Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas believes the European champions have a side with the potential to be one of the all-time greats and it will be with likely trepidation that an off-colour Liverpool visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
In the next couple of hours, sporting world will be taken by a certain El Clasico and the noise emanating from the historic Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Inside the cauldron, possibly two of the greatest clubs in the world – Barcelona and Real Madrid – will try to something more than just winning the game and brownie points.
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 suffered their first defeat in qualifying for a major tournament in eight years when Miroslav Stoch nodded a late goal to earn Slovakia a shock 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday.
The call-up of Marc Bartra, who is not even a regular in the Barcelona team, as a replacement for Sergio Ramos in the Spain squad is an indication of the weakness at centre half which national coach Vicente del Bosque blames on foreign imports.
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.
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 5-1 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti gave captain Iker Casillas a vote of confidence on Friday as the decorated Spain goalkeeper celebrated 15 years since making his debut for the 10-times European champions.