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Football: Real Madrid's Casillas welcomes baby boy

Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Friday welcomed the birth of his first child, a baby boy called Martin, with his partner, the television reporter Sara Carbonero. "I want to share with you the most important and moving moment of my life: the birth of my son," said Casillas, captain of Spain's World Cup and double-Euro-winning national team. Martin, who weighed 3.85 kilos (8.5 pounds), and his mother "are perfectly well and are now resting", he added, in a statement sent to fans.

Football: Ancelotti not for budging on Casillas issue

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday ruled out any possibility of budging from his decision to play Spain captain Iker Casillas in the Champions League only. Casillas played well as Madrid drew 2-2 away to Juventus in midweek but will be back on the bench on Saturday against Real Sociedad, with Diego Lopez being preferred in La Liga and Ancelotti not for changing a decision taken at the start of the campaign. "I took my decision at that moment. Now, the decision has been taken," said the Italian at his eve-of-game press conference.

Casillas raises possibility of leaving Real Madrid

Madrid, Oct 17 (EFE).- Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas said Thursday that he will have to consider leaving the club where he has spent his entire career if management declines to reinstate him as starting goalkeeper. Casillas, who is also the captain of Spain's national team, lost his starting position with the club after missing several months last winter due to injury. Some expected that situation to change when Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Jose Mourinho as coach, but the new boss decided to stick with Diego Lopez in net for La Liga matches.

Football: Casillas mulling over Real Madrid exit

Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted Thursday he will consider quitting Real Madrid if he does not regain his place in the side. The 32-year-old is a one-club man having grown up through the youth ranks at Madrid before making his debut in September 1999 as an 18-year-old. Apart from a brief spell in 2001/02 when he lost his place in the side, Casillas has been an immovable object in the Madrid goal ever since. That was until last season when then-coach Jose Mourinho dropped him in favour of Diego Lopez, a move replicated by new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid's Casillas diagnosed with bruised ribs

Madrid, Sep 18 (EFE).- Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas suffered bruised ribs in a collision with defender Sergio Ramos during the squad's opening Champions League match, a 6-1 rout of Turkey's Galatasaray. The 32-year-old net minder, who was replaced by Diego Lopez in the 14th minute of Tuesday's game in Istanbul, underwent a CT scan Wednesday at a hospital on Madrid's outskirts.

Real Madrid coach: Lopez to start but Casillas' chance coming soon

Madrid, Aug 31 (EFE).- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Diego Lopez would be his starting goalkeeper for Sunday's Spanish league home match against Athletic Bilbao, although he said captain Iker Casillas would get the chance to play in the near future. Ancelotti did not say if he had made a decision to play Lopez in the club's La Liga matches and Casillas in Champions League and Copa del Rey contests, but he said the latter will have the opportunity he desires "soon."

Spanish coach: Casillas merits "special" treatment

Las Rozas, Spain, Aug 30 (EFE).- Spain's national soccer team captain, Iker Casillas, deserves "special" treatment because of his years of contributions to the squad, the coach said, though he stopped short of guaranteeing the goalkeeper a starting spot in upcoming matches. "I have my idea of what we're going to do, but we have to verify the physical, technical and mental state of all the players. In that sense, we'll see in the training how ready he is," Vicente Del Bosque said Friday when asked if Casillas would be keeping his place in the starting 11.

Casillas eyes return to starting line-up

Los Angeles, Jul 30 (EFE).- Real Madrid and Spanish national-team goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas said here after a preseason practice that he was looking to put last season's troubles behind him and work his way back into the starting 11. "I'd love to be a starter again. I'm working and competing for that, although my teammates would say the same. We're all starting from zero, but I'm much more hopeful than before that I can get back there. I know my teammates will make it tough for me," the 32-year-old netminder said in a press conference Monday at UCLA.

Football: Casillas 'over difficult spell'

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has said he is happy once again after enduring a difficult spell in the second-half of last season when he was frozen out of the Real side by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho relegated Casillas to the bench in favour of Diego Lopez after he returned from three months out with a hand injury. Casillas admitted he found the situation difficult to cope with after achieving so much in the game. But he told "I dealt with it by thinking of the team and wanting what is best for Real Madrid.

Football: Casillas tribute vandalised - reports

A monument dedicated to Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been vandalised with slogans supporting Diego Lopez, his rival for a place in the Madrid side, reports said on Tuesday. The monument sits in the street that Casillas had named after him in the Mostoles area of Madrid where he is from after leading Spain to their first World Cup trophy.
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