Júlio César (football goalkeeper, born 1979)
Júlio César with Inter Milan in 2011
|Full name||Júlio César Soares de Espíndola|
|Date of birth||3 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Duque de Caxias, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2012–2014||Queens Park Rangers||24||(0)|
|2014||→ Toronto FC (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, Júlio César spent seven years at Italian club Inter Milan, where he won five Scudetti, the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League and the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. He was awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010, and was nominated for the 2009 Ballon d'Or, where he was voted into 21st place.
Júlio César won 87 international caps for Brazil between 2004 and 2014. He was selected for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and two Copa América tournaments. His performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Germany set the record for most goals conceded in a single match for Brazil.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Flamengo and Chievo
Júlio César began his professional career with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo in 1997. He made his debut that year on 17 May in a match versus Fluminense where he saved a penalty kick which was not enough as the team lost 2–0. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Clemer understudy, only taking his spot during Copa João Havelange, showing good skills on goal.
Júlio César's performances on goal also earned him the first call-up to the Brazil senior squad in 2002, also helping Flamengo to escape relegation in several times in 2001, 2002 and 2004. His best match for the team was the second match of 2001 Campeonato Carioca final against Vasco da Gama, making several great saves. Following the match, while still on the dressing room, he interrupted a live interview of Beto to make a provocation to Vasco da Gama president Eurico Miranda, who, according to him, had already reserved the party at Basque.
In 2003, Júlio César become embroiled in a controversy during the loss to Fluminense. With Flamengo already trailing 4–0, César, after making a save, dropped the ball on the ground and begun playing with the feet, dribbling several players until the ball was taken by Zé Carlos. This attitude was heavily criticized by then coach of the team, Evaristo de Macedo, who called him an "idiot". According to César, he did this because he was desperate and was feeling helpless, stating: "The Fluminense was putting us in the wheel and I wanted to help my teammates, who were going through a difficult situation. I missed because I was sad and hurt, but I already apologized on saturday."
He left the club at the beginning of 2005, having made 285 appearances for the club in all competitions. He was the third goalkeeper with most appearances for the club, behind only Cantarele (557) and Zé Carlos (352).
In January 2005, he moved to Italian Serie A club Chievo. Due to Serie A regulations that impose a cap on the number of non-EU players clubs can sign from abroad, Júlio César could not join Inter Milan at the time and was initially registered to Chievo through a deal between the two clubs.
Júlio César was given squad number 12, and made his official debut on 10 August in the first leg of 2005–06 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round versus Shakhtar Donetsk, keeping a clean-sheet in the 2–0 win at RSC Olimpiyskiy. He won his first silverware with the club ten days later, the Supercoppa Italiana versus Juventus, despite being on the bench. He made his Serie A debut on 28 August in the opening week of 2005–06 season, making a good overall performance and keeping a clean-sheet in the 3–0 win over Treviso. On 24 November, during a Champions League group stage match against Petržalka, Júlio César played in a line-up of 11 foreign players on the pitch, Luís Figo being the only european.
Júlio César finished his first season with Nerazzurri by making 40 appearances in all competitions, as Inter won the championship following the relegation of Juventus due to match-fixing, and also conquered Coppa Italia by defeating Roma 4–2 on aggregate, with César playing on both finals. Inter thus completed the domestic treble. His performances were noted during his first season, as he was distinguished for saving penalties and making great saves, which made Francesco Toldo lost his place as starting keeper after four seasons.
Júlio César begun 2007–08 season by taking a red card, his first in his Inter career, 1–1 draw versus Udinese in the opening week of championship. He kept three clean-sheets in the Champions League group stage to help Inter finish top of Group G. He finished the season by winning another championship, contributing with a clean-sheet in the decisive last match against Parma. In the Champions League, he made 8 appearances, but the team was eliminated in the round of 16 by Liverpool.
In July 2009, Júlio César was chosen by ESPN Brasil as the best player of the 2008–09 season. He also received the Prêmio Futebol no Mundo (Football in the World Award), designated to the best Brazilian footballer playing outside Brazil in that season.
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 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. For his performances in the Champions League, he won the award UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year.
Inter ended the 2011–12 season in sixth place, with the team just five goals short of equalling their all-time worst concession in a single Serie A campaign. He played his 200th Serie A match on 1 October 2011 in the 3–0 home loss to Napoli, saving a penalty kick in the first half. With some critics believing Júlio César had declined in form since the 2009–10 season, Inter signed Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanović from Udinese to take over as first-choice goalkeeper.
On 31 July 2012, Júlio César stated his intention to leave Inter, saying, "They have been seven beautiful and successful years, but, in a few days, my adventure with the Inter shirt will end. I would like to thank all of you fans for the support you have given me and I hope you have a lot more success to enjoy."
Queens Park Rangers
Following QPR's relegation from the Premier League at the end of his debut campaign, Júlio César was frozen out of the team. Despite this, he did not leave the club before the summer transfer window closed. On 4 January 2014, Júlio César started his first game for Rangers against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup, which QPR lost 4–0.
Toronto FC loan
On 7 February 2014, Júlio César confirmed that he had signed a loan for Major League Soccer (MLS) club Toronto FC. The move was made to get some match action for him, prior to representing Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as he had been replaced by Robert Green as QPR's first choice goalkeeper. César made his debut with Toronto in their season opener at the Seattle Sounders on 15 March, which ended in a 1–2 away victory with both goals coming from newly acquired Jermain Defoe. During week seven of the season, he was awarded MLS Save of the Week against David Texeira of FC Dallas. He was recalled from loan and returned to QPR on 25 July 2014.
On 19 August 2014, Júlio César signed a two-year deal with Portuguese champions Benfica. On 21 September, he debuted for Benfica in a Primeira Liga home win against Moreirense, 3–1. On 26 January 2015, he set the fourth-best record ever at Benfica without conceding a goal in the Portuguese league, at 808 minutes. On 9 May, he set a career record in terms of clean sheets with an average of 59 percent (16 clean sheets in 27 matches), surpassing his previous record of 53 percent at Inter. On 4 July, he won the league's Best Goalkeeper award. On 25 May 2016, he renewed his contract with the club until 2018. On 28 November 2017, his contract at the club was terminated by mutual consent.
Return to Flamengo
On 29 January 2018, Flamengo announced the return of Júlio César to the club on a short-term contract, 13 years after originally leaving for Europe. He played his last match on a 2-0 win over América Mineiro on 21 April 2018. 
Júlio César was part of the 23 players called by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He played three matches in Group A and kept two clean sheets. In the semifinal against Uruguay, Júlio César saved a penalty kick taken by Diego Forlán in the 14th minute. Brazil went to win the match by 2–1, and Júlio César was named man of the match.
On 2 June 2014, Júlio César was named in Brazil's squad for the 2014 World Cup. In the team's round of 16 match, Júlio César saved from Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sánchez in the penalty shootout against Chile, sending Brazil through to a quarter-final against Colombia. His efforts earned him the Man of the Match award.
Dramatically, he conceded five goals against Germany within the first half in the semi-final, as the Germans went on to win 7–1. After Brazil lost to the Netherlands 0–3 in a third place play-off match, Júlio César admitted this was probably his last World Cup: "To play at the Copa America in 2015, at the age of 35, would be quite complicated. To go there without having the 2018 World Cup in mind would be selfish on my part."
Style of play
One of the best goalkeepers in the world in his prime, Júlio César was known for his athleticism, strength, and reflexes, as well as his agility, positional sense, shot-stopping, ability to read the game, and speed when rushing off his line. A left-footed goalkeeper, he is also known for his ball skills and distribution, as well as his penalty stopping.
Júlio César is a Roman Catholic. He married Brazilian model and actress Susana Werner at the Candelária Church. Together, they have two children: Cauet, born in 2002, and Giulia, born in 2005. They both went to ACS Hillingdon International School. He is sponsored by Asics.
|Inter Milan||2005–06||Serie A||29||0||4||0||7[e]||0||0||0||40||0|
|Queens Park Rangers||2012–13||Premier League||24||0||2[h]||0||—||—||26||0|
|Toronto||2014||Major League Soccer||7||0||0||0||—||—||7||0|
- Includes continental competitions, such as Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and UEFA Champions League
- Includes other competitions, such as Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- All appearances in Copa Libertadores
- All appearances in Copa Sudamericana
- All appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
- One appearance in Supercoppa Italiana, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
- One appearance in FA Cup, one appearance in Football League Cup
- One appearance in FA Cup
- Two appearances in Taça de Portugal, two appearances in Taça da Liga
- All appearances in Taça de Portugal
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Two appearances in Taça de Portugal, one appearance in Taça da Liga
|Brazil national team|
- Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Coppa Italia: 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
- UEFA Champions League: 2009–10
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2010
- Primeira Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Taça de Portugal: 2016–17
- Taça da Liga: 2014–15
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2016
- Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10
- IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper Bronze Ball: 2009
- IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper Silver Ball: 2010
- UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year: 2009–10
- ESM Team of the Year: 2009–10
- Pirata d'Oro (Internazionale Player Of The Year): 2010
- FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Glove Award: 2013
- FIFA Confederations Cup Dream Team: 2013
- Primeira Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2014–15
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