Júlio César Soares Espíndola
Júlio César with Internazionale in 2011
|Full name||Júlio César Soares de Espíndola|
|Date of birth||3 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Duque de Caxias, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Queens Park Rangers|
|2005||→ Chievo (loan)||0||(0)|
|2012–||Queens Park Rangers||24||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Júlio César Soares de Espíndola (born 3 September 1979), commonly known as simply Júlio César (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒuʎu ˈsezaɾ]), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers. He also plays as a goalkeeper for the Brazilian national team, having won 67 international caps.
In 2009, IFFHS named him as the third best goalkeeper in the world, behind only Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon. He has also been awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in 2009 and in 2010. He was nominated for the 2009 Ballon d'Or and was voted into 21st place; Casillas was the only other goalkeeper nominated.
Club career 
Júlio César began his professional career with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo in 1997 as the understudy to veteran Clemer. In the following season Júlio appeared much more frequently, secured a spot in the starting lineup and became Flamengo first-choice goalkeeper. 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. Júlio César’s run at Flamengo finished in 2005 after he had recorded 130 appearances being the club’s best goalie.
Short Loan to Chievo Verona 
Julio Cesar signed with Internazionale in 2005, and was loaned straight out to Chievo, to free up a non-EU place ( Due to Serie A rules which impose a cap on the number of non-EU players clubs can sign from abroad, Júlio César was initially registered to Chievo.), in a similar deal to the one that saw Romanian Adrian Mutu loaned straight out to Livorno so as not to impinge on Juve's squad. At Chievo he would have to compete with veteran Luca Marchegiani for the number one jersey. During his six months in Verona, he was down the goalkeeping pecking order, with Luca Marchegiani as first-choice, and failed to make an appearance. Despite his lack of club action, he was regularly named in the Brazilian national team. The 25-year-old being second-choice keeper for his country behind AC Milan's Dida.
Return to Internazionale 
He returned to Inter in the 2005-2006 season, which opened with a victory in Italian Super Cup, alternated between the posts with his colleague Francesco Toldo. His first game for the team was spent on the bench as Inter won the Supercoppa Italiana. He soon established himself ahead of Toldo, however, as the team's first choice.
In the 2006-2007 season, Roberto Mancini, Inter's coach at the time, turned him into his starting goalkeeper and Julio Cesar proved he was ready for the task. Able to fend off two penalties in succession against Ascoli and against Siena, he was a source of security for the team throughout the season. As Inter went on to finish third in Serie A, behind only Juventus and city rivals Milan, but were later awarded the title due to the sanctions imposed following the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
The 2007-2008 season Júlio César remained in the starting spot, winning his third title since arriving in Italy, the sixteenth for Inter. On 25 August 2008 he won the Italian Super Cup against Roma: the game ended 8-7 after penalty shoot out, during which the Brazilian saved a penalty kick from Juan, being decisive for the result.
In the 2008-2009 season he won the fourth consecutive Scudetto with the Nerazzurri. In 2009 was included in the list of 30 candidates for the Ballon d'Or. In which he finished 21st.
In November 2009, he signed a contract with Inter which would last until 2014, adding two more years to his contract. His impressive form for Inter has earned him praise from former Inter and Italy goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca, who stated his belief that Júlio César is the best goalkeeper in the world.
In the 2009-2010 season he won the Italian Cup, the fifth consecutive Scudetto with the Nerazzurri and made some incredible saves to bring the Champions League to Inter 45 years after the last triumph.
At the beginning of the 2010-2011 season took the number 1, vacated by Francesco Toldo and passed the 12 to newcomer Luca Castellazzi. On 21 August 2010 he won the Italian Super Cup against Roma and 18 December won the Club World Cup.
On 29 May, he won the Italian Cup in the final against Palermo 3-1. On 1 October he reached of 200 appearances for Inter in Serie A in a game they lost 3-0 against Napoli.
On 6 May 2012 in the derby against AC Milan in which Inter won 4-2, he reached 300 appearances in all competitions with Inter, wearing a shirt celebrating the inscription "300 appearances, 300 stories."
Queens Park Rangers 
On 29 August 2012, Júlio César confirmed that he had signed for Queens Park Rangers on a four-year deal. He made his debut for QPR against Chelsea on 15 September in a goalless draw. He quickly established himself as the team's first choice goalkeeper, leaving fellow new QPR signing, England international, Robert Green dropped to the substitutes bench.
After many valiant performances throughout the season and after asserting himself once again as one of Europe’s finest goalkeepers, through not fought of Cesar’s Queens Park Rangers were relegated on the 28th of April 2013 in a 0-0 draw with Reading that also saw Reading relegated as well.
Cesar absence from the first team in the game leading up to relegation against Stoke City, the deciding game against Reading and the game after they were relegated against Arsenal, is all adding to further speculation that in the summer Cesar will make an exit. With his agent Josias Cardoso adding: “In two weeks I plan come to Europe to talk to Julio. Back to Brazil? I do not think so. If Queens Park Rangers were to decide to sell Julio Cesar, I still see him having a European future.” Arsenal, AC Milan and Roma are all among some of the clubs interested in the Brazilian stoppers signature.
On the 8th May Harry Redknapp confirmed that Queen's Park Rangers' Brazilian goalkeeper is likely to leave Loftus Road in the summer. With Redknapp stating Cesar is "not a player for the Championship", which is why, along with a slight injury to Cesar, Redknapp has picked Robert Green recently. "He's had a little bit of a back injury," "But it is a difficult one because I don't see him playing here next season, so I want to play Robert Green." Harry Redknapp stated. Cesar signed last summer from Internazionale, where he won the treble of European Cup, Italian Cup and Serie A titles in 2010.
On the 16th of May QPR keeper Julio Cesar confirmed he will leave the club in the summer.
International career 
Júlio 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 in 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.
César still was the backup goalkeeper for Brazil for the next three years, however, earning only seven caps in the period. He was left out of the Brazilian squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2007 Copa América, but was included in the 2006 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 favour, as new coach Dunga preferred Heurelho Gomes of Tottenham Hotspur, Helton of FC Porto, and Doni of Roma ahead of him. He forced his way into the team, however, and finally replaced Doni as first-choice goalkeeper in September 2007.
Júlio César was named in coach Dunga's final squad of 23 for the Brazilian squad in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. This was his second World Cup. In the quarter-finals, Netherlands won 2–1 over Brazil with Wesley Sneijder scoring two goals, and Brazil were ultimately eliminated from the tournament. César was heavily criticised for his performance in this match, following a goalkeeping blunder that resulted in the first goal for the Dutch, providing them with the momentum to go on and win the match. César came off his line to intercept a cross from Sneijder, but uncharacteristically missed the ball (shared the blame with Felipe Melo), allowing the cross to pass into the goal without a touch from César.
After good performances with QPR, Júlio César was earned an international recall for the friendly against England on 6 February 2013 which finished 2-1 to England with Rooney and Lampard scoring two unstoppable goals. He was then called up for a friendly match against Italy which finished 2-2 after some great saves by César. On 25 March César played the full 90 minutes in an international friendly 1-1 draw with Russia, with goals from Viktor Faizulin after a long goal-mouth scramble in the 73rd minute and a stoppage time goal from Fred to level the score at 1-1 in a match where César was kept reasonably busy.
Career statistics 
- As of 30 January 2013
|Queens Park Rangers||2012–13||24||0||2||0||–||26||0|
International statistics 
- Copa Mercosul: 1999
- Copa dos Campeões: 2001
- Campeonato Carioca: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004
- Taça Guanabara: 1999, 2001, 2004
- Taça Rio: 2000
- Serie A (5): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Coppa Italia (3): 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supercoppa Italiana (4): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2009–10
- 2010 FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010
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. They both go to ACS Hillingdon International School.  He is sponsored by Asics. In 2010 Júlio César was involved in a car crash when he lost control of his Lamborghini.
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- Includes Copa do Brasil, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana
- Includes Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League
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