Nelson Acosta

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Acosta and the second or maternal family name is López.
Nelson Acosta
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Personal information
Full name Nelson Bonifacio Acosta López
Date of birth (1944-06-12) June 12, 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Paso de los Toros, Uruguay
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1971 Huracán Buceo
1972–1976 Peñarol
1977 Everton Viña
1978–1981 O'Higgins
1982–1984 Fernández Vial
1984 Lota Schwager
Teams managed
1984–1988 Fernández Vial
1988–1991 O'Higgins
1992 Unión Española
1992 Cruz Azul
1993–1996 Unión Española
1996–2000 Chile
2002–2003 Cobreloa
2003–2004 Bolivia
2004–2005 Cobreloa
2005–2007 Chile
2007–2010 Everton
2011–2012 Cobreloa
2012-2014 Deportivo Quito
2014-2014 Everton
2014- Deportes Iquique

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:30, 28 October 2014 (UTC).

Nelson Bonifacio Acosta López, nicknamed Pelado Acosta (Bald Acosta), (born 12 June 1944 in Paso de los Toros, Uruguay) is a former Uruguayan footballer. He became a naturalized Chilean citizen in 1984 and is currently the manager of Everton.

He managed the national team of Chile from 1996 to 2001, leading them to the 1998 FIFA World Cup despite having only managed one professional team before taking over the Chile job.[1] He took over Bolivia in 2004, but seriously failed and returned to manage Chile in 2005. In July 2007 Acosta resigned from managing the Chilean national team soon after the Copa América, which was held in Venezuela.

In September 2007, he was appointed manager of Corporación Deportiva Everton de Viña del Mar, one of the top provincial teams in Chile. On June 3, 2008, he led Everton to their first Chilean League title in 32 years and ended the domestic dominance of Colo-Colo.

In late 2010, he switched to manage Cobreloa,[2] but was sacked in April 2012.[3] He returned to Everton de Viña del Mar in January 2014 but left nearly 9 months later to manage current club Deportivo Quito.







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  1. ^ "Nelson Acosta - Chile manager". BBC. 3 May 1998. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nelson Acosta regresa a Calama: es el nuevo técnico de Cobreloa" (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 11 December 2010. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Alegría, Felipe (2 April 2012). "Ahora sí: Acosta se va de Cobreloa y ya asoman nombres para reemplazarlo". Ferplei (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 August 2014.