6 0 2 25 2 6
Total 81 10 11 7 2 0 22 3 7 110 15 18
Career total 266 35 47 13 2 0 22 3 7 301 40 54

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Coupe de Guadeloupe, Trophée des Champions
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alberto Costa: Globetrotter". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Alberto Costa joueur de Montpellier". Foot-National. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Strasbourg v. Montpellier Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Reims v. Montpellier Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Boulogne v. Montpellier Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Montpellier v. Dijon Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Montpellier v. Châteauroux Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Montpellier v. Brest Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Montpellier v. Clermont Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Montpellier v. Strasbourg Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Costa: "I've remained to improve"". Only Soccer. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Costa prolonge". Foot Mercato. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Lorient v. Montpellier Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Montpellier v. Sochaux Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "Montpellier v. Lens Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "Costa celebrates Valencia switch". Union of European Football Associations. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 

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