Gonzalo Castro

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Not to be confused with Gonzalo Castro Irizábal, a Uruguayan footballer.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Castro and the second or maternal family name is Randón.
Gonzalo Castro
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Gonzalo Castro with Dortmund in 2015
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Castro Randón
Date of birth (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Wuppertal, West Germany
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 27
Youth career
Post SV Wuppertal
Viktoria Rott
0000–1999 Bayer Wuppertal
1999–2005 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Bayer Leverkusen II 10 (3)
2004–2015 Bayer Leverkusen 286 (25)
2015– Borussia Dortmund 25 (3)
National team
2006–2009 Germany U21 21 (3)
2007 Germany 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:42, 14 May 2016 (UTC).


Gonzalo Castro Randón (born 11 June 1987) is a German footballer[1] of Spanish origin who plays for Borussia Dortmund as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Castro before coming on in a match in 2012

Born in Wuppertal to a Spanish father and German mother[citation needed], he began his career with Post SV Wuppertal. Other clubs during his youth were Viktoria Rott and SV Bayer Wuppertal. In 1999, he moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. At 17, he played his first game for the Leverkusen senior team in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League.[2] In his first year he played the last 13 matches of the season. He played 21 times in the 2005–06 season as a substitute. From 2006, Castro then moved from midfield to the back four of Leverkusen and played with solid performances in the starting eleven. For four years in a row he largely held his place. Only in the 2010–11 season, he saw his place on the right side of defence contested by Daniel Schwaab. Since the 2012–13 season, Castro has again played in midfield.[citation needed]

Castro trained as a sports and fitness administrator at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 24 May 2015, it was announced that Castro would join Borussia Dortmund after a transfer release clause of 11 million was met, signing a four-year deal.[3] On 28 October, Castro scored a brace in a 7–1 win against Paderborn in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. On 29 November, Castro scored his first league goal for Dortmund in a 4–1 win over VfB Stuttgart.[4] On 20 April 2016, he was one of three goalscorers as Borussia won 3–0 away at Hertha BSC in the semi-final of the same competition to reach the 2016 DFB-Pokal Final.[5]

International career[edit]

In his youth, Castro was invited by the Spanish Football Federation to several courses. He played a single match for a Spanish junior selection and chose at the age of 18 to play for the German Football Association. Castro has played for the German national U-21 team at the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[6] After three test caps at the beginning of 2006, Castro gained a place in the German squad for the finals of the U-21 European Championship 2006 in Portugal. There he delivered solid performances. His biggest footballing success was winning the U-21 Championship 2009 in Sweden under coach Horst Hrubesch. In a 4–0 victory in the final against England, Castro scored the first goal in the 23rd minute.

In the European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic on 24 March 2007, Castro was called up to the senior squad for the first time and four days later, he made his debut against Denmark. This was followed by four more international appearances. Since then, Castro has never featured in the national squad.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 August 2016[7]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other1 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayer Leverkusen 2004–05 Bundesliga 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 0 [8]
2005–06 21 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 26 0 [9]
2006–07 26 3 1 0 11 0 1 0 39 3 [9]
2007–08 33 1 1 0 11 0 45 1 [10]
2008–09 27 2 6 0 33 2 [11]
2009–10 29 1 1 0 30 1 [12]
2010–11 23 3 1 0 8 3 32 6 [13]
2011–12 31 2 1 0 8 0 40 2 [14]
2012–13 31 6 3 0 6 2 40 8 [15]
2013–14 30 5 3 0 6 0 39 5 [16]
2014–15 22 2 3 0 7 0 32 2 [17]
Totals 286 25 22 0 60 5 2 0 370 30
Bayer Leverkusen II 2005–06 Regionalliga Nord 10 3 10 3 [9]
Borussia Dortmund 2015–16 Bundesliga 25 3 5 3 11 1 41 7 [18]
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 25 3 5 3 11 1 1 0 42 7
Career totals 321 31 27 3 71 6 3 0 422 40

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen[19]

International[edit]

Germany U-21[20]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haslam, Andrew (14 June 2009). "Castro commits to nurture over nature". UEFA. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Gonzalo Castro profile". UEFA. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "LEVERKUSEN'S CASTRO AGREES MOVE TO DORTMUND". Bundesliga.com. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Stuttgart". BBC Sport. 29 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Marco Reus drives Borussia Dortmund past Hertha Berlin to German Cup final". Deutsche Welle. 20 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Castro entscheidet sich für Deutschland". Leverkusen.com. 10 November 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Gonzalo Castro profile at Soccerway
  8. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Gonzalo Castro » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "G. Castro". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  20. ^ Gartenschläger, Lars (6 June 2013). "Khedira, Özil, Neuer – Aufstieg der Euro-Helden" (in German). welt.de. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 20 May 2016. 

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