World Cup Memories: Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar hopes to emulate childhood hero with trophy in Brazil

There are just 11 days until the 2014 World Cup and the MLS player who arguably has the best shot to win it all is Brazil No. 1 goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Toronto FC.

After a 2010 tournament which saw him commit a critical error in the quarterfinal loss to the Netherlands, he hopes he looks a little bit more like his hero in the 2014 edition on home soil.

When we [Brazil] beat Italy in ’94 in the World Cup final, [goalkeeper] Claudio Taffarel was my idol. My whole life, he is my reference [point].

When I was young, I remember very well when we beat Italy in penalty kicks [watch video above] and I remember going around the streets, screaming a lot. When I saw Taffarel, watched Taffarel save the penalty against [Italian forward Daniele] Massaro, I started to think, 'imagine if that was me.'

After a lot of years, I have the opportunity to do the same. When you are young - especially in Brazil, because football in Brazil is the first sport - you want to be a professional player.

I thank God for the opportunity to have won many things in my career, but I’m missing just one thing – to win the World Cup. That’s the opportunity I’m waiting for.


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