Brazilian club hires hypnotist in bid to avoid relegation

Brazilian club Portuguesa has hired a hypnotist in a bid to stave off the threat of relegation to Serie C.

The Sao Paulo outfit, relegated from the country’s top football tier last year, are currently second-last in Serie B with only two months of the season remaining.

Coach Vagner Benazzi said he decided to contract Olimar Tesser (below) after hearing of the hypnotist’s success at other clubs.

Photo: Twitter/Olimar Tesser 

“I don’t like to miss out on a good opportunity.” - Portuguesa coach Vagner Benazzi​Benazzi

“I know what he has done and I want him to work with my players before our matches. It was something that I decided due to the situation the club finds itself in.”

Portuguesa are considered one of Sao Paulo’s largest clubs, having finished second in Brazil’s Serie A in 1996.  –  Xinhua