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Julio César de León
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Personal information
Full name Julio César de León Dailey
Date of birth 13 September 1979 (1979-09-13) (age 30)
Place of birth    Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Torino
Number 11
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
FC Celaya
Fiorentina (loan)
Catanzaro (loan)
Sambenedettese (loan)
Teramo (loan)
Avellino (loan)
Torino (loan)
74 (18)
00 0(0)
12 0(2)
65 0(5)
04 0(0)
07 0(1)
18 0(8)
12 0(1)
12 0(4)
21 0(4)
32 0(6)
010 0(3)   
National team2
1999- Honduras 73 (14)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of January 23, 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 2009-08-12.
* Appearances (Goals)

Julio César de Leon is a Honduran Football player, currently playing for Torino, on loan from Parma in the Italian Serie A after being transferred from Genoa. He is known for being a free-kick specialist.



Nicknamed "Rambo" and "Eric Calvi", he debuted for Platense in 1996 against Real Maya of Tegucigalpa, scoring his first National Soccer League goal. His last goal in the Honduran National League was playing for Olimpia on May 26, 2001 against Club Broncos of Choluteca.

Earning a good reputation in Honduras, de León moved to Mexico's First Division, where he played for Atletico Celaya.

After the season was over, Atletico Celaya did not renew de León's contract, so he returned to Honduras and became part of Olimpia of Tegucigalpa.

Once Julio Cesar finished his one year contract with Olimpia, he left for Uruguay where he played for Deportivo Maldonado. From there, de León moved to Reggina of Serie B in Italy.

De León started off very well for his new club. With his goals and assists, 'Rambo' helped his team to regain a place in the Italy's Serie A.

Once in the first division, de León's participation was intermittent, partly due to the acquisition of the Japanese international Shunsuke Nakamura. De León was relegated to the bench, playing on and off as a substitute player.

The following seasons in Italy proved to be frustrating for "Rambo". He was sent on loan back to Serie B where he played for a number of teams, including Fiorentina, Teramo and Catanzaro.

His lack of playing time continued to such degree, that he was sent to the third division or Serie C1, where he played for Sambenedettese.

In 2006, 'Rambo' was requested by coach Mazzarri to come back to Reggina Calcio. De León was given a new chance, and he took it. For a while de León was considered the team's most valuable player.

However, in January 16, 2007, Julio Cesar was transferred by Reggina Calcio once again, this time in a permanent deal. Genoa of Serie B paid $ 3.9 million for the transfer of the Honduran international, hoping that his services would help the team to regain a spot in the Serie A.

The fans of Reggina disapproved of the sale of de León, in a time when the team really needed Julio Cesar's talent. But the president of the team, Lillo Foti, justified the sale with economic reasons: "The offer was good and it was something that we could not refuse."

On June 10, 2007, de León's new team, Genoa, did regain a spot in Serie A, tying at home with Napoli 0-0. After this, his last game of the season, and some subsequent celebrations, de León quickly traveled to Houston, Texas where the Honduran national team would play Cuba on June 13, 2007. He helped Honduras reach the quarterfinals of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

He was awarded the 'Player of the Season' award by Genoa and was rumored to have attracted the interest of teams such as Inter Milan and Bologna. However, Genoa eventually agreed to Parma's offer of 2.5 million euros.

He scored his first goal for the team on November 28, 2008 after a perfectly executed free kick to the corner. Then, he made his second and third goals against Grosseto on February 14, 2009 in Parma's 4-0 victory.

He scored his fourth goal for the club on March 17, 2009 against A.C. Mantova in the 82nd minute to put Parma up 1-0 and eventually win the match.

His fifth goal was a long-range free kick effort against Pisa F.C. to make the match 2-0 and almost guarantee promotion for Parma into Serie A of Italy.

On May 16, 2009, Julio Cesar de Leon celebrated the fifth promotion of his career, this time with Parma FC. He finished the season with a total of six goals and also contributed several assists, which proved vital for their return to Serie A.

After having not played for Parma in the first two games, on August 28, 2009, he was loaned to Torino in the Serie B along with Manuel Coppola, as part of Nicola Amoruso.[1].

International Career

'Rambo' began playing for the Honduran National Team in 1999 and has been part of the squad ever since. He formed part of the memorable squad in 2001 that defeated Brazil 2-0 and came third in the Copa America. He has made 66 appearances for the team and has scored 12 goals.

On August 20, 2008 he scored an excellent goal against Mexico to make the score 1-0 for Honduras in the first half of the match, but this goal wasn't enough to draw Pavel Pardo's two goals that he scored later in the game.

However, shortly after, on October, 2008, 'Rambo' was excluded from the squad by head coach Reinaldo Rueda due to injury. However, there has been lots of controversy about this decision. Julio Cesar de Leon announced he was returning to Italy shortly after arriving in Miami, Florida to join the National Team for the match against Canada. Upon arrival, he lashed out against the National Team for being malequipped to treat an injury that he had conjured in Italy. The coach had a discussion with him in the hotel and he was sent back on another plane shortly after.

After long amounts of speculation, he returned to the squad in February, 2009 where he had not been reported to have any problems since.

De León also competed for Honduras at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]


International goals

Julio César de León: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
? 17 June 2000 Stade Sylvio Cator, Port au Prince, Haiti  Haiti 3 - 1 3 – 1 2002 World Cup qualifiers
? 28 March 2001 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  United States 1 - 1 1 – 2 2002 World Cup qualifiers
? 11 February 2003 Estadio Nacional de Panamá, Panama City, Panama  Nicaragua  ? 2 – 0 UNCAF Nations Cup 2003
? 18 August 2004 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 2 - 1 5 – 2 2006 World Cup qualifiers
? 7 October 2006 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Guatemala 2 – 2 3 – 2 Friendly
? 12 September 2007 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Ecuador 2 – 1 2 – 1 Friendly
11 4 June 2008 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Puerto Rico 1 – 0 4 – 0 2010 World Cup qualifiers
12 20 August 2008 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Mexico 1 – 0 1 – 2 2010 World Cup qualifiers
13 10 October 2009 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  United States 1 – 0 2 – 3 2010 World Cup qualifiers
14 10 October 2009 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  United States 2 – 3 2 – 3 2010 World Cup qualifiers



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