Giancarlo González

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Giancarlo González
Uruguay - Costa Rica FIFA World Cup 2014 (9).jpg
González (top) playing for Costa Rica at the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay
Personal information
Full name Giancarlo González Castro
Date of birth (1988-02-08) February 8, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Desamparados, San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2006 Alajuelense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Alajuelense 97 (6)
2012–2013 Vålerenga 37 (2)
2014 Columbus Crew 17 (1)
2014– Palermo 7[2] (1)
National team
2007–2008 Costa Rica U-20 2 (0)
2010– Costa Rica 40 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:15, 19 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Castro.

Giancarlo "Pipo" González Castro (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝaŋˈkarlo ɣonˈsales]; born 8 February 1988) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Palermo as a central defender.



González began his career with Alajuelense in 2007. He was a key player in helping Alaguelense win three league titles. He joined Norwegian club Vålerenga after his contract expired on 31 July 2012.[3] During his time at Vålerenga, González appeared in 37 league matches and scored two goals.

On 21 February 2014, González signed with Columbus Crew.[4] After his performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, González received interest from a number of European clubs, and on 26 August 2014 Palermo of Italy's Serie A confirmed to have signed him on a three-year deal.[5] He made his debut on 19 October 2014, playing the full 90 minutes in a home game against Cesena, and scoring the winning goal on this début at the first minute of injury time.

On 15 April 2014, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined González[6] an undisclosed amount for "embellishment" for an incident in the 92nd minute of the game[7] against the San Jose Earthquakes on 13 April. González was also nominated[8] for the satirical "Fallon d'Floor" award for this effort.


He played at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada.[9]

Nicknamed Pipo,[10] González made his senior international debut for Costa Rica in a friendly against Slovakia on 5 June 2010. In January 2013, he scored the lone goal in a 1–0 victory over Honduras in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana final.[9]

In June 2014, González was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[11] In the team's team's first two group matches, he and his central defensive colleagues Michael Umaña and Óscar Duarte allowed only one goal as Los Ticos beat Uruguay (3–1) and Italy (1–0) to qualify for the knockout stage.[12][13] Costa Rica completed the group stage unbeaten, recording a second consecutive shutout in a 0–0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte.[14] González's play at the back was listed by several as key to the team's progression from the group stage. His countless interceptions and tackles led to him being named to the ESPN Best XI of the group stage.[15] During the round of 16, González was the third of five Costa Rican players to successfully convert his kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece.[16] He was included in the BBC's team of the tournament.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 November 2013
Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012 Vålerenga Tippeligaen 12 0 0 0 12 0
2013 60 2 4 0 29 2
Career Total 37 2 4 0 41 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 25, 2012 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Guatemala 0–2 0–2 Friendly
2. January 27, 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Honduras 0–1 0–1 2013 Copa Centroamericana

Personal life[edit]

González is of Italian and Spanish origins, He is a son of Roberto González and Elsa Castro and has a sister and brother. He has a son, Andrey.[18]


  1. ^ Sports Illustrated: Giancarlo González
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Martin Andresen forsterker med costaricansk landslagsspiller" (in Norwegian). TV2 Sporten. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Crew signs Costa Rican International Giancarlo Gonzalez". Columbus Crew. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "GONZALEZ E' DEL PALERMO CONTRATTO TRIENNALE PER IL CENTRALE" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "MLS Disciplinary Committee Fines Giancarlo Gonzalez". 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Fallon d'Floor". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Giancarlo GonzálezFIFA competition record
  10. ^ Giancarlo ‘Pipo’ González es vital en el centro de la defensa de la Selección de Costa Rica - Nación (Spanish)
  11. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Italy 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Daniel (24 June 2014). "England end disappointing World Cup with barren draw against Costa Rica". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Giancarlo González: El soñador que emergió de sus lágrimas - Nación (Spanish)

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