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Nelson Acosta turns 78 and La Roja, through its social networks, recalled the milestones of Calvo Estratega marking an era in the ’90s.

Nelson Acosta marked his name on fire in La Roja and in Chilean football.
© Getty ImagesNelson Acosta marked his name on fire in La Roja and in Chilean soccer.

Nelson Acosta it’s birthday The native of Paso de Los Toros, Uruguay, but Chilean by adoption, celebrates his 78th birthday and has received numerous expressions of affection through social networks, starting with the Chilean team, which he directed twice, being the most remembered on that road to world of France 1998which marked the return of our national team to the top events after 16 dark seasons.

Via Twitter, @LaRoja remembered the Bald Strategist. “On this day we salute a man who marked an era: Chile’s coach in France 98, bronze medalist in the JJ.OO. of Sydney 2000, DT of the Chilean team in three Copa Americas. Happy birthday, Professor! ”, You can read in said publication with an NBA photo with his characteristic suit.

Nelson Bonifacio Acosta Lopez He arrived in Chile at the age of 33 to play for Everton after passing through Huracán Buceo and Peñarol. After that, he defended O’Higgins, Fernández Vial and Lota Schwager, a cast from which he retired in 1984 to immediately begin his career as technical director at Almirante.

After that, I would go through O’Higgins and would make history Spanish Union with a brief hiatus to go to Blue Cross. With the Hispanics he won two Chile Cup and became the technical sensation of the moment, which led him to the Red to replace Xavier Azkargorta almost by popular outcry when the road to France ’98 was beginning Everything would end in a party with the Red entering the world after 16 years and having passed his punishment that cut short an entire generation. Shortly after, in the Sydney 2000 Olympicswould reach the bronze medal.

Going back to the clubs Acosta won three more titles: two with Cobreloa and one with Evertonwith colo colo as his favorite “victim”. Finally, she would retire in Iquique in 2015 and today she lives on his plot in San Vicente de Tagua Tagua.

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