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Iker Casillas: “I’m so pleased to have made millions of people happy with these historic achievements”

In a FIFA interview Iker Casillas reminisces the achievement in South Africa and future objectives and ambitions. 

Iker, the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 will be awarded shortly. Who’s your favourite to win it?
I think it’s only fair that it should go to a Spanish player. They’ve been in vogue for the last two years now. World Cup performances always go a long way to deciding it and if a Spanish player doesn’t get it this year, then I just don’t know.

Your name was on the short list but no goalkeeper has ever won the award. Why do you think that is?
An outfield player is always more likely to win awards than a goalkeeper, and I understand that in football it’s moves, passes, goals and interplay that counts. I don’t know, maybe we’re the black sheep of football (laughs). We’re the odd ones out.

In winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Spain conceded fewer goals than anyone. You’d be a deserving winner. 
Well, we all played our part, the men at the back too. It’s very important you stay solid and stop the opposition creating chances.

Spain’s midfielders and forwards have received a lot of praise but the defenders have just as much quality. 
They’ve got a lot of talent and they’re also a mix of younger and older players who combine really well. I think the important thing is that they all help each other. 

In attack, David Villa came up just short in his bid to win the adidas Golden Shoe in South Africa…
Yes, and mainly because he missed that penalty in the match against Honduras. He’s a great player, though. He scored five goals in all, some very important goals too, and made a big contribution for Spain. El Guaje (The Kid) did a great job for La Roja and we have a lot to thank him for. 

(Source: fifa.com)

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People only see footballers wearing expensive watches, driving expensive cars and living in mansions. They don’t see all the effort that we do to get us to where we are. My parents earned 120,000 pesetas a month between them and they had to buy gloves, boots, pick me up and drop me off… Before I had a sports car, I went to the training sessions in my father’s Seat 124 and we lived in a house of 60 square meters. I’ve gotten here, but imagine how many didn’t make it. The majority of the kids who worked as hard as me and whose parents gave everything like mine didn’t make it as footballers.
Iker Casillas to Elle Spain (via commanderspock)

(Source: unamadridista.wordpress.com, via iceiceboba)

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Iker Casillas recieved the FIFA Golden Glove award on Tuesday, which is presented to the best goalkeeper of the World Cup.

"It is such an honor to receive this award. It makes me realize that my work hasn’t gone unnoticed. I fulfilled a lot of personal goals by winning the World Cup. It was something I dreamed about as a kid, and when I saw players like Dunga, Cafu, Zidane and Cannavaro raise the Cup I always thought it would be impossible. But we finally did it."

Iker Casillas recieved the FIFA Golden Glove award on Tuesday, which is presented to the best goalkeeper of the World Cup.

"It is such an honor to receive this award. It makes me realize that my work hasn’t gone unnoticed. I fulfilled a lot of personal goals by winning the World Cup. It was something I dreamed about as a kid, and when I saw players like Dunga, Cafu, Zidane and Cannavaro raise the Cup I always thought it would be impossible. But we finally did it."

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Ballon d’Or to Iniesta? and coach of the year to Del Bosque?

Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport guarantees that Andrés Iniesta will win the Ballon d’Or, Xavi will be second and Messi third. As for the coaches, Del Bosque will win, Mourinho will be second and Pep will be third.

Gazetta dello Sport is not a 100% reliable source, although just a week ago, the same newspaper named the top three and they were proved right. 

However here are some thoughts from…

Andres Iniesta: “Beyond who will win the award on January 10, it will be an historic and unforgettable event. It’s great that three Barça players that have grown up through the ranks and were formed here should be up for these types of awards. It has an incalculable value.”

Iker Casillas: “I’m disappointed not to get into the finalists. They are great players and, in fairness, I hope Messi will understand, I opted for Xavi and Iniesta. Messi is the best in the world, but I prefer them.”

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Lights, camera… action Iker!

Iker is a cameo in a new movie called 'En fuera de juego' ['Offiside']. The film, a co-production between Spain and Argentina, focuses on a representative of Spanish players, played by Fernando Tejero, and will be released in Spring next year. Apparently Iker will be seen lecturing about football on screen. This is not the first time Iker is acting as he has been seen before in movies like ‘Torrent 3' and 'Goal 2’. 

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Today is the big day….

when FIFA announces the hosting countries of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Iker Casillas, Del Bosque along with Luis Figo, Fernando Hierro, Emilio Butragueno and Eusebio and the Prime Ministers of the respective countries, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain and Jose Socrates of Portugal are currently in Zurich supporting the Iberian bid. 

Iker Casillas"There are high hopes because I think we have every chance due to our organisational capacity and infrastructure. The decision will be between Russia and our candidacy."

Del Bosque"We must believe that we can achieve it."

Watch the 2018 world cup bidders presentations (Spain/Portugal, England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium) live here

Note: If you missed the live presentation watch the Spain/Portugal presentation here and you can catch up with the rest of the bidding nation presentations here.  

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La Roja receives another award!

Yesterday Del Bosque and Iker Casillas represented La Roja in the AS Daily sports awards of 2010 and received an award for the success of Spain in the World Cup.

Del Bosque said that “receiving the AS daily, every morning in Potchestroom was a joy for all. The newspaper helped us to see how it was lived in Spain and was sometimes an extra motivation. It was a success for which we are all grateful.” 

Also he commented on the incident that happened between Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol during el clásico; it can happen in any training session. These things stay in the field and will not affect Spain.

Iker thanked AS on behalf of his teammates but did not comment on el clásico. 

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