Meet Brazil's Family of 6-Fingered Soccer Fans

Silva family has an extra digit due to a genetic condition

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 20, 2014 1:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – There are plenty of die-hard soccer fans out there, but few are receiving as much media attention during this World Cup as Brazil's Silva family. As a result of a genetic condition known as polydactyly, all 14 members of the four-generation family were born with an extra digit on each hand, the AP reports. That obviously brings each hand's total to six, a fact with special meaning in Brazil's latest quest to win the World Cup—a victory that would happen to be its sixth. "Since the last World Cup we wanted Brazil to become hexacampeao," says Ana Carolina Santos da Silva, using the Portuguese term for "six-time champion." "But it didn't happen, so this year we really want Brazil to achieve the sixth."

Members of the Silva family pose for a photo in their home in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Members of the Silva family pose for a photo in their home in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Silvia Santos, facing camera, embraces her daughter Ana Carolina at their home in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Silvia Santos, facing camera, embraces her daughter Ana Carolina at their home in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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