Gonzalo Castro Irizábal

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Not to be confused with Gonzalo Castro Randón.
Chori Castro
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Castro Irizábal
Date of birth (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Trinidad, Uruguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Nacional 81 (21)
2007–2012 Mallorca 131 (23)
2012– Real Sociedad 54 (9)
National team
2005– Uruguay 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Castro and the second or maternal family name is Irizábal.

Gonzalo "Chori" Castro Irizábal (born 14 September 1984 in Trinidad, Flores Department) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad in Spain, as a winger.

Club career[edit]

A product of Club Nacional de Football's youth ranks, Castro made his professional debut on 13 July 2002 in a 3–1 win over Central Español. He went on to become an important first-team member, helping Nacional to two national leagues while finishing in the scorer charts' top three in the 2005–06 season.

On 7 August 2007, Castro penned a five-year link with La Liga side RCD Mallorca.[1] Rarely used during his first year, the same occurred in the 2008–09 campaign; however, during a week in March 2009, he managed to score in a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey,[2] adding a brace in a league 3–3 home draw with Real Betis after coming from the bench as the Balearic Islands club trailed 0–2 (and eventually 0–3).[3]

In 2009–10 Castro finally beat competition from veteran Fernando Varela, starting most of the campaign and scoring six goals in 35 matches as Mallorca finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League (fourth until the last minute of the last matchday). On 23 October 2010 he netted twice at Valencia CF in a 2–1 win, opening the score with a 7th-minute penalty kick.[4] He scored five goals in 33 games during the season to help his team barely avoid relegation.

International career[edit]

Castro made his debut for Uruguay on 17 August 2005, playing the first half of a friendly match against Spain in Gijón.

Honours[edit]

Nacional

Personal life[edit]

Castro's younger sister, Juliana, is also a footballer. A striker, she played for several clubs in her career, including the Missouri Valley College in the United States, and also represented the Uruguayan national team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Castro coming to Mallorca; UEFA.com, 7 August 2007
  2. ^ Messi decide el destino (Messi seals fate); Marca, 4 March 2009 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Mallorca 3–3 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 8 March 2009
  4. ^ Valencia 1–2 Mallorca; ESPN Soccernet, 23 October 2010

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