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The Guillermo Ochoa/six finger story may have been a hoax earlier this week, but for the da Silva family, six is the magic number.

Fourteen members of the da Silva family were born with polydactyly, a condition where a person has an extra digit on a hand or foot. As Brazil goes for its sixth World Cup title, they’re hoping to bring to provide their home country a little bit of luck.

"Since the last World Cup, we wanted Brazil to win its sixth championship, so we can show with our six fingers the number of times Brazil has won,' said Ana Carolina Santos da Silva. 

[Photos: U.S. soccer stars wearing dog tags to honor military]

The local media became aware of the da Silva's before the 2010 tournament in South Africa, but their luck didn't help Brazil make it past the quarterfinals, where they lost to the eventual runners-up for the second straight World Cup.

Should Brazil triumph at the Maracana next month in the Final, photos of the da Silva family holding up each six-fingered hand will likely be a hot commodity among the local press.

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