In lower than two years, he received the hearts of the Ponots. His mustache and his Afro reduce marked the spirits. Carlos Acosta was a serious participant of the COP, ancestor of Puy Foot, between 1984 and 1986. The Uruguayan striker had additionally made the great days of Thiers, throughout a season and a half.
Right now we’re heartbroken after we see his two former golf equipment compete within the eighth spherical of the Coupe de France, this Saturday. The one who grew to become a technician and mission supervisor throughout the affiliation Territoires Rural Jeunesse et Sports activities (TRJS), now lives close to Montbrison. He nonetheless remained very hooked up to the Ponots and their soccer membership.
You have got traveled lots as a footballer for the time.
Sure, it is true. There weren’t many choices. Only a few gamers from South America have been noticed in Europe. This allowed me to find new cultures whereas pursuing my skilled exercise.
“A rare environment on the Lafayette stadium”
Carlos Acosta (standing, fourth from proper) with Thiers. Archival picture
Your time in the US allowed you to rub shoulders with legends like Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer.
I used to be younger, we have been three youngsters within the group. We have been there to plug the holes when the elders acquired drained. It solely lasted one season, but it surely was an honor to be with them. Think about a participant like Pelé. I realized from his tactical and technical decisions. I used to be in a position to put these items in place later, in Le Puy particularly. I additionally had the prospect to fulfill gamers like Maradona or Platini throughout my time in Europe.
How did you get to Le Puy?
I had already performed a check at PSG in 1979, however they most well-liked to recruit one other Argentinian participant. Throughout this go to to Paris, I met Monique, my spouse. In 1984, I used to be enjoying in Italy, in Palermo, however I needed to formalize my life and are available again to France. The Puy staff knew that I needed to return and the president contacted me. What satisfied me was the presence of the Argentinian coach Hugo Bargas, who spoke the identical language as me. Above all, we had the identical conception of life and soccer. That is what tipped the scales when golf equipment like Brest or Lens had additionally contacted me.
In simply 18 months you’ve gotten marked the general public ponot.
It was spectacular. At first, I could not be fielded due to the international gamers rule. Afterwards, because of my marriage, I obtained twin nationality and the coach was in a position to get me to play. The second season was… (he cuts off for a couple of seconds) the apotheosis. We may have gone as much as D1. Sadly, there was this misunderstanding between the coach and the president within the final 5 – 6 video games. We have been destabilized, I didn’t perceive the conflicts at the moment.
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What recollections do you’ve gotten of this passage?
I do not neglect that my daughters have been born in Le Puy. It is an exquisite metropolis. There was a unprecedented environment on the Lafayette stadium. After I see the membership’s journey, I can not assist however suppose that with a president like Christophe Gauthier, we may have gone additional. Sadly, there have been these tales that resulted in a number of vital departures.
I’d have favored to remain. We had a textile firm in Ambert with my spouse, we dressed the Puy staff. However, the way forward for the membership appeared difficult. As I had completed high scorer within the championship, a number of groups had contacted me and I signed with Angers.
Lastly you got here again to Auvergne.
I completed my professional profession at Purple Star then we got here again to Ambert with my spouse. I come from South America and he or she from the north of France, but it surely’s a spot that we actually like. We now have saved in contact with former supporters who’ve turn into associates. I’ve a bunch of associates in Le Puy. There was an actual insanity round soccer. It is proof that when it wins, folks get hooked immediately.
You even made a return to Le Puy for a last season as a footballer.
Sure, I got here again as a participant and in addition helped to search out companions. It was in 1991 when Man Briet returned as coach. The membership was in regional honor. In any case these years, I used to be sad to see them at this stage. We had to return to the fourth division.
Thiers was additionally an vital passage in your life?
Sure, it was very sturdy after my professional profession. I had the prospect to evolve as a player-coach. I skilled a climb. It was an ideal group with younger folks and motivated leaders. The second season, sadly, I needed to cease alongside the best way. There was much less motivation as a result of my skilled exercise elevated. It was essential to multiply the spherical journeys between Ambert and Thiers, it was difficult.
Thiers and Le Puy will meet this weekend within the eighth spherical of the Coupe de France.
Do you continue to observe each groups? Sure, this can heat my coronary heart. Thiers is having a great begin to the season, like Le Puy Foot, which is enjoying in a troublesome league. I observe the Ponots extra because the matches are broadcast. I got here to see them a couple of instances this 12 months. It’s also because of President Christophe Gauthier. I like his work, I’m satisfied that the membership deserves to be in Ligue 2. It takes time as a result of it’s troublesome from an financial perspective.
What’s your prediction for this poster?
Each groups can have the motivation to achieve the thirty second last to hope to play a Ligue 1 staff. I nonetheless see Le Puy move, however with problem.