29 year-old Iker Casillas Fernandez is a talented goalkeeper and reckoned by many in the football world to be one of the best playing today. He is the first team goalkeeper for La Liga’s Real Madrid and also plays that for the Spanish National Team. Currently Iker is the Vice Captain of Real Madrid and as Captain of the National Team, led Spain to its first European Championship in 44 years in 2008.
As befits a player of his caliber, Casillas has earned numerous awards, trophies and honors. Along with his talented teammates, Iker aided in Real Madrid obtaining their 31st La Liga title in 2007/2008, a season in which he conceded only 32 goals in 36 games and took him the coveted Zamora Trophy as a reward. His performance also earned him a spot on the UEFA Team of the Year, again. In fact, he has been named to that prestigious team three times (2007, 2008 and 2009).
In spite of reputed attempts by other teams to buy Casillas from Real Madrid, the transfer window passed in and he remained with the organization that he considers his “boyhood team”. At just 27, Casillas has been capped 454 times, the most of any goalkeeper in the club’s history.
In addition to his impressive number of appearances for his club, his is also the second-most capped goalkeeper for the Spanish National Team, as well. During his tenure on Team Spain, Iker has:
* Played as a substitute in the 2000 EURO
* Played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup
* Was first choice goalkeeper for Spain’s 2006 FIFA World Cup Team
* Hoisted the UEFA European Championship Trophy for Team Spain in 2008
* Was named Best Goalkeeper by the IFFHS in 2008
* Holds the record for the most Spanish International Clean Sheets
With talent, drive and determination, clearly both Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team can continue to look forward to clean sheets and big saves from Iker Casillas.