The 34-year-old shot-stopper is ready to put the misery of 2010 well behind him and is confident he will fulfil his promise of being a world champion in 2014Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar says his self-belief means he won’t feel the pressure when taking his place between the posts at next month’s World Cup.
The Toronto FC custodian was criticised for a mistake against Netherlands in the 2010 tournament in South Africa as the Selecao exited the competition at the quarter-final stage.
But the 34-year-old is confident he will do his nation proud this time around when Luiz Felipe’s Scolari’s side go in search of their sixth world title, and their first on home soil.
"I don't feel the pressure,” he told a press conference.
“I have to believe in myself and my work. I know how much I have to give to this group. The Confederations Cup brought me a lot of strength. Pressure is normal. This is a dream for me. It is my third and probably last opportunity [to win a World Cup].”
"I remember when we got eliminated in 2010 like it was yesterday. All that sadness. Thiago Silva reminded me when I got called up that I told my mom I'd be champion in 2014. That gave me a lot of strength.”
Brazil haven’t hosted a World Cup since 1950, when an error from goalkeeper Barbosa in the final match against Uruguay saw the Selecao go down 2-1 and surrender what would have been their first world title.
And while Julio Cesar says he and his understudies, Victor and Jefferson, have been made fully aware of the potential for disaster, they all desperate to be their nation's No.1.
"I've talked to Jefferson and Victor. There isn't one single interview where a reporter doesn't make the question about Barbosa's mistake in 1950.
“It happened, but our position is an ungrateful one at best. We try to forget. He played a World Cup and he was amazing keeper."
"I still don't feel like I'm in the starting XI. Although Felipao has shown a lot of trust in me, I'm next to two great keepers who have the ability to do exactly the same."
Brazil open the World Cup against Croatia on June 12 in Sao Paulo.