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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Rio state championship, or Campeonato Carioca as it is locally known, started this past weekend as the 2013 Brazilian football (soccer) season officially began. The state championships, played between January and May, give Brazil's smaller outfits the chance to take on the country's biggest teams, as well as putting some of their more exciting talents in the shop window.

In truth, for Rio's "big four" - Fluminense, Vasco . . .

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