Júlio César (football goalkeeper, born 1979)

For other footballers called "Júlio César", see Julio Cesar.
In this name, the family name is Soares de Espíndola, not César.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Soares and the second or paternal family name is de Espíndola.
Júlio César

Júlio César with Inter Milan in 2011
Personal information
Full name Júlio César Soares de Espíndola
Date of birth (1979-09-03) 3 September 1979
Place of birth Duque de Caxias, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Youth career
Grajau CC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Flamengo 130 (0)
2005–2012 Inter Milan 228 (0)
2005Chievo (loan) 0 (0)
2012–2014 Queens Park Rangers 24 (0)
2014Toronto FC (loan) 7 (0)
2014– Benfica 52 (0)
National team
2004– Brazil 87 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2014

Júlio César Soares de Espíndola (born 3 September 1979), known as Júlio César (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒuliu ˈsɛzɐʁ]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Portuguese club Benfica.

Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation,[2] he spent seven years at Italian club Inter Milan, where he won five Scudetti, the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League and the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. He was awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010,[3] and was nominated for the 2009 Ballon d'Or, where he was voted into 21st place.[4]

Júlio César won 87 international caps for Brazil between 2004 and 2014. He was selected for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, in addition to two Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Early career

Júlio César began his professional career with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo in 1997. In January 2005, he moved to Italian Serie A club Chievo via Inter Milan. Due to Serie A rules that impose a cap on the number of non-EU players clubs can sign from abroad, Júlio César could not join Inter at the time and was subsequently initially registered to Chievo through a deal between the two clubs.[5]

Inter Milan

In July 2005, following the deal between Chievo and Inter Milan, Júlio César officially signed a three-year contract with Inter.[6] The deal cost Inter €2.45 million.[7]

Júlio César in action with Inter Milan

In July 2009, Júlio César was chosen by ESPN Brasil as the best player of the 2008–09 season. He also received the Prêmio Futebol no Mundo (Football in the World Award), designated to the best Brazilian footballer playing outside Brazil in that season.[8]

In November 2009, he signed a contract with Inter which would last until 2014, adding two more years to his contract.[9] His impressive form for Inter earned him praise from former Inter and Italy goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca, who stated his belief that Júlio César was the best goalkeeper in the world.[10] For his performances in the Champions League, he won the award UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year.[11]

Inter ended the 2011–12 season in sixth place, with the team just five goals short of equalling their all-time worst concession in a single Serie A campaign.[12] With some critics believing Júlio César had declined in form since the 2009–10 season,[13] Inter signed Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanović from Udinese to take over as first-choice goalkeeper.[14]

On 31 July 2012, Júlio César stated his intention to leave Inter, saying, "They have been seven beautiful and successful years, but, in a few days, my adventure with the Inter shirt will end. I would like to thank all of you fans for the support you have given me and I hope you have a lot more success to enjoy."[15]

Queens Park Rangers

On 29 August 2012, Júlio César confirmed that he had signed for English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract.[16]

Following QPR's relegation from the Premier League at the end of his debut campaign, Júlio César was frozen out of the team. Despite this, he did not leave the club before the summer transfer window closed.[17] On 4 January 2014, Júlio César started his first game for Rangers against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup, which QPR lost 4–0.[18]

Toronto FC loan

On 7 February 2014, Júlio César confirmed that he had signed a loan for Major League Soccer (MLS) club Toronto FC.[19] The move was made to get some match action for him, prior to representing Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as he had been replaced by Robert Green as QPR's first choice goalkeeper.[20] César made his debut with Toronto in their season opener at the Seattle Sounders on 15 March, which ended in a 1–2 away victory with both goals coming from newly acquired Jermain Defoe.[21] During week seven of the season, he was awarded MLS Save of the Week against David Texeira of FC Dallas.[22] He was recalled from loan and returned to QPR on 25 July 2014.[23][24]


On 19 August 2014, Júlio César signed a two-year deal with Portuguese champions Benfica.[25][26] On 21 September, he debuted for Benfica in a Primeira Liga home win against Moreirense, 3–1.[27] On 26 January 2015, he set the fourth-best record ever at Benfica without conceding a goal in the Portuguese league, at 808 minutes.[28] On 9 May, he set a career record in terms of clean sheets with an average of 59 percent (16 clean sheets in 27 matches), surpassing his previous record of 53 percent at Inter.[29] On 4 July, he won the league's Best Goalkeeper award.[30] On 25 May 2016, he renewed his contract with the club until 2018.[31]

International career

Júlio César was included in Brazil team for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not play. His first international appearance came during the Copa América in 2004.

Júlio César at the 2010 World Cup

Júlio César was included in the squads for the 2006 World Cup, 2009 Confederations Cup, 2010 World Cup.

Júlio César (centre), Fred and Thiago Silva lining up at the 2013 Confederations Cup

Júlio César was part of the 23 players called by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He played three matches in Group A and kept two clean sheets. In the semifinal against Uruguay, Júlio César saved a penalty kick taken by Diego Forlán in the 14th minute. Brazil went to win the match by 2–1, and Júlio César was named man of the match.[32][33]

On 2 June 2014, Júlio César was named in Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[34] In the team's round of 16 match, Júlio César saved from Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sánchez in the penalty shootout against Chile, sending Brazil through to a quarter-final against Colombia.[35] His efforts earned him the Man of the Match award.[36]

Júlio César at the 2014 World Cup

Dramatically, he conceded five goals against Germany within the first half in the semi-final, as the Germans went on to win 7–1. After Brazil lost to the Netherlands 0–3 in a third place play-off match, Júlio César admitted this was probably his last World Cup: "To play at the Copa America in 2015, at the age of 35, would be quite complicated. To go there without having the 2018 World Cup in mind would be selfish on my part."[37][38]

Style of play

One of the best goalkeepers in the world in his prime,[39] Júlio César was known for his athleticism, strength and reflexes, as well as his ability to rush off his line.[40][41] A left-footed goalkeeper, he is also known for his ball skills and distribution, as well as his penalty stopping.[41][42][43]

Personal life

Júlio César, a Roman Catholic,[44] married Brazilian model and actress Susana Werner at the Candelária Church.[45][46] Together, they have two children: Cauet, born in 2002, and Giulia, born in 2005. They both went to ACS Hillingdon International School.[47] He is sponsored by Asics.[48]

Career statistics


As of match played 19 November 2016[49][50][51][52][53][54]
Club Season League Cup Continental[lower-alpha 1] Other[lower-alpha 2] Total
Flamengo 1997 Brasileirão 001010
1998 100010
1999 000000
2000 16010170
2001 26060320
2002 160905[lower-alpha 3]0300
2003 380110490
2004 330002[lower-alpha 4]0350
Total 1300280701650
Chievo Verona 2004–05 Serie A 000000
Inter Milan 2005–06 Serie A 290407[lower-alpha 5]000400
2006–07 320006[lower-alpha 5]000380
2007–08 350008[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 6]0440
2008–09 360107[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 6]0450
2009–10 3802013[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 6]0540
2010–11 250307[lower-alpha 5]04[lower-alpha 7]0390
2011–12 330006[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 6]0400
Total 2280100540803000
Queens Park Rangers 2012–13 Premier League 2402[lower-alpha 8]0260
2013–14 Championship 001[lower-alpha 9]010
Total 24030270
Toronto 2014 Major League Soccer 700070
Benfica 2014–15 Primeira Liga 2304[lower-alpha 10]03[lower-alpha 5]0300
2015–16 2402[lower-alpha 11]07[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 12]0340
2016–17 50101[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 12]080
Total 5207011020720
Career total 44104807201005710
  1. Includes continental competitions, such as Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and UEFA Champions League
  2. Includes other competitions, such as Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. All appearances in Copa Libertadores
  4. All appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. 1 2 3 4 Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  7. One appearance in Supercoppa Italiana, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. One appearance in FA Cup, one appearance in Football League Cup
  9. One appearance in FA Cup
  10. Two appearances in Taça de Portugal, two appearances in Taça da Liga
  11. All appearances in Taça de Portugal
  12. 1 2 Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira


As of 8 July 2014[55][56][57]
Brazil national team



Inter Milan[58][59]





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