Gonzalo Castro

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Not to be confused with Gonzalo Castro Irizábal, a Uruguayan footballer.
Gonzalo Castro
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Castro with VfB Stuttgart in 2018
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Castro Randón
Date of birth (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Wuppertal, West Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
Number 8
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)
2015–2018 Borussia Dortmund 72 (6)
2018– VfB Stuttgart 0 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U19 1 (0)
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 14:28, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 January 2017


Gonzalo Castro Randón (born 11 June 1987) is a German footballer[2] of Spanish origin who plays for VfB Stuttgart as a midfielder.

Career

Club career

Bayer Leverkusen

Castro before coming on in a match in 2012

Born in Wuppertal to Spanish parents, 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.[3] 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 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

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] In March 2017, the club extended his contract until 30 June 2020.[7]

VfB Stuttgart

On 29 June 2018, Castro signed a three-year-contract with VfB Stuttgart, enabling him to join the club on 1 July 2018.[8]

International career

In his youth, Castro was invited by the Spanish Football Federation to several courses.[9] He played a single match for a Spanish junior selection and chose at the age of 18 to play for the German Football Association.[10][11] Castro has played for the German national U-21 team at the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[12] 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.[3]

Career statistics

Castro with Borussia Dortmund in 2015
As of 20 June 2018
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 [13]
2005–06 21 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 26 0 [14]
2006–07 26 3 1 0 11 0 1 0 39 3 [14]
2007–08 33 1 1 0 11 0 45 1 [15]
2008–09 27 2 6 0 33 2 [16]
2009–10 29 1 1 0 30 1 [17]
2010–11 23 3 1 0 8 3 32 6 [18]
2011–12 31 2 1 0 8 0 40 2 [19]
2012–13 31 6 3 0 6 2 40 8 [20]
2013–14 30 5 3 0 6 0 39 5 [21]
2014–15 22 2 3 0 7 0 32 2 [22]
Totals 286 25 22 0 60 5 2 0 370 30
Bayer Leverkusen II 2005–06 Regionalliga Nord 10 3 10 3 [14]
Borussia Dortmund 2015–16 Bundesliga 25 3 5 3 11 1 41 7 [23]
2016–17 28 3 6 0 7 1 1 0 41 4 [24]
2017–18 19 0 2 1 5 0 1 0 27 1 [25]
Total 72 6 13 4 23 2 2 0 110 12
Career totals 368 34 35 4 83 7 4 0 480 45

Honours

Club

Bayer Leverkusen[26]
Borussia Dortmund

International

Germany U-21[27]

Individual

References

  1. ^ https://www.bvb.de/eng/Teams/First-Team/Gonzalo-Castro
  2. ^ Haslam, Andrew (14 June 2009). "Castro commits to nurture over nature". UEFA. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Gonzalo Castro profile". UEFA. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "LEVERKUSEN'S CASTRO AGREES MOVE TO DORTMUND". Bundesliga.com. 24 May 2015. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Stuttgart". BBC Sport. 29 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Marco Reus drives Borussia Dortmund past Hertha Berlin to German Cup final". Deutsche Welle. 20 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Borussia Dortmund verlängert Vertrag mit Gonzalo Castro". bvb.de. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "VfB sign Gonzalo Castro". VfB Stuttgart. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018. 
  9. ^ https://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/news/y=2005/m=3/news=blood-thicker-than-water-for-spanish-promise-castro-96758.html
  10. ^ http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2009/06/13/mas_futbol/1244874431_850215.html
  11. ^ http://www.sefutbol.com/en/today-its-catanhas-birthday-43-do-you-know-how-many-players-born-abroad-have-worn-spain-jersey
  12. ^ "Castro entscheidet sich für Deutschland". Leverkusen.com. 10 November 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c "Gonzalo Castro » Club matches". World Football. 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. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  25. ^ "Gonzalo Castro". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "G. Castro". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  27. ^ Gartenschläger, Lars (6 June 2013). "Khedira, Özil, Neuer – Aufstieg der Euro-Helden" (in German). welt.de. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 20 May 2016. 

External links

  • Gonzalo Castro at kicker.de (in German)
  • Leverkusen who's who
  • Gonzalo Castro at fussballdaten.de (in German)
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