Iker Casillas Biography
Born on May 20th, 1981, in Móstoles, Spain, Iker Casillas joined the Real Madrid youth system at age 9. He became the youngest goalkeeper to start in a Champions League final match in 2000, and sparked Real Madrid to multiple domestic titles in subsequent years. Casillas also starred for the Spanish teams that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
Iker Casillas Fernández was born on May 20, 1981, in Móstoles, Spain. Casillas grew up playing soccer with his dad and neighborhood friends, but wasn’t involved in an organized league until he joined the Real Madrid youth system at age 9.
The agile Casillas emerged as a star goalkeeper as a teenager, anchoring the defense for the Spanish junior national teams that won the 1997 UEFA European Under-16 Championship and the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. Casillas broke through to Real Madrid’s senior side in 1999. He became the youngest starting goalkeeper in a UEFA Champions League final in May 2000, and made his debut for Spain’s senior national team shortly afterward.
In his first four seasons, Casillas helped Real Madrid win two league titles, two Spanish Super Cups and a UEFA Super Cup. He was benched during the 2001-02 campaign after a period of erratic play, but responded with several amazing saves late in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final vs. Bayer Leverkusen to preserve the win. Casillas became Spain’s starting goalkeeper during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, earning acclaim for his performance to help his side reach the quarterfinals.
Named Spanish team captain after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Casillas enjoyed an impressive stretch of individual and team success. He helped Real Madrid win back-to-back league titles in 2007 and 2008, as well as the ’08 Spanish Supercup. Cementing his reputation as the game’s best goalkeeper, he was named to the UEFA Team of the Year for the first of six straight years in 2007, and finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or voting in 2008.
Casillas also helped Spain end its lengthy drought of international success with his airtight defense in the 2008 European Championship. Spain went on to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 European Championship, with Casillas earning selection to the All-Star teams of all three tournaments.
Casillas claimed another league title and Supercup victory with Real Madrid in 2012, but the combination of a fractured finger and rift with manager José Mourinho resulted in diminished playing time the following season, clouding the future of the once-peerless goalkeeper.
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Since 2009, Casillas has been in a relationship with sports journalist Sara Carbonero. Their son Martín was born on 3 January 2014 in Madrid. In November 2015, the couple announced they were expecting their second child. On 20 March 2016, the couple married. On 2 June 2016, Sara gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lucas. A street in Móstoles has been renamed Avenida de Iker Casillas in his honour.
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Iker Casillas Fernández born on 20th May 1981 is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Porto.
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Casillas began his career in Real Madrid’s youth system, known as La Fábrica, during the 1990–91 season. On 27 November 1997, at age 16 and still a junior, he was first called up to the senior team squad to face Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League, although he remained on the bench throughout. After spending a season with the C-team in the fourth tier, during which they won their regional group, he came into contention as the club’s first-choice between the posts.
In starting the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage fixture against Olympiakos on 15 September 1999, he became the youngest goalkeeper ever to feature in the competition at the time, aged 18 years and 177 days; a record which was only broken in October 2017 by Mile Svilar. Three days earlier, Casillas had made his La Liga debut in a 2–2 draw against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés Stadium. In May 2000, he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in and win a Champions League final when Real Madrid defeated Valencia 3–0, just four days after his 19th birthday.
Casillas lost his place in the side to backup César Sánchez after poor performances in the 2001–02 campaign, but redeemed himself when Sánchez suffered an injury in the final minutes of the 2002 Champions League Final. Casillas came on and pulled off several key saves to deny a rampant Bayer Leverkusen the Champions League crown. Real Madrid won 2–1.
The 2007–08 season was a fruitful season for Casillas, as he helped Real Madrid reclaim their 31st La Liga title and conceded only 32 goals in 36 matches to claim the Zamora Trophy. On 14 February 2008, he and club captain Raúl were awarded contracts for life; Casillas signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2017, with an automatic extension if he played 30 competitive matches during the final season of the contract and a buy-out clause of £113 million. His performances earned him a spot in the UEFA Team of the Year for the second time.
In February 2009, Casillas equaled Paco Buyo’s record of 454 matches played for a goalkeeper and has since surpassed it to become Real Madrid’s most-capped goalkeeper of all time at only 27 years old. During the 2009 summer transfer window, some Spanish media reported that Manchester City had launched a record £129 million bid for the goalkeeper. The club denied the rumors, however, saying that no such offer had been made. Manchester United had been rumored to have inquired about him, but no price was announced.
He had been linked with other Premier League clubs before but Casillas himself stated that he “had no intention of leaving” his boyhood club. During the 2009–10 season on 4 October in a game against Sevilla, Casillas made an extraordinary save, running from one side of his goal to the other to deny Diego Perotti in a one-on-one, close-range encounter.
After the match, he received praise from fellow Spanish goalkeepers and England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who stated, “Casillas’ reflexes are incredible. If he continues to play this well he will become one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game.” Europa Press reported that Casillas was the second-most popular Spanish sportsman on the Internet in 2010. The study performed by company Vipnet360 examined the web presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
During the 2010–11 season, after the departure of first and second captains of Real Madrid, Raúl and Guti respectively, Casillas was selected as first captain with new vice-captains Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Gonzalo Higuaín.
During the 2011–12 season, Casillas won the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper award, making him only the second goalkeeper to win it behind Gianluigi Buffon four times and the only goalkeeper to win the award four times in a row. Casillas played his 600th match for Real Madrid on 22 January 2012 in a 4–1 win against Athletic Bilbao. On 2 May 2012, Casillas clinched his fifth La Liga title and his first as a captain of Real Madrid, with a 3–0 win in Bilbao.
On 22 December 2012, Casillas was dropped by José Mourinho for a Liga match against Málaga in favour of Antonio Adán. This was the beginning of a series of sour disagreements between the Portuguese coach and the player, some of which, along with other internal affairs, were allegedly aired to the press by Casillas himself.
This generated a shift in the opinion of certain sectors of Real Madrid’s fans, who gave Casillas the nickname “topor” (a portmanteau of “topo,” and “portero,” Spanish for “mole” and “goalkeeper,” respectively). During the 2012–13 season, Casillas won the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper Award for the fifth consecutive time, making him the only goalkeeper in history to have ever won that award five times (in a row).
In January 2013, after a serious injury to Casillas, Mourinho signed Diego López from Sevilla. López was named first-choice ‘keeper ahead of Antonio Adán and kept his place in the team even after Casillas had returned from injury. After the 2012–13 season, Mourinho left Madrid and soon after his departure, Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta criticised him for benching Casillas.
In the middle of 2013, it was announced that Carlo Ancelotti would be Real Madrid’s head coach for the 2013–14 season. Real Madrid started the season with a 2–1 victory over Real Betis in which Casillas was benched once again. He made his first start in 238 days in the Champions League group stage match against Galatasaray, but was injured in the 14th minute after Sergio Ramos caught him with an accidental elbow as the goalkeeper came from his line to make a routine catch.
Despite being the club’s second-choice ‘keeper in La Liga, behind Diego López, Casillas continued to be Madrid’s first choice ‘keeper in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, setting a new record of 962 minutes without conceding a goal. In February 2014, he became the first goalkeeper to play in every round of the Copa del Rey prior to the final without conceding a goal. On 16 April, he captained Madrid in the final as they beat rivals Barcelona 2–1 at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium.
On 24 May 2014, Casillas captained Real Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final, winning the title for the third time in his career with a 4–1 win over Atlético Madrid in Lisbon; this was the tenth time Real Madrid had won the trophy. Following the Champions League win, the 2014–15 season saw him return to being the club’s first choice goalkeeper, as he then went on to win the UEFA Super Cup over Sevilla on 12 August 2014. He then also won the FIFA Club World Cup later that year, making his 700th appearance for Madrid on 20 December 2014, in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup Final, as Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo 2–0.
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|15/16||Jul 11, 2015||Real Madrid||FC Porto||6,00 Mill. €||Free Transfer|
|99/00||Jul 1, 1999||R. Madrid B||Real Madrid||–||–|
|98/99||Jul 1, 1998||Real Madrid C||R. Madrid B||–||–|
|97/98||Jul 1, 1997||R. Madrid Youth||Real Madrid C||–||–|
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Casillas debuted for Spain at the under-17 level. At age 16, he was the youngest player in the Spanish squad that placed third at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt. He was later made captain of the U17s. Two years later, he went on to win the FIFA World Youth Championship and the UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup that same year. Initially second-choice, he soon worked his way up to first-choice and eventually earned his first senior cap following some brilliant performances at club level.
Senior debut, Euro 2000 and 2002 World Cup
Casillas is currently the most capped player in the history of the Spain national team. Following his full international debut at the senior level on 3 June 2000 against Sweden (at 19 years and 14 days), Casillas was an unused substitute at UEFA Euro 2000. He was part of the roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, initially as the understudy to Santiago Cañizares. Coincidentally, he became first-choice when Cañizares had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury from a freak accident.
At 21, Casillas was one of the youngest first-choice goalkeepers in the tournament. He played an instrumental role in Spanish progression when he saved two penalties in the shoot-out during the round of 16 match against the Republic of Ireland, earning him the nickname “The Saint”. One of his saves during the quarter-final against South Korea during the 2002 World Cup was rated by FIFA as one of the top ten saves of all time.
Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup
Casillas played in all eight Group six fixtures during Euro 2004 qualifying, conceding just four goals. He kept a clean sheet in the second leg victory of the playoff against Norway which ended 3–0 in Oslo, and started all of Spain’s Euro 2004 matches. He was the first choice for the 2006 World Cup, captaining the team twice, but could not prevent La Roja from losing 3–1 to a Zinedine Zidane-inspired France in the Round of 16.
With the exclusion of his Real Madrid teammate Raúl from the squad for Euro 2008, Casillas was given the captain’s armband. He started the first two Group D games against Russia and Sweden before being rested in place of second-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina for Spain’s group stage elimination of Greece. Casillas saved two penalties from Antonio Di Natale and Daniele De Rossi as Spain eliminated Italy in the quarter-finals with a 4–2 shootout win following a goalless draw on 22 June.
Spain later went on to win the competition with a 1–0 win over Germany in the final on 29 June. Casillas kept clean sheets in all of the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches, with Sweden’s first round goal by Zlatan Ibrahimović being the last one scored against him. On 29 June 2008, Casillas became the first goalkeeper-captain to lift the UEFA European Championship trophy when Spain beat Germany in the final.
In October 2008, Casillas and back-up Pepe Reina broke the national record for the longest time spent without conceding a goal. The pair went unbeaten for 710 minutes, longer than Spain’s longest-serving goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and Paco Buyo. Wesley Sonck of Belgium ended their goalless streak when he scored against them a 2010 World Cup qualifying match.
Casillas was the highest-ranked goalkeeper (fourth place) in the 2008 Ballon d’Or, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and national teammate Fernando Torres. Also in 2008, Casillas was named the world’s best goalkeeper by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). He also came in third place in the best goalkeepers of all time ranking, beating Oliver Kahn.
2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup
Casillas was Spain’s starting goalkeeper during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, making four appearances as Spain finished the tournament in third place. On 5 September 2009, after a 5–0 win over Belgium in a qualifying match for the World Cup, Casillas equalled Andoni Zubizarreta’s national record of 56 clean sheets, and during the Spanish team’s next match, against Estonia on 9 September 2009, he surpassed Zubizarreta as the record holder for the most Spanish international clean sheets (this being achieved in Casillas’ 98th appearance for the national team, while Zubizarreta made 126 before his retirement). Two months later, Casillas made his 100th appearance for Spain in its friendly win over Argentina, making him only the third player in history of Spanish football to ever reach this far internationally.
On 11 July 2010, Casillas captained Spain to their first ever World Cup title with a 1–0 win against the Netherlands. In so doing, he became the third ever goalkeeper to captain a World Cup winning side (along with Gianpiero Combi in 1934 and Dino Zoff in 1982; the feat was later also achieved by Hugo Lloris in 2018).
He was voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper and awarded the Golden Glove. In the course of the finals in South Africa, he kept five clean sheets, conceded two goals and saved a penalty in the quarter-final against Paraguay. In the final, he made two crucial stops from Netherlands’ Arjen Robben with the score at 0–0 after the Dutchman had passed all the defenders.
On 15 November 2011, Casillas became Spain’s most capped player, breaking Andoni Zubizarreta’s record after starting for Spain in their 2–2 draw against Costa Rica. On 29 February 2012, in Spain’s 5–0 win over Venezuela, Casillas equalled Edwin van der Sar’s record of 72 international clean sheets.
On 30 May, in Spain’s 4–1 win over South Korea, Casillas came on for Pepe Reina on the 82nd minute mark. This set the record for most international victories with 95 giving Casillas yet another record to his name. On 6 June, In Spain’s 1–0 win over China PR, Casillas set the record for most international clean sheets with 74.
On 1 July 2012, Casillas became the first player to reach 100 international wins for his country. He also set another record with his 509 minutes without conceding a goal in that year’s European Championship, keeping five consecutive clean sheets and breaking the longstanding tally of 494 minutes set by Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff. The only goal he conceded, scored by Antonio Di Natale, came in Spain’s opening match of the tournament, against eventual runners-up Italy. Casillas then continued his new record for minutes unbeaten with Spain to 817 minutes.
2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup
In June 2013, Casillas represented Spain at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, making three appearances as Spain reached the final, only to be defeated by the hosts.
In June 2014, Casillas was selected to represent Spain in his fourth World Cup. In the team’s opening match, he made two mistakes leading to goals from Stefan de Vrij and Robin van Persie as the champions were defeated 5–1 by the Netherlands. After the match, Casillas apologised for the defeat and called his performance the worst of his career.
He also started in Spain’s second group game against Chile, which they lost 2–0 and were subsequently eliminated from the World Cup. He received criticism for his role in Chile’s second goal, where he punched Alexis Sánchez’s free kick into the path of the goalscorer Charles Aránguiz. On 23 June, Casillas was left on the bench for Spain’s final game against Australia, with Pepe Reina playing instead.
On 5 September 2015, Casillas kept a clean sheet in his 100th game as Spain’s captain, a 2–0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Slovakia at the Estadio Carlos Tartiere in Oviedo. On 13 November, Casillas kept his 100th international clean sheet with Spain in a 2–0 friendly win over England, in Alicante, becoming the first goalkeeper ever – male or female – to reach this landmark. He equalled the Latvian Vitālijs Astafjevs’ European record of 166 caps on 27 March 2016 by playing in a friendly against Romania.
On 31 May, Casillas was named to Vicente del Bosque’s final 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2016. The following day, he became the most-capped European player by earning his 167th cap in a 6–1 friendly win over South Korea in Salzburg. During the tournament, he was the second-choice goalkeeper behind David de Gea; Casillas did not make an appearance during the tournament as Spain was eliminated in the Round of 16 following a 2–0 defeat to Italy. On 21 May 2018, Casillas was left out of Julen Lopetegui’s final 23-man Spain squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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Although Iker Casillas has agreed to play one more season at Porto, the goalkeeper will take a pay cut to stay in Primeira Liga. For the two-year deal the goalkeeper initially signed at Estadio do Dragao, Real Madrid covered a portion of his 11 million euro a year wages.However that has now gone and Casillas will claim only 7 m euros in annual salary in 2017/18.According to A Bola, that still represents a real terms increase for Porto, who paid just 5m euros of his yearly wages over the last couple of seasons.In addition, Casillas remains the club’s highest earner.
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After much speculation about his future, on 11 July 2015 Casillas signed with Portuguese Primeira Liga side Porto on a two-year deal with the option of a one-year extension. Real Madrid’s conduct in his exit was criticised, with Casillas’ parents claiming that he was being forced out of the club by president Florentino Pérez, who received calls to quit from fans.
Former international teammate Xavi, who earlier that summer left Barcelona after a similarly long and successful career, claimed that Real Madrid were ungrateful of Casillas’ service to the club. Casillas made his Primeira Liga debut on 15 August, keeping a clean sheet in a 3–0 win over Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio do Dragão.
On 29 September 2015, he overtook Xavi to become the player with the most appearances in the Champions League, making his record 152nd Champions League appearance in a 2–1 home win over Chelsea. That season, Casillas also broke Edwin van der Sar’s record for the most clean sheets in Champions League history, keeping his 51st clean sheet in the competition on 20 October 2015, in a 2–0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, as his team climbed top of Champions League Group G. In January 2016, he was blamed for the away loss at Vitória de Guimarães (1–0) in the league, following a high-profile error.
On 11 March 2017, Casillas set a new personal record for clean sheets in a single season with his sixteenth clean sheet in a 4–0 away win over Arouca. On 14 March, Casillas made his 175th appearance in UEFA club competitions in a 1–0 away defeat to Juventus in the second leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, overtaking Paolo Maldini as the player with the most appearances in European club matches.
On 13 September, Casillas equalled Ryan Giggs’s record of playing in 19 consecutive UEFA Champions League campaigns when he appeared in Porto’s 3–1 home defeat to Beşiktaş in the 2017–18 edition of the tournament. On 2 April 2018, Casillas played his 1,000th match as a professional in Porto’s 2–0 loss at Belenenses.
In May, he won his first trophy with the club as they won the league title for the first time since 2013. The 2017–18 Primeira Liga title was confirmed after Sporting CP and Benfica tied their respective match. On 17 May 2018, he renewed his contract with Porto for another year.
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