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Brazil's Julio Cesar signs for Benfica

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Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar saves a shot by Chile's defender Gonzalo Jara during the penalty shoot out after extra-time in the World Cup match between Brazil and Chile in Belo Horizonte on June 28, 2014
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Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar saves a shot by Chile's defender Gonzalo Jara during the penalty shoot out after extra-time in the World Cup match between Brazil and Chile in Belo Horizonte on June 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Lisbon (AFP) - Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Portuguese side Benfica after being released by English Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers, the Portuguese club announced on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old -- who had a mixed World Cup being hailed for his performance in the penalty shootout win over Chile in the last 16 but conceded seven in the semi-0final thrashing by Germany -- has signed a two-year contract with the Lisbon club, having had his contract in London cancelled.

QPR said on their website that the player had left the club "by mutual consent with immediate effect".

Having excelled with Inter Milan in Italy for several seasons, he raised more than a few eyebrows when he joined QPR, then in the Premier League, in August 2012.

He stayed with the club even after they were relegated, but spent the end of last season on loan to Canadian club Toronto FC, and was still under contract at Loftus Road until June 2016.

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