Romeo Castelen

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Romeo Castelen
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Castelen in training with Feyenoord
Personal information
Full name Romeo Castelen
Date of birth (1983-05-03) 3 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 17
Youth career
1993–1997 De Volewijckers
1997–1998 Sparta Rotterdam
1998–2000 Den Haag
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Den Haag 83 (20)
2004–2007 Feyenoord 65 (20)
2007–2012 Hamburger SV 17 (1)
2009–2011 Hamburger SV II 5 (5)
2013 Volga Nizhny Novgorod 2 (0)
2013–2014 RKC 29 (6)
2014– Western Sydney Wanderers 7 (0)
National team
2004–2007 Netherlands 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Romeo Castelen (born 3 May 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers FC as a right winger.

After competing in his country with Den Haag (four seasons) and Feyenoord (three), he joined Hamburg in Germany, where he all but failed to appear over the course of five years due to several injuries.

Club career[edit]

Den Haag[edit]

Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, Castelen started his professional career with ADO Den Haag, playing two full seasons in the second division. He made his first-team debut at not yet 18, and contributed with nine goals in 24 games in 2002–03 as the club returned to the Eredivisie, as champions.

Castelen made his top level debut on 16 August 2003, in a 0–1 away loss against RKC Waalwijk. He only missed six matches during the campaign as The Hague side narrowly avoided relegation (15th position).

Feyenoord[edit]

Castelen moved to Feyenoord for 2004–05, making his official debut for his new team on 15 August and scoring a brace in a 6–1 home win against De Graafschap. He netted 19 goals in his first two years with the Rotterdam side combined, as it finished fourth and third respectively.

Together with Salomon Kalou and Dirk Kuyt, Castelen was part of an efficient Feyenoord attack.[1] He only appeared in 23 contests in his second year however, due to injury.

Castelen could only amass 12 league matches in 2006–07 due to an ankle ailment, as Feyenoord finished in seventh position. On 22 April 2007 he scored his only game of the season, in a 1–1 home draw against NEC Nijmegen.

Hamburger[edit]

Castelen was declared fit prior to the start of the 2007–08 campaign, with his contract expiring at the end of that season. He was offered a new deal, but declined to sign it after deeming his future at the club as not very bright due to its recent results. However, when players like Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Kevin Hofland and Roy Makaay were signed, he reconsidered, but eventually agreed on terms with Hamburger SV from Germany in late July 2007, signing a four-year contract;[1] he appeared in 79 official games for Feyenoord, scoring 21 goals.

Castelen made his Bundesliga debut on 11 August 2007, playing seven minutes in a 1–0 away win against Hannover 96. During his spell at the Volksparkstadion, however, he was plagued with constant injury problems,[2][3] and he was released in June 2012 after his contract was not renewed.

Later years[edit]

After nearly one year out of football, Castelen signed with Russian Premier League team FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod on 15 February 2013.[4][5] He was released at the end of the season.

On 3 July 2013, Castelen returned to his homeland and its top division, joining RKC.[6] Roughly one year later, he signed a two-year contract with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC.[7] He participated with his new team at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, scoring the opener against ES Sétif in the fifth-place match, which ended in a penalty shootout loss after a 2–2 draw.[8]

International career[edit]

Castelen's solid beginnings with Feyenoord impressed newly appointed Dutch national team manager Marco van Basten, and the player made his debut with Oranje on 18 August 2004, starting in a 2–2 friendly draw in Sweden. His physical condition, however, denied him a spot in the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Also in 2006, Castelen helped the under-21 team win the UEFA European Championship in Portugal.

International goals[edit]

Romeo Castelen: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 March 2005 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Armenia
1–0
2–0
2006 World Cup qualification

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 May 2013[9][10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2000–01 Den Haag Eerste Divisie 3 0 0 0 3 0
2001–02 28 7 4 1 0 0 32 8
2002–03 24 9 3 2 27 11
2003–04 Eredivisie 28 4 1 0 29 4
2004–05 Feyenoord 30 10 3 0 7 0 40 10
2005–06 23 9 0 0 2 0 1 0 35 9
2006–07 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 14 2
Germany League DFB Pokal Europe Other Total
2007–08 Hamburger Bundesliga 13 0 0 0 4 1 17 1
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 1
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Russia League Russian Cup Europe Other Total
2012–13 Volga Russian Premier League 2 0 0 0 2 0
Totals Netherlands 148 40 11 3 9 0 3 1 171 44
Germany 17 1 0 0 5 1 22 2
Russia 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career totals 167 41 11 3 14 1 3 1 195 46

International[edit]

[11]

Netherlands
Year Apps Goals
2004 4 0
2005 4 1
2007 2 0
Total 10 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Den Haag
Western Sydney Wanderers

Country[edit]

Personal[edit]

In 1989, both Castelen's mother and sister died in the Surinam Airways Flight PY764 crash in which 15 Surinamese footballers lost their lives.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Romeo Castelen vertrekt naar HSV" [Romeo Castelen to HSV] (in Dutch). Feyenoord. 30 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Hamburg dealt Castelen blow". Sky Sports. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hamburg's Castelen suffers new injury setback". Reuters. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Кастелен – в "Волге" (in Russian). Volga's official website. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Castelen vindt in Rusland nieuwe werkgever" [Castelen finds new employer in Russia] (in Dutch). Voetbal Primeur. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "RKC gaat trefzekere Castelen contract aanbieden" [RKC will offer contract to sharpshooting Castelen] (in Dutch). Voetbal Primeur. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers sign former Dutch international winger Romeo Castelen". The Advertiser. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Setif sink Wanderers in penalties to finish fifth". FIFA.com. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Romeo Castelen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "R. Castelen". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Romeo Castelen at National-Football-Teams.com
  12. ^ Vlietstra, Bart. "De klotenknie van Castelen" [Castelen's damn knee] (in Dutch). NU.nl. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 

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