The captain of the World-cup winning Spanish national football team and goalkeeper for Real Madrid FC, Iker Casillas (pictured right), recently visited two communities in the West African nation of Mali as part of his on-going collaboration with Plan.
Casillas visited the communities of Sanambele and Bougoula, both in the Kati area of Mali. He was introduced to the current Plan projects, paying special attention to the ‘Learn Without Fear’ campaign, which tackles all forms of violence in schools.
Career: Soccer Player
Bravo Award: 2000
La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2000
La Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2009, 2012
BBVA Fair Play award: 2012-13
Zamora Trophy: 2007–08
Best European Goalkeeper: 2010
IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
FIFA/FIFPro World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008, 2012
UEFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
ESM Team of the Year: 2008
FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2010 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
Born on May 20, 1981, in Móstoles, Spain, Iker Casillas joined the Real Madrid youth system at age 9. He became the youngest goalkeeper to start in a Champions League final match in 2000, and sparked Real Madrid to multiple domestic titles in subsequent years. Casillas also starred for the Spanish teams that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.