Segundo Castillo (footballer, born 1982)

Segundo Alejandro Castillo Nazareno (born 15 May 1982) is an Ecuadorian retired professional footballer who last played for Guayaquil City of the Ecuadorian Serie A. Castillo mostly played as a defensive midfielder but can also play as a central midfielder. Between 2003 and 2016, he made 87 appearances for the Ecuador national team scoring 9 goals.

Segundo Castillo
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Segundo Castillo
Personal information
Full name Segundo Alejandro Castillo Nazareno
Date of birth (1982-05-15) 15 May 1982 (age 40)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Ecuador
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Espoli 66 (11)
2003–2006 El Nacional 112 (11)
2006–2010 Red Star Belgrade 48 (15)
2008–2009Everton (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2011 Deportivo Quito 26 (6)
2011–2012 Pachuca 47 (4)
2012–2013 Puebla 17 (0)
2013–2014 Al-Hilal 24 (2)
2015 Dorados 33 (3)
2016–2018 Barcelona 48 (3)
2019–2020 Guayaquil City 20 (0)
National team
2003–2016 Ecuador 87 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 January 2020

Club careerEdit

Born in San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas, Castillo started his career with Quito's Club Deportivo Espoli spending three years with the team, scoring a decent 11 goals in 66 appearances. He then moved across the capital to one of Ecuador's most successful sides Club Deportivo El Nacional, with whom he won successive league titles in 2005 and 2006. He again scored 11 goals in 112 matches for the club.[1]

In August 2006 he moved abroad, signing a two-year deal with Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.[2] He scored 8 goals during his first season at his new club and was a key player when the team won the double in 2007.[citation needed] In total he scored 18 goals in 72 games, an average of a goal every four games.

In August 2008 Castillo joined English Premier League club Everton on a year-long loan deal to become Everton's second signing of the summer transfer window.[3] He made his league debut on 14 September 2008 against Stoke City. He scored his only goal for the Toffees on his home debut against Standard Liège on 18 September 2008 in a UEFA Cup tie with a powerful volley from 25 yards out.[4]

Castillo was not offered a permanent contract by Everton at the conclusion of his loan spell; it was reported that Red Star were asking for around £5 million to make the deal permanent.[5]

Castillo returned to the Premier League once again when he joined newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan on 31 August 2009.[6] He made his Wolves debut against Fulham on 20 September 2009, and had a run of eight appearances before dropping out of the club's first team plans. Castillo received many offers from clubs including LDU Quito and Barcelona. On 29 July 2010, it was confirmed that Castillo would return to his home country, Ecuador and play for Deportivo Quito.[7]

In June 2013 he signed a two-year contract to Saudi giants Al-Hilal. On 16 September 2014, Al-Hilal came to terms that Castillo would no longer fit into their plans.[8][9]

On 4 December 2014, it was announced by Dorados de Sinaloa that Castillo would be joining their roster for the next season of the Ascenso MX.[10][11]

On 28 December 2015, it was confirmed that Castillo would again returned to Ecuador to play for Barcelona Sporting Club.[12]

International careerEdit

Castillo broke into the Ecuadorian national team in 2005, making his international debut on 17 August as a substitute against Venezuela. He became a regular player after this and was included in their squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He played every minute of their World Cup campaign, where Ecuador reached the second round for the first time in their history. He has gained a starting role since the 2006 campaign, mainly as a defensive midfielder and has captained the team in a few occasions.

He scored his first qualifying goal from a second half stoppage time header on 12 October 2012, the third goal in a 3–1 home win against Chile. Castillo was essential to Ecuador's qualifying campaign, netting equalizers that would become crucial points towards qualifying to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, against Venezuela and Argentina.

Castillo was left out of the 2014 World Cup during a friendly match with Mexico due to a horrific collision with Luis Montes.[13]

International goalsEdit

Score and result lists Ecuador's goals first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 May 2006 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA   Colombia 1–0 1–1 International friendly
2. 26 March 2008 Estadio La Cocha, Latacunga, Ecuador   Haiti 1–1 3–1 International friendly
3. 20 April 2011 Estadio Jose Maria Minella, Mar del Plata, Argentina   Argentina 2–2 2–2 International friendly
4. 2 September 2011 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Jamaica 5–1 5–2 International friendly
5. 6 September 2011 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Costa Rica 3–0 4–0 International friendly
6. 12 October 2012 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Chile 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 16 October 2012 Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 11 June 2013 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Argentina 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 5 March 2014 The Den, London, England   Australia 2–3 4–3 International friendly


  1. ^ "Players: Squad Profiles: Segundo Castillo". Everton F.C. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  2. ^ Ailton i Kastiljo na "Marakani", Politika, 1 September 2006
  3. ^ Gamble, Matthew (28 August 2008). "Castillo Signing Completed". Everton F.C. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Everton 2–2 Standard Liege". BBC Sport. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Everton loan duo looking to seal permanent deals". Liverpool Echo. 29 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Wolves snap up Ecuador's Castillo". BBC Sport. 31 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Segundo Castillo Nuevo Jugador Del Deportivo Quito". EcuaFutbol. 29 July 2010.
  8. ^ " -".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Segundo Castillo defenderá al club Dorados de Sinaloa de México". 5 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Segundo Alejandro Castillo es el nuevo jugador de Dorados de Sinaloa de México". 5 December 2014.
  12. ^ " -".
  13. ^ "Mexico impress, but lose a star". 31 May 2014.

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