Cesar has sympathy for Iker

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar can empathise with his Spain counterpart Iker Casillas after both had to endure "difficult moments" in the last year.

Last Updated: 02/07/13 at 21:39 Post Comment

Julio Cesar: Has sympathy for Iker Casillas

Julio Cesar: Has sympathy for Iker Casillas

The QPR stopper and Casillas played in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday and after the game swapped shirts.

Julio Cesar, who won the Golden Glove for conceding the fewest goals in the tournament, collected the trophy wearing Casillas' shirt and said it was his tribute to his opposite number.

Casillas was sidelined for the final four months of the league season with Real Madrid, after injuring his hand and then losing his place in the first team to Diego Lopez.

"It was an honour for me to swap shirts with Casillas, because I respect him a lot and I've always admired him," Julio Cesar, who was relegated with QPR, told Marca.

"I was out on the pitch celebrating and someone told me that Iker wanted to speak to me. That made me very happy, and we spoke for 10 minutes.

"I had never met him before in person, as this was the first time we'd played against each other, and I can say that he is a great person, an excellent lad.

"He has had a very tough time this season, and I have also had a bad season.

"That's why I wanted to swap shirts with him and I thought it was a good idea to go up and collect the trophy wearing his shirt to show him my support, because the best players always return."

For the Brazilian, the fact that both he and Casillas were named in their respective team's starting line-ups for the final was a sign that both had put their problems behind them.

"I'm very upset that he had such a hard season, because I know how he feels, and I'm delighted we both were able to play in the final," he said.

"For me it was a great resurgence and I know he felt the same. Casillas is a great, and he deserves the best. I'm sure he'll rise again. In fact, by playing in the final, he already has done."

The QPR man would not reveal what he said to Casillas, but admitted: "It was a very emotional conversation.

"Goalkeeper is a very special position, it's different to all the others.

"You suffer a lot between the sticks, and no matter how well you play, you will always have tough moments. We have both had difficulties, but we have had the strength to keep going."

And he joked about the pressure on keeping goal for the five-time World Cup winners.

"I have always said that the two most stressful jobs are being president of Brazil and goalkeeper of Brazil."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Christian Benteke closing on Aston Villa comeback

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is edging closer to a first-team comeback, manager Paul Lambert has revealed.

Transfer News: Peter Crouch could earn new Stoke contract as QPR maintain interest

Mark Hughes is open to rewarding Peter Crouch with a new contract at Stoke as QPR remain interested in the striker.

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Mail Box

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property