Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979, Julio Cesar made his professional debut with Flamengo in 1997 and stayed with the club for seven years, winning four Rio state titles in that time and becoming a firm favourite with the Rubro-negro faithful.

 

In 2005 the keeper signed for Inter Milan, only to be loaned out to Chievo Verona, for whom he never played a game. On his return to the San Siro, he dislodged the highly regarded Francesco Toldo from the No1 slot and established himself as one of the world’s finest custodians.

 

His first international call-up came at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he was understudy to Dida. The following year he played an instrumental role in Brazil’s Copa America triumph, saving a penalty in the final against Argentina. A reserve keeper at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, he was first-choice for his country four years later in South Africa.

 

Dropping out of the side after the 2011 Copa America, Julio Cesar returned to the fold this year, when Luiz Felipe Scolari recalled him after taking charge of the national team.

 

At the end of the 2011/12 campaign the 33-year-old left Inter for Queens Park Rangers, going on to play in most of the west London club’s games in a season that saw them relegated from the English Premier League.