Carlos Caszely

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Carlos Caszély
Carlos Caszély
Personal information
Full name Carlos Humberto Caszely Garrido
Date of birth (1950-07-05) 5 July 1950 (age 68)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1973 Colo-Colo 123 (66)
1973–1974 Levante 24 (15)
1974–1978 RCD Espanyol 46 (20)
1978–1985 Colo-Colo 170 (105)
1986 Barcelona SC 8 (4)
Total 371 (210)
National team
1969–1985 Chile 48 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Humberto Caszely Garrido (born 5 July 1950 in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean former footballer of Hungarian descent, nicknamed "Rey del metro cuadrado" (English: King of the square meter, Portuguese: O Rei do Metro Quadrado), who played as a forward.

Regarded as one of Chile's most important players, between 1969 and 1985, Caszely won 48 caps and scored 29 goals for the Chile national team, including participations in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Cazsely played for several football teams in his career, including Colo-Colo (1968–1973), Levante UD (1973–1974), RCD Espanyol (1974–1978), finally returning to Colo-Colo (1978–1985). He ended his career with Barcelona SC in 1986.

International career[edit]

During the opening 1974 FIFA World Cup match against West Germany, Caszely was given a red card by the match referee, Doğan Babacan, becoming the first player to be sent off in this manner. Red and yellow cards had already been introduced in the past World Cup (1970). In the 1982 World Cup he missed a penalty against Austria.

Political views[edit]

He was revered by many Chileans as a supporter of the left under the Pinochet dictatorship and as one of the few leading Chilean footballers to declare his opposition to the regime.[1][2]

Outside football[edit]

Today he works as a host for several sport related TV shows on Canal 13, a Chilean-based TV station and plays football at amateur level for a team called "Colo-Colo 1973", composed of former Colo-Colo players.

Participation in the World Cup[edit]

World Seat Result
1974 FIFA World Cup Germany 1º Round
1982 FIFA World Cup Spain 1º Round



Colo Colo



  1. ^ Caszely, el futbolista que se animó a desafiar a Pinochet
  2. ^ Caszely, el goleador que plantó cara a Pinochet
  3. ^ "Especial Copa America: Los Mejores Jugadores edición por edición" (in Spanish). 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ "Don Elías es premiado". 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  5. ^ "Conmebol premiará a Elías Figueroa, Carlos Caszely y Jaime Pizarro". 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  6. ^ "Elías Figueroa suma un nuevo galardón". 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2012-09-06.

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