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 By Chris Wright

Deaf-blind fan 'watches' World Cup

In Episode Two of "Untameable Spirit: Passion for the Beautiful Game," we embedded ourselves with communities of rabid Brazilian and Croatian fans to celebrate the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. You didn't have to be in Sao Paulo to relish the ups, the downs and, ultimately, the party as Brazil outlasted Croatia 3-1.

Thanks to the ingenuity of a Brazilian sign language interpreter, a teenage football fan who has been deaf and blind since birth has finally been able to "watch" a World Cup for the very first time.

Having hand-built young Carlos a small replica football pitch to help physically demonstrate the game to him, expert interpreter Helio Araujo Fonseca used sign language to provide simple commentary on Brazil's opening World Cup win over Croatia by describing tackles, fouls, goals, Fred's outrageous dive, players' numbers and the like.

The best part? The whole thing was filmed, meaning we can all share in the moment that Carlos experienced "watching" his very first World Cup goal.

Now if you'll excuse us, our eyes have become incredibly sweaty all of a sudden.

(Via USA Today)