6-fingered family rooting for Brazil to win sixth World Cup

Fourteen members of the Da Silva family will have their 168 fingers crossed when Brazil takes on Cameroon on Monday.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM   |   Comments

AGUAS CLARAS, Brazil, June 23 (UPI) -- Members of a Brazilian family are hoping their national team will be able to win the World Cup and secure the title for Brazil for the sixth time.

If the Brazilian squad does win the 2014 World Cup, 14 members of the Da Silva family will be able to count the number of titles that Brazil has won on one hand because they all have six fingers.

In addition to having an extra finger on each hand, members of the Da Silva family were also born with two additional toes because of a genetic condition called polydactyly.

The men in the family have opted to keep their extra toes, although some of the women have gotten them removed so they can fit into shoes more easily.

"We're giving so much energy for Brazil to win," said Ana Carolina Santa Da Silva. "I believe this energy will flow on to the pitch and they will play really well and win their sixth World Cup."

When Brazil takes on Cameroon on Monday in their final group play match, the Da Silvas will have their fingers crossed, all 168 of them.

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