Francisco "Kiko" Casilla Cortés (Spanish pronunciation: ['kiko ka'siʎa]; born 2 October 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a goalkeeper.
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 9 August 2016, Casilla was in goal for injured Navas in the 3–2 triumph against fellow Spaniards Sevilla for the UEFA Super Cup, in Trondheim.
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.
- As of 25 January 2017
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1 Includes UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.
- Real Madrid
- UEFA Champions League: 2015–16
- UEFA Super Cup: 2016
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2016