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Alberto Acosta

Alberto Acosta
Personal information
Full nameAlberto Federico Acosta
Date of birth (1966-08-23) 23 August 1966 (age 47)
Place of birthArocena, Argentina
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubFénix (coach)
Youth career
1984–19869 Julio Arocena
Senior career*
1986–1988Unión Santa Fe71(15)
1988–1990San Lorenzo64(34)
1991–1993San Lorenzo41(19)
1993–1994Boca Juniors34(10)
1994–1995Universidad Católica45(43)
1995–1996Yokohama Marinos21(10)
1996–1997Universidad Católica25(12)
1997–1998San Lorenzo32(17)
1999–2001Sporting CP78(39)
2001–2004San Lorenzo77(32)
National team
Teams managed
2006Boca Juniors
2006–2007Dunărea Galaţi
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alberto Federico 'Beto' Acosta (born 23 August 1966) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker.

In a professional career which spanned 18 years (nearly 700 official games and more than 250 goals), he played for San Lorenzo in four different spells. Additionally, he represented teams in France, Chile, Japan and Portugal.

Acosta appeared with Argentina in two Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Born in Arocena, Santa Fe Province, Acosta started playing professionally at Unión de Santa Fe, making his top division debut one month shy of his 20th birthday, in a 0–0 home draw against Argentinos Juniors.[1] Two years later, he transferred to San Lorenzo de Almagro, scoring 34 goals in his first two seasons combined, that being the first of the four spells with the club in an 18-year career.

In 1990, Acosta had his first abroad experience, with France's Toulouse FC. After a poor second season he left in December 1991, having played in seven matches with just one goal, with the club eventually ranking 16th – he returned to San Lorenzo, where he scored a further 19 league goals, which earned him a transfer to country giants Club Atlético Boca Juniors.

Acosta spent the following three years out of Argentina, starting (and ending) with Universidad Católica in Chile, where he rejoined former San Lorenzo teammate Néstor Gorosito. In 1994, he was crowned the topscorer in South American football, netting 33 times in only 25 matches. Also during that first season, he was unable to further help the team for five matches (four after assaulting C.F. Universidad de Chile's Luis Musrri); in between his spell with Universidad, he played in the J. League Division 1 for Yokohama F. Marinos.

In December 1998, Acosta signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal. In his first full season, the 33-year-old striker scored 22 goals, helping the Lisbon side to the national championship after an 18-year wait. He added 14 the following campaign, but was deemed surplus to requirements after the signing of Mário Jardel, and returned to San Lorenzo for the fourth and last time, netting always in double digits until his 2004 retirement, at the age of 37. Although still physically fit, the scorer of 300 goals in 666 official games opted to retire, instead of being coerced into retirement later on.[1]

Acosta briefly managed Boca (10 June – 20 August 2006) to kick-start his coaching career, then moved to Romania with FCM Dunărea Galaţi. In the 2007 summer, he returned to his country, taking charge of fourth division outfit Club Atlético Fénix.

International career

Having collected 19 caps for Argentina during three years, Acosta represented the nation in two Copa América tournaments.

In the 1993 edition in Ecuador, he converted his penalty shootout attempts in both the quarterfinals and the semifinals, as the national side eventually emerged victorious.



Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Argentina League
1986/87 Unión Primera División 39 7
1987/88 32 8
1988/89 San Lorenzo Primera División 36 19
1989/90 28 15
France League
1990/91 Toulouse Ligue 1 31 6
1991/92 7 0
Argentina League
1991/92 San Lorenzo Primera División 21 7
1992/93 19 12
1992/93 Boca Juniors Primera División 18 7
1993/94 16 4
Chile League
1994 Universidad Católica Primera División 25 33
1995 20 10
Japan League
1996 Yokohama Marinos J. League 1 21 10
Chile League
1997 Universidad Católica Primera División 25 12
Argentina League
1997/98 San Lorenzo Primera División 19 9
1998/99 13 8
Portugal League
1998/99 Sporting Primeira Liga 13 3
1999/00 33 22
2000/01 32 14
Argentina League
2001/02 San Lorenzo Primera División 29 11
2002/03 30 11
2003/04 18 10
Country Argentina 318 128
France 38 6
Chile 70 55
Japan 21 10
Portugal 78 39
Total 525 238


Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 6 1
1993 9 0
1994 0 0
1995 4 1
Total 19 2


Season Club Title
Apertura 1992 San Lorenzo Argentine Primera División Top scorer (12 goals)
1992 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup
1993 Argentina Copa América
1994 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División Player of the Year
1994 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División Top scorer (33 goals)
1994 Universidad Católica South America Top scorer (33 goals)
1994 Universidad Católica Copa Interamericana
1995 Universidad Católica Copa Chile
1995 Universidad Católica Copa Chile Top scorer (10 goals)
1997 Universidad Católica Chilean Primera División
1999–2000 Sporting Primeira Liga
2002 San Lorenzo Copa Sudamericana


External links

  • Stats at FutbolPasion (Spanish)
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • Alberto Acosta at
  • FIFA competition record
  • Alberto Acosta statistics and biography at
Preceded by
Colombia Antony de Ávila
Copa Libertadores Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Brazil Sergio João
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