Eighteen-year-old Seth Burkett has swapped Stamford for the samba after becoming one of the only English footballers to have ever played in the Brazilian leagues.
Eighteen-year-old Seth Burkett has swapped Stamford for the samba after becoming one of the only English footballers to have ever played in the Brazilian leagues.Lifelong Posh fan Seth, from Barnack, near Stamford, has been given the celebrity treatment by Brazilian media and fans since joining league outfit Sorriso EC in November.
Seth is seen as a rarity in South America because, while Brazilian stars such as Kaka, Ronaldinho and Robinho play at the top level of European football, very few European footballers have made the trip over the Atlantic Ocean.
Writing on his blog before a cup match with leading Brazilian side Palmeiras, Seth said: "I have been on television three times a day – it is crazy. There are flags and posters all over the town, more than even for the World Cup. I even got mentioned on Globo, which is the Brazilian equivalent of the BBC.
"There were 17 television cameras that I counted and when I warmed up they followed me the whole time."
He got his big break in Brazil after being spotted by football agent Anderson da Silva while he was travelling with AFC Stamford for a youth tournament in June.
His new team plays in the fifth division of the Brazilian league, but his games have been watched by millions in South America as well as his family back in Barnack who tune in via the internet.
Proud dad St John said: "They are taking a massive interest in him over there because he is the only English player in the country.
"He has been interviewed left, right and centre for Brazilian TV and says he is always being asked to sign autographs by fans."
His biggest match so far was the cup clash against Palmeiras, whose alumni include former World Player of the Year Rivaldo.
The match was televised live on all four of Brazil's national TV stations but sadly Sorriso lost the game 4-0.
Seth used to play for the Peterborough United Academy and rejected a contract from Kettering Town two years ago to finish his A-Levels at Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton.
He plans to return to England to study sport science at Loughborough University in either September 2010 or 2011, depending on how much he is enjoying life in Brazil.
Seth is not the only globetrotting footballer in his family, as his grandfather's uncle, Charlie Williams, managed Brazilian giants Corinthians after retiring from playing for Arsenal at the beginning of the 20th century.
Read Seth's updates from his time in Brazil on the Stamford FC website: Burkett in Brazil.
Follow Seth's progress on his Twitter page - twitter.com/burkett86