Julio Cesar, who featured for the Selecao in three World Cups, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening accompanied by Miguel Filipe Rego de Macedo Augusto, a Fifa official
Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar arrived in Dhaka Wednesday for the first time as a special guest of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup to add more color to the six-nation international tournament.
Cesar, who featured for the Selecao in three World Cups, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening accompanied by Miguel Filipe Rego de Macedo Augusto, a Fifa official.
“I’m very happy to be here. I would like to thank Fifa to send me here and Bangladesh Football Federation to invite me for the Bangabandhu Gold Cup,” said the 40-year old former Inter Milan custodian upon his arrival.
“Brazil is still one of the powerful countries in football world. They have many football idols like Ronaldinho, Kaka. Lots of people in whole world supports Brazil national team.”
Cesar was informed by the reporters about the huge fan base of Brazil in Bangladesh.
He showed interest to know more during his short visit.
“I don’t know much about Bangladesh football but I will spend some time here, so I will learn about them,” said Cesar.
Cesar’s day-long schedule Thursday will start with paying his respects to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as he will visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi Road No. 32.
The 87-cap ex-Brazil netminder will then visit the BFF House where he is scheduled to spend some time with the young goalkeepers and Bangladesh women footballers at BFF artificial turf before meeting the members of Swadhin Bangla Football Team and the BFF executive committee.
Cesar will watch the second semi-final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup between Bangladesh and Burundi at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the evening before leaving the country at midnight.