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World Cup player profile: Julio Cesar

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Name: Julio Cesar

Age: 34

Club: Toronto FC (on loan from Q.P.R.)

Caps [goals]: 78[0]

Julio Cesar is one of the most experienced members of Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad, having played in the 2010 tournament and been third-choice behind Dida and Rogerio Ceni in Germany in 2006. A vast array of club, international and individual awards include the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010, five Serie A titles in Italy, the Confederations Cup with Brazil in 2009 and 2013, as well as UEFA club goalkeeper of the year in 2010.

Why has he been selected?

Scolari knows that he needs a safe pair of hands between the sticks and although the other goalkeepers, Jefferson and Victor, are dependable, Cesar has proven himself over the course of a decade to play well for his country when it really matters.

How has he played this season?

A bit of a rollercoaster season has seen Julio Cesar frozen out at Q.P.R. in England, where boss Harry Redknapp expressed dismay that no clubs came in for him last summer. He managed to secure a loan deal to Toronto in the MLS to save his World Cup dream and has had favourable reports since joining.

What will his role be in Brazil?

Cesar will certainly be Scolari's first-choice goalkeeper in Brazil, the head coach publicly backing his chosen man on several occasions in the press. He will form an experienced defensive trio with centre backs Thiago Silva and David Luiz.


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