Johnny Acosta

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Johnny Acosta
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Personal information
Full name Johnny Acosta Zamora
Date of birth (1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 33
Youth career
Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Santos de Guápiles 77 (0)
2010–2016 Alajuelense 192 (12)
2013 Dorados (loan) 10 (2)
2016–2018 Herediano 32 (4)
2018- Rionegro
National team
2011– Costa Rica 45 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2016 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2016

Johnny Acosta Zamora (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈʝoni aˈkosta]; born 21 July 1983 in Ciudad Quesada) is a Costa Rican football player, currently playing for Rionegro Águilas, and for the Costa Rica national football team. He plays as a defender.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Acosta made his professional debut for Santos de Guápiles in the 2004/05 season and left them in 2010 for Alajuelense with whom he won three league titles. In January 2013, he moved abroad to have a six-month loan spell at Mexican second division side Dorados.[3]

International career[edit]

A relatively late newcomer to the national team set-up, Acosta made his debut for Costa Rica in a March 2011 friendly match against Argentina aged 29. He has represented his country in seven FIFA World Cup qualification matches[4] and played at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup[5] and the 2011 Copa América.[6] On 6 September 2013, he scored his first goal for Los Ticos in a 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against the United States in San José.

In June 2014, Acosta was included in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup[7] and made his debut in the competition during the round of 16 match against Greece as a substitute after the sending off of teammate Óscar Duarte.[8] He was in the starting line-up for the quarter-final against the Netherlands, where he helped the team to a clean sheet in a 3–4 penalty shootout loss.[9]

In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  United States 1–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 26 March 2016 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


  1. ^ "Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Johnny Acosta se convierte en nuevo jugador de Herediano‚, 28 August 2016
  3. ^ "Johnny Acosta jugará con Dorados de Sinaloa" (in Spanish). Nación. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Johnny AcostaFIFA competition record
  5. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details Archived 2013-03-15 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  6. ^ Copa América 2011 - RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  7. ^ "World Cup 2014: Costa Rica name final squad for Brazil". BBC. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica". BBC News. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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