Sport: Bartered Ballplayer

Eager to bolster its team for the coming futebl (soccer) season, Rio de Janeiro's Vasco da Gama club, one of coffee-growing Brazil's eight major-league futeból teams, tried last week to buy a famed Uruguayan player named Figliola. To their dismay, the Vasco da Gamas discovered that Figliola had already been signed up by a football club in Genoa, in coffee-hungry Italy. More eager than ever, they cabled Genoa, offered to buy his contract. Prompt was the reply: the Italian Football Federation would permit the Genoese club to release Figliola if the Brazilian club would pay for him with coffee beans.


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