André Castro

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André Castro
Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13-07-2013 - André Castro et André Ayew 2.jpg
Castro (behind) in action for Porto in 2013
Personal information
Full name André Castro Pereira
Date of birth (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Gondomar, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1997–1999 Gondomar
1999–2007 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Porto 20 (1)
2008–2010 Olhanense (loan) 56 (8)
2011–2012 Sporting Gijón (loan) 45 (4)
2013–2014 Kasımpaşa (loan) 33 (3)
2014– Kasımpaşa 98 (15)
National team
2004–2005 Portugal U17 10 (0)
2005–2006 Portugal U18 8 (1)
2006–2007 Portugal U19 14 (0)
2007 Portugal U20 6 (0)
2008–2010 Portugal U21 19 (0)
2010 Portugal U23 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2017.

André Castro Pereira (born 2 April 1988), known as Castro, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Kasımpaşa S.K. as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Gondomar, Porto District, Castro joined FC Porto's youth system at the age of 11, from hometown's Gondomar SC. In 2007, he helped the team conquer the junior championship.

On 2 February 2008, Castro made his first-team – and Primeira Liga – debut, coming on as a substitute for Paulo Assunção for the last 11 minutes of a 4–0 home win against U.D. Leiria. He appeared in a further two official games during the season.

In the following two years, Castro played with S.C. Olhanense on loan, helping the Algarve side returned to the top level after an absence of more than 30 years in his debut campaign and being named the country's Best Young Player in his second, where he scored six goals in 28 games as his team retained their division status.

Castro returned to Porto for 2010–11, but was soon deemed surplus to requirements by new manager André Villas-Boas as practically all Portuguese players. In January 2011, after having amassed 106 minutes in six official games, he was loaned to Sporting de Gijón in Spain,[1] making his La Liga debut on the 23rd by playing one minute in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.

Castro managed to feature regularly for the Asturians during his spell, starting in 11 games and scoring against RCD Mallorca (4–0, away)[2] and Getafe CF (2–0 at home),[3] in an eventual escape from relegation.

In mid-August 2011, another loan spell was arranged between Porto and Gijón.[4] He started in 26 of his 29 league appearances and added another two goals, but his team dropped down a division.

On 14 August 2013, Castro joined Turkish Süper Lig club Kasımpaşa SK, on loan.[5] The move was made permanent for the 2014–15 season.

International career[edit]

Castro gained 57 caps for Portugal all youth levels combined, including 19 for the under-21s. On 5 August 2011, he was called by the full side for a friendly with Luxembourg,[6] but remained an unused substitute.




  1. ^ "Official: Andre Castro joins Sporting Gijon on season-long loan from Porto". 11 January 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gijon hit Mallorca for four". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sporting end unwanted run". ESPN Soccernet. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cerrada la cesión de André Castro" [André Castro loan completed] (in Spanish). Sporting Gijón. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Andre Castro Pereira Kasımpaşa'da" [Andre Castro Pereira to Kasımpaşa]. Milliyet (in Turkish). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "André Castro se convierte en compañero de Cristiano" [André Castro becomes Cristiano's teammate]. La Nueva España (in Spanish). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

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