Agustín Julio

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Agustín Julio
Personal information
Full name Agustín Julio Castro
Date of birth (1974-10-25) October 25, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Santa Fe 112 (0)
2000 Atlético Junior (loan) 46 (0)
2002 Once Caldas (loan) 20 (0)
2002 Medellín (loan) 4 (0)
2004 Unión Magdalena 0 (0)
2005–2007 Deportes Tolima 138 (0)
2008–2011 Santa Fe 78 (0)
National team
1999–2009 Colombia 29 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:05, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Julio and the second or maternal family name is Castro.

Agustín Julio Castro (born 25 October 1974 in Cartagena) is a Colombian Association football former player, who played as a goalkeeper. His last club was Independiente Santa Fe.

Julio used to be the number one choice keeper for the Colombian national football team. He had won his position after former number one goalie Miguel Calero allowed nine goals in two games. In his stint as the keep, he saved Colombia many times during the first two games of qualifiers against Brazil and Bolivia, and is now being referred to as San Agustin.

Julio was captain of Colombia for 9 out of the first 11 Qualifying games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Julio had a successful start to his captaincy reign with a huge win over Argentina . However questions were asked of Julio's captaincy after a 4-0 defeat to Chile. The captaincy and Julio's place in the team were soon lost after this defeat.

However in a shocking turnaround Agustin Julio managed to regain his place in the Colombian side in the September the 5th match against Ecuador. Julio's Colombian side won the match 2-0 which took the side back into the playoff positions. Agustin Julio made a critical save in the 72nd minute of the match when Colombia when the score was still 0-0, Julio managed to save a low-shot with his feet from point blank range.

Agustin Julio remains a popular figurehead in Colombia, with fans petitioning on internet sites to re-instate Julio back in the team, Julio is also a popular player around the world; in fact, after a great performance during the first four games of qualifiers he was rated the 15th best keeper in the world.[1]

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