Forget Pele and Ronaldo...it's Seth, the boy in Brazil

By ADAM LAZZARI MANY Brazilians have forged football careers in England, some good (Juninho), some bad (Kleberson) and some, notably a certain �32 million Manchester City striker, overpriced. But Seth Burkett, a former March Town United left-back, is buck

By ADAM LAZZARI

MANY Brazilians have forged football careers in England, some good (Juninho), some bad (Kleberson) and some, notably a certain �32 million Manchester City striker, overpriced.

But Seth Burkett, a former March Town United left-back, is bucking the trend having signed a professional contract for Brazilian Division Five side Sorriso.

Burkett, 18, from Barnack, near Stamford, is currently the only British footballer playing professionally in Brazil.


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He has attracted the attention of Brazil's national media after playing top side Palmeiras in a cup match.

Sorriso lost 4-0 and the match was shown live on all four of Brazil's national television stations.

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Burkett said: "The attention I've been getting is crazy. There have been daily request for media interviews and for a while I was being filmed every single day in training."

Burkett was spotted by football agent Anderson da Silva when he was on an end of season tour of Brazil with AFC Stamford's youth team.

He has been playing for Sorriso since November.

Burkett said: "My Portuguese is not too good and nobody here speaks English so I'm struggling on that front.

"And football out here is a lot different. I've been playing in Brazil for two months and I'm just starting to get used to it."

March loaned Burkett from Stamford and he played the first few games of the season for The Hares.

March chairman Phil White said: "We were on the way to our game at Long Melford on Saturday. One of the lads was reading The Sun when they saw Seth's story.

"We knew he had gone to Brazil but we had no idea that he was doing so well.

"It shows how far March have come as a club when our players are getting poached by the Brazilians.

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