Johnny Acosta

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Johnny Acosta
Johnny Acosta (2018 FIFA World Cup).jpg
Acosta with Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Jhonny Gerardo Acosta Zamora[1]
Date of birth (1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
UCR
Youth career
Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Santos de Guápiles 77 (0)
2010–2016 Alajuelense 192 (12)
2013Dorados (loan) 10 (2)
2016–2018 Herediano 32 (4)
2018 Rionegro Águilas 15 (0)
2018–2019 East Bengal 18 (0)
2019– UCR 0 (0)
National team
2011– Costa Rica 71 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:43, 1 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2018

Jhonny Gerardo Acosta Zamora (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈʝoni aˈkosta]; born 21 July 1983), commonly known as Johnny Acosta,[1][2] is a Costa Rican football player who plays for UCR and the Costa Rica national football team. He plays as a defender.[3][4]

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.[5]

On 8 September 2016, Acosta joined Herediano.[6] On 29 November 2017, he renewed his contract for another year.[7] On 10 January, he switched to Colombian club Rionegro Águilas.[8]

East Bengal[edit]

On 11 July 2018, Acosta joined Indian club East Bengal Club for a fee of 1.36 crore (US$200,000).[9][10] He was issued the number 2 jersey.[11] On 2 September, he made his debut for the club and scored a goal in a 2–2 draw against Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake Stadium in Calcutta Football League.[12]

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 27. He has represented his country in seven FIFA World Cup qualification matches[13] and played at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup[14] and the 2011 Copa América.[15] 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[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[19] He played the whole of the team's group stage matches against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 27 June 2018.[21]
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2011 12 0
2012 4 0
2013 7 1
2014 9 0
2015 6 0
2016 11 1
2017 15 0
2018 7 0
Total 71 2

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnny Acosta at WorldFootball.net
  2. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. ^ Johnny Acosta se convierte en nuevo jugador de Herediano‚ everardoherrera.com, 28 August 2016
  5. ^ "Johnny Acosta jugará con Dorados de Sinaloa" (in Spanish). Nación. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Johnny Acosta llega al Herediano para ser campeon" [Johnny Acosta arrives at Herediano to be champion] (in Spanish). Amprensa. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Johnny Acosta renovó un año con el Herediano" [Johnny Acosta renewed a year with the Herediano] (in Spanish). Monumental. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Johnny Acosta deja Herediano para jugar en Colombia" [Johnny Acosta leaves Herediano to play in Colombia] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  9. ^ "রাশিয়ায় নেমারকে সামলানো ফুটবলার এবার ইস্টবেঙ্গলে! লাল-হলুদে বিশ্বকাপার" [Footballer who played against Neymar in Russia is now in East Bengal! A world cupper at Red and Gold] (in Bengali). এবেলা. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Johnny Acosta se fue al exótico torneo de India" [Johnny Acosta went to the exotic tournament in India] (in Spanish). Bolavip. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Johnny Acosta - I came to India because East Bengal are a big club". Goal. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Johnny Acosta makes promising debut for East Bengal in nail-biting Kolkata derby". Goal. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  13. ^ Johnny AcostaFIFA competition record
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details Archived 15 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  15. ^ Copa América 2011 - RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  16. ^ "World Cup 2014: Costa Rica name final squad for Brazil". BBC. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica". BBC News. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  19. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/amp/news/costa-rica-names-23-man-world-cup-squad-featuring-keylor/1bw2iz8pkma5614bzushqyyo7g
  20. ^ "Came to India because East Bengal is a big club: Costa Rican defender Johnny Acosta". The Indian Express. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Johnny Acosta". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 June 2018.

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