Back in the 2012/13 season, Queens Park Rangers had an audacious plan in the Premier League by gathering several experienced players in the same squad.
The likes of Júlio Cesar, Ji-Sung Park, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Djibril Cissé were all part of a team who couldn’t meet expectations and ended up on bottom of the league table.
That time was recalled by the Brazilian goalkeeper in a chat with Pilhado Youtube channel last night.
The 41-year-old had a live conversation with journalist Thiago Asmar, Everton forward Richarlison, Ajax winger David Neres and Arsenal defender David Luiz.
They were all telling funny stories and Júlio César talked about the bullying he used to get for playing for QPR.
“In England, there’s a team… Richarlison probably knows, not sure about Neres. It’s called Queens Park Rangers. It’s QPR, they say only the letters. My mom once called me, said ‘son, this team of yours is too bad, this QPR there..’ I said ‘Mom, it’s QPR’. She said ‘Yeah, what a bad team you went to play for. It’s very hard to support’. I said ‘I know’.”
“In Felipão’s first meeting when he took charge of the national team. I sat back there, he said ‘where is Julio Cesar?’. I said ‘I’m here, professor’. Then he said ‘Julio, my son, oh boy, what a bad team you went to play for’.”
“Then, the boys made a lot of fun of me at the national team. There were only guys from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich… damn. And me at QPR, damn it, that Redknapp messing with me.”
“But the Premier League is sensational, right David, right Neres? Nothing against the other leagues, but the Premier League, playing for Queens Park Rangers, I had a lot of fun.”
Júlio César still mocked David Luiz for getting good results against him when playing versus Chelsea, and the defender recalled how tough things were for the goalkeeper at the time.
“I felt sorry for him. Julio the best on the pitch, every game, they lost 4-0. Julio best on the pitch, imagine how many shots.”
Júlio César joined QPR on a free move from Inter Milan in 2012, and made 27 appearances for the Loftus Road side, having conceded 45 goals.
He stayed at the club until 2014, when he had a short loan spell at Toronto FC and left permanently for Benfica in the summer.