Meet the six-fingered Brazilian football fan who hopes to celebrate his country’s sixth World Cup win on just one hand.
Josevaldo de Almeida Thome, 45, from the municipality of Conceicao do Coite, about 200 kilometres from the city of Salvador, in Bahia, Brazil, hopes to celebrate his country’s sixth title at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Josevaldo has an extra finger on both of his hands and he is hoping that his country will win the tournament for the sixth time in its history.
Josevaldo told local media: “Everyone who knows me and knows that I have six fingers on each hand calls me hexa.”
He added: “Whenever there’s a cup I get anxious. The expectation is to be able to do the hexa sign using only one hand with the new title.”
‘Hexa’ comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hex’, which means ‘six’.
The Brazilian national team has not won a World Cup in 20 years, with their last win being in 2002. Before that, they had won in 1994, 1970, 1962, and 1958.
Brazil lost in the 1998 final against host country France. They lost in the 2006 quarter-final, against France again. And in 2010, Brazil was also knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-final, this time against the Netherlands.
Brazil will play against Serbia on Thursday, 24th November, before facing Switzerland on Monday, 28th November and Cameroon on Friday, 2nd December.
The team is managed by Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, 61, more commonly known as ‘Tite’, and captained by Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva, 38.
Some of the other players are of course Neymar, as well as Vini Junior, Gabriel Jesus, Alisson, Militao, Richarlison, Fabinho, Casemiro, Militao, Rodrygo, and Dani Alves.