Goalkeeper Iker Casillas cracks the European record

European champion Spain is not in EM form. The 0: 0 in Romania was a conceivable tired appearance. Nevertheless, there were on the edge is an interesting story. Iker Casillas has set a new record. Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has set icon with his 166th international match the European record of Latvians Vitalijs Astafjevs.

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The 34-year-old world and European champions played on Easter Sunday when tired 0: 0 against hosts Romania from the beginning, had its debut Casillas celebrated in June 2000 against Sweden. The Spanish Federation and the Uefa confirmed the record.


This could Casillas but reach only because of a statistic error. To the exact number of Astafjevs’ inserts were namely long confusion. The Latvian Association takes the now 44-year-old with 167 internationals 1992-2010. However Underneath, one with Latvia senior team against the German U21 in 2006 – this is not recognized by Uefa.

Casillas is proud of its performance

“I have seen good and bad times, but I would rather remember only the good,” mused Casillas, who still enjoys the confidence of coach Vicente del Bosque. This put the Porto-keeper in a seven out of ten European Championship qualifiers. Not for nothing is the captain Casillas Seleccion: “Of course me, the number of 166 internationals makes us proud and of course the fact that I am one with the most appearances in Europe.” Worldwide record player is the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan with 184 appearances. In order to overtake him, would Casillas ( “The time of my R├╝cktritta fast approaching”) So after the European Championship in the summer to continue his career in France. In Europe it sits an Italian neck.