Jefinho will return to training after taking a year off from the field as the Brazilian blind football team begins the first phase of practices ahead of June’s World Championships between 20 and 28 January in Sao Paulo.
The ‘Paralympic Pele’ is widely considered the world’s best blind footballer and arguably the best in history, and has been key for Brazil’s success over the last decade. He was called up to the national team for the first time in 2006 and has not stopped winning titles ever since.
So far he has won three Paralympic golds, two World Championships titles, three Parapan American golds and three Americas Championships titles.
In 2016, Jefinho starred on home soil as he led the all-conquering Brazilian team to gold at the Paralympic Games. The two outstanding goals he bagged against China in the semi-finals are considered two of the best ever scored at a Paralympics.
The 2018 World Championships will take place in Madrid, Spain, from 8-17 June.