Zé Castro

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Zé Castro
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Zé Castro playing for Rayo Vallecano in 2014
Personal information
Full name José Eduardo Rosa Vale e Castro
Date of birth (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Coimbra, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Académica
Number 83
Youth career
1990–2002 Académica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Académica B 53 (9)
2003–2006 Académica 55 (0)
2006–2009 Atlético Madrid 30 (2)
2008–2009Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 29 (1)
2009–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 67 (0)
2013–2017 Rayo Vallecano 92 (2)
2017– Académica 16 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Portugal U20 11 (0)
2004–2006 Portugal U21 15 (1)
2005–2006 Portugal B 2 (0)
2009 Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2018

José Eduardo Rosa Vale e Castro (born 13 January 1983), commonly known as Zé Castro, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Académica de Coimbra as a central defender.

He started and finished his professional career with Académica, but spent 11 years in Spain representing Atlético Madrid, Deportivo and Rayo Vallecano. Appearing for all the clubs in La Liga, he amassed totals of 168 games and five goals.

Castro earned 26 caps for Portugal at youth level, including 15 for the under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Coimbra, Castro entered hometown Académica de Coimbra's youth ranks as a child, and made his Primeira Liga debut on 5 October 2003, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–4 away loss to FC Porto.[1] Despite his young age, he eventually became an undisputed starter and team captain.

In the 2006 off-season, after unfinished advances by Portugal's Big Three, Castro signed with Spanish club Atlético Madrid.[2] In his first year, he benefitted from injuries to teammates, appearing in 22 La Liga matches, with two goals (including an 83rd-minute strike against CA Osasuna for the game's only goal, at home, on 20 January 2007[3]), but featured rarely in the following.[4]

In the summer of 2008, Castro joined fellow league side Deportivo de La Coruña, on a season-long loan, with the Galicians having a buyout clause of 2 million for 50% of the player's rights (the remaining 50% being owned by a company).[5] Again due to injury – habitual starter Pablo Amo was sidelined for months with an Achilles tendon problem – the Portuguese was able to start most of the campaign, and the option was activated for a permanent move.[6][7]

Zé Castro appeared in only ten games in 2009–10, and featured even less in the following season, prompting him to request a move in mid-November 2010.[8] In March 2011, he was to be picked as a last-minute substitute for a league match against Real Sociedad after Aythami Artiles went down with a bout of gastroenteritis, but did not present himself at the Estadio Riazor, and could not be traced through his cellphone.[9][10]

Following Depor's two relegations in the space of three seasons, and a promotion in between, Zé Castro returned to both Madrid and the Spanish top flight on 29 August 2013, signing a season's deal at Rayo Vallecano.[11] In early July 2015, the 32-year-old extended that by a further three.[12]

On 25 September 2017, Castro returned to Académica after an absence of 11 years.[13]

International career[edit]

Shortly after his debuts with Académica, Castro became a defensive stalwart for the Portugal under-21s, and appeared at the 2006 UEFA European Championship on home soil. There, he played in three complete matches as the team exited in the group stage, and scored an own goal in the 0–2 defeat against Serbia.[14]

On 10 June 2009, Castro finally made his full debut, in a 0–0 friendly draw in Estonia.[15] On 10 May of the following year, in spite of a poor season at Deportivo, he was included in a provisional squad of 24 players announced by Carlos Queiroz in view of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; however, after Pepe recovered in time to participate in the competition, he was cut.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 April 2017[17][18]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Académica B 2002–03 34 7 34 7
2003–04 19 2 19 2
Total 53 9 53 9
Académica 2003–04 1 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 24 0 3 0 27 0
2005–06 30 0 3 0 33 0
Total 55 0 6 0 61 0
Atlético Madrid 2006–07 22 2 1 0 23 1
2007–08 8 0 3 0 4 0 27 0
Total 30 2 4 0 4 0 38 2
Deportivo (loan) 2008–09 29 1 2 0 6 0 37 1
Deportivo 2009–10 10 0 5 0 15 0
2010–11 6 0 5 0 11 0
2011–12 27 0 1 0 28 0
2012–13 24 0 0 0 24 0
Total 67 0 11 0 78 0
Rayo Vallecano 2013–14 19 0 1 0 20 0
2014–15 28 0 1 0 29 0
2015–16 22 2 2 0 24 0
2016–17 23 0 1 0 24 0
Total 92 2 5 0 97 2
Career total 326 14 28 0 10 0 364 14

International[edit]

As of match played 10 June 2009[15]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2009 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid
Deportivo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC Porto-Académica, 4–1 (César Peixoto 9, Derlei 15, 41 e 48; Dário 6)" [FC Porto-Académica, 4–1 (César Peixoto 9, Derlei 15, 41 and 48; Dário 6)]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 October 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ Atlético step up spending spree; UEFA, 30 May 2006
  3. ^ Atlético Madrid 1–0 Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 20 January 2007
  4. ^ "La tranquilidad de Zé Castro" [The tranquility of Zé Castro]. El País (in Spanish). 27 July 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Ze Castro, pendiente de firma, llega al Deportivo para reforzar el centro de la zaga" [Ze Castro, signature pending, arrives at Deportivo to bolster center of defense] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  6. ^ Ze Castro signs permanent deal with Deportivo La Coruna; PortuGOAL, 3 April 2009
  7. ^ "El Deportivo ejecuta la opción de compra de Ze Castro" [Deportivo activate Ze Castro buying option] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  8. ^ Ze Castro wants out of Deportivo; PortuGOAL, 16 November 2010
  9. ^ What's going on with Ze Castro?; Deportivo La Coruña International Peña, 9 March 2011
  10. ^ ""Lotina le ha faltado al respeto a Zé Castro"" ["Lotina disrespected Zé Castro"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 9 March 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Zé Castro y Seba Fernández, nuevos jugadores del Rayo" [Zé Castro and Seba Fernández, Rayo's new players]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 August 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Zé Castro renueva por tres años con el Rayo" [Zé Castro renews for three years with Rayo]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 July 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Oficial: Zé Castro regressa a casa que bem conhece" [Official: Zé Castro returns to home he knows well]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 25 September 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Ivanović caps Portugal misery". UEFA. 25 May 2006. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Una mediocre Portugal se estrella ante Estonia" [A mediocre Portugal crash against Estonia]. Marca (in Spanish). 10 June 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Queiroz calls Pepe in for Portugal". FIFA. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Zé Castro". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Zé Castro". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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