Julio Cesar Exclusive: Inter Milan legend to watch Jose Mourinho cry, almost join Arsenal and have Germany flashbacks


When Jose Mourinho shed tears in Rome’s Europa Conference League semi-final against Leicester, he surprised many in the world of football, including his former Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

“I’ve never seen him that way. It’s amazing to see Mourinho cry like that,” Cesar told SPORTbible on behalf of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

“Most football fans think of Mourinho as a funny guy, a super professional coach when they talk about him. But the opportunity to get to know the other side of Mourinho is amazing.

“Especially because I’m too emotional. All my life, my whole career, I’ve never been shy to show people how emotional I am.

“So when I saw him cry after the match, I think it was good for the fans to know a little bit more about the other side of Mourinho.”

Of course, Cesar knows Mourinho well. Nerazuri.

In the 2009-10 season, Mourinho managed a talented group of Inter at an unmatched historical treble, which remains a unique feat in Italian football to this day.

Mourinho was able to add more silverware to his collection by beating Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final in Tirana, Roma on Wednesday night, and Cesar still anoints himself with the ‘Special One’ as one of the game’s great managers. I’m watching.

Cesar, who played for Mourinho during his time with Inter (Image: PA)

“For me, Mourinho will remain the best manager in football,” Cesar added.

“His mindset, his philosophy, the methodology he trains and trains players… he’s going to take an average player and make him believe he’s the best in the world. It’s amazing.”

Assisted by Walter Samuel, Cristian Chivu and his Brazilian compatriots Maicon and Lucio, Cesar made 54 appearances in all competitions and conceded just 45 goals during Inter’s Treble winning campaign.

He would achieve legendary status with the club, playing 298 games for Inter over seven seasons, before eventually leaving San Siro in 2012.

At the time, the Italian club, desperately trying to cut salaries, asked the Brazilian for a pay cut, which prompted him to look elsewhere.

Cesar was part of Inter's historic Treble winning team in the 2009-10 season (Image: PA)
Cesar was part of Inter’s historic Treble winning team in the 2009-10 season (Image: PA)

He’s on a lucrative four-year contract on Loftus Road and people like Park Ji-Sung, Esteban Granero and later Christopher Samba move west London.

However, his first season of English football would end in a disappointment as they finished bottom of the Premier League and were relegated to the Championship by QPR.

After losing his place to former England international Rob Green the following season, Cesar moved on loan to MLS team Toronto FC in 2014, followed by a permanent move to Benfica that summer.

When asked if he regrets joining QPR, Cesar added: “I don’t think so, because the Premier League is the best league in the world. I think every football player needs this opportunity to play in the Premier League. The atmosphere, the stadium, the fans, it’s perfect.

Brazil left Inter in 2012 to join QPR.  (Image: PA)
Brazil left Inter in 2012 to join QPR. (Image: PA)

“When I decided to move to QPR, financially it was really amazing. I have to be honest. At the time I was getting a good salary at Inter and no one wanted to give me the person I am today, so there were no other offers.

“When I arrived at QPR for this project I accepted it because there were other celebrities in the club and I understood that my time at Inter was over. When I decided to move to QPR I would do well in my first season and maybe my name One of the biggest clubs will sign me.

“I remember that at the end of the season I almost signed a contract with Arsenal, but we didn’t find a solution. But it was really good, especially because we played well against bigger clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

“I wanted to play the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and the only solution I found was to go to QPR. I have no regrets because I enjoyed my choice.”

Cesar was part of the Brazilian team that lost 7-1 to Germany at the 2014 World Cup (Image: PA)
Cesar was part of the Brazilian team that lost 7-1 to Germany at the 2014 World Cup (Image: PA)

Cesar will actually play in Brazil’s home World Cup, maintaining his place in the team after helping Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team win the Confederations Cup last year.

He became a hero in a fierce round of 16 match against Chile, making decisive saves against Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez in Brazil’s 3-2 penalties on penalties.

In the quarterfinals, Colombia defeated another South American opponent and raised expectations for advancing to the World Cup semifinals. Celeste Canarinho.

However, the tournament will end in a humiliation for both Brazil and Cesar in the semifinals.

The hosts were shocked when they were wiped out 7-1 at the hands of final champions Germany. It remains Brazil’s biggest defeat. This is a record that will not be broken anytime soon.

A few days later, Brazil ended Cesar’s 10-year international career with a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third place match.

However, after briefly considering retiring after a defeat, Cesar chose instead to continue playing club football at Benfica and, after winning three leagues in Portugal, finally broke the glove from his boyhood club, Flamengo, in 2018.

Looking back at the bottom of his career against Germany, Cesar said: “Of course it was hard.

“I wanted to quit playing football after the game was over. Not emotionally everyone on the team was angry… it was more than angry. The whole world had a chance to watch the game and be a part of it.

“It was especially difficult as a goalkeeper. But football is football, so you have to keep your head up. Sometimes this happens. You have to be strong enough to look into the future and stay positive. Because the world is not like that. stop in the moment

Cesar will eventually finish his career at the boys' club Flamenco in 2018 (Image: PA)
Cesar will eventually finish his career at the boys’ club Flamenco in 2018 (Image: PA)

“For fans and family, it was a terrible moment. Sometimes I have a few memories of the game. But they are just Flash. People always ask about this game.

“But this is part of my life. It’s normal. Years ago I found it difficult to talk about it, but now it’s okay. I passed.

“I think we should do that in our lives. When life gets tough, we have to look ahead and believe in ourselves. The world doesn’t stop.”

Julio Cesar and Lloyd Griffith in Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s ‘Mission Keeper’ Series ahead of the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League final. You can watch the full episode 3 Here.

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