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The five biggest flops of the World Cup

By Agencies
The five biggest flops of the World Cup

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts during the team's 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 18, 2014. (Photo / Agencies)

Vicente Del Bosque's sentimentality damaged Spain when he chose to stick with Casillas as his captain and goalkeeper despite the fact he played second fiddle to Diego Lopez in La Liga.

Four years after lifting the World Cup in South Africa, Casillas was the embodiment of a shambolic tournament for the reigning champions.

Fresh from almost costing Real Madrid the Champions League final, he produced a horrible performance in the humiliating 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands. He was caught under the ball for Stefan de Vrij to put Holland 3-1 ahead before his heavy touch gifted Robin van Persie the fourth.

Casillas remains a World Cup-winning captain and a legend with 156 caps, but this tournament should signal the end of his international career.

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