Seth Burkett

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Seth Burkett
Personal information
Full name Seth Lawson Burkett
Date of birth (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Peterborough, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Peterborough United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Stamford 12 (0)
2009 March Town United (loan)
2009–2010 Sorriso EC 0 (0)
2010– Stamford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:31, 5 April 2012 (UTC).

Seth Lawson Burkett (born 14 March 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for non-league club Stamford, as a defender. Burkett formerly played in Brazil for Sorriso EC, a team in the state league of Mato Grosso. While there, he attracted some attention as the only British footballer playing professionally in Brazil.[2][3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Burkett was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,[citation needed] and grew up in nearby Barnack, also in Cambridgeshire.[4] Despite this, he is described as coming from the neighbouring county of Lincolnshire.[3]

Burkett is related to the former professional footballer Charlie Williams, who was also active in Brazil, as a manager with Fluminense and Corinthians. Williams has been described in the media as both Burkett's grandfather,[5] and his great-grand-uncle.[6][7]


Burkett began his football career with the youth team of hometown club Peterborough United, before later rejecting a contract offer from non-league team Kettering Town to continue his school studies at A-Level.[8] After leaving the Peterborough youth system, Burkett joined non-league club Stamford, where he was Captain of the youth team.[9] He later made 12 appearances for Stamford's senior team after making his debut in September 2008.[10] Burkett also spent time on loan at March Town United during the first few games of the 2009–10 season.[6]

In June 2009, while on a tournament with the Stamford youth team in Salvador da Bahia in the northeast of Brazil, Burkett was spotted by a football agent who helped him sign a six-month contract with Sorriso EC,[11] a club from the state league of Mato Grosso. He made his debut with the club in a friendly match in November 2009.[11] Burkett attracted some media attention in Brazil in January 2010 when Sorriso took him to the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, an annual under-18 youth tournament run by the São Paulo Football Federation, as English players are rare in Brazilian clubs. "I was a substitute in all three matches," reported Seth Burkett from this event.[11] During his six months with the club, Burkett played a total of fifteen minutes for the first-team of Sorriso, which was in a pre-season friendly in January 2010.[11] After the end of his contract, in May 2010, Burkett had negotiations with another Brazilian club side, Taboão.[2][3][4][7]

After leaving Brazil in June 2010, Burkett enrolled at Loughborough University.[11]

He re-joined Stamford in summer 2010,[12][13] signing an extension in July 2011.[14]

In 2011, he was also called up to the England futsal squad.[15]

In 2014, he released a book on his time in Brazil, called The Boy in Brazil, which made The Independent's 'Book of the Week' in June.[16][17]



  1. ^ "Seth Burkett – Defender". Stamford A.F.C. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "English lad Seth Burkett starring in Brazil with Sorriso EC". Tribal Football. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Samba beat! Lincolnshire lad Seth Burkett finds fame as only Briton playing football in Brazil". Daily Mail. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "A football career in Brazil for Barnack's Seth Burkett". BBC. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Neil Syson (23 January 2010). "English footie lad is star in Brazil". The Sun. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Adam Lazzari (28 January 2010). "Forget Pele and's Seth, the boy in Brazil". The Cambs Times. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Adam Lazzari (23 May 2010). "Seth is a true Brazil nut". The Wisbech Standard. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Brazilian fans go nuts over Seth". Peterborough Telegraph. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Burkett in Brazil". Stamford A.F.C. official website. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Stamford Youngster to Return to Brazil". Stocksbridge Park Steels F.C. official website. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Burkett, Seth (29 December 2011). "Seth Burkett: My Year in Brazil". Les Rosbifs. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Clark's squad is coming together". Non-League Daily. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Clark turning Daniels into lean, mean machine!". Non-League Daily. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Stamford squad taking shape". Non-League Daily. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Five Loughborough University Futsal players receive England call". Loughborough Football. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Book of the week: The Boy in Brazil by Seth Burkett". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Aarons, Ed (1 June 2014). "How a Peterborough reject became the first British professional in Brazil". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2015.