Spain – @wesmcquarrie
Spain have some of the best goalkeepers in the World! Iker Casillas is of course in many peoples opinion, the best we have seen in our lifetimes, but there is also Pepe Reina, Diego Lopez, and Víctor Valdes, and not forgetting the younger David De Gea. I think that Casillas, Lopez and Reina will be the keepers selected to go to the world cup in Brazil as Valdes is injured. Will the Spanish national manager opt for Real Madrid first team regular this season in Lopez, or will he rely on the experience and leadership of Casillas, or is it time for Reina to step forward and get his chance??
I have profiled the 3 goalkeepers that I think will be on the plane to Rio for the 2014 World Cup.
Iker Casillas born on 20 May 1981, plays for and has captained both Real Madrid and the National team. Including captaining the world cup winning side in 2010.
Considered to be one of the finest goalkeepers of all time.
Casillas started his career in Real Madrid’s youth system and on 27 November 1997 at age 16 he was first called up to the first team for a Champions league game v Rosenborg as a substitute although he made his first team debut in 98/99 season when he came on as a substitute to replace then first choice goalkeeper Bodo Illgner.
Casillas has only ever played for Real Madrid, and has made 153 appearances for the national side.
In his career Casillas has won 5 La Liga titles, 3 Copa del Reys, 4 Spanish super cups, and 2 Champions leagues, 1 World Cup and 1 European Championship.
Jose Manuel “Pepe” Reina born 31 August 1982 Plays for Napoli (On Loan from Liverpool FC).
Reina for me is underrated, and is in his own right a quality goalkeeper. You don’t win 3 Golden glove awards in the English Premier League (Considered to be the best league in the world by some) without having real quality.
Pepe is from a footballing family, his father Miguel was also a goalkeeper, who played for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Reina began his career with the Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 00/01.
He moved to Villareal in 2002, before joining Liverpool in 2005.
In his career Reina has won 2 Intertoto cups (Villareal), 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Community Shield and 1 UEFA Super Cup (Liverpool) 1 World Cup, and 2 European Championships.
Reina has also won 3 Golden Gloves in the English Premiership (05/06, 06/07, 07/08) and was Liverpool’s player of the year in 09/10.
Diego Lopez Rodríguez was born 3 November 1981 and plays for Real Madrid.
After spending seven years under contract with Real Madrid, in representation of its various teams, he made a name for himself in La Liga with Villarreal, appearing in 230 official games over the course of five seasons, before returning to Real Madrid in 2013.
Lopez first moved to Real Madrid when aged just 18.After 2 seasons playing through the ranks into the Real Madrid B team, He became backup to Casillas the following season, making his first team debut in 05/06 season replacing Casillas who was suspended after a red card. In 2007 Lopez signed for Villareal playing backup to Sebastian Viera, but made his debut in the first team playing in UEFA cup and Copa Del Rey games. The following season (08/09) Lopez was first choice and played every game of the season.
Lopez then signed for Sevilla in 2012 before moving back to Real Madrid 8 months later.
Lopez in his career as achieve 1 La Liga title and 1 Copa Del Rey.