Brazil have a unique situation whereby they have a lot of quality outfield players, but the goalkeeping situation is quite alarming.
National team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has only a couple of goalkeepers to choose from ahead of the World Cup 2014. One of them is QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who used to play for Inter Milan a few seasons ago. It was not long ago that he won the best goalkeeper in the world award, but he has not been in the best of shape in recent times.
This has allowed players like Diego Cavalieri to be considered for the national team selection despite not being good enough to play in Europe. It has widely speculated that Julio Cesar will leave QPR in order to play football at the top level. Cesar has been linked with a loan and permanent moves to different clubs across Europe, while there has also been talk of him returning to Brazil as well. After a few years in the wilderness, it seems that Cesar is ready to come back to international fold once again. Scolari is also ready to put his faith in the Champions league winner, who will be a crucial link in Brazil's ambition to win the World Cup at home.
"Julio Cesar has hypothetically sorted out his situation. He is a goalkeeper we trust, we admire him as a person, and as a goalkeeper. When the window in Europe closes, his situation will have been defined, with him staying at the club (QPR). From then on he will fight for a place in the team, and it will be up to the manager to decide if he will be a starter," said Scolari ahead of the next round of friendly matches for the national team, who will be pumped up after the Confederations cup success.