Santiago Acasiete

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Santiago Acasiete
Personal information
Full name Wilmer Santiago Acasiete Ariadela
Date of birth (1977-11-22) 22 November 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Callao, Peru
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Cienciano
Number 23
Youth career
Universitario
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Deportivo Wanka 42 (3)
2002 Universitario 37 (2)
2003–2004 Cienciano 60 (7)
2004–2012 Almería 200 (13)
2012– Cienciano 49 (4)
National team
2004– Peru 42 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Acasiete and the second or maternal family name is Ariadela.

Wilmer Santiago Acasiete Ariadela (born 22 November 1977) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays for Cienciano as a central defender.

He also holds a Spanish passport due to the many years he spent in the country, mainly with Almería,[1] with whom he appeared in four La Liga seasons.

Acasiete represented Peru in three Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Born in Callao, Acasiete started playing professionally with lowly Deportivo Wanka, moving in the following year to Universitario de Deportes. After another sole season he joined Cienciano del Cuzco, helping the former country's capital side to the 2003 South American Cup and the 2004 South American Supercup.

For 2004–05 Acasiete joined Spain's Unión Deportiva Almería, in the second division. He was an important defensive element in the Andalusians first-ever promotion to La Liga in 2007, being used intermittently in the subsequent seasons however: in his first top level campaign in Spain he appeared in only 20 games, but still managed to award his team six points with last-minute home strikes against Sevilla FC[2] and Villarreal CF (both 1–0).[3]

Following the end of the 2011–12 season, spent again in the second level, 34-year-old Acasiete opted out of his contract with Almería and returned to his former club Cienciano.

International career[edit]

Acasiete gained more than 40 caps for the Peruvian national team, the first on 18 February 2004 at almost 27,[4] and participated at the 2004 and 2007 Copa América.

On 7 December 2007, he was found guilty of having introduced women and alcohol into the national squad's hotel two days before Peru's away drubbing at the hands of Ecuador (5–1), and was thus suspended 18 months (1.5 years) from international competition (national sides only).[5] On 3 July of the following year, after an investigation and a review of the facts, the suspension was changed to three months (from the date of appeal in April), with a US$10,000 fine.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cienciano

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acasiete ya es espãnol (Acasiete is already Spanish); Almería's official website, 9 July 2007 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Almeria 1–0 FC Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 1 December 2007
  3. ^ Almeria 1–0 Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 13 April 2008
  4. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (28 May 2009). "Peru – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Peru ban Farfán and Pizarro for 18 months; Reuters, 28 March 2008

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