Casilla in action for Espanyol in 2015
|Full name||Francisco Casilla Cortés|
|Date of birth||2 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Alcover, Spain|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2004–2006||Real Madrid C||8||(0)|
|2006–2007||Real Madrid B||5||(0)|
|2008–2010||→ Cádiz (loan)||66||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Cartagena (loan)||35||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:02, 25 September 2016 (UTC).
He started playing for Real Madrid, but only represented the reserve teams in his beginnings. He went on to appear in 126 competitive games for Espanyol over the course of six La Liga seasons, before returning to his previous club in 2015.
Born in Alcover, Tarragona, Catalonia, Casilla did not enjoy much playing time in his two-year stint with Real Madrid reserve side, Real Madrid Castilla. In the 2005–06 season, he played in the second division after having graduated from the C-team, being only third-choice after Jordi Codina and David Cobeño.
After only four appearances, Casilla was expected to receive more opportunities after the departure of first-choice Cobeño. However, Codina became the starter and Antonio Adán, a fellow youth graduate, the backup, and Casilla ended up playing only in the last game of the campaign, with an eventual relegation befalling.
In August 2007, Casilla was acquired by RCD Espanyol on a free transfer. On 20 January 2008, he made his debut in La Liga in a 1–2 away loss against Real Valladolid, coming on as a substitute for injured Iñaki Lafuente two minutes after half-time as the habitual starter Carlos Kameni was away on international duty; that month, news surfaced that Arsenal were interested in acquiring the young Spaniard's services.
Barred by Kameni and new signing Cristian Álvarez, Casilla joined third level side Cádiz CF on loan for 2008–09. The move was extended for the entirety of the following campaign after the Andalusians returned to division two, and he again started most of the season, but the team was immediately relegated back.
Casilla still sat on the bench for Espanyol's first game in 2010–11 but, on 31 August 2010, moved again on loan, to second division's FC Cartagena. Subsequently returned to the Pericos, he constantly battled for first-choice status with Álvarez.
After the Argentine left, Casilla became the undisputed starter. On 1 February 2015, he was sent off against Sevilla FC for handling Iago Aspas' shot outside of the penalty area, and his replacement Pau López could not prevent an eventual 2–3 defeat.
Return to Real Madrid
On 17 July 2015, Casilla returned to Real Madrid on a five-year contract for €6 million. He made his competitive debut on 31 October, in a 3–1 win over UD Las Palmas.
Casilla played understudy to Keylor Navas in his first season, appearing in seven games across all competitions. Two of those came in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, as the tournament ended in conquest.
On 29 August 2014, Casilla was called up to Spanish manager Vicente del Bosque's 23-man squad for matches against France and Macedonia in September, as third-choice behind Iker Casillas and David de Gea. He only made his debut, however, on 18 November, replacing the former for the last 14 minutes of a friendly with Germany in Vigo and being beaten by Toni Kroos for the game's only goal.
|Real Madrid Castilla||2005–06||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
- Real Madrid
- Llorente tumba al Espanyol (Llorente downs Espanyol); Marca, 20 January 2008 (Spanish)
- "La ausencia de Kameni y la lesión de Lafuente hacen debutar a Casilla" [Kameni's absence and Lafuente's injury enable Casilla's debut] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
- Arsenal interested in youngster; Tribal Football, 2 January 2008
- Kiko Casilla, al Cádiz; Fredson, al Goias (Casilla, to Cádiz; Fredson, to Goiás); Mundo Deportivo, 26 July 2008 (Spanish)
- Casilla jugará en el Cartagena una temporada (Casilla will play with Cartagena one season); Marca, 1 September 2010 (Spanish)
- Casilla: "La competencia con Cristian Álvarez es bonita" (Casilla: "The competition with Cristian Álvarez is a beautiful thing"); Marca, 24 July 2012 (Spanish)
- "Iago Aspas' late winner gives Sevilla vengeful win against Espanyol". Fox Sports. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Official announcement: Kiko Casilla". Real Madrid. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "El Real Madrid se aferra al liderato y sigue invicto" [Real Madrid clings on to first place and is still undefeated] (in Spanish). La Liga. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- "'Sanción' para Kiko Casilla" [‘Sanction’ for Kiko Casilla] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Ronaldo-inspired Madrid hold off Shakhtar". UEFA.com. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Ronaldo rampant as Madrid put eight past Malmö". UEFA.com. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again". UEFA.com. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
- "Dani Carvajal's late goal in ET helps Real Madrid win UEFA Super Cup". ESPN FC. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "These are the players called up for the matches against France and Macedonia". Royal Spanish Football Federation. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "Experimento pasado por agua" [Soggy experiment] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Kiko Casilla". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
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- Real Madrid official profile
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- Kiko Casilla at National-Football-Teams.com
- Stats and bio at Cadistas1910 (Spanish)