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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian football season begins in earnest this weekend with the kick-off of the local state championships, and here in Rio de Janeiro, sixteen teams are ready to do battle in the 2014 Campeonato Carioca. It is the 113th edition of the tournament, and thanks to this year's World Cup (June 12th – July 13th), the schedule will be slightly abridged.

Instead of two separate group stages, the

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