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Casillas to stay with Porto for next season

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Lisbon (AFP) – Spanish goalkeeping great Iker Casillas has extended his stay at Porto for another season after winning the Portuguese league title, he announced on Thursday.

Casillas, who captained Spain to World Cup glory in 2010, joined Porto from Real Madrid in 2015 and regained his place in the team in the second half of this season after being dropped in favour of Jose Sa.

Casillas to stay with Porto for next season

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Lisbon (AFP) – Spanish goalkeeping great Iker Casillas has extended his stay at Porto for another season after winning the Portuguese league title, he announced on Thursday.

Casillas, who captained Spain to World Cup glory in 2010, joined Porto from Real Madrid in 2015 and regained his place in the team in the second half of this season after being dropped in favour of Jose Sa.

Spanish veteran Casillas wants to carry on

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Madrid (AFP) – Porto’s veteran Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, coming to the end of his contract with the Portuguese champions, has admitted that he wants to continue playing.

“I want to carry on playing football and if Porto come knocking on my door I’ll welcome them with open arms,” Casillas said in an interview with Marca on Monday.

Spanish veteran Casillas wants to carry on

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Madrid (AFP) – Porto’s veteran Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, coming to the end of his contract with the Portuguese champions, has admitted that he wants to continue playing.

“I want to carry on playing football and if Porto come knocking on my door I’ll welcome them with open arms,” Casillas said in an interview with Marca on Monday.

Casillas falls victim at cost-cutting Porto

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Lisbon (AFP) – Spain’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas will be released by Porto at the end of the season as the cash-strapped Portuguese giants look to cut costs.

Francisco Marques, the Porto spokesman told A Bola daily, that the former European champions need to slash the contracts of their best-paid players.

Casillas falls victim at cost-cutting Porto

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Lisbon (AFP) – Spain’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas will be released by Porto at the end of the season as the cash-strapped Portuguese giants look to cut costs.

Francisco Marques, the Porto spokesman told A Bola daily, that the former European champions need to slash the contracts of their best-paid players.

Spain great Casillas confronting twilight at Porto

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Lisbon (AFP) – From a king of Europe in Madrid to the substitutes’ bench with Porto, it’s been a rocky transition for three-time Champions League winner Iker Casillas following his departure from boyhood club Real in 2015.

“San Iker”, the captain of Spain’s World Cup-winning side in 2010 and of back-to-back European Championship triumphs, now finds himself Porto’s back-up ahead of Wednesday’s last-16 clash against Liverpool.

Spain great Casillas confronting twilight at Porto

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Lisbon (AFP) – From a king of Europe in Madrid to the substitutes’ bench with Porto, it’s been a rocky transition for three-time Champions League winner Iker Casillas following his departure from boyhood club Real in 2015.

“San Iker”, the captain of Spain’s World Cup-winning side in 2010 and of back-to-back European Championship triumphs, now finds himself Porto’s back-up ahead of Wednesday’s last-16 clash against Liverpool.

Leipzig claim landmark Champions League success

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Jean-Kevin Augustin scored what proved to be the winner as RB Leipzig secured their first ever victory in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, beating Porto 3-2.

Willi Orban and Emil Forsberg also scored for the hosts in a five-goal first half as Leipzig claimed a win that keeps alive their dream of reaching the knockout stages in their debut Champions League campaign.

Leipzig claim landmark Champions League success

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Jean-Kevin Augustin scored what proved to be the winner as RB Leipzig secured their first ever victory in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, beating Porto 3-2.

Willi Orban and Emil Forsberg also scored for the hosts in a five-goal first half as Leipzig claimed a win that keeps alive their dream of reaching the knockout stages in their debut Champions League campaign.

Barcelona’s football star Alba steps into Gulf crisis

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Doha (AFP) – Barcelona star Jordi Alba has become the latest Spanish footballer to enter the Gulf diplomatic crisis after he was shown signing a T-shirt of Qatar’s leader on Wednesday.

A video of Alba autographing the image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighbouring countries, was posted on Twitter.

Dybala fires Juve past depleted Porto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.

Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo had hailed Juve’s 20-game unbeaten home run in Europe as he played down the Portuguese side’s chances of overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat at the Estadio do Dragao.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Age-defying Casillas, Buffon renew rivalry

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Rome (AFP) – Goalkeeping icons Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon will renew a rivalry going back almost two decades when Porto host Juventus in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16.

Age is just another number for Spaniard Casillas, 35, and 39-year-old Italian nemesis Buffon.

Between them they have 334 caps, 275 Champions League matches, 12 league titles, two World Cups, two European championships, three Champions Leagues, a UEFA Cup and a combined age of 74.

Buffon reaches landmark as Germany hold Italy

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Milan (AFP) Gianluigi Buffon earned a European record-equalling 167th cap as Italy played out a goalless friendly draw with their Euro 2016 quarter-final tormentors Germany in Milan on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Buffon, who made his Italy debut in 1997, is now level with retired Spain legend and fellow goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Buffon reaches landmark as Germany hold Italy

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Milan (AFP) Gianluigi Buffon earned a European record-equalling 167th cap as Italy played out a goalless friendly draw with their Euro 2016 quarter-final tormentors Germany in Milan on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Buffon, who made his Italy debut in 1997, is now level with retired Spain legend and fellow goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Espanyol add Diego Lopez to ambitious project

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Madrid (AFP) Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez became Espanyol's 10th signing of the transfer window after the Barcelona-based club reached a loan agreement with AC Milan on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Catalans sealed a season-long loan deal for Mexican international defender Diego Reyes from Porto.

Del Bosque hails champions as De Gea replaces Casillas

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed his defending champions, including benched captain Iker Casillas, after a Euro 2016 masterclass that left the Czech Republic on the wrong end of a 1-0 Group D defeat Monday.

Spain, crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, are looking to become the first team to win the competition three times in succession.

Del Bosque hails champions as De Gea replaces Casillas

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed his defending champions, including benched captain Iker Casillas, after a Euro 2016 masterclass that left the Czech Republic on the wrong end of a 1-0 Group D defeat Monday.

Spain, crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, are looking to become the first team to win the competition three times in succession.

Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed a late winner as defending champions Spain overcame a resolute and determined Czech Republic 1-0 in their Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain's build-up to the tournament was rocked last week when reports claimed goalkeeper De Gea had been involved in a sex scandal.

Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed a late winner as defending champions Spain overcame a resolute and determined Czech Republic 1-0 in their Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain's build-up to the tournament was rocked last week when reports claimed goalkeeper De Gea had been involved in a sex scandal.

David de Gea beats Casillas for Spain place in Euro 2016 opener

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, embroiled in sex scandal allegations, will start for Spain in their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday.

De Gea was in contention with legendary fellow shot-stopper Iker Casillas to start for the defending champions in Toulouse in their Group D match.

David de Gea beats Casillas for Spain place in Euro 2016 opener

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, embroiled in sex scandal allegations, will start for Spain in their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday.

De Gea was in contention with legendary fellow shot-stopper Iker Casillas to start for the defending champions in Toulouse in their Group D match.

Sex-scandal probe adds to Spain’s goalkeeper agony

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Paris (AFP) Accusations linking Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to a sex scandal have thrown Spain's preparations into turmoil on the eve their Euro 2016 opener.

De Gea is vying with 167-cap veteran and captain Iker Casillas, a hero of Spain's three consecutive major championship triumphs between 2008 and 2012, for a starting place against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday.

Sex-scandal probe adds to Spain’s goalkeeper agony

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Paris (AFP) Accusations linking Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to a sex scandal have thrown Spain's preparations into turmoil on the eve their Euro 2016 opener.

De Gea is vying with 167-cap veteran and captain Iker Casillas, a hero of Spain's three consecutive major championship triumphs between 2008 and 2012, for a starting place against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday.

Koke, Morata add new blood as Spain chase Euros treble

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes Spain have the perfect blend of youth and experience to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship in France.

La Roja's run of three consecutive major tournament triumphs came to an end in spectacular fashion as they crashed out of the World Cup after just two games in Brazil two years ago.

Koke, Morata add new blood as Spain chase Euros treble

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes Spain have the perfect blend of youth and experience to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship in France.

La Roja's run of three consecutive major tournament triumphs came to an end in spectacular fashion as they crashed out of the World Cup after just two games in Brazil two years ago.

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Classic Moments: Iker Casillas Pulls Off Gutsy Save To Thwart Arjen Robben One-On-One During 2010 World Cup Final (Video)

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As you probably well remember, the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands was grubby, tense, petulant and nigh-on barbaric at times.

Howard Webb did his best to keep a lid on the hostility, showing admirable restraint to limit the card count to just 14 yellows and one red; Xabi Alonso got kicked in the aorta; elbows were swung, studs were left in; Mark van Bommel was there, inflicting ABH on whomever should cross his path, friend or foe.

Iker Casillas Retires From Spain Duty With The Help Of A Patriotic Quote Lifted From Rambo II

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Having lost his first-pick status and seen Spain go a-tumblin' out of Euro 2016in the first knockout round against Italy on Monday, Iker Casillas has decided that the time is now right for him to duck out of international duty all together.

Indeed, the 35-year-old 'keeper, who has won all there is to win over the course of his 167 caps, seemed to confirm as much with a Tweet posted the following day in which he thanked fans for their support over the years before signing off with a patriotic snippet lifted from the end of Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Spain start treble bid at Euro 2016 under sex-scandal cloud

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Paris (AFP) Defending champions Spain kick off their Euro 2016 against the Czech Republic on Monday, bidding for a third straight European crown, under a sex scandal cloud.

Accusations against Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea have thrown Spain's preparations into turmoil as they prepare to face the Czechs in Toulouse in Group D.

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Bad news for Lorius Karius if Liverpool agree deal for £118k-per-week legend

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According to Sport, Liverpool are interested in FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The S*n say the Merseysiders could be lining up the Real Madrid legend to be their new first-choice shot-stopper next season, which is bad news for current number one Lorius Karius.

The 36-year-old is out of contract with Porto this summer and cold be on his way to the Premier League on a free transfer as a result.

Thursday Kickoff: Low favorite to replace Wenger, PSG interested in Conte and more

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Two major jobs could reportedly be up for grabs this summer, and candidates are beginning to emerge before a move has been made.

Germany's Joachim Low is reportedly the favorite to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal should the club make a move. (REPORT)

PSG has reportedly contacted Antonio Conte to discuss the club's managerial position.

Jose Mourinho v Bastian Schweinsteiger and three other famous Mourinho fallouts

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Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Opinion: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Champions League Final History: Results, Winners, Records, Goalscorers & Venues

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The Champions League is UEFA’s biggest competition and arguably the most important club competition in the world. The competition as it is today is a rebranding of the old European Cup, with the 2015/16 Champions League the 24th season in the new format, and the 61st in the history of the tournament.

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Liverpool: Iker Casillas Receives Heartfelt Ovation From The Kop On Final Champions League Appearance (Video)

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While Porto may have been trounced over two legs, there were still some touching scenes during last night's Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool.

After losing 5-1 at home a fortnight ago, the Portuguese side saw a goalless draw at Anfield end their European adventure for another season.

Champions League: Juventus Into Quarter-Finals

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Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.

Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes.

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Iker Casillas hoping to remain at Porto despite MLS links

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He has been linked with a potential move to the States for weeks now, but Iker Casillas shot down a reported move away from FC Porto on Thursday.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who has made 31 league appearances for Porto during the 2015-16 campaign, said he is happy with the Portuguese club and is looking forward to the next season.