Spanish Football Legend Signs up with 888 Poker

In recent years, Spain have developed some brilliant footballers and it has to be said, there have been some excellent goalkeepers brought through the ranks at many clubs. Real Madrid and Barcelona have local heroes like Iker Cassilas and Victor Valdes in goals and Liverpool have Pepe Reina tending the nets for them. Manchester United may have a Spanish goalkeeper in between the sticks for them next season as they are rumoured to be strongly interested in Athletico Madrid’s starlet David De Gea. All of this means that there is a lot of Spanish talent battling for the number one jersey in the national team.

A few years back, just as Casillas and Valdez were bursting onto the scene, there was another Spanish goalkeeper who was catching the eye all across Europe with a string of stunning performances and striking hairstyle. Valencia had an amazing spell in the early part of the new millennium and a lot of their success stemmed from the brilliance of keeper Santiago Canizares. Canizares was the rock that guided the team to two Champions League finals, although a winner’s medal was to evade him on both occasions.

Canizares won a lot of medals in his career

However, two league titles,  the Spanish Cup, the Spanish Supercup, the Uefa Cup, the Uefa Supercup, 46 caps for Spain and being selected for five major international tournaments indicates that Canizares was a goalkeeper held in the highest of regards. Misfortune was to rob of him of his place at the 2002 World Cup, where he was deemed to be number 1 in the squad, when a dropped bottle of aftershave smashed on his foot and severed tendons.

Canizares will be in good company at 888 Poker

This may suggest that luck was not always on the side of Santiago Canizares but that is something that 888 Poker will hope is behind him. This is because the site has appointed Canizares as a site ambassador and he joins a string of top names from the world of football in promoting the 888 Poker brand.

In addition to Canizares, 888 Poker draw on the services of names like Teddy Sheringham, Tony Cascarino, Raimond Domenech and Francesco Totti to promote the site and to get football fans interested in joining up with the site. Canizares will no doubt help the Spanish market to associate with 888 Poker but anyone who had a love of football in the early half of the 2000’s will have a lot of time for Canizares!

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