Iker Casillas Returns To Real Madrid In Foundation Role



Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is returning to the club to take up a role within its foundation, the 13-times European champions announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Casillas came through the club’s youth ranks and went on to play in the first team from 1999 to 2015, winning 19 titles including three Champions Leagues and five Spanish championships.

“Real Madrid CF have announced that Iker Casillas has joined the Real Madrid Foundation as assistant to the general director,” the club announced without detailing the extent of Casillas’ new role.

“Iker Casillas is a Real Madrid legend who represents the values of our club and is the best goalkeeper in our history.”

The foundation carries out football-related actions, such as recently funding internships for young players in China and organising workshops on sports psychology.

Capped 167 times by Spain with whom he won the World Cup in 2010 as well as the 2008 and 2012 Euros, Casillas returns to the club five years after leaving it to end his career at Porto.

“Proud to come home. I face this new challenge with all the desire and all the enthusiasm possible, thank you for the welcome!” Casillas said on Twitter.

He suffered a heart attack in training in May 2019 and officially retired from playing on August 4 at the age of 39.

“We know the person he is, what he has accomplished, what he represents for Real Madrid supporters,” said coach Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday.

“It is good news that he is coming back to his favourite club, to work and bring everything he knows.”


Barcelona Sign Valencia Goalkeeper Neto

Neto Murara of Valencia CF celebrates in Valencia, Spain. AFP


Brazilian goalkeeper Neto is on his way to Barcelona from Valencia in an exchange deal with Jasper Cillessen, Barca’s backup ‘keeper heading the other way, the Spanish champions said Thursday.

Neto, 29, has signed a four-year deal at Camp Nou for 26 million Euros with nine million in add-ons and a 200 million release clause, Barcelona announced on their website.

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Dutchman Cillessen’s departure in the opposite direction was announced the previous day for a similar sum. He arrived at the Spanish giants in 2016 as understudy to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

He never managed to unseat the German star who remains the first choice goalkeeper with Neto, 29, formerly of Fiorentina and Juventus, moving in as number two.


Palace Sign Brazilian Keeper Perri On Loan

Lucas Perri. Credit: @CPFC_Polska


Crystal Palace have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri on loan, the English Premier League club announced Thursday.

The 21-year-old will join the south London side from Sao Paulo, with the Eagles having the option to make Perri’s move to Selhurst Park permanent.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’m really glad to join the club. Two months ago, I knew (about) the possibility to join Palace,” Perri told the club’s website.

“Since then, I was pretty anxious to be here because I really wanted that. It’s huge, it’s a really important thing to me. It’s the opportunity of my life and I’m going to do whatever it takes.”

Injuries to Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey saw Palace manager Roy Hodgson select the 39-year-old Julian Speroni in goal for a 4-3 loss away to league leaders Liverpool last weekend.


Croatia World Cup Keeper Subasic Retires

Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic fails to save the ball for the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP


Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic announced his international retirement on Wednesday one month after starring in the World Cup final. 

“The time has come after 10 years on the national team to say goodbye my favourite jersey,” Subasic wrote in a letter published by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), a day after striker Mario Mandzukic retired.

“I made my decision long before the World Cup because my dream was to end my career with the national team at a World Cup,” Subasic added.

“The one in Russia was the most emotional moment of my career… thank you all,” added the Monaco goalkeeper.

The native of Zadar made his debut for the “Vatreni” (Fiery Ones) in 2009.

At the World Cup in Russia, he was the hero in the last 16 against Denmark, making three penalty saves in a nail-biting shootout.

In the quarter-finals, he stopped two goalbound shots to help eliminate hosts Russia, before seeing off England and then falling to France in the final.

His international retirement comes after Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and defender Vedran Corluka also announced their international retirements.


Ederson Signs New Seven-Year Man City Deal

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) talks with Manchester City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on May 13, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP


Premier League champions Manchester City rewarded Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson for his role in a record 100-point campaign by extending his contract to 2025 on Sunday.

Ederson, 24, signed a six-year contract when he joined from Benfica for £35 million ($47 million) just under 12 months ago.

But such has been his impact since replacing the error-prone Claudio Bravo, City have already extended that deal by a further two years.

And after winning the Premier League by a record 19 points, Ederson is targeting City’s first ever Champions League crown next season.

“I’m delighted to sign my new contract. It means that the club is happy with my work, they trust me, and I hope to meet their expectations on the pitch and bring a lot of joy to the fans,” he said in a City statement.

“I want to win everything we can! All of the competitions, but for me the Champions League is without a doubt a very special competition for us, and it is my dream to win it in Manchester City’s shirt!”

Ederson is expected to be included in the Brazil squad that will aim to win a sixth World Cup in Russia later this summer.

However, he is likely to be the understudy to Roma’s Alisson Becker.


Arsenal Must Respond Well To West Ham Defeat – Wenger

arsenalArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has refused to single out goalkeeper, Petr Cech, as being at fault for his side’s 2-0 loss at home to West Ham in match day one of the English Premier League.

Wenger however acknowledge that his side lacked defensive organisation in conceding “soft” strikes as their English Premier League campaign began with defeat.

Cheikhou Kouyate put the Hammers ahead late in the first half when he beat Cech to a free-kick and headed into the empty net.

Cech was beaten again in the 57th minute when he was wrong-footed and unable to keep out Mauro Zarate’s shot from outside the box.

The Arsenal Boss also said that the team needs to be on their toes and react in the right direction before the next match at Crystal Palace.

“I knew we had a very difficult schedule from the start, especially with West Ham playing Europa League for their preparation and that is why we have to be on our toes very quickly and respond very well now,” Wenger said..

Chelsea Sign Asmir Begovic From Stoke City

chelseaChelsea Football Club have announced the signing of Asmir Begovic from Premier League club, Stoke City.

Goalkeeper, Begovic, who is 28, has signed a four-year contract, and he becomes the team’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.

Begovic told Chelsea website, “I am very happy to be joining Chelsea FC. After speaking at length to the manager, I feel like I can develop here and be an important part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting up with the team on Wednesday for the pre-season tour.”

Begovic had spent the previous five-and-a-half years with Stoke, having joined from his first professional club, Portsmouth, in early 2010.

Playing with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, he made 172 appearances, quickly establishing himself as first choice. He scored the Premier League’s longest-ever goal when he netted a clearance from inside his own penalty area against Southampton in November 2013.

Born in the former Yugoslavia, Begovic spent his childhood in Germany and Canada, representing the latter at the Under-20 World Cup before opting to play at senior level for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He was their first-choice goalkeeper at their 2014 World Cup finals debut in Brazil, and has accumulated 41 caps so far.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech joined Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee in June.

Begovic takes over the vacant number one shirt while Thibaut Courtois will retain his number 13 shirt.

Chelsea has also announced that Radamel Falcao will wear the number 9 shirt during the 2015/16 campaign.

Italy Prepares To Play Truculent Czech Republic

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualification, Italy has notched up preparations to take on resilient Czech Republic in Prague today.

According the Coach of the Azzuri side; Cesare Prandelli, the Italian team will have to be wary of complacency when they eventually go into the clash with the Czech Republic and it either to take a huge step towards qualifying for Brazil with a win in Prague, as victory will see them eight points clear of their opponents, concede the whole points to them or settle for a draw and the last two options certainly does not feature in his plan.

Prandelli also pointed out Czech Republic skipper Tomas Rosicky, hinting that it won’t be an easy trip for Italy.

Prandelli said he and his team are awaiting a very aggressive Czech Republic team as they are capable of doing the fast flow on the pitch, as he also qualified Rosicky whom he earlier pointed as the main threat as an excellent player.

Italy is unbeaten in qualifying so far, with four wins and a draw from their five games.

Their only slip up was a 2-2 draw against second-placed Bulgaria, but with Denmark also in a tough-looking Group B, they can’t afford to drop many more points.

Super Cup Final: Cech wary of new look Atletico Madrid

Czech Republic international and Chelsea shot stopper; Petr Cech has warned against dangerous Spanish side, Atletico Madrid. Chelsea FC will face the Spaniards in the Super Cup Final which will be played on Friday.

Cech believes the Blues will be faced with stiffer competition compared to the 2009-10 Champions League encounter with Los Rojiblancos.

Cech, 30 feels the level of success has really helped the Spanish club grow in terms of play and that is not leaving out the manager Diego Simeone who is putting everything on board to get results.

Cech also hailed Thibault Courtois, Chelsea keeper who has moved on-loan to Atletico Madrid.

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois was part of Los Rojiblancos’ team that were victorious in Europe last year having extended a loan spell at the Madrid-based club after joining Chelsea, and was impressive for the team that finished 5th in La Liga.

Cech praised the 20-year-old keeper’s attributes, suggesting he is not easy to score past, indicating that the Belgian is very mature for his age.

Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid who was drawn in the same group with the Blues’ three seasons ago at their home and Atletico were only able to secure a draw in West London as Atletico Madrid finished in third place and could not advance in the competition.

The Czech international insisted that they he is seeing a much-improved Atletico Madrid as they have tasted success.

Cech said they are a much disciplined side displaying a very solid defence especially, and are difficult to handle on the counter attack.

The Premier League outfit qualified for the Super Cup final by winning last season’s Champions League, defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final, while Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Europa League final to earn their place in the European Cup competition curtain raiser.