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Rio’s Big Four to Kick Off the 2018 Campeonato Carioca

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, Rio de Janeiro state’s top football (soccer) clubs return to the pitch for the opening round of the 2018 Campeonato Carioca. The two-leg tournament begins with the Taça Guanabara today for Botafogo, and their duel with Portuguesa-RJ, at Nilton Santos.

After failing to qualify for Libertadores, Botafogo's finances will be strained this year. The main player acquired was striker Luiz Fernando, who had a solid season for Atlético-GO last year and was the only investment of . . .

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