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Iker Casillas ‘’Saint Iker’’

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Iker Casillas Fernández

Iker Casillas was born on May 20, 1981 in Madrid, Spain. He is the Spanish national goalkeeper. He is also the captain of the Spanish national team. Casillas was twice nominated for the Player of the Year award in Europe. and then for the third time in the UEFA Team of the YearIn 2011, Casillas became one of the players who won all club and national team championships. In 2010, he received the Sports Prince of Asturia award. On October 19, 2010, Casillas became the top goalkeeper in the UEFA Champions League, and in November 2011 he became the most played player in the Spanish national team.

Becoming Legend of Real Madrid

Iker Casillas started his career as an amateur on the page of Real Madrid in the 1990-91 season. In the 1997-1998 season, when he was 16 on 27 November 1997, he was added to the A team in a Champions League match. Saint Iker was the third goalkeeper that season,however his team won the champions league. He became the youngest goalkeeper who played in the UEFA Champions League final in the 1999-2000 season. Real Madrid won that match with a score of 3-0. He entered the game in the second half of the Champions League final in the 2001-2002 season,  strengthened his position with his performance in this match.

2007-08 season was great for Iker Casıllas. That season, Real Madrid became the champion of La Liga. Iker Casıllas won the Ricardo Zamora Award by conciding only 32 goals in 36 matches. On February 14, 2008, Casillas signed a contract that lasted until 2017. He was elected to the UEFA Team of the Year for the second time in that season. In February 2009, Casillas played in 454 matches, he broke Paco Buyo’s record. He became Real Madrid’s top goalkeeper at the age of 28. After his performance in the Sevilla match in 2009-10 season, he got full marks from football commentators. In the 2011-12 season, Casillas became the only goalkeeper to receive the IFFHS World’s Best Goalie award for the fourth time.

Iker Casillas played  in their 600th match against Athletic Bilbao,  on January 22, 2012. On May 2, 2012, Casillas won the La Liga championship for the fifth time as the captain of Real Madrid. In August, he became the Spanish captain winning 3 league titles, Copa del Rey and the Super Cup. He spent 16 years in the team.

Saint Iker left his home quietly in 2015, transferred to Porto despite the reactions of the fans.

FC Porto

Saint Iker signed a 2-year contract with the Portuguese team Porto on July 11, 2015. After a heart attack in training, he stopped his professional football life on May 17, 2019. In July 2019, after a heart attack two months ago, Casillas returned to training again, in other wordshe is still playing in Porto.

Spain

Iker Casillas played in the U-17 for the first time in the national team. At the age of 16, he became the youngest player in the Spanin squad in the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt. Then he became the captain of the national team under 17. Two years later he was included in the squad of the team that won the FIFA World Youth Championship and the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup.

Casillas played his first game against the national team when he was 19 years old against Sweden on 3 June 2000. He became a substitute goalkeeper in Euro 2000 but could not get a chance to play in any match, joined the 2002 World Cup. One of the rescues he made in the quarter-final match with South Korea at the 2002 FIFA World Cup was confirmed by FIFA as the top 10 rescuers of all time. He also played in eight games in the Euro 2004 qualifiers group and only conceded four goals. On 29 June 2008, he was the captain of the Germany match where they received the Casillas European Football Championship Cup.

Spain Career

In October 2008, Casillas and his backup Pepe Reina did not concede for a long time and broke a record. They did not conceded a goal for 710 minutes and broke the record of Andoni Zubizarreta and Paco Buyo.  Casillas became the highest goalkeeper in 2008 at Ballon d’Or. In the same year, Casillas was named the World’s Best Goalkeeper by IFFHS. He also beat Oliver Kahn and became the third best goalkeeper of all time. He won the World Cup for the first time on July 11, 2010. Thus, the third captain who won the World Cup became the goalkeeper. He received the Golden Glove award at the end of the tournament. Casillas was the winner in 95 national matches and broke another record. He also won the European Football Championship in 2008 and 2012 with his team.

All Awards

Iker Casıllas won five La Liga championships in Real Madrid, twice the Copa Del Rey championship, four Spanish super cup championships, three UEFA Champions League championships, two UEFA Super Cups and one Intercontinental Cup.

 He won the 2010 World Cup, the 2008 and 2012 European Football Championship, the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 1997 UEFA U-16 Championship in the Spanish national team.

Iker Casillas’s individual successes are like these;

Bravo Award: 2000

Don Balón Awards: 2000 – Best Newcomer

UEFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Ricardo Zamora Award: 2007-08

FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009, 2010

IFFHS World’s Best Goalie: 2008, 2009, 2010

FIFA.com Team of the Year: 2008

FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2010

FIFA World Cup Tournament Team: 2010

ESM Team of the Year: 2008

FIFA / FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

FIFA / FIFPro World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

IFFHS World’s Best Goalie: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2010

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010

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