Indian Football News: I-League giants East Bengal sign Costa Rica star Johnny Acosta

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  • Indian football news revealed I-League giants East Bengal FC officially signed Costa Rican defende Johnny Acosta for the upcoming season
  • On arriving in Bengal, Acosta said that he would everything in his power to take EBFC to new heights and that he was excited to don the EBFC colors

While the Costa Rican defender Johnny Acosta’s arrival in India football had been a hot-topic in Indian football news for some time now, the Indian football latest news revealed that the I-League giants, East Bengal FC, have finally signed the World Cupper for the upcoming season. The 35-year-old, who has been a regular for the Costa Rican World Cup side for the last two editions, will come as a boon for both, the club and the Indian football players present at the EBFC.

It can be said that the arrival of Johnny Acosta marks the continuity in the growth of India football as he joins an illustrious list of former World Cup stars and stalwarts, who have moved to India football in the recent years, stirring up the Indian football news every single time.

While there have been a host of players, such as Robbie Keane, Nicolas Anelka, Roberto Carlos, Diego Forlan and Freddie Ljungberg, etc., who have spent the twilight years of their careers in the top-most tier of India football, i.e. Indian Super League, another lot of ex-World Cuppers have graced the I-League with their presence, as well.

East Bengal FC, who are evidently engaged in attempt to overhaul their squad, especially since they signed a new sponsorship deal with the Quess Corporation, announced the signing of Johnny Acosta on their official Twitter account. EBFC, also known as QEBFC owing to the sponsorship deal with Quess, stirred up the Indian football latest news and wrote, “#QEBFC is happy to welcome #JohnnyAcosta the Costa Rican World Cupper!!”

Johnny Acosta is raring to wear the East Bengal jersey: Indian football latest news

The move for the Costa Rican defender to EBFC was being analysed in the Indian football news for weeks, after all the concerned parties had agreed to the trade, and it was just a matter of completing the formalities after which it was made official. As reported in the Indian football latest news by the Times of India, Johnny Acosta spoke about his oncoming project with East Bengal FC after arriving in Bengal, and said,

“After the World Cup, I have had regular gym sessions to keep myself fit. i’m a professional player. If the coach wants me, I’m ready to play. I’m raring to go in East Bengal jersey..”

Acosta’s presence in East Bengal FC will pay dividends for the Indian football players in the I-League club, as the Costa Rican brings immense experience and skills after having spent almost his entire career in Latin America, playing for the domestic Costa Rican teams.

The defender had started his career back in 2004 with Santos de Guapiles, where he stayed for six years and after making numerous appearances, moved on to Alajuelense, and it was this club with whom he established himself as one of the best defenders in Costa Rica.

After garnering a lot of attention, Johnny Acosta received a call-up to the Costa Rican national football team for the first time in 2011. The centre-back also proved to be an invaluable asset to Costa Rica national side, and it is a no-brainer that it was due to his prowess, that he earned a playing spot with the country in the last two editions of the FIFA World Cup.

Having a look at the illustrious career that Acosta has had, it is clear that East Bengal FC are getting themselves a great player. EBFC had finished last season of I-League in the fourth place, and will be hoping that the Costa Rican’s addition will help the team perform better and make waves in Indian football news.

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