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 32)
Place of birth Glew, Argentina
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) 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)
2011–2012Racing Santander (loan) 21 (2)
2012–2013Boca Juniors (loan) 22 (0)
2013– Lanús 159 (31)
National team
2007 Argentina U20 12 (1)
2008 Argentina Olympic 4 (3)
2017– Argentina 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2017

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

He started his professional career at Lanús, making his debut with the first team at 18. He also spent some time in the Spanish La Liga, signing with Sevilla in 2008.

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 semi-finals, 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]

Return home[edit]

Acosta returned to his country in 2012, going on to represent Boca Juniors and former club Lanús. He was a key attacking element in five of the six titles won after his return, including the 2016 national championship;[6][7] 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.[8]

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-20s 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.[9] He was selected by the full side for a Copa América Centenario provisional squad,[10] but did not make the final cut.

Acosta received his first senior call-up by coach Jorge Sampaoli on 27 August 2017, for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.[11] He earned his first cap against the former four days later, coming on as a substitute for Marcos Acuña at the hour-mark of an eventual 0–0 away draw.[12]








  1. ^ a b Lautaro Acosta, un joven crack argentino para el Sevilla FC (Lautaro Acosta, Argentine wonderkid to Sevilla FC) Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine; Sevilla FC, 29 May 2008 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Lautaro Acosta supera la revisión de su lesión de tobillo (Lautaro Acosta has successful ankle injury checkup); Marca, 3 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ La rentabilidad de Lautaro Acosta es aterradora (Lautaro Acosta's price-return relation is terrifying); El Desmarque, 27 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Last-gasp Acosta gives Sevilla narrow advantage; UEFA, 4 February 2009
  5. ^ Soldado late show sinks Santander Archived 2 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN Soccernet, 27 August 2011
  6. ^ "Lautaro Acosta: "Estoy en el mejor momento de mi carrera"" [Lautaro Acosta: “I'm in the best moment of my career”] (in Spanish). Isecpost. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Entrevista Planetaria con Lautaro Acosta" [Planetarian interview with Lautaro Acosta] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. ^ Acosta vive una pesadilla: "Me apuntaron con un arma" (Acosta living a nightmare: "I had a gun in my face"); Marca, 17 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Lautaro AcostaFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "Argentina recalls Tevez for initial Copa America squad". Goal. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Lista de convocados de Jorge Sampaoli" [Jorge Sampaoli squad] (in Spanish). Argentine Football Association. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Argentina rescató el punto en Uruguay" [Argentina rescued point in Uruguay] (in Spanish). La Nación. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  13. ^ a b "L. Acosta –Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Todos los planteles argentinos campeones del mundo Sub-20" [All the Argentine Under-20 World champion squads] (in Spanish). Torneos y Competencias. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  15. ^ "2008. Argentina oro en fútbol" [2008. Argentina gold in football] (in Spanish). El Gráfico. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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