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Osmar and Soccer

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Osmar's other passion is soccer. During his childhood days, he played the game in his hometown Paraty. Despite promising talent for the game, he couldn't make a career of it due to his duties in the family business and a lack of support of his father. Soccer still plays a big part in Osmar's till date as much as music. He supports young talents at the national and international levels to show their abilities.The first player who benefited from Osmar's passion and knowledge was goalkeeper Paschoal who is also known by his nickname example graphic"Golden Hands" due to his outstanding skills in the goal.Paschoal was voted best goalkeeper of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais by the sports press in 1975. He played for Radium Futebol Clube, Esporte Clube de Guaratinguetá, Juventus de Elói Mendes, Flamengo de Varginha, Alfenense and Sociedade Esportiva Guaxupé.Osmar's most important achievement to date was the discovery of Cacau from the Brazilian city of Mogi das Cruzes in the state of São Paulo. A nephew of Osmar's convinced him to come by and watch the then 18 year-old play. Impressed by what he saw, Osmar invited Cacau to come to Germany and present himself in test games with the clubs. Cacau started with Türk Gücü München, who played in the fifth amateur league of German soccer. Within 18 months, Cacau managed to jump from the fifth to the first league by playing for premier FC Nuremberg. After completing two years there, Cacau moved on to VfB Stuttgart, one of the top teams of the Bundesliga, where he has scored many goals till date.