Defender Leandrao of second-tier side Caldense started hiccupping after a squad dinner before the start of their league campaign.
Players initially joked about the affliction, but it did not subside and the 27-year-old was forced out of pre-season training.
After local doctors could not stop the hiccups, Caldense sent Leandrao to Rio de Janeiro for further treatment.
They finally stopped after 13 days, and medics concluded a respiratory problem was to blame.
Club spokesman Gustavo Mendanha said:Read More »from Brazilian footballer out for two weeks with hiccups