happy anniversary, Iker!

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Iker’s debut with the Spanish national team!

Ten years ago on June 3, 2000, Iker Casillas played for the first time on the senior level for Spain in a friendly against Sweden in Goteburg.  He was 19 years old, and entered the game in the 62nd minute as Molina’s substitute.  Look at that hair!

And he hasn’t looked back since.  In the ten years, he has made 103 appearances for Spain, and has become the second most capped player in Spain’s history.  His record is 74-20-9, and he has received one yellow card.  He is also the captain of the Spanish national team.

He was baptized “San Iker” on June 16, 2002, during the World Cup game against Ireland, when he stopped one penalty during the game and two more during the shootout.

On Sept. 3, 2004 against Scotland, Iker wore the captain’s armband for the first time.

In 2006, with Raúl playing his last game with the national team, the captaincy went to Iker.

And in 2008, Spain won the Eurocopa, with Iker a decisive factor in the quarterfinals game against Italy, when he stopped two penalties.

On Nov. 14, 2009 against Argentina, Iker played his 100th game with la selección. Spain had won 71 of those games.

Congratulations, Iker!

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Posted on June 3, 2010, in players and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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