The first video featured Carlos Alberto Santana Junior from Brazil, who was able to celebrate Philippe Coutinho’s goal against Costa Rica in Russia, despite being born deaf and losing his vision as a boy.
His friends developed a way of translating the live action, allowing him to share his team’s glory with the help of a mini-pitch.
One friend runs his finger along his back, while another moves his hands along the model pitch using tactile sign language. After a goal, they celebrate by breaking out the drums.
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1. Watch this clip of a deaf and blind Brazil fan experiencing the World Cup
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The video, initially shared by a Brazilian amateur football team and special projects initiative RC Livramento, has since garnered more than two million views.
In another video, a Colombian fan who lost his sight and hearing as a child enjoyed his side’s win against Poland. The Soccer America Daily reported that his friend used touch and a table-top soccer field to translate the experience.
Sources: Business Insider UK and Soccer America Daily