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Ricardo Alves wins Golden Ball at IBSA Blind Football World Championships

Soccer players listening to national anthem China and Brazil before the start of the match. Image credit: IBSA Blind Football
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Ricardo Alves with his award. Image credit: IBSA Blind Football World Championships 2014

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The Brazilian team, led by Alves, takes a celebratory lap around the field with their championship trophy. Image credit: IBSA Blind Football World Championships

Tonight in Tokyo, Japan following the conclusion of the IBSA Blind Football World Championship final which saw Brazil beat Argentina in extra time, Brazilian striker Ricardo Alves was named Golden Ball winner. Alves scored the winning goal for Brazil. Alves captained his squad and was also presented with the trophy during the gold medal award ceremony.



Nicknamed Ricardinho, the strikers was one of the leading scorers in the competition.  In group play, he scored a goal in Brazil’s 3 – 1 victory against Colombia. He scored a pair of goals for Brazil in their 4 – 0 victory over Germany in the quarterfinals.


The Porto Alegre native lost his sight when he was six years old.  Like many Brazilians, he took up the sport at a very young age, and played the game with his brother.  He continued to play after losing his sight.  Alves had his first international cap for Brazil at the age of sixteen, scoring three goals in his first appearance, a 3 – 0 victory against Paraguay.  At the age of nineteen, he led the 2007 Parapan American Games in scoring with nine goals in the tournament. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the gold medal match,  Ricardinho scored an important equalizer and his team eventually went on to win.  He was a key part of the 2012 Brazilian team that won gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.


Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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