Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar joins Toronto FC

The highly decorated 34-year-old is out of favour at QPR and is looking to get playing time ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Updated at 1:45 p.m. EST.

In the same week that the FIFA World Cup trophy landed in Toronto as part of a global promotional tour, the local soccer team officially landed the starting goalkeeper for the most decorated nation on the planet. 
The worst-kept secret in world soccer was confirmed on Friday as Toronto FC announced that it had officially acquired Brazilian national team goalkeeper Julio Cesar on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers

"Julio's signing now marks a significant addition for Toronto FC," Tim Bezbatchenko, TFC's general manager, told reporters at the goalkeeper's unveiling on Friday. "This is not about addressing a need, however, but rather continuing to add to our strong stable of goalkeepers that we have at our club."

Julio Cesar fell out of favour at QPR, at first losing out on his starting job to Robert Green before failing to even make the squad on game days in recent weeks. He has remained as Brazil's starting 'keeper despite an almost complete lack of playing time with the English side, but his move to TFC should allow him to gain match sharpness ahead of this summer's World Cup.

"It's a new experience for me," Julio Cesar said of the move, preferring to focus on his new club rather than his national side. "It's a new country, new city, everything. I'm really happy."

The Brazilian has been capped by his country 77 times, winning the Copa America in 2004 and the Confederations Cup on two occasions. Before his stint at QPR he played club soccer for Flamengo and Inter Milan, and with the Italian side he won the Serie A title five times, plus three Coppa Italia titles, the 2010 UEFA Champions League and the 2010 Club World Cup.

Julio Cesar joins a TFC lineup that includes English international striker Jermain Defoe, American midfielder Michael Bradley, fellow Brazilians Gilberto and Jackson, and former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. The loan ostensibly means that Toronto's incumbent starting goalkeeper, Joe Bendik, will step aside as the team's No. 1, with Cesar manning the goal in the majority of TFC's matches until Brazil convenes for pre-World Cup training camp in May.