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Héctor Castro
Personal information
Date of birth 29 November 1904(1904-11-29)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Date of death 15 September 1960 (aged 55)
Place of death Montevideo, Uruguay
Playing position Attacker
Youth career
1921–1924 Athletic Club Lito
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1932 Nacional
1932–1933 Estudiantes
1933–1936 Nacional 231[1] (145[1])
National team
1923–1935 Uruguay 25 (18)
Teams managed
1939–1943 Nacional
1952 Nacional
1959 Uruguay
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Héctor Castro (29 November 1904 – 15 September 1960) was a Uruguayan football player and coach.


Early life

Castro was born in Montevideo. When he was 13, he accidentally amputated his right forearm while using an electric saw, which gave origin to his nickname, El manco (meaning "the one-armed"[2], or "the maimed" [2])[3]

Playing Career


Club career

Castro began his career in 1923/24 with Nacional, And was the first player to score in a World Cup game for Uruguay. At Nacional he won three Uruguayan Championships (1924, 1933, 1934), before retiring in 1936.

1933 Uruguayan Championship

In the 1933 Uruguayan Championship, Castro scored a controversial goal in the championship match where the ball clearly went out of play, but rebounded off a kinesiologist's medicine cabinet back into play in the build-up to the goal. This turned out to be the only goal of the game, and the opposition, Peñarol, felt very hard done by, and three of their players were sent off, for assaulting the referee in annoyance at the goal. This meant that the referee, Telésforo Rodríguez, was unable to continue through injury, so one of the assistant referees, Luis Scandroglio, stepped in, and immediately abandoned the match due to bad light, after seventy minutes.[4]

Over two months later, on July 30, the League Board decided to disallow the goal, and also rescinded one of the three aforementioned sendings-off (that of Ulises Chifflet). They also ruled that the final twenty minutes would be played at Estadio Centenario, but behind closed doors to try to avoid the same controversy which had plagued the original encounter. The match went ahead behind closed doors, and there were no goals in the twenty minutes. In a highly unorthodox move, two sessions of extra-time were played (the usual allowance would be a single session), the score remained goalless.[4]

A second playoff, which consisted of a standard match, followed once again by two sessions of extra-time, was played on September 2, but still the deadlock wasn't broken.[4]

A third playoff was contested on November 18, and Héctor Castro played a vital role in this match, scoring a hat-trick which meant twice equalising as well as scoring the winning goal for Nacional, in a 3-2 win over Peñarol, which finally settled the Uruguayan Championship, almost six months after the controversial first playoff, with Castro arguably scoring both the first goal and the last goal of this gruelling series of matches. This controversial playoff also meant that the Uruguayan Championship of 1933 was bizarrely not awarded until November 1934.[4]

International career

Castro made his debut for the Uruguay national football team in November 1923. He played his final match for la Celeste in August 1935 having played 25 times, scoring 18 goals.[5]

1928 Olympics

Playing for Uruguay at the 1928 Olympic Games Castro won a gold medal.[6]

1930 FIFA World Cup

Castro's goal in the World Cup Final helped Uruguay win the first FIFA World Cup in 1930.[6]

South American Championship

Castro played in South American Championship-winning teams in 1926 and 1935.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Castro worked as a football coach with Nacional. He won the Uruguayan championship in 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, and again in 1952.

Later life and death

Castro died in 1960 at the age of 55, from a heart attack.


As a Player

As a Coach

As an Assistant Coach



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