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How Sao Paulo gained a Spireite

3 June 2020

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Have you ever wondered how many Spirietes there are worldwide? It is difficult to get your head around the possibility that there is someone thousands of miles away who feels the same anguish when the Spireites fail to convert a chance as those who find themselves in attendance on a matchday.

However, that is certainly the case for Pedro de Castro from São Paulo in Brazil, who started following the Spireites after coming across them on a computer game a few years ago.

Pedro is a 23-year-old student who is currently working towards a career in sports media. He grew up with the ambition of becoming a footballer himself, but injuries prevented him from pursuing his childhood dream, so reporting on football was seen as the next best thing. He has always had a passion for the sport and has grown up supporting São Paulo Futebol Clube.

São Paulo are the most successful team from Brazil with countless titles to their name and have previously faced the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Liverpool. They are the third best-supported club in Brazil with over 16 million supporters and Pedro says they were the only team he was realistically going to support.

So how did Pedro come to support Chesterfield?

“I first found out about Chesterfield through FIFA 16,” Pedro said.

“In the game you have the option to create a player and play as him throughout their career. Chesterfield actually chose me and I accepted! We were happy for a few seasons.

“After signing the contract with the club in-game, I started researching Chesterfield in real life. I wanted to know more about a club that I had never heard of.

“Since then, I have been happy with victories, sad with defeats and even sadder with relegation. That is part of it though, that is football.”

Even though he is currently based over 5,000 miles away from the Technique Stadium, Pedro has aspirations to come and watch the Spireites play in person in the future and even potentially work with the club’s media team. For the time being though, he is going to continue working hard on his studies with the ambition of working for the club he has grown up supporting.

Pedro said: “I want to work in the communication area of São Paulo. If the future allows, I might move to Chesterfield to be part of the club’s media team. In a few years I hope to be an inspiration for future storytellers. Journalism is nothing more than that – telling stories.

“It would be magical to be able to watch a game in the stadium. It would be even better to meet the directors, players, coaching staff and have a look around the club.”

Pedro has been regularly taking part in the Spireites Quiz, which we have been running throughout lockdown. He also set up his own website about the club earlier this year called ‘Chesterfield Brasil’ which you can find by searching for @ChesterfieldBra on Twitter.

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