Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Iker Casillas to Remain as Real Madrid Captain

By Marcel Abboud

Despite rumors and media speculation that the Real Madrid icon would be stripped of the captaincy, Iker Casillas will stay on as captain after discussions with manager Jose Mourinho.

The veteran Real Madrid goalkeeper, who has been at the club since his youth and is a product of the club's famed youth system will continue to captain the club that he has led since 2010 after the departure of club icon and talisman striker Raul Gonzalez.

The Madrid giants have a tradition of handing the captiancy to long standing players, as "St. Iker" as he is affectingly known to fans has been with the club since 1990 in the youth system and in the first team since 1997 when making his first team debut in the UEFA Champions League against Rosenborg. But it wasn't until the season later (1998/1999) where he made his first team debut in La Liga and has since amassed over 400+ games for Los Blancos and has been the number one keeper at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu ever since.