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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the restart of the Brazilian football season last weekend, so the hopes of fans the length and breadth of the country took an inevitable surge. And here in Rio, Botafogo supporters (affectionately known as Botafoguenses) are on the up again after a disappointing ninth place in last year's Brasileirão.

For much of the campaign, the Alvinegro maintained their place in the upper reaches of the league, competing for . . .

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