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Goa-l-l-l!! Blind soccer star plays it by ear to score at the Paralympics

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France's David Labarre, center, vies for the ball against Spain's Youssef El Haddaoui Rabii, left, and Marcelo Rosado Carrasco during the men's 5-a-side soccer semifinal match between Spain and France at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 6. France won 2-0.

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France's sighted goalkeeper Frederic Jannas, left, leads his team into the stadium past Spain's supporters after halftime during the men's 5-a-side soccer semifinal match between Spain and France on Sept. 6. Paralympic 5-a-side soccer is contested by teams made up of four visually impaired outfield players wearing blindfolds with a goalkeeper who may be fully sighted. The ball they play with contains ball bearings to produce a noise when it moves.

The ability of paralympic athletes never ceases to amaze me. Seeing Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps push the boundaries of the human body's capabilities is impressive. However, seeing a high level performance from a swimmer without arms or a visually impaired soccer player is incomparable. I cannot imagine having to play soccer by only following the sound of the ball, which is exactly what these players do. In men's 5-a-side soccer, each team consists of four visually impaired outfield players wearing blindfolds, and a goalkeeper who may have good vision, according to Agence France Presse. Ball bearings inside the soccer ball make noises that players can follow.

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France's Frederic Villeroux chases after the ball during the men's 5-a-side soccer semifinal match between Spain and France on Sept. 6. France's Frederic Villeroux scored both goals in the game and France won 2-0.

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France's Frederic Villeroux scores his second goal past Spain's goalkeeper Alvaro Gonzalez Alcaraz, right, during the men's 5-a-side soccer semifinal match between Spain and France.

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France's goalkeeper Jonathan Grangier, right, hugs teammate Frederic Villeroux, second right, at the final whistle during the men's 5-a-side soccer semifinal match between Spain and France.

Ahead of the London Paralympics, L.A. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham spent a day learning blind soccer from Team Great Britain.

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