Giancarlo González

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Giancarlo González
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González (top) playing for Costa Rica at the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay
Personal information
Full name Giancarlo González Castro
Date of birth (1988-02-08) February 8, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Desamparados, San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Palermo
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2006 Alajuelense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Alajuelense 97 (6)
2012–2013 Vålerenga 37 (2)
2014 Columbus Crew 17 (1)
2014– Palermo 44 (3)
National team
2007–2008 Costa Rica U-20 2 (0)
2010– Costa Rica 50 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 July 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Castro.

Giancarlo "Pipo" González Castro (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝaŋˈkarlo ɣonˈsales]; born 8 February 1988) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Palermo as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

González spent his youth career with Alajuelense except for a stint with Saprissa when he was between 12 and 14 years of age.[2] He began his professional career with Alajuelense in 2007 and was a key player in helping his club win three league titles.

González joined Norwegian club Vålerenga after his contract expired on 31 July 2012.[3] During his time at Vålerenga, González appeared in 37 league matches and scored two goals.

Columbus Crew[edit]

On 21 February 2014, González signed with Columbus Crew.[4] On 15 April 2014, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined González an undisclosed amount for "embellishment" of an incident in the 92nd minute of the game against the San Jose Earthquakes on 13 April.[5][6] González was also nominated for the satirical "Fallon d'Floor" award for this effort.[7][8]

Palermo[edit]

After his performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, González received interest from a number of European clubs, and on 26 August 2014 Palermo of Italy's Serie A confirmed to have signed him on a three-year deal.[9] The transfer fee was reported to be $5m with 5% of the fee being distributed among his youth clubs Alajuelense and Saprissa as per the FIFA solidarity contribution rules.[2] He made his debut on 19 October 2014 in a home game against Cesena, playing the full 90 minutes and scoring the winning goal in the first minute of injury time.[10]

International career[edit]

He played at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada.[11]

Nicknamed Pipo,[12] González made his senior international debut for Costa Rica in a friendly against Slovakia on 5 June 2010. In January 2013, he scored the lone goal in a 1–0 victory over Honduras in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana final.[11]

2014 World Cup[edit]

In June 2014, González was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13] In the team's team's first two group matches, he and his central defensive colleagues Michael Umaña and Óscar Duarte allowed only one goal as Los Ticos beat Uruguay (3–1) and Italy (1–0) to qualify for the knockout stage.[14][15] Costa Rica completed the group stage unbeaten, recording a second consecutive shutout in a 0–0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte.[16] González's play at the back was listed by several as key to the team's progression from the group stage. His countless interceptions and tackles led to him being named to the ESPN Best XI of the group stage.[17] During the round of 16, González was the third of five Costa Rican players to successfully convert his kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece.[18] He was included in the BBC's team of the tournament.[19]

Personal life[edit]

González is of Spanish origin.[20] He is a son of Roberto González and Elsa Castro and has a sister and brother. He has a son, Andrey.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 December 2015
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alajuelense 2008–2009[22] Costa Rican Primera División ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
2009–2010[22] 28 3 ? ? ? ? 12 0
2010–2011[22] 34 0 ? ? 0 0 12 0
2011–2012[22] 29 3 ? ? 6 0 12 0
Total 91 6 0 0 6 0 97 6
Vålerenga 2012[23] Tippeligaen 12 0 12 0
2013[23] 25 2 4 0 29 2
Total 37 2 4 0 0 0 41 2
Columbus Crew 2014[22] Major League Soccer 17 1 17 1
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
Palermo 2014–15[22] Serie A 28 1 16 1
2015–16[22] 16 2 1 0 16 1
Total 44 3 1 0 0 0 45 3
Career Total 189 12 5 0 6 0 200 12

International[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 25, 2012 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Guatemala 3–2 3–2 Friendly
2. January 27, 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Honduras 1–0 1–0 2013 Copa Centroamericana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giancarlo Gonzalez". U.S. Città di Palermo. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Fuentes Alpízar, Ferlin (7 September 2014). "Giancarlo González repartirá millones a Alajuelense y Saprissa" [Giancarlo González divides millions between Alajuelense and Saprissa]. Al Día (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Martin Andresen forsterker med costaricansk landslagsspiller" (in Norwegian). TV2 Sporten. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Crew signs Costa Rican International Giancarlo Gonzalez". Columbus Crew. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "MLS fines Giancarlo Gonzalez for flop". ESPNFC. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  6. ^ http://gfycat.com/BothBrightHalicore
  7. ^ Hautmann, Thomas (17 December 2014). "Checking out the contestants for the first annual Fallon D'Floor". Fox Soccer Blogs. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Brankovic, Maja (18 December 2014). "Wer erhält die Schwalbentrophäe "Fallon d'Floor"?". 11 Freunde (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "GONZALEZ E' DEL PALERMO CONTRATTO TRIENNALE PER IL CENTRALE" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Carci, Francesco (19 October 2014). "Palermo-Cesena 2-1, Gonzalez regala in extremis il primo successo ai rosanero". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Giancarlo GonzálezFIFA competition record
  12. ^ Giancarlo ‘Pipo’ González es vital en el centro de la defensa de la Selección de Costa Rica - Nación (Spanish)
  13. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Italy 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Taylor, Daniel (24 June 2014). "England end disappointing World Cup with barren draw against Costa Rica". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Molyneux-Carter, Jon (27 June 2014). "Best XI of the group stage". ESPNFC. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "World Cup 2014: BBC Sport pundits' team of the tournament". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "ESPAÑOL: No. 10. El Ascenso de Giancarlo González | Mes de la Herencia Hispana". MLSSoccer (in Spanish). 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  21. ^ Giancarlo González: El soñador que emergió de sus lágrimas - Nación (Spanish)
  22. ^ a b c d e f g "G. González". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "NIFS - Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk". Norsk internasjonal Fotballstatistikk (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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