The former captain was optimistic about the future of the Red in the presentation of the Adidas ball, Al Hilm, for the semifinals and final of the World Cup
Casillas commented that “I would like a team that has never had the chance to win a World Cup, like Morocco or Croatia, to win.”
Iker Casillas was one of the soccer legends invited to the presentation ceremony of the Adidas ball, Al Hilm,
for the semifinals and final of the World Cup. The former captain of Spain analyzed the role of La Roja in this competition and sent a message of optimism,
already thinking about the next edition in 2026.
The former goalkeeper stated that it was “ a disappointment to fall in the round of 16,
but we have a young team that can prepare more in three and a half years for the tournament in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
They will arrive more mature and more decisive for that moment. What has gone wrong can be fixed and can be straightened out for the next World Cup ”.
After analyzing Spain, Casillas referred to the player marking this World Cup, Leo Messi, who said that “you always have to be focused when you face him.
A goalkeeper cannot spend even a second without looking at the opponents or the players, you must be attentive when Messi catches the ball to safeguard your goal ”.
Regarding his prognosis and preferences for the World Cup outcome, Casillas commented that ” I would like a team that has never had the chance to win a World Cup, like Morocco or Croatia, to win, but also a team with a long football tradition, like Argentina, and France, world champion,
with an excellent generation. I hope they play very good games and whoever wins the seven games will have been the best in the tournament”.
Casillas spoke showing The Official Match Ball of the group stages, Al Rihla,
which translates to “The Journey,” is followed by Al Hilm, which means “The Dream” in Arabic.
SUSTAINABLE AND AVANT-GARDE BALL
Using the latest technological advances in ball design,
Al Hilm includes the same unprecedented Adidas ‘Connected Ball’ technology as Al Rihla,
which has proven invaluable in helping referees make faster and more accurate decisions during this match. World Cup.
Casillas: “Spain can straighten itself out for the next World Cup”
By combining ball tracking data captured by on-ball sensors and applying artificial intelligence,
the new technology provides an automated offside alert to the VAR team.
The ball was also designed with the environment in mind: all components have been carefully considered,
and Al Hilm is made with only water-based inks and glues.