Iker Casillas’ 1000th match of career ends on dismal note as Porto suffer defeat at Belenenses

Iker Casillas’ 1000th match of career ends on dismal note as Porto suffer defeat at Belenenses

Lisbon: Iconic Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas played the 1000th match of his career on Monday as Portuguese title contenders Porto suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat at Belenenses. File image of Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas. AFP Casillas was making his 108th appearance for Porto, having previously turned out 725 times with boyhood club Real Madrid while earning 167 caps for Spain. He captained his country to their first World Cup title in 2010 as well as consecutive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012. The 36-year-old broke through into the Real first…

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Klose ends playing career, will train as coach with Germany

Klose ends playing career, will train as coach with Germany

The German soccer federation says striker Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup history, is ending his playing career and will train as a coach. The 38-year-old retired from international soccer after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, scoring twice to bring his total goal tally from four tournaments to 16. With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-scoring player for Germany. Klose’s contract with Lazio expired after last season. The German federation says that, in consultation with coach Joachim Loew and technical…

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