Inter Keeper Sets Brazilian Record

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has achieved a record-breaking number of consecutive minutes in the Brazil net without conceding a goal.
Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar has written his name in the history books of Brazil's national team. The shot-stopper has been in impressive form over the last few seasons for the Nerazzurri, keeping Francesco Toldo on the bench and acting as a reassuring figure for the Beneamata defence. Julio Cesar was a fundamental part of Inter's Scudetto success last season.

The 29-year-old has transferred his club form to his country, and was rewarded with a stunning achievement during Brazil's 0-0 draw with Colombia on Wednesday night. Julio Cesar remained unbeaten between the sticks during Brazil's games against Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Colombia and has now played a total of 492 minutes without conceding a goal.

The keeper has not let in a single goal since Salvador Cabanas scored in the 49th minute of Brazil's shock 2-0 defeat against Paraguay on June 15. This impressive record has seen the Inter star overtake great ex-Parma and 1994 World Cup winning number one Claudio Taffarel, who was unbeaten for 491 minutes.

Commenting on the feat, the Inter man said, “I don't think about the record. The important thing is winning, whether or not we concede a goal. However, I am proud to have overtaken one of the idols of my childhood.”

Peter Pedroncelli