NEW IKER CASILLAS REEBOK GOALKEEPER GLOVES

Iker Casillas wears Reebok Football boots at the World Cup Final 2010
Casillas’ understated Reebok Valde goalkeeper gloves

Spain’s recent win at Euro 2008 marked not only the end of a huge 44 year trophy-less drought – let’s hope that bodes well for certain other national sides – but established a special goalkeeping landmark: Madridista, Iker Casillas, became the first goalkeeper to captain a European Championship winning side. This elevates him to the ranks of a small elite of only 12 other legends of the game, including Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Ruud Gullit and, erm, Theodoros Zagorakis.

Casillas is one of the most loved keepers in Europe – nowhere more than in Spain, where his status verges on the iconic. Having only recently turned 29, Casillas is already one of the most successful goalkeepers in European football today, with a collection of silverware to make most top players’ trophy cabinets look like Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.

He’s already Spain’s second most capped goalkeeper, and closing in fast on Andoni Zubizarreta’s 126 cap landmark. Barring injury, a Massimo Taibi-like loss of form or a Carlos Roa-like loss of mind, Casillas looks like a good bet to become one of Spain’s most capped, and most successful, players ever.

Casillas pretty much has it all, topped off by a “white for life” contract signed with the self-pronounced “World’s Biggest Club” Real Madrid, that keeps him on the Spanish government, sorry, Madrid, payroll until 2017 – with an automatic contract extension if he’s still playing then.

A history-making, trend-defying goalkeeper, then, Casillas also breaks ranks with the past with his goalkeeper gloves: the goalkeeper gloves Iker Casillas wears are produced by a brand that has been, until recently, less known in the goalkeeping world – Reebok.

The white and ‘honest blue’ Reebok Provecta Elite goalkeeper gloves to be precise, were worn by Casillas for Spain throughout this summer’s historic European Championship-winning tournament in Austria and Switzerland. They were particularly conspicuous in Casillas’ head-to-head with Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon in Spain’s penalty shoot out with Italy, in which, thanks to Casillas’ heroics, Spain emerged victorious.

Reebok Casillas Provecta Elite Goalkeeper Gloves

The Casillas Reebok goalkeeper gloves feature a classic and fairly simple white and blue design – predominantly white body with low-grooved latex foam backhand, blue trim, removable finger protecting spines in the fingers. The fabrics used aim at a generally lightweight and flexible glove, with lightweight mesh fabric visible in the backhand and thumb.

The most interesting and innovative feature of the gloves is perhaps the super long ‘wrap around’ wrist strap. In fact, the wrist strap on the official Casillas replica gloves available for sale in the shops and those worn by Casillas himself is different, with the strap on the official replica glove a far more experimental design. It is constructed from a long piece of fabric, stitched to the lower backhand of the glove and cutting diagonally across it, wrapping all the way round the wrist of the palm side of the glove, coming round the backhand again and fastening on the palm side. But Casillas himself has his gloves tailored, opting for a much simpler and traditional plain white wrist strap with his name on instead. So for all his history making and trend breaking – in some ways Casillas turns out to be a man of tradition after all! Rate it: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars6 Stars7 Stars8 Stars9 Stars10 Stars (5 votes, average: 9.60 out of 10)

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    • That is because the wrist strap on the official Casillas replica gloves available for sale in the shops and those worn by Casillas himself are different, with the strap on the official replica glove a far more experimental design. It is constructed from a long piece of fabric, stitched to the lower backhand of the glove and cutting diagonally across it, wrapping all the way round the wrist of the palm side of the glove, coming round the backhand again and fastening on the palm side. But Casillas himself has his gloves tailored, opting for a much simpler and traditional plain white wrist strap with his name on instead

      • Matt, that’s maybe right.

        But there are 2 more things:
        The glove on the upper pic doesn’t seen to have finger save and the palm is different.

  • these are definitely not the same gloves at all. casillas wears a negative cut glove, does not have finger protection, and has an ols-school uhlsport double-closure on it (as you can see in the picture of him at the top), and casillas’ gloves dont have indented foam. so basically its only the backhand design and the casillas name that reebok are selling. look at the pictures and research it more, they are totally different

  • There a number of things different between the two pairs, and this is because Casillas has requested Reebok to make them to the specifications he wants.

    One of the main thing is the fingers on the glove. Casillas’ left glove only has a thumb and 3 finger gussets instead of 4. This is because he suffered a hand injury, and has his 3rd and 4th fingers in one single larger gusset, so he can strap them together. His gloves do not contain fingersave, so I’m guessing that this is Reebok improvising another form of finger protection, as perhaps not many of the public would want a glove with only 3 finger gussets and have to strap their fingers.

    The wrist strap on Casillas’ gloves will also have been tailored to his demands, so Reebok has given the public something different, as again, maybe the public would not want the same design.

  • I am a Casillas fan and tried out a pair of Reebok gloves because of it. They are a similar style to the ones that are for sale here. I would like having Casillas’s modifications especially the closure system with the extra grip on the wrist. His style put into these gloves would make me want to buy them much more. I think reebok should take a chance on his personal preferences because his name is how this glove will sell anyway.

  • hi every body. who ever had seen iker(my love) ? i miss him so much and i wana see him .i never care about what peopel say caus say some …. things . u see what i mean so i want just tell u i love iker and no body can be like him and im from iran:d

  • It seems like your not allowed to have finger stocks in official fifa because as i watch soccer alot i don’t think i have ever seen a keeper wear gloves with finger stocks and They would not retail the same bloody gloves as the keeper the one shown in the picture is most probably trying if you think about it if the best goalkeeper in the world is using them they must sell

    P.s i just remembered thats cassilas’s old gloves in the top picture and new one in the bottom

    If anyone has found those gloves could they possibly tell me the price by posting to this document or if you buy it online show me where please

    p.s.s I made a mistake they’re allowed to wear finger stocks but most dont because they think they’l look like panzies

    Many Thanks

  • hola iker eres guapisimo y aparte buena persona seguro que como padre serias el que mas a!! y soy del barsa pero no importa porque para mi eres el mejor y eso no hay equipo que lo cambie no sabes como me gustaria conocerte seria como un sueño hecho realidad t.k.m

  • casillas is the best goalkeeper ever i’am casillas’s biggest fan i like hes gloves and boots and shirt and i like hes face
    i cant see casillas lose.

  • Why js it that casillas glove on his left had the 2 middle fingers are joined for 1 glove whole hasn’t any one noticed instaed or 4 diffrent finger hole the the right hand is normL ? :s

  • abha some one answer my question bout his left glove it middle fingers are joins for 1 hole why !?!?!? And gongrats I live in barac but real Madrid all the way 🙂

  • what is the actual name of the cloves he’s waering and in the photo coz ive been trying to buy some. look super comfy nd cool

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