Carlos Caszely

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Caszély and the second or maternal family name is Garrido.
Carlos Caszély
Carlos Caszély
Personal information
Full name Carlos Humberto Caszely Garrido
Date of birth (1950-07-05) July 5, 1950 (age 65)
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)
National team
1969–1985 Chile 49 (29)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Regarded as one of Chile's most important players, between 1969 and 1985, Caszely won 49 cups and scored 29 goals for the Chile national team, including participations in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups.


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 (1978–1983).

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.

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.

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 Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1º Round
1982 FIFA World Cup Flag of Spain.svg Spain 1º Round





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

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