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Julio Cesar heads to Benfica

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar has signed a two year deal with Portuguese side Benfica following his release from Queens Park Rangers, the BBC has reported.

Julio Cesar

The 34-year-old was an ever present in his country’s goal at the World Cup as the hosts finished fourth, even becoming a penalty shootout hero against Chile, but spent the majority of his time behind Rob Green in the pecking order of his club.

Since arriving from Inter Milan on a four year contract back in 2012 he has made just 27 appearances for QPR and spent the second half of last season on loan at MLS side Toronto FC.

He was recalled in late July by the newly promoted QPR and has subsequently left the club on a permanent basis.

While Cesar was a spot kick saviour for Brazil, he was also in goal for the 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany – which ultimately led to head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leaving the national team.

It was Scolari that had advised the player to leave for Toronto ahead of the World Cup to gain some much needed first team action, having made just one Championship appearance.

However new Brazil coach Dunga overlooked the keeper when he named his first squad on the 19th of August.

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