Raúl Eduardo Gonzalez Guzmán, also known as "El Pollo"was born in the city of Valencia, Venezuela, on June 28, 1985. At the age of 4 he did his first steps as football player in the School of Football Valencia, just a short time later he became part of the Venezuela and Italia Community Center of Valencia (CSIV), in which one he formed as footballer and played until year 2002 when he started his career as professional footballer.He represented his state, Carabobo, in the National Championships of Football in all the categories, being several times leading goal scorer of his team. From very young he participated with the CSIV in international competitions as the Gothia Cup of Sweden and Dana Cup of Denmark. He attended clinics and courses with a couple of teams in Italy and Argentina. Between 2000 and 2002 Raul had trials with the Internazionale Milano and the AC Milan but the lack of the European passport closed to him, for that moment, the doors of Europe.At the age of 16 years old he signed his first professional contract with the team Deportivo Italchacao of Venezuela. Thanks to his speed and quality shown at the ground field, Raul Cavallieri decided to put him to play in a new position, as right back. This position and the right winger are the ones where he established himself.
“El Pollo” played for Italchacao from July 2002 to May 2005, with this team he had the chance to participate in the qualifying rounds of South American Cup in 2003 and 2004. When Italchacao was relegated to the second division Raul became at the goal of several Venezuela Teams, with Caracas FC and Aragua FC amongst others. Finally the scale was in favor of Aragua FC and Raul signed with this team. After a brief course with the Aragua, he signed a contract with one of the biggest team of his country, the Caracas FC. In January 2007 he joined to Portuguesa FC on loan from Caracas for the next six months. That season he was a key player in the pursuit of the Portuguesa’s goal: stay in the first division.
In July 2007, with just 22 years old Raul gives the jump to the foreigner football signing with Doxa Katakopias, team recently promoted to the Cypriot First Division. His good performance with the team of Nicosia attracted the interest of Enosis Paralimni FC, team with he signed for two years.
After two seasons with Enosis, his good performance at the tournament 2009-2010 attracted once again the interest of biggest teams in the country, Apollon Limassol and Anorthosis Famagusta, amongst others. The winner of the Cyprus Cup made the most attractive offer and Raul signed with the team a contract for the next two years. At this time, “El Pollo” has disputed with the team of Limassol the 3rd qualifying round of the Europe League against the Sibir Novosibirsk of Russia and the Super Cup of Cyprus against the Omonia of Nicosia.
Raul comprised became part of the Youthful National Selection that participated in the 22th, edition of the South American Championship Under-20 "Youth of America" Colombia 2005, where Venezuela advanced to the final round and occupied the sixth position.
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