The Boy in Brazil


When Seth Burkett travelled to Brazil for a youth tournament with his local team Stamford, he was stunned by what happened next. Spotted by a scout, he accepted an offer to join Sorriso Esporte Clube in the central state of Mato Grosso and became a media celebrity as well as the only English professional in the football-crazy country. THE BOY IN BRAZIL is a charming and insightful account of his magical season in the sun as an 18-year-old in Sorriso – Portuguese for smile – and takes a bittersweet look at the beautiful game and cultural concerns of the vibrant nation which would host the 2014 World Cup finals. On his journey from boy to man, he would discover an uncanny and unexpected family link to the foundation of the sport in Brazil. He would also come to see, through a tragedy in Sorriso and the sad fate of its football club, that a childhood dream joyously fulfilled also had a dark side.

Praise for The Boy in Brazil

“An enchanting story, well told. Surely the definitive novice’s guide to football in Brazil.” PATRICK BARCLAY, London Evening Standard

“A remarkable, funny account that quickly drags the reader along for the ride.” THE DAILY RECORD

“An incredible text that is one part adventure story, one part travel channel and one part sociology and culture. We have done hundreds of reviews over the years and this one still stands out. It is a story you won’t want to put down.” ISN SOCCER

“Let’s cut to the chase and come back to dreams later – this book is worth buying. It is worth buying, reading, digesting and loaning out for someone else to read too. ” THE FOOTBALL PINK

“A fresh, spontaneous, rites-of-passage memoir.” THE INDEPENDENT

“The words on the front cover don’t even begin to tell the half of it.” SKY SPORTS

“A captivating tale… A refreshing antidote to the cocksure strut of youngsters with an overbearing sense of entitlement on the home front.” THE DAILY MIRROR

“Never a dull moment.” THE GUARDIAN

Sports book of the week, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY.

Shortlisted for Football Book of the Year at the 2015 British Sports Book of the Year.

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