Spain’s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas will run for the presidency of the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF), he confirmed on Monday.
The date of the election has not but been determined however Casillas stated he has knowledgeable his present membership, Porto of his resolution, with the 38-year-old now anticipated to retire from enjoying the sport.
“Sure, I’ll run for the presidency of the RFEF when the elections are referred to as,” Casillas wrote in a press release.
“Collectively we’ll put our federation on the prime of one of the best soccer on the planet, the soccer of Spain.
“I’ve knowledgeable the president of my membership, FC Porto, to whom I can solely categorical the deepest gratitude.”
Casillas is taken into account one of many biggest goalkeepers of his technology and led Spain to their first World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010.
He performed 167 instances for Spain, additionally profitable two Euros in 2008 and 2012, and made greater than 700 appearances for Actual Madrid, with whom he received 5 La Liga titles and the Champions League thrice, earlier than becoming a member of Porto in 2015.
Casillas was named within the FIFA FIFPro World XI 5 years in a row between 2008 and 2012.
However final April, he suffered a coronary heart assault throughout coaching and has not performed one other aggressive match since.
Casillas had been linked with the RFEF presidency for a number of months and is now anticipated to go up in opposition to present incumbent Luis Rubiales for the publish.
“We’re working with the utmost respect and dedication in our candidacy,” added Casillas. “Greater than 23,000 voters are ready for us in honest and clear elections. The 139 meeting members will determine.”
Rubiales has been in perpetual battle with Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, and the pair have clashed over quite a few points, together with fixtures on Monday and Friday nights, matches overseas and the postponement of the Clasico in October.
Based on the foundations, the elections ought to be held within the second half of this yr after the Tokyo Olympics however Rubiales has requested they be introduced ahead, earlier than Euro 2020, which is able to run from 12 June to 12 July.