Cesar to sign with Benfica after leaving QPR by mutual consent

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After spending part of the summer on loan with Toronto FC,  Julio Cesar is moving on to his next team.

The Brazilian goalkeeper is set to sign with Portuguese side Benfica after it was announced Tuesday that Cesar had ended his time with QPR by mutual consent.

Cesar made 27 starts for QPR since arriving in August of 2012 on a free transfer, but has not played for the London club since April 2013. The 34-year-old spent the start of the summer on loan with Toronto FC, where he started seven games and kept two clean sheets prior to departing for the World Cup.

Cesar appeared in all seven of Brazil’s World Cup games, including the host nation’s penalty kick shootout victory over Chile in which Cesar made two saves.

Cesar will now head to Benfica, which finished as champions of the Primera Liga last season. He joins fellow Brazilian Artur Moraes on the list of Benfica’s goalkeepers after 2013-14 starter Jan Oblak left the Portuguese side for Atletico Madrid in July.

What do you think about Cesar’s move? How will Benfica fare in this year’s Champions League?

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8 Responses to Cesar to sign with Benfica after leaving QPR by mutual consent

  1. Steve says:

    He seemed to really enjoy his time in MLS. Surprised nobody made a move for him. Most clubs have established GKs, and right now seems to be kind of a golden age for MLS keepers. But he’d seem to fit for an expansion club like NYC FC or Orlando City.

  2. NASL TO EL PASO TX says:

    Orlando should have gotten him or even Seattle

  3. Yevgeniy says:

    No one in MLS wants to waste a DP spot and money on a goalkeeper. he was good. But would anyone really say that he was head and shoulders over guys making 5-10% of what he would need to get paid?

    • Jay says:

      True but I think it’s more about sending a message. Yes he is about the same level but he attracts a whole nations eye balls. And it’s Brazil no less. Is he worth DP money no but is he worth it overall to pay him DP money yes.

  4. argh says:

    it was crazy that the no 1 keeper for Brazil was playing in MLS. Even though it was on loan. why again couldn’t he be starting at QPR? His wages were so high that it seems impossible for him to hae been on the bench.

  5. Benjani Appleseed says:

    I could care less. Why is this even on this site? Elderly goalkeeper with no current US connection– most recently known as the guy utterly clowned in unprecedented fashion on home turf at the World Cup — moves to yet another team who will be disappointed. Woot woot.