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Júlio César
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Personal information
Full name Júlio César Soares de Espíndola
Date of birth 3 September 1979 (1979-09-03) (age 30)
Place of birth Duque de Caxias, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Internazionale
Number 12
Youth career
Grajau CC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Flamengo 130 (0)
2005 Chievo 0 (0)
2005- Internazionale 159 (0)
National team
2004– Brazil 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 15, 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 135, 2009

Júlio César Soares de Espíndola (born 3 September 1979), commonly known as Júlio César, is a Brazilian footballer, who plays goalkeeper for Italian Serie A team Internazionale. Since moving to Italy he has built his reputation and is currently widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world.

In 2009 IFFHS named him as the third best goalkeeper in the world behind only Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon.[1] He was also awared Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009 ahead of Buffon and Federico Marchetti.[2] He was nominated for the 2009 Ballon d'Or and was voted into 21st place, Casillas was the only other goalkeeper nominated.[3]

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Club career

Flamengo

Júlio César began his professional career with Flamengo in 1997 as the understudy to veteran Clemer. By 2000 he was the Rubro-Negro's undisputed first choice goalkeeper and went on to win the Campeonato Carioca four times. His impressive form culminated in him being named as Brazil's first choice goalkeeper for the 2004 Copa América. During his time with Flamengo he became a fan favourite due to his love for the club and talent between the sticks.

He was signed on a free transfer by Chievo in January 2005, although it was widely speculated that this would be a temporary move before a transfer to Internazionale.[4]

Internazionale

Due to Serie A rules which impose a quota on the number of non-EU players clubs can sign from abroad, Júlio César was intially registered to Chievo.[5] During his six months in Verona he was down the goalkeeping pecking order, with Luca Marchegiani first-choice, and failed to make an appearance. Despite his lack of club action he was regularly named in the Brazil squad. In July 2005 he officially signed a 3-year contract with Inter.[6]

He joined up with the Inter squad for the 2005-06 season and was expected to be second choice goalkeeper behind Francesco Toldo. His first game for the team was spent on the bench as Inter won the Supercoppa Italiana. However he soon established himself ahead of Toldo as the team's first choice as Inter went on to finish third in Serie A behind Juventus and city rivals A.C. Milan but were later awared the title due to the sanctions imposed following the calciopoli match-fixing scandal. Including this Scudetto, Inter have won the title ever year he has been at the club to date, amassing 4 scudetti.

In July 2009, Júlio César was chosen by ESPN Brasil as the best player of the 2008-09 season. He received the "Prêmio Futebol no Mundo" ("Football in the World Award").[7]

In November 2009, he signed a contract which will last until 2014, adding two more years to his contract.[8] His impressive form for the Nerazzuri has earned him praise from former Inter and Italy goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca, who stated his belief that Júlio César was the best goalkeeper in the world.[9] He has also earned praise from Italy legend Dino Zoff and team-mate Francesco Toldo.[10] [11] On January 24 2010, Júlio César made a crucial penalty save from Brazil team-mate Ronaldinho as nine-man Inter won 2-0 against A.C. Milan.

International career

César's international career began in 2003, when he was often called up as a backup to Dida. He was also included in Brazil team for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not play. His first international appearance came during the Copa América 2004. He played in all six matches in the tournament as first-choice goalkeeper as Dida chose to sit out the tournament. In the final match against Argentina which went on to be decided by penalty shootout, Júlio César blocked Argentina's first penalty kick and Brazil went on to win 4–2.

However, Júlio still was the backup goalkeeper for Brazil for the next three years, earning only 7 caps in the period. He was left out of Brazil team for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and Copa América 2007, but was included in 2006 FIFA World Cup squad as third-choice goalkeeper behind Dida and veteran Rogério Ceni.

After the World Cup and the international retirement of Dida, the competition to become Brazil's new first-choice goalkeeper began. He initially was out of favor, as new coach Dunga preferred Heurelho Gomes, Helton and Doni ahead of him. However, he forced his way into the team and finally, he replaced Doni as first-choice goalkeeper in September 2007.

Career statistics

As of July 1, 2009

Club League Cup[12] Continental[13] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 1997 0 0 1 0 - - 1 0
1998 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
1999 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2000 16 0 1 0 - - 17 0
2001 26 0 6 0 - - 32 0
2002 16 0 0 0 5 0 21 0
2003 37 0 9 0 - - 46 0
2004 34 0 11 0 - - 45 0
Total 130 0 28 0 5 0 163 0
Chievo 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 - -
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Internazionale 2005–06 29 0 4 0 7 0 40 0
2006–07 32 0 0 0 6 0 38 0
2007–08 35 0 1 0 8 0 44 0
2008–09 36 0 2 0 7 0 43 0
Total 132 0 7 0 28 0 165 0
Career totals 262 0 35 0 33 0 328 0

International statistics

As of August 13, 2009[14][15][16]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Flamengo 2004 9 0
Chievo 2004–2005 1 0
Internazionale 2005–2006 1 0
2006–2007 2 0
2007–2008 11 0
2008–2009 15 0
2009–2010 1
Total 40 0

Honours

Flamengo

Internazionale

International

Personal life

César is married to Brazilian model and actress Susana Werner. Together, they have two children; Cauet (born in 2002) and Giulia (born in 2005). He is sponsored by Asics.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ The world's best Goalkeeper 2009 IFFHS.de Retrieved 1 March 2010
  2. ^ Ex-Inter Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wins 2009 'Oscar Del Calcio' goal.com 19 January 2010
  3. ^ Le classement final francefootball.fr 1 December 2009
  4. ^ Chievo unveil keeper Sky Sports.com 25 February 2005
  5. ^ Inter land Brazilian keeper Sky Sports.com 8 July 2005
  6. ^ "INTER SIGN GOALKEEPER JULIO CESAR". FC Internazionale. 2005-07-08. http://www.inter.it/aas/news/reader?L=en&N=19258. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  7. ^ "Júlio César é o grande vencedor do 1º Prêmio Futebol no Mundo". ESPN Brasil. 2009-07-03. http://afterdark.terra.com.br/futebolnomundo/post/59761_JULIO+CESAR+E+O+GRANDE+VENCEDOR+DO+1+PREMIO+FUTEBOL+NO+MUNDO. Retrieved 2009-27-12. 
  8. ^ "Inter, Julio Cesar together until 2014". inter.it. 2009-11-10. http://www.inter.it/aas/news/reader?L=en&N=32602. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  9. ^ Gianluca Pagliuca: Inter's Julio Cesar is the World's Best Goalkeeper goal.com 10 October 2010
  10. ^ Italy Great Dino Zoff Crowns Inter 'Keeper Julio Cesar goal.com 6 March 2009
  11. ^ Inter's Toldo Praises Jose Mourinho & Julio Cesar goal.com 9 April 2009
  12. ^ Includes Copa do Brasil, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana
  13. ^ Includes Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League
  14. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004–2005". RSSSFbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200405.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  15. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006–2007". RSSSFbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200607.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  16. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008–2009". RSSSFbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200809.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 

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