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Team Captain Profile: Spain’s Iker Casillas

Team Captain Profile: Spain’s Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas captained Spain to its first-ever win in the FIFA World Cup with a clean sheet against the Netherlands 1-0. This put him in prominent pages of the country’s football history, which he accentuated by being only the third goalkeeper-captain to bag the championship in the world’s most important football tournament. In the fast-approaching FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the player hopes that his team would be able to defend their title.

 

Casillas is touted to be the finest Spanish goalkeeper of his generation. A prolific player and one of Real Madrid’s greatest assets, the Móstoles native has obtained reputation with his country at U-15, U17, and U-19. His feat in the Euro 2008 and South Africa World Cup solidified his already-impressive portfolio.

 

The Spanish hero is his country’s most capped player, breaking the record held bythe equally stellar performer Andoni Zubizarreta. The feat would hard to outdo as it will take a tremendous amout of effort from other potential candidates—like Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina—to knock him off the morale-boosting pedestal.

 

A “football artist” who is noted for his iconic saves and commendable leadership, Casillas displays a great deal of discipline. His excellent reflexes and agility largely complement his energy, extravagance, and command. It is from these departments that he was awarded with the Golden Glove accolade in the 2010 World Cup.

 

On July 2012, Casillas was declared the very first player to provide 100 international wins for his country. He also set the record of the greatest amount of time (509 minutes) without conceding a goal in that same year’s European Championship, breaking the tally of 494 minutes set by Italian keeper Dino Zoff.

 

Image source: Zimbio

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