Flamengo Triumph, Rio’s Other Teams Falter in First Match of Brasileirão

Last season’s Brasileirão saw Flamengo finish in second place, Botafogo in ninth place, Fluminense in twelfth place and Vasco da Gama in sixteenth place.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This weekend saw all of the "big four" carioca football (soccer) teams kicking off their Campeonato Brasileiro Série A domestic campaign. Flamengo was the only team to win their first match, with Vasco da Gama, Botafogo and Fluminense all getting off to a losing start.

Botafogo were the first of the big four to get their Brasileirão campaign started against the difficult opposition of S . . .

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