‘The Boy in Brazil’ shows his writing skills match his football

Seth Burkett and Ian Ridley. Photograph by Alex Ridley
Seth Burkett and Ian Ridley. Photograph by Alex Ridley
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A footballer who swapped Stamford for Samba to spend a year playing in Brazil has released a book about his time in South America.

Seth Burkett (23) wrote The Boy in Brazil: Living, Loving and Learning in the Land of Football following a dream move in 2009.

Seth, who now lives in Barnack, had been touring with Stamford AFC youth team in Salvador when coaches spotted his talent.

A training session with top-flight team Vitoria led to him joining Sorriso Esporte Clube, a team that played in the Mato Grosso League in the Brazilian State Championships.

Playing at left-back in the televised Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior tournament, the media loved the tale of the lad who was the only English footballer to be playing professionally in Brazil.

The book tells of his testing digs in Sorriso, his teammates’ love of the ladies, a close-up view of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, and bureaucratic 
issues which eventually led to his return to England in 2010 when his visa expired without his knowledge.

Seth - who became known as Sefi by teammates unable to pronounce his name - said: “I had such a wonderful time in Brazil. Everyone was so friendly and it was an experience I will never forget.

“I have had three or four offers to return and I would love to, but there is always an issue with forms.

“I love Brazil, but I have no idea how they will organise a World Cup.”

Seth is currently studying for a Masters degree in English at Loughborough University where he plays Futsal, a variation of football which originated in South America.

His skills also earned him a call-up to the England squad.

Seth kept a diary while he was in Brazil, writing it into a book which has now been published by Floodlit Dreams, a new venture set up by renowned football journalist and writer Ian Ridley.

The Boy in Brazil (£9.99) is available on Amazon and in bookshops.

The Kindle edition will be published in early June.