POST TIME: 18 January, 2020 09:49:05 AM
Ex-Brazilian keeper Cesar to visit Dhaka Jan 22
Mujib Barsha celebrations
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Ex-Brazilian keeper Cesar to visit Dhaka Jan 22

Brazilian goalkeeping legend Julio Cesar is coming to Dhaka on January 22 as part of attending the ongoing Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football tournament, the opening international football competition marking the ‘Mujib Barsha’. President of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin informed this during a press conference at the BFF Bhaban yesterday. Salahuddin said, “We had a plan to bring a football legend in the ‘Mujib Barsha’ during the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International tournament. Although we had different choice for players, FIFA selected Julio Cesar which we had to agree.”

Julio Cesar, during his colorful 87 international caps for Brazil between 2004 and 2014, was chosen for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and two Copa America tournaments. In his 17 years of international career and seven years at Italian League Serie A, he won five Scudetti, 2009-10 UEFA Champions League and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup with AC Milan. He was also awarded Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009 and 2010 during his playing days for AC Milan and was also nominated for the 2009 Ballon d'Or.

He was also named UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year after the 2009–10 season and won the Golden Glove award at the 2013 Confederations Cup. But the Brazilian goalkeeper also had a bitter experience conceding seven goals in the 2014 World Cup against Germany. However, BFF in his itinerary kept a daylong programme on January 23 before arriving on January 22 as per the schedule. In his programme, Julio will offer his tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning, he will then go to Forties, football academy of the BFF and will spend some time with the young booters. He will also give some tips to the goalkeepers on goal keeping.

Then the Brazilian will visit the BFF Bhaban and have a session with the women footballers at the Artificial Turf adjacent to the BFF. There will also be a media session for him on January 23. The legend will leave Bangladesh after watching the semi-final match scheduled later on the day. The BFF earlier chose five world football stars to bring in the country. They also eagerly expected legendary Argentine Diego Maradona to grace the Bangabandhu Gold Cup. But finally, everything depended on the selection of FIFA as was informed to the media by the BFF president. And FIFA finally chose Julio Cesar to visit Bangladesh marking the occasion.