Caszely, who earned the nickname of rey del metro cuadrado, started his club career with Colo Colo in 1967 and played their until 1973 scoring an impressive sixty-two goals in one hundred and twenty three appearances. Caszely then went to Spain in 1973 and stayed there until 1978 having spells at both Levante and Espanyol before returning to los albos where he spent five more years. In his second spell at Colo Colo he added to his already impressive scoring tally by finding the back of the net a further eighty-five times. After his second spell at his first club he briefly played for New York Cosmos before a final fling with Colo Colo, which was equally as short. During his club career he won five titles with Colo Colo in 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981 and 1983 as well as being the league’s top goalscorer in 1979, 1980 and 1981. He was also the leading goalscorer in the 1973 Copa Libertadores.
Carlos Caszely also had an impressive career with the national team with whom he played for from 1969 to 1985. In forty-nine appearances for la roja he found the back of the net twenty-nine appearances and appeared at both the 1974 and 1982 World Cups for Chile. Caszely is probably most famously known outside of Chile for becoming the first player to be given a red card in a World Cup, being sent off by Turkish referee Dogan Babacan in Chile’s first match of the 1974 tournament against hosts, West Germany.
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