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Name Iker Casillas
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
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Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Porto FC
  Real Madrid

2013 11 23 Retrieve

[Iker Casillas on phoning Xavi to avoid disruption in the Spain camp following an ill-tempered Barelona-Real Madrid clash in 2011] I knew what I had to do because the [Spain] squad was becoming divided. I called Xavi because it was my duty to do so – as the captain, it was responsibility. We chatted about how we could redirect what was going on, because we had reached a point where we were about to mess everything up. Those images of El Clásico were something I had not seen since I was a boy – we were sending out the wrong messages and because I was a part of it all too, I had to make a decision to call a halt to the problems

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas reveals the depth of his despair at not being regularly picked to play football during the final months of Jose Mourinho’s reign at the Santiago Bernabeu] I cried, suffered, felt bad and had nights where I slept little, if at all

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Iker Casillas on Jose Mourinho] [Carlo] Ancelotti is better than [Jose] Mourinho. With Mourinho I had a love-hate relationship. In his time here I did not speak to him when we were in the same locker room, nor do I think that I have to talk now. [But] if I cross paths with him tomorrow I am going to extend my hand, then it will be up to him if he shakes it. I think he would shake

2015 07 06 Retrieve

[Real Madrid Legend Iker Casillas on Steven Gerrard] He’s been a reference to all his team-mates throughout the years and is now in history for such a brilliant career at his club for all his life

2015 08 01 Retrieve

[Iker Casillas, tearfully announcing his departure from Real Madrid] After 25 years defending the badge of the world’s best club, the difficult day has come to say goodbye to this institution which has given me everything. This club made me as a person and helped me grow, with values such as respect, companionship and, above all, humility. Rather than being remembered as a good or bad goalkeeper, I want to be remembered as a good person. Thanks – a thousand thanks. I’ll never forget you. Wherever I go, I’ll carry on supporting Real Madrid. We’ll see each other soon. Wherever I go, I will continue to shout ‘Hala Madrid’

2015 08 01b Retrieve

[Maria del Carmen Fernandez, Casillas’s mother] Of course my son has had more offers, but Florentino [Perez, Real Madrid president] did not want him to go to a top team. He does not want Casillas to succeed. Porto is a team of the level of a Segunda B Division team and my son deserves a more upscale team, like Barcelona. I would not have minded if he went to Barcelona because they are gentlemen

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he has not retired from international football] I have not retired from the national team, nor did I announce that I was leaving. Julen Lopetegui chose other players and I have to respect that. We sat down and we talked it over, we are friends. He chose [David] De Gea and he has my full support. I am happy for Pepe Reina that he has returned, he’s a team-mate and a friend. He has given a lot to Spain. He is a great influence inside the dressing room and a different kind of goalkeeper. I have stepped to one side, but I will always be available if they call me. To be able to play for Spain you have to be doing well with your club, I have always said that. Spain have been playing well. Those of us who know Lopetegui and have worked under him can see that the team has already got a bit of him about it

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[on Vicente del Bosque] He put us in seventh heaven on 12 July 2010. He has been as calm during the tough times as he has in the moments of glory. Respect and a natural approach is how he behaves day to day

2019 09 09 Tweet

[Spain captain Sergio Ramos has declared his goal is to reach 200 international appearances after equalling Iker Casillas’s record on Sunday] Congratulations on those 167 games! I hope there are many more

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Iker Casillas believes that Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk would be a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or, but that it’s too hard to choose just one player] I thought he was the best defender of last season. The question of the Ballon d’Or is a difficult one to analyse. Who deserves it? They should create a prize for each position. Goalkeeper, defense, midfielder and forward

[When asked who was the best ‘keeper around at the moment] This is the million dollar question. If I had to pick one now, I’d say Jan Oblak. I think the national team is very well covered. Not just the three goalkeepers who attend regularly. There are other who are there, pushing to get in or to return. The coach is the one who has to decide. Creating competition is good. We all win

[Casillas doesn’t know If he will play again, or if he will return to Real Madrid] Now I have started a new phase in my recovery process. Let’s say I have to demand something more from my heart. Slowly. There is no hurry. You just have to recover sensations. And to the second question [whether he’ll return to Real], I feel very proud to have worn that shirt for 25 years

2019 09 16b Retrieve

[Iker Casillas has weighed in on several players starring, as he once did, in La Liga as he tipped Joao Felix to shine in the Spanish league] [Felix] is a player with a big future. Got talent. Of course, they will demand the maximum. The responsibility comes with the price they paid for him. He knows he has reached a club that wants titles, additionally, people may see him as a replacement for [Antoine] Griezmann.

James gives you many things in a match. He has a spectacular left foot. Free kicks, corners … he’s a danger. If you give him time, he’ll put the ball in the place you want

[Asked if he would follow Xavi Hernandez into coaching] Xavi, like other teammates of mine in football, has the potential to coach. I am convinced that he and Raul Gonzalez, Víctor Valdes, Xabi Alonso, etc. will be great protagonists of the benches in the coming years

[Casillas had a contentious relationship with his last coach at Real, Jose Mourinho. Mourinho pushed the club great out of the first team in Madrid, and the player moved to Porto as a result] I have no problem with him. The situations we lived were ours. We had good and less good moments

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Real Madrid legend Casillas questions Cristiano Ronaldo’s claims to sixth Golden Ball] Van Dijk was chosen as UEFA’s best player; Messi was chosen by FIFA; if Cristiano wins the Ballon d’Or, it would seem to me that the guidelines we use in football to determine who wins its biggest individual awards are not logical

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Casillas noted that any successful side needs a top goalkeeper and GOAT presence] Formula for football: goalkeeper (top) & player (GOAT). Today Barca took the three points at Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico have played well but lacked composure in front of goal. Blaugrana remain top of the league. Atletico have to fight for the Champions League zone

2020 02 17 Retrieve

[Iker Casillas to run for president of Spanish Football Federation] Yes, I will run for the presidency of the @RFEF when the elections are called. Together we will put our federation at the level of the best football in the world. I have informed the president of my club, FC Porto, of this decision, to whom I can only express my deepest gratitude. We are working with the utmost respect and determination in our candidacy. More than 23,000 voters are waiting for us in a fair and transparent election. 139 assembly members will decide. Thank you all for the love I have received. Your support and your strength encourage me. Go for it!

2020 02 17b Retrieve

[Casillas states his intention to challenge Luis Rubiales for the right to take control of the RFEF] We are working with the utmost respect and determination in our candidacy. More than 23,000 voters await us in fair and transparent elections. 139 assembly members will decide

I have informed the president of Porto of my decision to whom I want to express my deepest gratitude

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Casillas reveals Real Madrid exit regret as he marks anniversary of Bernabeu farewell] I’ve rarely spoken about my departure from Real Madrid. I gave a press conference alone, a mistake, and I left. 5 years have passed since then. 5 years since I crossed the border that took me to our neighbouring country: Portugal. I needed to feel something different again. Having a new environment, giving up being so exposed to criticism and wanting to improve. So friends, all players (whether good or bad) want to improve. And for this you have to improve the physical and the mental side. The latter was important. In Porto I felt it again. Let them not tell you other

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Iker Casillas on equality] FIFA Legends stand in solidarity with the fight for equality and justice #stopracism #stopdiscrimination #stopviolence

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[What Casillas told Real Madrid skipper Ramos after winning La Decima] I told him: ‘You’re the f*cking boss and will always be the player who delivered LA DECIMA!’ Then I gave him a kiss. For me, finally winning it was a relief. I felt very happy for the fans. I suppose suffering for so long to win it gave it a special flavour. We’d gone through a few tough years in Europe and at last we were able to achieve such an important success.

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Spain great Casillas pulls out of RFEF presidency bid] This makes the elections take a back seat. I think it is time to add and not divide. I wanted a fair, transparent and truly participatory electoral process, looking for the best for Spanish football. I hope that in the next elections it can happen with me or with other