IKER CASILLAS

  • Pressure mounts on Spain's Casillas after latest blunder October 10, 2014

    Once lauded as a goalkeeper who could do no wrong, Spain captain Iker Casillas's tarnished reputation suffered another blow when his error helped Slovakia claim a shock 2-1 win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday. Holders Spain had been looking to continue a rebuilding process after their failure at the World...
  • I considered leaving Real Madrid: Iker Casillas October 7, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted that there were moments when he felt like he was "the plague" at the club and that he had considered leaving Spain to play abroad. Casillas has won back his place as first choice keeper at the club this season after difficult 18 months...
  • Casillas's fall from grace highlights divisions at Real Madrid September 17, 2014

    When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium. Born and bred in the Spanish capital and...
  • Ancelotti urges positive attitude after Casillas whistled September 17, 2014

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti urged the club's fans to "be positive" after captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was again targeted with whistles in Tuesday's 51 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel. Casillas, who celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday, was blamed by some supporters for not doing...
  • Whistled Casillas accepts blame for latest Real Madrid flop September 14, 2014

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas accepted some of the blame for the European champions' latest La Liga failure after they were beaten 21 by city rivals and champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Casillas, 33, celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday but a section of fans at the Bernabeu...
  • We have to accept the defeat and learn from our mistakes: Casillas September 1, 2014

    Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise earlyseason setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday. Real were missing injured top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for their second La Liga outing of the campaign but quickly went 20...
  • The Beautiful Game: Chile overpower Spain 20 in Group B June 19, 2014

    Chile raced away into the next round, handing Spain the inglorious milestone of becoming the firstever defending champions to be knocked out of a World Cup after just 2 matches. ...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Consequences' for Spain after exit, says Del Bosque June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup on Wednesday, but that he needed time to reflect. "Whenever something negative happens in a World Cup or an important competition like this, it has...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain's reign not merely on the wane, it's over June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane it was over. But this was no hard luck story. No tale of near misses, or if onlys. It was a 90minute clubbing of a oncemighty empire. Of redshirted men who had...
  • World Cup 2014: The reign of Spain is over; Netherlands look good June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The king is dead. The World Cup will have a new champion. Just like France in 2002 and Italy in 2010, defending champion Spain are going home with their tail between their legs. Chile's 20 win over Spain in the Maracana Stadium brimming with fevered supporters ends an...
  • World Cup 2014: Red hot Chile knock out champions Spain in group stage June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, were eliminated from World Cup contention on Wednesday with a 20 loss to Chile. Spain's famed passing game failed against a hightempo, tenacious Chile team, their era ending in the storied Maracana Stadium filled...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain not looking to change the guard just yet June 15, 2014

    Curitiba: The Netherlands' crushing win over Spain has precipitated a question that wasn't expected to come up until after the World Cup when do Spain's veterans give way to their rising crop of talented youngsters? Coach Vicente del Bosque said changes would be made for the mustwin match against Chile...
  • World Cup 2014: Age catches up with Spain, Bosque must look to the future June 14, 2014

    Xavi Hernandez is 34. Iker Casillas is 33. Andres Iniesta is 30. Xabi Alonso is 32. So is David Villa. Even Pepe Reinathe second choice keeper is 31. Age is catching up with the world champions. Over the last 5 years Spain have dominated opponents with their peculiar brand of tikitaka free...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain defence implodes in heaviest loss since '50 June 14, 2014

    Salvador: Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas crawled and scrambled in vain, Gerard Pique was beaten for pace and Sergio Ramos made a series of blunders. Whatever happened to Spain's usually rocksolid defense? A backline that helped Spain win its last three major tournaments was totally ripped to shreds in a 51 defeat...
  • Spain are favourites to win FIFA World Cup, says Iker Casillas June 11, 2014

    Salvador: Spain captain Iker Casillas believes his side are favourites to win the FIFA World Cup which kicks off on Thursday. Spain have travelled to Brazil as the reigning World Champions, after their success in South Africa four years ago, and also as reigning European Champions. Should they win here, they...
  • Factbox: Key Champions League final headtoheads May 22, 2014

    Key headtoheads in Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Real players listed first: Iker Casillas v Thibaut Courtois A clash of youth and experience. Courtois, 22, may be a more complete goalkeeper, with his extra height giving him an advantage with crosses, but 33yearold Casillas has shown on...
  • Casillas back in Real Madrid's goal for Spanish league May 3, 2014

    Madrid: Iker Casillas will play for Real Madrid in the Spanish league for the first time in more than a year to maintain his form for the upcoming Champions League final. Coach Carlo Ancelotti says he will split the remaining four league games between regular starter Diego Lopez and Casillas, so...
  • Iker Casillas backs Madrid goalkeeping rival April 5, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has once again given his support to the man who has taken his first team place in league matches this season. Although Casillas is first choice for his club in the King's Cup and Champions League, Diego Lopez has played in goal throughout the BBVA...
  • Iker Casillas' future takes spotlight against Galatasaray November 26, 2013

    Madrid: With Cristiano Ronaldo out, the spotlight will be on Iker Casillas' future as Real Madrid face Galatasaray at home in Wednesday's Champions League football match. Spanish press Tuesday raised doubts on Casillas' future at the club, reports Xinhua. Spanish sports paper Diario AS insists that Casillas will be on his...
  • Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016 November 15, 2013

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has agreed a twoyear contract extension with the world and European champions which ties him until the 2016 European championship in France, the 62yearold said on Friday. "I can confirm that I have signed with the national team until 2016," Del Bosque told a news conference...
  • Spain heavyweights upbeat on FIFA World Cup defence November 13, 2013

    Madrid: Spain have what it takes to defend their title at next year's World Cup in Brazil, four of the team's key players said on Wednesday. Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, centre back Sergio Ramos, midfielder Xabi Alonso and forward David Villa all sounded an upbeat note at the unveiling of...
  • Iker Casillas to play for Real Madrid in Copa del Rey October 29, 2013

    Madrid: Reduced to backup in the Spanish league, Iker Casillas will be Real Madrid's starting goalkeeper in the Copa del Rey in addition to the Champions League. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti tells Cadena Cope radio "Casillas, for being such a professional, deserves the Champions League (...) the Champions League and the...
  • Iker Casillas could look for Real Madrid exit in January October 17, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will probably look to leave the club in the January transfer window if the Spain international doesn't get more playing time. Casillas, who has played only one full game this season, never recovered his starting position from Diego Lopez after breaking his left hand last...
  • Ill-fated Real Madrid keeper Casillas injured again September 18, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas was forced off in the 15th minute of Tuesday's Champions League Group B match at Galatasaray after sustaining an apparent rib injury in a collision with team mate Sergio Ramos. Medical staff taped up his ribs after the incident but it quickly became...
  • Iker Casillas return opens new debate at Real Madrid September 16, 2013

    Madrid: Iker Casillas awaits his moment to shine when Real Madrid open their Champions League campaign away to Galatasaray on Tuesday night. The debate over whether Casillas or Diego Lopez should occupy the Madrid goal has threatened to overshadow the start of the season, almost capturing headlines from world record signing...
  • Iker Casillas, Xavi celebrate milestones in Finland September 7, 2013

    Madrid: Among the rising stars to shine at the U-20 World Cup in 1999, including Ronaldinho and Diego Forlan, two callow Spaniards would go on to represent their nation's senior side more times than anyone else. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas and playmaker Xavi, who helped Spain win the tournament in Nigeria...
  • Casillas axed for easing Real-Barca tension: Del Bosque September 6, 2013

    Madrid: Iker Casillas lost his place in Real Madrid's team under Jose Mourinho because he helped calm the waters between the Spanish internationals at his club and at Barcelona, according to national coach Vicente del Bosque. Several matches between the two clubs during the combative Mourinho's stint in Spain were marred...
  • Vicente del Bosque not concerned by Iker Casillas' benching August 21, 2013

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says the decision by Carlo Ancelotti to keep Iker Casillas on Real Madrid's bench will not affect the goalkeeper's status on the national team with the World Cup less than a year away. Ancelotti's selection of Diego Lopez ahead of Casillas in the opening round...
  • Casillas situation at Real Madrid a worry for Del Bosque August 20, 2013

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will be watching for Carlo Ancelotti's next Real Madrid starting XI with greater interest than usual after the Italian opened the La Liga campaign with Iker Casillas on the bench. The 32yearold goalkeeper, longstanding captain for both club and country, saw Diego Lopez surprisingly chosen...