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Full name  Diego Castro Gimenez
Years  Team
Weight  70 kg
Place of birth  Pontevedra, Spain
Name  Diego Castro
Career start  2001
Playing position  Winger
Role  Footballer
Parents  Fernando Castro Santos
Number  17
Height  1.74 m

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Date of birth  (1982-07-02) 2 July 1982 (age 33)
Current team  Perth Glory FC (#17 / Midfielder, Forward)

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Diego Castro Giménez ([ˈdjeɣo ˈkastɾo]; born 2 July 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Australian club Perth Glory FC as a left winger.

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He amassed La Liga totals of 226 games and 43 goals during eight seasons, representing mainly in the competition Getafe (four years) and Sporting de Gijón (three).

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Málaga / Sporting

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Castro was born in Pontevedra, Galicia. After starting out professionally with local Pontevedra CF (third division) he moved to Málaga CF, but spent almost three seasons mainly registered with the Andalusians' reserves; in December 2005, he appeared in two consecutive home losses for the main squad, against CA Osasuna (1–2) and Real Madrid (0–2).

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After both Málaga teams dropped down a level in 2006, Castro moved to Sporting de Gijón in division two, being an essential first-team element from the start (20 league goals in his first three seasons combined – with the Asturians achieving La Liga promotion in his third – six of them in 2008–09, as the club narrowly avoided relegation).

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In the following campaign, Castro was arguably Sporting's most important player as he topped their scoring charts at ten, four of those coming through penalties. Sporting again managed to stay in the top division.

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Castro again led Sporting de Gijón in goals scored in 2010–11, netting one goal less. On 13 March 2011, after Nacho Novo gained a penalty kick in the last-minute of an away fixture against Villarreal CF, he converted it in Panenka-style for a final 1–1 draw – the visiting team was then reduced to only nine players.

Getafe

Shortly after the season ended, Castro confirmed his departure from Sporting as a free agent, signing shortly after for Getafe CF. On 3 June 2015, after four years as first-choice, he left the latter after his contract expired.

Perth Glory

On 6 August 2015, aged 33, Castro moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining A-League club Perth Glory FC as their foreign marquee player. He scored his first goal for his new team on 25 October, contributing to a 3–1 home win against Adelaide United FC; he enjoyed a successful debut season, earning selection for the PFA Team of the Year and winning the Alex Tobin award as well as the Johnny Warren Medal.

On 7 June 2016, Castro extended his stay with Perth Glory, agreeing to a deal believed to be worth approximately $500,000.

Personal life

Castro's father, Fernando Castro Santos, also had a career intimately connected with football. He coached several teams in the first and second divisions from 1992 (notably SD Compostela), also working in Portugal.

Club statistics

As of 17 April 2016

Individual

  • PFA Team of the Season: 2015–16
  • PFA A-League Player of the Month: February 2016, March 2016
  • Johnny Warren Medal: 2015–16
  • References

    Diego Castro Wikipedia


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