Julio César Cáceres
Julio César Cáceres, 2011
|Full name||Julio César Cáceres López|
|Date of birth||5 October 1979|
|Place of birth||San José de los Arroyos, Paraguay|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Sportivo San José|
|2005||→ Atlético Mineiro (loan)||20||(3)|
|2006||→ River Plate (loan)||15||(0)|
|2006||→ Gimnàstic (loan)||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2013|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2012
Julio César Cáceres López (locally [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈkaseɾes ˈlopes]; born 5 October 1979 in San José de los Arroyos) is a Paraguayan football defender who currently plays for his native country side Club Guaraní. He has played since 1999 in the Paraguayan national team, being part of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.
Cáceres first club was Primera División de Paraguay club, Olimpia, where he helped the club become Paraguayan champions twice. In 1999, after winning the Apertura tournament, and finishing third in the Clausura tournament they were crowned champions with a 4–2 aggregate win over Cerro Porteño in the National championship game. In 2000 they again won the Apertura tournament, and also won the Calusura tournament, thus were crowned champions. He was also part of the team that won the Copa Libertadores in 2002 as well as the Recopa Sudamericana in 2003. He made a total of 84 league appearances in four years at the club, scoring five goals.
In 2004, he signed for French Ligue 1 club Nantes. He made his league debut on 14 August 2004 in a 1–1 draw with Bastia. However, he later suffered an injury and did not play for several months. By the time he had recovered, Nantes had a new coach who did not play Cáceres and he was loaned to Brazilian Brasileirão club Atlético Mineiro for the 2005 season. His league debut came on 11 September 2005, a 2–0 defeat to Botafogo. He made fourteen league appearances, scoring two goals. However, the club finished in 20th place and were relegated to Brasileiro Série B.
In January 2006, he moved to Argentina, signing for River Plate on loan, where he quickly became a key player and squad captain. He made his league debut in a 5–0 win at Tiro Federal on 29 January. He was also a part of the River Plate team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 Copa Libertadores.
In January 2007 Cáceres moved to Mexico when he was signed by Tigres, with whom he maintained a regular starting position. He made his league debut in a 2–1 defeat at Tecos on 20 January 2007 and scored his first goal for the club on 3 March in a 3–2 win over Chiapas. He made a total of 32 league appearances, scoring two goals.
In January 2008 he moved again to Argentina, signing for Boca Juniors. He made his league debut on 10 February 2008 in a 1–1 draw with Rosario Central. On 14 May he scored Boca's first goal as they were held to a 2–2 home draw by Mexican club Atlas in the quarter-finals of the 2008 Copa Libertadores
In October 2008 Cáceres had a very public conflict with Boca teammate Juan Román Riquelme, when in an interview on a Paraguayan radio station in Asunción, where he was training with his national team, Cáceres questioned Riquelme's motivation. He claimed that "In some matches, he is apparently running and in others he is passive. He seems to be mentally saturated. He seems to have more motivation when he plays for his country." However, Riquelme repsonded in a telephone interview on the Fox Sports cable channel, saying "He doesn't know what I feel for the club. I take part in pre-match concentration just like the other players and I didn't have a holiday because I chose to play in the (Olympic) Games. When we won the gold, I ran to the airport so I could play in the (Recopa Sudamericana 2008) final." And adding, "These things should be kept in the dressing-room, he's broken all the codes of football." However, after Boca won the Superclásico derby match over Buenos Aires rivals River Plate 1–0 at El Monumental on 21 October 2008, Cáceres said that the conflict "has been left behind", adding that the relationship between the two players had improved.
Caceres scored his first goal for Boca Juniors in a 2–1 win against Lanus 30 August 2009.
Return to Olimpia
On 14 January 2011 Cáceres returned to his first professional club Olimpia from Atletico Mineiro when he signed a two-year contract.
Cáceres made his international debut in April 2002 against England. He currently has 30 caps and has scored four goals for Paraguay. He played in both the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. On 8 June 2005 he scored Paraguay's third goal as they beat Bolivia 4–1 at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción in a South American qualification match for the 2006 World Cup. In 2007, he played in the Copa América He played in all seven matches for Paraguay of the first rounds in the South American qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- Paraguayan Primera División (2): 1999, 2000
- Copa Libertadores (1): 2002
- Recopa Sudamericana (1): 2003
- Campeonato Mineiro (1): 2010
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-  at goal.com (in Spanish)
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- Statistics at Guardian StatsCentre at the Wayback Machine (archived 3 October 2011)
- Profile at Boca Juniors (in Spanish) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2009-09-21)
- Profile at footballdatabase.com
- Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (in Spanish)[dead link]
- Julio César Cáceres at National-Football-Teams.com