Nicolás Castillo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Castillo and the second or maternal family name is Mora.
Nicolás Castillo
Nicolas Castillo Club Brugge.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Ignacio Castillo Mora
Date of birth (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Mainz 05
(on loan from Club Brugge)
Number 22
Youth career
2005–2011 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Universidad Católica 52 (17)
2014– Club Brugge 30 (10)
2015– Mainz 05 (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2013 Chile U20 11 (9)
2013– Chile 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2013

Nicolás Ignacio Castillo Mora ( born 14 February 1993) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Mainz 05, on loan from Club Brugge.

Early life[edit]

Castillo was born and raised in Renca, a suburb of the capital Santiago.[1] Since childhood, Nicolás was involved in one of Universidad Católica's barra brava ("RencaUC"),[1] then joining that club's youth ranks at twelve.[1][2] During his youth career at Universidad Católica, Castillo was named as 2010 season's youth player,[3] year he was previously promoted to first-adult team during his Copa Chile goalscorer debut in a 10-0 win over San Pedro de Atacama team, where scored the tenth and last goal of his team's thrash at San Carlos de Apoquindo.

Career[edit]

Castillo made his debut for Universidad Católica on the 10 April 2011 in the 2-0 Primera División win over Cobreloa, coming on as a 84th minute substitute.[4] After making three appearance in his first season, Castillo struggled to score his first goal until he did so on the 2nd of March 2012, in a 2-0 victory against Rangers.[5] As a result of his performance in the U20 World Cup, Castillo was linked with Premier League side Manchester United, where his compatriot Ángelo Henríquez was playing at the time. Despite the rumours surrounding his movement, a transfer never materialized to Manchester.[6]

In January 2014, Universidad Católica reached an agreement to sell Castillo to Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge[7] The move became official as Castillo signed for Club Brugges for a fee of three million euros. Castillo was signed to a long term deal, keeping him at Club Brugges until 2018.[8] Castillo scored in his debut for Club Brugge, in a 3-1 win over Genk on the 9th of February 2014.[9] Castillo did struggle to score again the same season, but did so during the play-offs of the Belgium Pro League on the last game of the season against Zulte Waregem, which Brugge winning 2-0.[10]

Style Of Play[edit]

Castillo is known for his strong dribbling skills, being a good finisher and possessing a lot of potential. While playing in Chile, Castillo wore the number nine jersey and is compared to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović. As a result of the comparison to Ibrahimović, Castillo is often known as "Chilean Zlatan"[7]

International career[edit]

Castillo was listed in the 21 man squad in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[11] In the tournament, Castillo scored four goals, making him the top-scorer for Chile, including scoring an opener against Egypt.[12]

Castillo made his debut for Chile on 23 March 2013 in the 1-0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL) loss to Peru, coming on as a 70th minute substitute.[13]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad Católica

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lagos Barahona, Felipe (23 June 2012). "De la galeria a la cancha Nicolás Castillo el delantero de la UC que juega "como hincha"". Emol. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nace el Ibra Chileno". Goal,com. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "NICOLÁS CASTILLO, EL MEJOR DE LOS MEJORES". Cruzados.cl. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA VS. COBRELOA 2 - 0
  5. ^ UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA VS. RANGERS 2 - 0
  6. ^ "Transfer news: No Man Utd bids yet for Chile U20 striker Nicolas Castillo". Sky Sports. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Cruzados heeft principe-akkoord met Club Brugge over "Chileense Ibrahimovic"". Nieuwsblad. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Club Brugge betaalt drie miljoen euro voor Castillo". Nieuwsblad. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "krcgenk 1 - 3 club brugge kv". Nieuwsblad. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Club sluit seizoen af met 2-0 zege tegen Zulte Waregem". Official Website of Club Brugge. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mundial Sub 20 Turquía 2013: Chile presentó lista de convocados". La Nueve. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  12. ^ "Egypt lose to Chile in opening Under-20 group match". BBC Sport. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  13. ^ PERU VS. CHILE 1 - 0

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