Giancarlo González facts for kids
|Full name||Giancarlo González Castro|
|Date of birth||8 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Desamparados, San José, Costa Rica|
|Current club||LA Galaxy|
|2007–2008||Costa Rica U20||2||(0)|
† Appearances (Goals).
González spent his youth career with Alajuelense, apart from a stint with Saprissa when he was between 12 and 14 years of age. He began his professional career with Alajuelense in 2007 and was a key player in helping his club win three league titles.
González joined Norwegian club Vålerenga after his contract expired on 31 July 2012. During his time at Vålerenga, González appeared in 37 league matches and scored two goals.
On 21 February 2014, González signed with Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew. On 15 April 2014, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined González an undisclosed amount for "embellishment" of an incident in the 92nd minute of the game against the San Jose Earthquakes on 13 April. González was also nominated for the satirical "Fallon d'Floor" award for this effort.
After his performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, González received interest from a number of European clubs, and on 26 August 2014 Palermo of Italy's Serie A confirmed they had signed him on a three-year deal. The transfer fee was reported to be $5 million, with 5% of the fee being distributed among González's youth clubs Alajuelense and Saprissa as per the FIFA solidarity contribution rules. He made his debut on 19 October 2014 in a home game against Cesena, playing the full 90 minutes and scoring the winning goal in the first minute of injury time.
Palermo's 2016–17 season ended in relegation from Serie A, with González making 21 appearances.
On 22 June 2017, Bologna announced the signing of González.
On 11 April 2019, González signed with the LA Galaxy.
González played at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada.
Nicknamed Pipo, he made his senior international debut for Costa Rica in a friendly against Slovakia on 5 June 2010. In January 2013, he scored the lone goal in a 1–0 victory over Honduras in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana final.
2014 World Cup
In June 2014, González was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team's team's first two group matches, he and his central defensive colleagues Michael Umaña and Óscar Duarte allowed only one goal as Los Ticos beat Uruguay (3–1) and Italy (1–0) to qualify for the knockout stage. Costa Rica completed the group stage unbeaten, recording a second consecutive shutout in a 0–0 draw with England in Belo Horizonte. González's play at the back was listed by several as key to the team's progression from the group stage. His countless interceptions and tackles led to him being named to the ESPN Best XI of the group stage. During the round of 16, González was the third of five Costa Rican players to successfully convert his kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece. He was included in the BBC's team of the tournament.
2018 World Cup
González is of Spanish origin. He is a son of Roberto González and Elsa Castro and has a sister and brother. He has a son, Andrey.
|Alajuelense||2008–2009||Costa Rican Primera División||?||?||?||?||2||0||?||?||2||?|
|Columbus Crew||2014||Major League Soccer||17||1||—||—||—||17||1|
|LA Galaxy||2019||Major League Soccer||20||1||0||0||2||0||2||0||24||1|
- Statistics accurate as of match played 21 July 2021.
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
|1||25 May 2012||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Guatemala||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|2||27 January 2013||Honduras||1–0||1–0||2013 Copa Centroamericana|
- Liga FPD: Apertura 2010, Clausura 2011, Apertura 2011
- Copa Centroamericana: 2013
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