Playing Against The Odds

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Alexandre Toledo, the goalie who plays on one leg

Alexandre Toledo used to be a professional soccer player in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, but in 1996 a motorcycle accident injured his left leg so badly that the limb was eventually amputated. As serious as the damage was, it did not put a stop to Toledo’s passion for soccer. Now, with just one leg, he plays with an amateur team as goalie.Following his injury, Toledo first started played soccer again one day at the beach, knowing that if he fell down it would only be on sand.He said he received a lot of support from friends and he now regularly attends matches with his amateur team, accompanied by his young son Gu.With soccer fever taking hold of Brazil as it prepares to host the World Cup, Toledo continues to play with his amateur team Moleque Travesso and thrill people with his ability 18 years after his accident.

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Toledo rests during an amateur match against the Jardim Regina Pirituba club at Pirituba soccer field in Sao Paulo. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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Here’s Toledo standing ready to block a shot by his son Gu, 4, after an amateur match at Corinthians field in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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Toledo blocks a shot by a rival player from Eai do Sape club during an amateur match at Corinthians field in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. With Brazil about to host the World Cup, and soccer fever taking over the country, Toledo continues to play and thrill fans with his ability 18 years after his accident. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Playing against the odds

Moleque Travesso soccer club’s goalkeeper Alexandre Toledo, 36, prepares to block a shot during an amateur match against the Jardim Regina Pirituba club at Pirituba soccer field in Sao Paulo March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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Toledo walks on crutches past team mate Betinho before an amateur match at Corinthians field in Sao Paulo. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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Toledo watches an amateur match at Colorado field where his own team plays their league matches.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce