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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Campeonato Brasileiro, Brazil's national league championship, reached the halfway point this past weekend, as the twenty teams have now all played each other once. Except for Botafogo, it has been a far from comfortable season for Carioca clubs until now, but with a further nineteen games to play circumstances could change.

In a dreary first half of the year for Carioca football, Botafogo are bucking the trend. The club sit second in the table and have been in and around the top since the first round . . .

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