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 32)
Place of birth Trinidad, Uruguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Nacional 81 (21)
2007–2012 Mallorca 131 (23)
2012–2016 Real Sociedad 94 (12)
2016– Málaga 36 (2)
National team
2005– Uruguay 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013

Gonzalo "Chory" Castro Irizábal (born 14 September 1984) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Málaga CF as a left winger.

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. He went on to become an important first-team member, helping the club 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 side 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 goals in 33 games during the season to help 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]


On 6 January 2016, Castro terminated his link (which was about to expire) with Real Sociedad and moved to fellow league club 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, is 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]




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