Castelen in training with Feyenoord
|Full name||Romeo Erwin Marius Castelen|
|Date of birth||3 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2009–2011||Hamburger SV II||5||(5)|
|2013||Volga Nizhny Novgorod||2||(0)|
|2014–2016||Western Sydney Wanderers||44||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2018|
After competing in his country with Den Haag (four seasons) and Feyenoord (three), he joined Hamburg in Germany, where he all but failed to appear over the course of five years due to several injuries.
ADO Den Haag
Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, Castelen started his professional career with ADO Den Haag, playing two full seasons in the second division. He made his first-team debut at not yet 18, and contributed with nine goals in 24 games in 2002–03 as the club returned to the Eredivisie, as champions.
Castelen made his top level debut on 16 August 2003, in a 0–1 away loss against RKC Waalwijk. He only missed six matches during the campaign as The Hague side narrowly avoided relegation (15th position).
Castelen moved to Feyenoord for 2004–05, making his official debut for his new team on 15 August and scoring a brace in a 6–1 home win against De Graafschap. He netted 19 goals in his first two years with the Rotterdam side combined, as it finished fourth and third respectively.
Castelen could only amass 12 league matches in 2006–07 due to an ankle ailment, as Feyenoord finished in seventh position. On 22 April 2007 he scored his only game of the season, in a 1–1 home draw against NEC Nijmegen.
Castelen was declared fit prior to the start of the 2007–08 campaign, with his contract expiring at the end of that season. He was offered a new deal, but declined to sign it after deeming his future at the club as not very bright due to its recent results. However, when players like Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Kevin Hofland and Roy Makaay were signed, he reconsidered, but eventually agreed on terms with Hamburger SV from Germany in late July 2007, signing a four-year contract; he appeared in 79 official games for Feyenoord, scoring 21 goals.
Castelen made his Bundesliga debut on 11 August 2007, playing seven minutes in a 1–0 away win against Hannover 96. During his spell at the Volksparkstadion, however, he was plagued with constant injury problems, and he was released in June 2012 after his contract was not renewed.
On 3 July 2013, Castelen returned to his homeland and its top division, joining RKC. Roughly one year later, he signed a two-year contract with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC. He participated with his new team at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, scoring the opener against ES Sétif in the fifth-place match, which ended in a penalty shootout loss after a 2–2 draw.
In the 2015–16 campaign, Castelen netted seven goals overall. Three of those came in the final series' semi-finals, a 5–4 extra time win over Brisbane Roar FC. However, on 5 May 2016, he was released.
On 14 July 2016, Castelen signed with K-League Classic team Suwon Samsung Bluewings. In the 2018 January transfer window, the 34-year old returned to his country and joined VVV-Venlo, making his debut against former club Den Haag.
Castelen's solid beginnings with Feyenoord impressed newly appointed Dutch national team manager Marco van Basten, and the player made his debut with Oranje on 18 August 2004, starting in a 2–2 friendly draw in Sweden. His physical condition, however, denied him a spot in the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
|1.||30 March 2005||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||Armenia||2006 World Cup qualification|
|2000–01||Den Haag||Eerste Divisie||3||0||0||0||–||–||3||0|
|2012–13||Volga||Russian Premier League||2||0||0||0||–||–||2||0|
|2014–15||Western Sydney Wanderers||A-League||–||–|
|South Korea||League||Korean FA Cup||Asia||Other||Total|
|2016||Samsung Bluewings||K-League Classic||–|
|China||League||Chinese FA Cup||Asia||Other||Total|
|2017||Zhejiang Yiteng||China League One||23||3||0||0||–||–||23||3|
- Den Haag
- "Romeo Castelen vertrekt naar HSV" [Romeo Castelen to HSV] (in Dutch). Feyenoord. 30 July 2007.
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- Кастелен – в "Волге" [Castelen – To Volga] (in Russian). FC Volga. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- "Castelen vindt in Rusland nieuwe werkgever" [Castelen finds new employer in Russia] (in Dutch). Voetbal Primeur. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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- "Western Sydney Wanderers sign former Dutch international winger Romeo Castelen". The Advertiser. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
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- "<프로축구> 수원, 네덜란드 대표팀 출신 카스텔렌 영입" [<Professional Soccer> Suwon Samsung signed with Romeo Castelen ex-Dutch international.] (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Romeo Castelen geniet bij VVV van zijn Haagse kwartiertje" [Romeo Castelen enjoys at VVV in his Haagse kwartiertje]. Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 21 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
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