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WORLD CUP: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar admits that Brazil career is over

AFP, BRASILIA

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar fails to save Netherlands’ Georginio Wijnaldum’s, left, goal during the FIFA World Cup third-place playoff at the National Stadium in Brasilia on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar on Saturday said that his international career is over after Brazil’s World Cup campaign ended in disappointment.

“This is probably my last World Cup. To play at the Copa America in 2015, at the age of 35, would be quite complicated,” he said after Brazil’s 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia. “To go to that Copa America without having the 2018 World Cup in mind would be selfish on my part.”

Cesar was hailed as a hero after Brazil beat Chile on penalties two weeks ago. However, he could do little to help his side in last Tuesday’s 7-1 semi-final hammering.

“It is a sad moment for Brazilian football. Now I think it is time to relax and try to forget about all of this. The time has come for other goalkeepers and I think Brazil has seven or eight who are quite capable of pulling on the national jersey,” he said.

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