Diego Castro

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Diego Castro
Getafe CF - Diego Castro.jpg
Castro playing with Getafe in 2013
Personal information
Full name Diego Castro Giménez
Date of birth (1982-07-02) 2 July 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Pontevedra, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Perth Glory
Number 17
Youth career
AJ Lérez
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Pontevedra 63 (14)
2003–2006 Málaga B 90 (2)
2005 Málaga 2 (0)
2006–2011 Sporting Gijón 170 (39)
2011–2015 Getafe 129 (18)
2015– Perth Glory 52 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Castro and the second or maternal family name is Giménez.

Diego Castro Giménez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈkastɾo]; born 2 July 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Australian club Perth Glory FC as a left winger.

He amassed La Liga totals of 226 games and 43 goals during eight seasons, representing mainly in the competition Getafe (four years) and Sporting de Gijón (three).

Football career[edit]

Málaga / Sporting[edit]

Castro was born in Pontevedra, Galicia. After starting out professionally with local Pontevedra CF (third division) he moved to Málaga CF, but spent almost three seasons mainly registered with the Andalusians' reserves; in December 2005, he appeared in two consecutive home losses for the main squad, against CA Osasuna (1–2) and Real Madrid (0–2).

After both Málaga teams dropped down a level in 2006, Castro moved to Sporting de Gijón in division two, being an essential first-team element from the start (20 league goals in his first three seasons combined – with the Asturians achieving La Liga promotion in his third – six of them in 2008–09, as the club narrowly avoided relegation).

In the following campaign, Castro was arguably Sporting's most important player as he topped their scoring charts at ten, four of those coming through penalties.[1] Sporting again managed to stay in the top division.

Castro again led Sporting de Gijón in goals scored in 2010–11, netting one goal less. On 13 March 2011, after Nacho Novo gained a penalty kick in the last-minute of an away fixture against Villarreal CF, he converted it in Panenka-style for a final 1–1 draw – the visiting team was then reduced to only nine players.[2]

Getafe[edit]

Shortly after the season ended, Castro confirmed his departure from Sporting as a free agent,[3] signing shortly after for Getafe CF.[4] On 3 June 2015, after four years as first-choice, he left the latter after his contract expired.[5]

Perth Glory[edit]

On 6 August 2015, aged 33, Castro moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining A-League club Perth Glory FC as their foreign marquee player.[6] He scored his first goal for his new team on 25 October, contributing to a 3–1 home win against Adelaide United FC;[7] he enjoyed a successful debut season, earning selection for the PFA Team of the Year[8] and winning the Alex Tobin award as well as the Johnny Warren Medal.[9]

On 7 June 2016, Castro extended his stay with Perth Glory, agreeing to a deal believed to be worth approximately $500,000.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Castro's father, Fernando Castro Santos, also had a career intimately connected with football. He coached several teams in the first and second divisions from 1992 (notably SD Compostela), also working in Portugal.[11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 April 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pontevedra 2001–02[12] Segunda División B 21 2 0 0 3[a] 0 24 2
2002–03[12] Segunda División B 33 9 2 0 5[a] 3 40 12
Total 64 11 2 0 8 3 74 14
Málaga B 2003–04[12] Segunda División B 24 0 24 0
2004–05[12] Segunda División B 33 1 33 1
2005–06[12] Segunda División B 33 1 33 1
Total 90 2 90 2
Málaga 2005–06[12] La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Sporting Gijón 2006–07[12] Segunda División 38 7 0 0 38 7
2007–08[12] Segunda División 37 7 1 0 38 7
2008–09[12] La Liga 32 6 2 0 34 6
2009–10[12] La Liga 35 10 0 0 35 10
2010–11[12] La Liga 28 9 1 0 29 9
Total 170 30 4 0 174 30
Getafe 2011–12[12] La Liga 31 7 0 0 31 7
2012–13[12] La Liga 34 7 3 0 37 7
2013–14[12] La Liga 32 1 3 0 35 1
2014–15[12] La Liga 32 3 4 1 36 4
Total 129 18 10 1 139 19
Perth Glory 2015-2017 A-League 26 13 3 0 29 13
Career total 455 61 17 1 8 3 65
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Promotion Play-offs

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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