Alberto Acosta

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Alberto Acosta
Personal information
Full name Alberto Federico Acosta
Date of birth (1966-08-23) 23 August 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Arocena, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1984–1986 9 Julio Arocena
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Unión Santa Fe 71 (15)
1988–1990 San Lorenzo 64 (34)
1990–1991 Toulouse 38 (6)
1991–1993 San Lorenzo 41 (19)
1993–1994 Boca Juniors 34 (10)
1994–1995 Universidad Católica 45 (43)
1995–1996 Yokohama Marinos 21 (10)
1996–1997 Universidad Católica 25 (12)
1997–1998 San Lorenzo 32 (17)
1999–2001 Sporting CP 78 (39)
2001–2004 San Lorenzo 77 (32)
2009 Fénix 6 (2)
Total 532 (239)
National team
1992–1995 Argentina 19 (3)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Dunărea Galaţi
2007–2009 Fénix (assistant)
2009–2011 Fénix

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Alberto Federico 'Beto' Acosta (born 23 August 1966) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker.

In a professional career which spanned 18 years (nearly 700 official games and more than 250 goals), he played for San Lorenzo in four different spells. Additionally, he represented clubs in France, Chile, Japan and Portugal.

Acosta appeared with Argentina in two Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Born in Arocena, Santa Fe Province, Acosta started playing professionally at Unión de Santa Fe, making his top division debut one month shy of his 20th birthday, in a 0–0 home draw against Argentinos Juniors.[1] Two years later he transferred to San Lorenzo de Almagro, scoring 34 goals in his first two seasons combined, that being the first of the four spells with the club in an 18-year career.

In 1990 Acosta had his first abroad experience, with France's Toulouse FC. After a poor second season he left in December 1991, having played in seven matches with just one goal, with the club eventually ranking 16th – he returned to San Lorenzo, where he scored a further 19 league goals, which earned him a transfer to country giants Boca Juniors.

Acosta spent the following three years out of Argentina, starting and ending with Club Deportivo Universidad Católica in Chile where he rejoined former San Lorenzo teammate Néstor Gorosito. In 1994, he was crowned the top scorer in South American football, netting 33 times in only 25 matches.[2] Also during that debut campaign, he was unable to further help the team for five matches (four after assaulting C.F. Universidad de Chile's Luis Musrri); in between his spell with Universidad, he played in the J. League Division 1 for Yokohama F. Marinos.

In December 1998, Acosta signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal. In his first full season, the 33-year-old striker scored 22 goals, helping the Lisbon side to the national championship after an 18-year wait. He added 14 the following campaign, but was deemed surplus to requirements after the signing of Mário Jardel, and returned to San Lorenzo for the fourth and last time, netting always in double digits until his 2004 retirement at the age of 37. Although still physically fit, the scorer of 300 goals in 666 official games opted to retire, instead of being coerced into retirement later on.[1]

Acosta kickstarted his managerial career in Romania, with FCM Dunărea Galaţi. In the 2007 summer he returned to his country, joining fourth division team Club Atlético Fénix's coaching staff and coming out of retirement for a few months.[3]

International career[edit]

Having collected 19 caps for Argentina during three years, Acosta represented the nation in two Copa América tournaments. In the 1993 edition in Ecuador, he converted his penalty shootout attempts in both the quarterfinals and the semifinals, as the nation eventually emerged victorious.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[5]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Argentina League
1986/87 Unión Argentine Primera División 39 7
1987/88 32 8
1988/89 San Lorenzo Argentine Primera División 36 19
1989/90 28 15
France League
1990/91 Toulouse Ligue 1 31 6
1991/92 7 0
Argentina League
1991/92 San Lorenzo Argentine Primera División 21 7
1992/93 19 12
1992/93 Boca Juniors Argentine Primera División 18 7
1993/94 16 4
Chile League
1994 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División 25 33
1995 20 10
Japan League
1996 Yokohama Marinos J. League 1 21 10
Chile League
1997 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División 25 12
Argentina League
1997/98 San Lorenzo Argentine Primera División 19 9
1998/99 13 8
Portugal League
1998/99 Sporting Primeira Liga 13 3
1999/00 33 22
2000/01 32 14
Argentina League
2001/02 San Lorenzo Argentine Primera División 29 11
2002/03 30 11
2003/04 18 10
Country Argentina 318 128
France 38 6
Chile 70 55
Japan 21 10
Portugal 78 39
Total 525 238

International[edit]

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
1992 6 1
1993 9 0
1994 0 0
1995 4 2
Total 19 3

Honours[edit]

Season Club Title
Apertura 1992 San Lorenzo Argentine Primera División Top scorer (12 goals)
1992 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup
1993 Argentina Copa América
1994 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División Player of the Year
1994 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División Top scorer (33 goals)
1994 Universidad Católica South America Top scorer (33 goals)
1994 Universidad Católica Copa Interamericana
1995 Universidad Católica Copa Chile
1995 Universidad Católica Copa Chile Top scorer (10 goals)
1997 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División
1999–2000 Sporting Primeira Liga
2002 San Lorenzo Copa Sudamericana

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Preceded by
Colombia Antony de Ávila
Copa Libertadores Top Scorer
1997
Succeeded by
Brazil Sergio João