Carlos Castro (footballer, born 1978)

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Carlos Castro
Personal information
Full name Carlos Eduardo Castro Mora
Date of birth (1978-09-10) September 10, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Alajuela, Costa Rica
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position(s) Left back, Left midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Alajuelense 175 (4)
2003–2004 Rubin Kazan 9 (0)
2004–2006 Alajuelense 70 (0)
2007 Haugesund 26 (0)
2008–2010 Alajuelense 58 (0)
2010 Puntarenas 4 (0)
2011 Brujas 16 (0)
2011 Herediano 2 (0)
2012–2014 Carmelita 68 (0)
National team
2000–2007 Costa Rica 48 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 13, 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 04, 2009

Carlos Eduardo Castro Mora (born 10 September 1978) is a retired Costa Rican football player.

Early life[edit]

Castro was raised by his grandparents.[1]

Club career[edit]

He made his professional debut on 19 October 1997 for Alajuelense against Puntarenas and also scored his first goal against Puntarenas on 15 November 1998,[2] but was rumoured to be kicked off of the team for apparently drinking problems (which he denies). In 2003, he moved abroad to play for Rubin Kazan in Russia whom he left in May 2004[3] to return to Alajuelense. He has played as left back or left midfielder and dribbles and crosses well, he also has good passing skills.

In January 2007 he signed on a free deal for Norwegian firstdivision club, FK Haugesund, but left the club in January 2008 due to the family did not want to stay in Norway.[4] He decided to go back to Costa Rica after a good season in Norway, and signed for his beloved team, Alajuelense.[5] As soon as he signed, he became a regular in the starting line-up. In June 2010 he left them for Puntarenas[6] and he later played for Brujas.

In summer 2011 he had a very short stint at Herediano, joining them in June[7] and leaving them already in August.[8] In summer 2012, Castro was snapped up by Carmelita[9] and on 1 May 2014 he announced his retirement.[10]

International career[edit]

Castro played at the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.[11]

He made his senior debut for the Ticos in a June 2000 friendly match against Paraguay and has earned a total of 48 caps, scoring 1 goal.[12] He has represented his country in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in Costa Rica's all three matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[11] He also played at the 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup[13] as well as at the 2002[14] and 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cups[15] and the 2001 Copa América.[16]

His final international was an October 2007 friendly match against Haiti.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 2–0 2–2 Friendly match



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