Luis Costa (Spanish footballer)

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Luis Costa
Luis Costa Juan (1987).png
Costa as Zaragoza manager in 1987
Personal information
Full name Luis Costa Juan
Date of birth (1943-02-19) 19 February 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth Alicante, Spain
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Jove Español
1958–1960 Hércules
1960–1962 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1966 Real Madrid 0 (0)
1962–1964Elche (loan) 29 (4)
1964–1965Córdoba (loan) 20 (0)
1965–1966Hércules (loan) 5 (0)
1966–1969 Córdoba 80 (6)
1969–1970 Mallorca 23 (1)
1970–1973 Zaragoza 59 (12)
1973–1976 Girona
National team
1960 Spain U18 3 (0)
Teams managed
1976–1977 Mallorca
1977–1978 Huesca
1978–1981 Deportivo Aragón
1981 Zaragoza
1981–1982 Girona
1982 Huesca
1982–1983 Palencia
1983–1984 Oviedo
1984–1985 Deportivo Aragón
1985–1987 Zaragoza
1988–1989 Málaga
1989 Elche
1992 Levante
1992–1993 Alavés
1993 Córdoba
1994–1997 Zaragoza B
1997–1998 Zaragoza
2000–2001 Zaragoza
2002 Zaragoza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luis Costa Juan (born 19 February 1943) is a Spanish retired football forward and manager.

Most of his professional career was closely associated with Zaragoza, as both a player and a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Costa was born in Alicante, Valencian Community. After rising to prominence in amateur tournaments held in his hometown, he signed with Real Madrid from Hércules CF at the age of 17, spending four years under contract with the club as a senior but never appearing in competitive matches – whose forward line included the likes of Francisco Gento, Raymond Kopa, Ferenc Puskás, Luis del Sol and Alfredo Di Stéfano – also being loaned four times to three teams, including fellow La Liga sides Córdoba CF and Elche CF.[1]

In 1966, Costa left the Merengues and signed for Córdoba on a permanent basis, after an unassuming spell with Hércules in Segunda División. From 1968 to 1971 he suffered three consecutive top flight relegations, with the Andalusians, RCD Mallorca and Real Zaragoza;[1] he amassed top level totals of 188 games and 18 goals, and closed out his career at 33 after three years in Tercera División with Girona FC, having obtained his coaching license before he retired.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Costa's first job in the top level came with Zaragoza, which he coached in one game in the 1980–81 season, a 1–1 home draw against Hércules. After two complete seasons in Segunda División, with Palencia CF and Real Oviedo, he returned to the Aragonese for 1985–86, winning his first Copa del Rey – 1–0 win over FC Barcelona – and being fired early into the 1987–88 campaign.

In the early 90s, Costa worked in the lower leagues with Levante UD, Deportivo Alavés and former club Córdoba. In 1994, he was appointed at Zaragoza's reserves in Segunda División B, which he had already coached in the previous decade.

Costa was one of four managers in Zaragoza's first team in the 1996–97 season, with the team finally ranking in 14th position. He was in charge for the entirety of the following campaign, which finished with the club one position above.

Having replaced Juan Manuel Lillo after the fourth round in 2000–01, Costa led Zaragoza to another Spanish Cup conquest, now against RC Celta de Vigo.[3] The team could finish 17th in the league however, being the first above the relegation zone (one of the few bright spots of the campaign was a 4–4 draw at Barcelona).[4]

On 22 January 2002, Costa replaced Txetxu Rojo at the helm of Zaragoza,[5] not being able however to prevent top division relegation (as last) after winning only twice in his ten games in charge.





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