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Jhonny Acosta
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Acosta being presented as a Saprissa player in 2020
Personal information
Full name Jhonny Acosta Zamora
Date of birth 21 July 1983 (1983-07-21) (age 38)
Place of birth Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica
Height 1.76 m
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Pérez Zeledón
Youth career
Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Santos de Guápiles 77 (0)
2010–2016 Alajuelense 192 (12)
2013 Dorados (loan) 10 (2)
2016–2018 Herediano 32 (4)
2018 Rionegro Águilas 15 (0)
2018–2019 East Bengal 21 (2)
2019–2020 UCR 15 (0)
2020 East Bengal 1 (0)
2020 Saprissa 13 (1)
2021– Pérez Zeledón 5 (0)
National team
2011– Costa Rica 71 (2)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 February 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2018

Jhonny Acosta Zamora (born 21 July 1983) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Costa Rica national football team.

Club career

Acosta made his professional debut for Santos de Guápiles in the 2004/05 season and left them in 2010 for Alajuelense with whom he won three league titles. In January 2013, he moved abroad to have a six-month loan spell at Mexican second division side Dorados.

On 8 September 2016, Acosta joined Herediano. On 29 November 2017, he renewed his contract for another year. On 10 January, he switched to Colombian club Rionegro Águilas.

East Bengal

On 11 July 2018, Acosta joined Indian club East Bengal Club for a fee of INR1.36 crore (US$230,000). He was issued the number 2 jersey. On 2 September, he made his debut for the club and scored a goal in a 2–2 draw against Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake Stadium in Calcutta Football League. On 16 April 2019, he left the club.

On 26 June 2019, Acosta signed with Costa Rican club UCR. On 6 March 2020, he returned to East Bengal until the end of the season as a replacement for Liberian Ansumana Kromah.

International career

A relatively late newcomer to the national team set-up, Acosta made his debut for Costa Rica in a March 2011 friendly match against Argentina, aged 27. He has represented his country in seven FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2011 Copa América. On 6 September 2013, he scored his first goal for Los Ticos in a 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against the United States in San José.

In June 2014, Acosta was included in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and made his debut in the competition during the round of 16 match against Greece as a substitute after the sending off of teammate Óscar Duarte. He was in the starting line-up for the quarter-final against the Netherlands, where he helped the team to a clean sheet in a 3–4 penalty shoot-out loss.

Johnny Acosta (2018 FIFA World Cup)
Acosta playing for Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In May 2018, Acosta was named in Costa Rica’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He played the whole of the team's group stage matches against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland.

Career statistics

International

Statistics accurate as of match played 27 June 2018.
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2011 12 0
2012 4 0
2013 7 1
2014 9 0
2015 6 0
2016 11 1
2017 15 0
2018 7 0
Total 71 2
Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  United States 1–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 26 March 2016 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
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