Young footballer’s book about playing in Brazil makes shortlist of awards

The Boy in Brazil, by former Stamford AFC player Seth Burkett. EMN-150906-171929001
The Boy in Brazil, by former Stamford AFC player Seth Burkett. EMN-150906-171929001

A young footballer’s book about his experiences playing professionally in Brazil made the shortlist of a national award scheme.

The Boy in Brazil, by former Stamford AFC player Seth Burkett, was nominated alongside top football writers such as Patrick Barclay and Matt Dickinson in the Cross British Sports Book Awards.

And although the book lost out in the end to Thirty-One Nil: On The Road With Football’s Outsiders by James Montague, Seth was delighted just to be named on the shortlist.

Seth, 24, now living in Barnack, said: “It was amazing when I found out I’d been shortlisted for the award.

“To be up alongside great football writers like Paddy Barclay and Matt Dickinson was a fantastic experience.

“I started writing the book at the age of 19 and it was published when I was 23. Being shortlisted made all of that effort worthwhile and has really made me proud of my work.

“I’d like to thank all of the local organisations who have supported me and my book, such as Walkers Bookshop, Stamford AFC, Casterton Business and Enterprise College and Arthur Mellows Village College.”

The Boy in Brazil is the story of Seth’s season as the only professional British football player in Brazil.

It has previously been named book of the week by the Independent.

Since returning from Brazil Seth has played futsal - a game similar to football but with a smaller ball, focusing on skill and control - at the highest level, representing England under-21s and playing for top UK team Loughborough Students.

He played for Stamford AFC before travelling to Brazil and took part in the “legends” end-of-season match this year. He was in the Peterborough United Academy for several years. Seth went to Barnack Primary School and Arthur Mellows Village College.

Follow him on Twitter 
@burkett86.