Iker Casillas match at Wembley on Saturday to Andoni Zubizarreta as the most capped player has worn the shirt of the Spanish team. We analyze two runs, two styles, two paths.
Casillas (Madrid, May 20, 1981) Zubi reach with just 30 years. The goal was to play Basque almost to the 37 to set the record for the current captain will be reduced to ashes when it comes time to retreat.
Although Urreta Andoni Zubizarreta (Vitoria, October 23, 1961) was also undisputed in Spain for decades. Nearly three in particular. Debuted on January 23, 1985, in a game against Finland in Alicante. His party number 126 took place 13 years later, Felix Bollaert stadium in Lens, France. It was he who ended the tour of Spain in the 1998 World Cup after a dismal first phase.
Zubi left the team as a player for Valencia. He came to her from the Athletic, although most of the developed international stage as a representative of Barcelona, the club he joined in 1986. It was after the World Cup in Mexico, where Spain fell in the quarterfinals on penalties to Belgium.
A Zubi, and to Spain, international success eluded him for years. Not in the World Cup in Italy, with that goal Stojkovic who overcame the barrier of the gap left by Michel, or the United States-goal Baggio, elbowed by Luis Enrique Tasotti, or the aforementioned France , which is twisted from the first game, a loss to Nigeria prompted by an error serious goal. The current Barca sporting director also played two European Championships, came as a substitute for Arconada to 1984, when Spain was runner-also with no luck: KO in the first phase Alemania'88 and new setback on penalties, also quarter, against England in 1996. Zubi fit the round figure of 100 goals as a goalkeeper. With him in goal, Spain won 70 games, tied 33 and lost 23.
Iker numbers match those of Andoni in quantity, but there is no comparison in terms of quality. He conceded just 74 goals, and with him Spain won 92 games, with 21 draws and only 12 losses. Their numbers are translated also in collective achievements: Spain won Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 in Madrid between the sticks. Both trophies were additionally collected by the goalkeeper, captain for three years. Luis Aragones gave him the bracelet before the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland.
Casillas was released with the absolute the June 3, 2000, in a friendly against Sweden. He had just turned 19 years, making him the second youngest debutant in the history of the selection. Jose Antonio Camacho gave the option just before Euro 2000, his first major tournament. They did not play Cañizares-Molina and shut him-, but in the next, the 2002 World Cup. The goal of Valencia injury opened a door which, nine years later, still not closed.
The explosion of choice has been confirmed as the best goalkeeper in the world in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Although, with just 30, a doorman just entering adulthood. As much as their numbers are already true veteran. Or a retired legendary Andoni Zubizarreta as.