Lautaro Acosta

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Lautaro Acosta
Personal information
Full name Lautaro Germán Acosta
Date of birth (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Glew, Argentina
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Lanús 55 (5)
2008–2013 Sevilla 23 (0)
2011–2012 Racing Santander (loan) 21 (2)
2012–2013 Boca Juniors (loan) 22 (0)
2013– Lanús 86 (23)
National team
2007 Argentina U20 12 (1)
2008 Argentina Olympic 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 December 2016.

Lautaro Germán Acosta (born 14 March 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Club Atlético Lanús as a forward.

Club career[edit]


Born in Glew, Buenos Aires, Almirante Brown Partido, Acosta came through the youth system at Club Atlético Lanús, making his senior debuts at the age of 18. As the club was often forced to sell its best players, he quickly became an important part of the first team.

Acosta was part of the Lanús squad that won the 2007 Apertura tournament, their first ever Primera División title. In May 2007, he suffered a serious cheekbone injury, and had to wear a specially-fitted face mask for two months.


On 29 May 2008, aged 20, Acosta signed for La Liga team Sevilla FC on a five-year contract, for a reported fee of 7 million subject to a medical.[1] Shortly after his arrival in Andalusia, he suffered a serious injury and never fully recovered, his best output consisting of ten league games in 2010–11 (267 minutes, only two starts).[2][3]

On 4 February 2009, Acosta scored his first – and only – goal for Sevilla, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals, a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao[4] but an eventual 2–4 aggregate loss. In July 2011, he was loaned to fellow league side Racing de Santander, joining compatriots Ariel Nahuelpan and Héctor Cúper (manager); he started and netted on his official debut for the Cantabrians, in a 3–4 away loss to Valencia CF.[5]

Acosta returned to his country in 2012, going on to represent Boca Juniors and former club Lanús. In October 2014, whilst at the service of the latter, he was kidnapped, threatened at gunpoint, assaulted and robbed after being led to his home.[6]

International career[edit]

In 2007, Acosta was picked to join the Argentina under-20 squad to compete in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. He headed the only goal in the last game against Uruguay, to secure the national team's qualification for both the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1]

After appearing in six out of seven games in the under-20's triumph in Canada, Acosta scored against Ivory Coast in a 2–1 group stage win in the Beijing Olympic tournament, en route to another international conquest.[7] He was selected by the full side for a Copa América Centenario provisional squad,[8] but did not make the final cut.






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