He has won everything there is to win, both for Real Madrid and for Spain. He was a key player in his country’s victories in the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and was one of the Spanish heroes in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. FIFA, UEFA, the fans…but, above all, his fantastic saves, honoured him with the title of the world’s best goalkeeper for five years running.
Remember when Julio Cesar paid a tribute to Iker Casillas after winning the Confederations Cup with Brazil in 2013. After he received the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament, he dedicated the award to Spain’s goalkeeper saying: “I know Iker has had a bad season and I wanted to wear his shirt while receiving my award to pay a tribute and show my respects to the amazing goalkeeper.”
Julio Cesar retires from international football after 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The seventh instalment of The Green Soccer Journal coincides with the 2014 World Cup, which this year takes place in football’s spiritual homeland – Brazil. With this in mind, the team at The Green Soccer Journal have set out to showcase some of those individuals who have written themselves into their nation’s history books at the most revered and prestigious tournament on the planet. The Green Soccer shoot with World Cup-winner and Spanish goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas, to a fascinating Q&A offering an insight into the mind of Ivorian goal machine, Didier Drogba, Issue 7 is brimming with a plethora of exceptional footballing and stylistic talent.
"I have a friend who doesn’t get football. He always asks me, ‘Why are countries so proud of their football team? Especially when they score; it sounds like a third world war with all the cheering and yelling.’ I admit, it can be dangerous mixing football and nationalism together. Yet somehow, they go together perfectly. That feeling of pride when your country scores. There’s nothing better, my friend. Absolutely nothing."