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By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Founded in 1923, G.R.E.S Portela is regarded as the oldest and most traditional samba school in Rio de Janeiro, where it represents the neighborhood of Madureira in the city’s Zona Norte (North Zone). In it's early formation, the school went by a number of different names until it eventually became known as Portela, appropriately chosen due to the fact that its meetings were often held at a location in Rua Portela.

The club’s emblem of an eagle in flight is possibly one of the most . . .

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