By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's 2012 football season gets underway this Saturday, January 21st, with the opening round of the Rio de Janeiro state championship, the Campeonato Carioca. Despite decreasing in importance for teams competing on a national front, the state tournament is the big opportunity for lesser known clubs to upstage the establishment, in addition to serving as a platform for aspiring players to progress.
Last year, Botafogo plucked left back Bruno Cortês from Nova Iguaçu; the 24-year-old went on to be one of the revelations of the . . .