Full Detailed Biography Born in Madrid in 1981, Casillas’ entire career has been spent with his hometown club Real Madrid, which he joined as an eight-year old.He first hit the limelight at 17 when he was pulled out of a high school art class to be told he would be on the bench for a Champions League match.Casillas played in all eight Group 6 fixtures during Euro 2004 qualifying, conceding just four goals.He then kept goal in both legs of the play-off victory against Norway, keeping a clean sheet in Oslo.Following his full international debut against Sweden, Casillas was an unused substitute at Euro 2000.He was the first choice goalkeeper at the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan later that year, and enjoyed hero status after Spain knocked out the Republic of Ireland in a penalty shoot-out to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the 2003-04 season, Casillas was virtually ever-present as Madrid relinquished their crown and lost the Spanish Cup final, missing just one league game.
Despite Casillas’ stellar performances every week, Real Madrid suffered two trophyless seasons in the 2003--05 seasons.
Although Casillas was widely considered the team’s most consistent performer during this lean patch, there was much gossip and speculation regarding a possible transfer to another club.
His breakthrough came during the 1999-2000 season, when he replaced the injured Bodo Illgner and played in Madrid’s UEFA Champions League triumph in an all-Spanish final against Valencia CF where his senior team mates Raúl González, Fernando Morientes and Steve Mc Manaman scored in a 3-0 win.
Loss of form subsequently allowed César Sánchez to take the starting position as goalkeeper, but Casillas reclaimed the limelight after coming on as substitute for the veteran in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayer Leverkusen and preserving Madrid’s 2-1 lead with a series of fine saves.
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