FOOT BALL HISTORY: First and only one arm man to play and score in world cup

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The Uruguayan forward Hector Castro is on record as the FIRST AND ONLY ONE-ARM player to play and also score in the history of the World Cup from 1930-2018, Popularly nicknamed “El-MANCO” (One-Arm)

after his right arm had been amputated at the elbow because of an accident at the age of 13, Hector Castro (born 29 November 1904), holds unique records in World Cup history that may not be erased.He remains the FIRST and ONLY one-arm player to play and score in the history of the World Cup.He appeared
at the inaugural edition of the World Cup in his country Uruguay in 1930..

Castro’s record was that he scored Uruguay’s winning goal in the 4-2 victory over close door neighbours and arch rivals Argentina in the Final match of the maiden edition of the World cup inside the grand architecturally designed Estadio Centenario Montevideo on 30 July 1930. It was the last goal that was scored in the Final and of course the 70th.goal in World Cup history.He scored two goals in the 1930 World Cup having scored in the 1-0 win over Peru in their group three.match.

Hector Castro began his football career four years after the amputation of his hand when he was snapped up by the Youth Team of Athletic club Lito where the foundation of his illustrious career was laid from 1921-1924 .He joined one of Uruguay’s elite club Nacional later in 1924 and because of his stupendous form ,he was invited to the senior national team of his country.

Hector Castro was a member of the Uruguayan team that won the Gold medal of the Olympic Football Tournament in Amsterdam,Holland in 1928 after beating Argentina 2-1 in a replay in an all South American clash in the Final. Both teams had stymied their match 1-1 in their first encounter.Despite his young age and in the midst of veteran footballers in the Uruguayan team, Hector Castro proved the magnificient bastion in the Uruguayan team.His scintillating performances navigated the route for the invitation extended to him by Coach Alberto Suppici to play in Uruguay’s 1930 World Cup winning team .After the 1930 World Cup,

Hector Castro joined Estudiantes another top club in Argentina and after spending only one season 1932 to 1933 he went back to Uruguay and joined Nacional.In the three years he played in the colours of Nacional (1933-1936)
he made 231 apperances and scored 145 goals.After his retirement,he took to coaching and coached his former club Nacional from 1939-1952. The one arm Hector Castro had the honour of coaching the Uruguayan national team in 1959. He died in 1960 at the age of 55 from a heart attack.

SOURCE:
BIOGRAPHIES OF 100 WORLD CUP STARS 1930-2022

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