Status: Ready to play
Date of birth: 01/10/1981
Height: 1.85 m
Júlio César Clemente Baptista is a Brazilian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward in Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Baptista is nicknamed "The Beast" due to his physique.
Baptista began his career as a defensive midfielder, and after a series of impressive performances for his home town squad São Paulo FC, Baptista signed for Sevilla FC in 2003. Upon signing for Sevilla, he was converted into a forward, and in his two seasons, he scored 50 goals, leading to his 2005 transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid. After two unsuccessful seasons at Real Madrid with a loan spell at Arsenal sandwiched in between, Baptista transferred to Roma in Italy. On 3 January 2011, Baptista completed a move to Spanish club Málaga, signing on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
On 3 August 2003, Sevilla FC unveiled Baptista as their newest signing. He cost the Spanish club £1.75 million. Baptista made it clear he was confident that he would succeed in Spain. He donned the No.19 jersey and began playing as an attacking midfielder. Baptista settled in quickly, bagging a double in Sevilla's 4–0 victory over Racing de Santander. As the season progressed, his good form continued, including a double against Levante UD and once more hitting the back of the net against Racing de Santander, this time with four goals as Sevilla picked up a 5–2 victory at home.
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