Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar landed in Bangladesh yesterday afternoon as a special guest of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
Cesar, who represented the Selecao 87 times, was a member the country’s 2004 Copa America winning team as well as 2009 and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup winning teams. At club level, Cesar won five Serie A titles, three Copa Italia trophies and one UEFA Champions League title with Inter Milan apart from numerous other trophies for other clubs in Europe and South America.
“I’m really happy to be here. I want to thank FIFA and BFF, who invited me here for this important moment regarding the Father of the Nation and for the tournament,” Cesar told reporters at the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport.
Asked whether he knows about the huge following of Brazilian football in Bangladesh, Cesar said, “Brazil is one of the powerful countries in football. We have a lot of idols like Ronaldinho, Neymar, Kaka. So it is normal that there are a lot of people loving Brazil national football team,” Cesar said. “I don’t know too much about Bangladesh football, but I will spend time here to learn about that.”
The 40-year-old will have a busy schedule today as he would start his official tour with a visit to Dhanmondi Road No.32 to pay homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before heading to the BFF headquarters, where he would join training of women’s football and have a session with the country’s young goalkeepers.
Then he will spend time with BFF executive members before a briefing with the media in the afternoon. Cesar will then head to the Bangabandhu Stadium to meet the players of Bangladesh and Burundi before watching the second semifinal. The Brazilian is scheduled to leave in the early hours of Friday.