Xabi Alonso (groin) did not make the final list of Spain’s Confederations Cup squad.
Iker Casillas, on the keys to his success
Iker Casillas was in Doha on Tuesday accompanied by former Real Madrid player Raúl, to announce a partnership with his foundation and the Aspire Academy. Casillas will oversee a two-day training course for goalkeepers.
from the Gulf Times -Commenting on the partnership with Aspire Academy, Spain’s number one goalkeeper said: “It is for me an honour to work with an organisation like Aspire, a leading academy in sports training and in the creation of values in sport as well as in developing programmes which foster the integration and training of young people in the world of football. I also want to thank Qatar and the Qataris for their contribution to the development of sports in general, and more specifically of football.’’A selection of players from abroad will later join the programme. A list of 100 scholarship players from around the world will be selected by Iker Casillas and Aspire every year. At the academy, they will participate in a 15-day training programme, with Iker Casillas attending on three days.
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I had a live interview scheduled with him at Las Rozas between the end of the training session and dinner, which would begin at nine. The training session ran late and so there wasn’t much time left. I waited for him at the door of the locker room, and to get to the set, we had to pass by several fans. We ran towards the set, but some of the fans asked him for an autograph and so I asked him if he was going to stop. He said yes without hesitating and added, “calm down, we’ll make the interview. I have to sign these autographs, they’ve been waiting for a long time, they’re excited, and look, they’re all just children.” I was speechless and watched him sign autographs until his pen ran out of ink. Iker is a reference for millions of children, he knows that and he doesn’t want to fail them.
ikercasillasoficial - Have a nice trip, Matita.
juanmatagarcia - @ikercasillasoficial I’m here! The flight was a bit shorter than the one before…
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