Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas has fond memories of the 1997 U-17 World Cup in Egypt, where he started his career as a promising keeper.
Casillas was Spain’s regular guardian in the tournament, helping his side win the bronze medal after defeating Germany 2-1 in the third-place playoff. They also knocked out hosts Egypt with a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinal.
“I was looking forward to finding this video on YouTube. What a memory,” the 31-year-old, who is arguably the world’s best keeper, said on his official Facebook page after posting a video of his highlights during the tournament.
Later in his glittering career, Casillas won a host of titles with his club Real Madrid and Spain’s national team, including Euro 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.
The 1997 World Cup was the first FIFA tournament hosted by Egypt. The country also hosted the U-20 World Cup 12 years later.
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