José Antonio Castro

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José Antonio Castro
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Personal information
Full name José Antonio Castro González
Date of birth (1980-08-11) 11 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right wingback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2011 América 244 (3)
2009–2010 Tigres UANL (loan) 47 (2)
2011–2012 Necaxa 24 (0)
2012 Tecos 11 (0)
2012–2013 San Luis 12 (0)
2013–2014 Atlante 4 (0)
2014 Atlético San Luis 0 (0)
National team
2003–2010 Mexico 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 March 2010

José Antonio Castro González (born August 11, 1980 in Mexico City) is a Mexican football player who last played as a defender for Atlético San Luis. He gained notoriety for his performances with Club América and at the 2006 FIFA World Cup for Mexico. He is often referred to by his nickname "El Gringo", given to him in his childhood because his parents are both Spanish, and his blue eyes.

Club career[edit]

Known for his speed and solid defensive work, Castro is a good marker and counter-attacker who was trained in the Club América youth system. He made his debut in the Mexican Championship against Leon in the 2000–2001 season. After receiving little playing time in his first two seasons with the senior team, Castro became a vital player in the Verano 2002 season, displaying fine form which helped Club América win the Mexican league championships in 2002 and the Clausura title in 2005. Since then, the talented Wingback has been a key player and is one of the two players (the other being Guillermo Ochoa) to start almost every game. The almost being when he has international duties and such. He is a regular starter for the team. For the Clausura 2008, El Gringo will have the responsibility of being the vice-captain of Las Águilas since Duilio Davino left the club and Germán Villa was given the job of being the team's captain. After a poor season with Club América, El Gringo was put on the transfer list. On December 5, 2008, Castro was loaned to UANL Tigres for an undisclosed fee.

International career[edit]

Castro made his international debut for the Mexicon national football team in Los Angeles in a friendly match against Argentina on February 4, 2003. Ricardo La Volpe played him as a Right Winger as usual, but as a midfielder instead of defender. He played his first World Cup match against Portugal in Germany, a game which the Mexicans lost 2-1. Despite the team losing the match, Castro helped his country reach the Round of 16 where they played against Argentina. Since then, he has been called up to play friendly matches. He was even called up to play the 2007 editions of the Gold Cup and Copa América for Mexico. Recently, he was called up by Mexico coach Javier Aguirre for the 2009 Gold Cup. He made his first goal against the United States in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.


Club honors[edit]

Club América:


Mexico Mexico

Individual honors[edit]

Golden Ball Year
Best Defense Wing Back Apertura 2005

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 26, 2009 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States  United States 4–0 5–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

International caps[edit]

As of 17 March 2010

External links[edit]