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By Bruno De Nicola, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Preparation activities have come to a partial stop for season's holidays, however Carnival continues to be the center of thoughts for many Cariocas, specially those who vigorously support, often resembling the behavior of true soccer fans, one of Rio's twelve major league schools.

Being two quintessential Brazilian products, Samba and Futebol (soccer) cross-over in many ways. Out of one of those encounters comes Unidos de Vila Isabel, the gremio (school) from the Zona Norte (North zone of Rio . . .

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