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Gustavo Costas Makeira (born February 17, 1961 in Buenos Airesmarker) is a retired Argentinemarker footballer. He played most of his career for Racing Club de Avellanedamarker and has gone on to become a successful football manager.

Playing career

Costas started his playing career in 1982 with Racing Club, in 1983 the club suffered a disastrous relegation from the Primera División. Costas became a key part of the team that won promotion back to the Primera in 1985.

In 1988 Costas was part of the Racing Club team that won the Supercopa Sudamericana, their first major title in 21 years, they then went on to win the less prestigious Supercopa Interamaricana.

Costas left Racing Club in 1992 to join Swissmarker team FC Locarno, after playing over 100 games for them he returned to Racing club in 1994.

Costas left Racing Club in 1995 having played in a club record 298 games, scoring six goals. He joined Gimnasia de Jujuy where he played until his retirement in 1997.

Titles as a player

Season Team Title
1988 Racing Clubmarker Supercopa Sudamericana
1988 Racing Clubmarker Supercopa Interamericana

Managerial career

Costas cut his teeth as a manager as joint manager of Racing Club with Humberto Maschio between 1999 and 2000.

In 2001 he took over at Paraguayanmarker club Guaraní where he stayed until 2003.

Costas then took charge as manager of Alianza Lima in Perumarker in 2003, he immediately led them to success in the Clausura 2003, and then saw his team win the Primera División Peruana final against Sporting Cristal.

In 2004 he led Alianza to the Apertura 2004 title and another chance to win the final of the Primera División where they again defeated Sporting Cristal, this time 5-4 on penalties.

In 2005 Costas became manager of Cerro Porteño in Paraguay, under his leadership the club won both the Apertura and Clausura in 2005 to be crowned undisputed national champions.

In 2007 Costas returned to Racing Club for his second spell in charge of "La Academia". Costas has currently signed a 2 year contract to manage Olimpia of Paraguaymarker starting at the 2008 season.

In 2009 Costas has returned to Alianza Lima.

Managerial titles

Season Team Title
2003 Alianza Lima Primera División Peruana
2004 Alianza Lima Primera División Peruana
2005 Cerro Porteño Liga Paraguaya

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