Ribeiro's legacy lives on through cup

A mini-tournament in honour of fallen Jet Bernando Ribeiro has been held recently in Brazil, aptly dubbed "The Bernando Ribeiro Cup".

Bernardo’s brother, Gabriel Ribeiro, organised the tournament in his hometown of Nova Friburgo.

Six teams took part in the competition, each representing the football clubs Bernardo played with or had links to: Escolinha de Futebol (Brazil), Flamengo (Brazil), Skenderbeu (Albania), IFK Mariehamn (Finland), Goela Seca (Brazil), and of course, Newcastle Jets (Australia).

Bernado’s wife, Katie, a Maitland born and raised Novocastrian, highlighted the significance of the Hunter Valley region in Riberio's life.

“The Jets were such a big part of Bernardo’s life and career, and he absolutely loved life in Newcastle," she said.

“It’s also where we met so it was very important to me to have the jets as part of the Bernardo Ribeiro Cup.”

Bernardo’s father and brother, as well as Katie’s brother, played in the Newcastle Jets team on the day, however it was Escolinha de Futebol who came out on top to win the tournament.

All participants were able to keep their shirts from the team that they played for on the day, and each shirt had the club’s crest, plus Bernardo’s name and number on them.