QPR HAVE pulled off another stunning transfer coup with the arrival of Julio Cesar from Inter Milan.
The 32 year-old, who has won 64 caps to date for footballing giants Brazil, has had a hugely successful career so far.
Cesar began his career in 1997 back in Brazil with Flamengo, where he went on to establish himself as their first choice keeper, winning four league titles in the process.
He made his international bow in 2004 and played a pivotal role as his country won the Copa America that year. Aside from playing in all six fixtures, Cesar saved a penalty when the final went to a shoot-out against Argentina.
In January 2005, Cesar joined Italian outfit Chievo Verona, where he stayed for only six months before moving to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Predictably, his capabilities between the sticks soon saw Cesar establish himself as first choice and he didn’t have to wait long for the Serie A title, which came in his debut season.
A further four titles followed as Inter won a staggering five consecutive league campaigns.
It’s fair to describe 2009 as a successful year for Cesar. By this time he had firmly laid claim to the Brazil No.1 jersey and featured as they won the Confederations Cup (and he was also between the sticks for their 2010 World Cup campaign).
He was named third best goalkeeper in the world behind Iker Casillas and Gianluca Buffon by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, while also being voted Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year (which he won again in 2010).
And he was also nominated for the highly-prestigious Ballon d’Or two years ago. Casillas was the only other goalkeeper short-listed for the globally-recognised accolade.
Cesar becomes the fourth Champions League winner in the QPR squad, along with Djibril Cisse (2005), Ji-Sung Park (2008) and Jose Bosingwa (2004 and 2012). Cesar won the trophy with Inter in 2010, as the Italians beat Bayern Munich 2-0.