Iker Casillas has denied fresh reports he is retiring from football after he suffered a heart attack during training with Porto last month.The Real Madrid and Spain great had a myocardial infarction on May 1 and underwent emergency surgery before returning home five days later.Reports in Portugal claimed Casillas will announce his retirement on Thursday, with the goalkeeper said to be taking up a role on Porto’s board of directors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 38-year-old indicated the media have jumped the gun because he is yet to be told by medical experts whether he has recovered enough to play football again.”The same as this tweet a month ago, except for the part of the medical check with the doctor,” Casillas wrote on Twitter, referencing a previous retirement denial.”More than anything because I have it tomorrow.”Lo mismo que este tweet de hace un mes salvo la parte de la revisión con el Doctor. Más que nada porque la tengo mañana. Abrazo a tod@s https://t.co/or8ObuBkjP— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) June 13, 2019Casillas came through Madrid’s academy and established himself in their first team as a teenager, going on to play 725 times for the club in all competitions, a total bettered only by striker Raul (741).He won every trophy possible with Los Blancos, including three Champions League crowns and five La Liga titles, and was also a part of the historic Spain team that won the country’s first World Cup in 2010 and ended a 44-year wait for European Championship success two years earlier.The keeper, who went on to win Euro 2012 and is regarded among the finest of his generation, remains Spain’s all-time leading appearance maker with 167 caps, though Sergio Ramos will likely overtake him soon.Casillas completed a switch to Porto from Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 and he has since managed to rack up over 100 appearances for the club.The veteran shot-stopper featured in 41 matches across all competitions last season, but the Portuguese giants failed to defend their domestic title after finishing two points behind champions Benfica.
zoom Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven has been awarded a contract for dry docking work on the 76,998 GRT Mein Schiff 1. The contract was signed yesterday at the international trade fair Cruise Shipping Miami by TUI Cruises CEO Richard J. Vogel and Lloyd Werft chairmen Rüdiger Pallentin and Carsten J. Haake.When Mein Schiff 1 discharges her passengers on April 24th at the Columbus Cruise Centre in Bremerhaven some Lloyd Werft workers will already be on board and will have carried out preliminary work in preparation for the ship’s docking.Along with the usual standard jobs necessary for class renewal at Lloyds Register of Shipping, the ship will also undergo inspection of all sea-cocks, shafts and rudders and, above all, the overhaul of both stabilisers and five bow and stern thrusters.The entire ship will also be painted and tank steel repairs carried out. Lloyd Werft however expects the biggest and most challenging job will be the extensive work on the “feel good” cruise ship’s air conditioning system. Two on-board cold water chillers, the work including changes to the footings and work on the piping system.Rüdiger Pallentin said “We are well acquainted with Mein Schiff 1 from the time she was extensively converted here five years ago and we could not be better equipped to handle her now“.“We have great faith in the ability of Lloyd Werft to return the ship to her scheduled time-table in just eight days“, said Richard J. Vogel, TUI Cruises CEO. “Guests will go on board “Mein Schiff 1″ again at the Columbuskaje on May 3rd”, he added.Lloyd Werft has just eight days to complete the technically demanding project in the big Kaiserdock. March 13, 2014