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Imperadores’ Torneio Debut

By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - 2009 marks an important milestone in the history of American Football in Brazil. The popularity of the oval-shaped ball grew exponentially, the practice of the sport in the country reached a comfortable maturity, and the first full-pads national competition was created.

Torneio Touchdown, baptized by André Adler, hit Rio last weekend giving Cariocas the chance to witness the first fully-equipped American Football match in the city's history.

The game took place last Sunday, August 30, when Rio de Janeiro Imperadores made their debut at Torneio Touchdown against S . . .

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