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Real Madrid


Casillas

Goalkeeper

Date of Birth
May 20, 1981
Place of Birth
Mostoles, Spain
Nationality
Spain
Height
182 cm
Weight
86 kg
Debut
30 August 2003

Bio

Iker Casillas Fernández, commonly known as Iker Casillas, was born in Móstoles, Madrid on 20 May 1981. A legendary figure at both club and international level, he is known for his superb agility, rapid reflexes and strong leadership and is generally regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. He was named in the UEFA Team of the Year six years in a row, starting in 2007, and has been named in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI on a total of five occasions.

Having joined Real Madrid's youth academy in 1990, Casillas worked his way through the ranks, playing for for the club's 'C' and 'B' teams. He made his debut for the senior team during the 1998-99 campaign and by the following season, despite still being a teenager, he had overtaken German international Bodo Illgner as the club's number one goalkeeper. At the end of the 1999-00 season, he helped Real Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League. In the process, he became the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a Champions League final.

Over the course of the years that followed, Casillas became a key player as the club experienced huge levels of success. He won several La Liga titles, as well as a second Champions League trophy in the 2001-02 season. In 2009, at the age of just 27, he set a new club record for most appearances by a goalkeeper. The 2011-12 season brought about his fifth La Liga title with the side and his first as the official club captain. At the end of the campaign, he was named as the La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year. However, during the 2012-13 season, Casillas fell out with manager José Mourinho and lost his place as first choice goalkeeper to Diego Lopéz. He was subsequently accused of leaking internal club affairs to members of the press, which angered sections of the Real Madrid fanbase.

Casillas made his international debut in 2000 and has since gone on to earn more than 150 caps, making him the most-capped Spanish footballer of all time. He captained Spain to success at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as UEFA Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, being named in the Team of the Tournament/All-Star Team for all three competitions. At present, Casillas holds numerous records at senior international level, including the world record for most clean sheets.

Headlines

Del Bosque unsure over Xavi and Casillas

Del Bosque unsure over Xavi and Casillas

by Football News

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is in the dark as to whether Xavi Hernandez and Iker Casillas will call time on their international careers... Read more

Too early for changes, says Casillas

Too early for changes, says Casillas

by Football News

Spain captain Iker Casillas said it is too early to think about changes after the world champions were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2013/2014
La Liga
180 2 2 0 0 35 0 0 0 0
2012/2013
La Liga
1702 19 18 1 0 9 0 1 0 0
2011/2012
La Liga
3330 37 37 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2010/2011
La Liga
3062 35 35 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
2009/2010
La Liga
3420 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008/2009
La Liga
3420 38 38 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2007/2008
La Liga
3240 36 36 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2006/2007
La Liga
3420 38 38 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2005/2006
La Liga
3321 37 37 0 0 0 0 3 1 1
2004/2005
La Liga
3293 37 37 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
2003/2004
La Liga
3330 37 37 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
2002/2003
La Liga
0 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001/2002
La Liga
0 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000/2001
La Liga
0 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999/2000
La Liga
0 27 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 31718 478 477 1 1 46 0 20 1 2

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