A professional football player from Brazil, Julio Cesar de Souza Santos is a goalkeeper who began his playing career at Corinthians, in 2002. For three seasons, Cesar was the undisputed number one choice in the youth academy, making a massive impact on the coaching staff of the first team squad. In 2005, he made the progression to the first team after helping the youth team win the 2004 and 2005 Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior titles.
He was called up to the first team in Serie A and was part of the team that went on to win the league title in 2005. Cesar would make his debut in that season, after the first choice keeper was banned by the coach and the second choice keeper let in a horde of goals in two games. Although Cesar did get picked for the first team, he played just one game and was, surprisingly, behind Marcelo Marinho – a team mate from the youth academy.
Fabio Costa, the first choice keeper, left the club in 2006 and a number of goalkeepers started coming in and moving out of the team. Corinthians were relegated to Serie B and in 2008, Cesar got his opportunity to play in the first team squad. In 2008, he was the driving force behind the team’s Serie B championship winning team as well as the team that won the 2009 Paulista championship title & the Copa do Brasil title.
Cesar played over 115 games for the first team, between 2008 and 2011. He was forced to share the give up his starting spot after injuries forced him to make way at the top.