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Washed Out Goalkeeper You Said?

julio cesarEver since I can remember Julio Cesar, he never disappointed… Even though he was placed as reserve to Dida and Rogerio Ceni, Julio Cesar (for me) was never a disappointment.

His career might not be the gold shinning star you’d expect, but even with the struggles, he’s always managed to establish himself as the teams first-choice goalkeeper anywhere he went.

Yesterday in the first game of the “Round of 16″, Julio Cesar made a mistake that cost Brazil their lead and while the commentators egged on him, every reporter had their¬†headlines¬†all geared up to smear and bash him, the truth was that it wasn’t solemnly his fault… After all, there was another mistake that led to his mistake.

For some reason, the soccer world (especially Brazilians) loves being VERY UNFORGIVING when it comes to mistakes made by Brazilian professionals… Win or loose, words like “washed out” are used left and right without giving it a second thought. From coaches to midfielders, defenders, strikers, subs, goalkeepers, when the Brazilian National Team looses, someone’s head is going to spin… Even when the team wins, someone gets criticized and scrutinized negatively (while someone else becomes a hero)… In yesterday’s match, If anyone’s head should have rolled, my vote was on Fred (who’s done NOTHING VALUABLE this world cup so far).

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