Ribeirao’s one-legged footballer


Recife is revving up for Thursday’s opening match when Brazil take on Croatia.

The papers are full of it and this touching story caught my attention more than the usual previews in the sports supplement.

It’s about a one-legged footballer, and is featured in the Jornal do Commercio.

Jeferson Lima, 21, lost his leg at four – my Portuguese isn’t good enough to decipher how.

But he still takes part in games with pals and can run, shoot and play in goal, feats that earned him a box of goodies from his favourite club, São Paulo.



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