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Julio César Player Profile

Julio César Player Profile
Julio César
Full Name: Julio César Soares Espindola
Date of Birth:Sep 3, 1979 (Age 37)
Place of Birth:Rio de Janeiro
Nationality: Brazil
Height:186 cm.
Weight:79 Kg.
Squad Number:1
Julio Cesar - Inter (Getty Images)
When Julio Cesar left Brazil and joined Inter in 2005, he was the biggest star of Brazil's most popular team, Flamengo. His first year and a half in Italy seemed to show that he was not ready to succeed in Europe, but eventually he established himself as Inter's starting goalkeeper and one of the best players in the world in hisposition.

Cesar was always a Flamengo fan and started his career in the club in 1997. At the time, he was a substitute to Clemer, a more experienced keeper. Eventually, his quick reflexes and amazing saves turned him into the starting goalkeeper, an idol for Flamengo fans and a target for European clubs.

Julio Cesar signed with Internazionale in 2005, and was loaned to Chievo Verona, where he was unable to show the sharp form of his days with Flamengo. The return to Inter saw him sitting on the bench throughout the entire season.

But the next few seasons were enough for Julio Cesar to prove his worth. Roberto Mancini, Inter's coach at the time, turned him into his starting goalkeeper and Julio Cesar proved he was ready for the task.

At the Selecao, the goalkeeper was the third option for Carlos Alberto Parreira in the 2006 World Cup. Dunga, however, transformed him into the starting goalkeeper and he answered the call with great performances.

Now, he is the Selecao's number one choice, and is a sure pick as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.