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By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Sports Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 2011 Brasileirão national football (soccer) tournament proved to be the most exciting and nerve-wracking since the competition's format switched to a twenty team round robin in 2003. All four Carioca sides at one time had genuine aspirations of glory; Paulista outfits São Paulo and eventual champions Corinthians; southern giants Internacional, all laid claim to title aspirations throughout the campaign.

Without doubt this year belonged to Vasco, the league's runner-up. Not only did they win the Copa do Brasil, they sustained a . . .

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