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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Campeonato Brasileiro, Brazil's top-tier football (soccer) league championship, is approaching the final hurdle with just eight rounds remaining. For the first time in a decade, the odds are firmly in favor of a club outside the dominating forces found in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo claiming the national crown.

Minas Gerais outfit Cruzeiro currently sit nine points clear at the top of the table, ahead of . . .

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