9th January 2014 was the 150th anniversary of the first official game of football to FA rules. On that day, The Ball 2014 kicked off from Battersea Park in London, where that game was played, and travelled across Europe and the Americas to the World Cup in Brazil.
Fernando has always been involved with football - he played in youth teams in Brazil and then professionally in the U.S for San Fernando Valley Eagles. He coached in Southern California, working with adolescents and Afshin Ghotbi (formerly U.S. and South Korea assistant coach and Iran head coach). He graduated in Engineering (Brazil) and Administration (UCLA) and currently works with technology and founded Spirit of Football Brazil.