National Campeonato Brasileiro Countdown

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Sports Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The national football (soccer) championship, 2011's Campeonato Brasileiro is set to kick-off this weekend after a five month hiatus. The Rio state tournament Carioca champions Flamengo start with a home game against Florianopolis side Avai and Vasco travel to Fortaleza to face Copa do Brasil semi-finalists Ceará on Saturday. The following day, Botafogo face a daunting opening match against Paulista outfit Palmeiras, and current national champions Fluminense welcome São Paulo to the Sao Januario.

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