RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil goalkeeper Julio
Cesar was unable to go outside for a week after the World Cup
loss to the Netherlands and said he still suffers when he thinks
about the 2-1 quarter-final defeat.
"It makes me feel bad, even today," he said in an interview
with the Sportv cable sports channel, three and a half months after the
"Even now, when I lie down and put my head on the pillow, I
lament it, I still get emotional and feel sad, because I think
we had everything it takes to win the World Cup.
"The most difficult thing was leaving the house. I only left
home because (defender) Lucio helped me.
"It took me eight days to leave home. I wouldn't go out for
anything, I just didn't want to see anyone."
Julio Cesar said that the coaching staff had produced a
giant jigsaw puzzle of the World Cup, divided into seven
pieces, which was placed at the head of the table where the
players had their meals.
He said that after each match, coach Dunga would have team
captain Lucio a piece which he would place on to the jigsaw.
Brazil would have played seven matches if they had reached
the final but went out in the fifth.
"That still makes me emotional," said Julio Cesar, widely
considered the world's best goalkeeper in the run-up to the
tournament. "It was a difficult moment."
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