Chory Castro

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Chory Castro
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Castro Irizábal
Date of birth (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Trinidad, Uruguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Nacional 81 (21)
2007–2012 Mallorca 131 (23)
2012–2016 Real Sociedad 94 (12)
2016–2018 Málaga 71 (6)
2018– Nacional
National team
2005–2013 Uruguay 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018

Gonzalo "Chory" Castro Irizábal (born 14 September 1984) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Nacional de Football as a left winger.

He started and ended his career at Nacional, but played mostly in La Liga after arriving in Spain at the age of 22, appearing in a combined 296 matches for Mallorca, Real Sociedad and Málaga during 11 seasons and scoring 41 goals.

During eight years, Castro won five caps for the Uruguayan national team.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Mallorca[edit]

Born in Trinidad, Flores Department, Castro was a product of Club Nacional de Football's youth ranks. He made his professional debut on 13 July 2002 in a 3–1 win over Central Español, going on to become an important first-team member and helping them to two Uruguayan Primera División titles while finishing in the scorer charts' top three in the 2005–06 season.

On 7 August 2007, Castro signed a five-year contract with La Liga club RCD Mallorca.[1] Rarely used during his first year, the same occurred in the 2008–09 campaign; however, during a week in March 2009, he managed to score in a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey,[2] adding a brace in a league 3–3 home draw with Real Betis after coming from the bench as the Balearic Islands team trailed 0–2 (and eventually 0–3).[3]

In 2009–10, Castro finally beat competition from veteran Fernando Varela, starting most of the campaign and scoring six goals in 35 matches as Mallorca finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League (fourth until the last minute of the last matchday). On 23 October 2010 he netted twice at Valencia CF in a 2–1 win, opening the score with a seventh-minute penalty kick;[4] he scored five times in 33 games during that season, helping his team barely avoid relegation.

Real Sociedad[edit]

After leaving Mallorca in May 2012, Castro continued competing in the Spanish top flight, joining Real Sociedad for four years as a free agent.[5] On 19 January 2013, he netted two of his six goals during the campaign to help the hosts come from behind 0–2 and defeat Barcelona 3–2.[6]

Castro appeared in seven out of the Basques' eight matches in the 2013–14 edition of the UEFA Champions League – all rounds comprised – going scoreless in the process as the team exited in the group stage.[7]

Málaga[edit]

On 6 January 2016, Castro terminated his link (which was about to expire) with Real Sociedad and moved to fellow league side Málaga CF for two-and-a-half seasons.[8]

International career[edit]

Castro made his debut for Uruguay on 17 August 2005, playing the first half of a friendly match against Spain in Gijón.[9] He was selected for a provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by coach Óscar Tabárez, but eventually did not make the final cut.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Castro's younger sister, Juliana, was also a footballer. A striker, she played for several clubs in her career including the Missouri Valley College in the United States, and also represented the Uruguay national team.[11]

Honours[edit]

Nacional

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