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By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - After ending a nine-year partnership with Nike, Flamengo announced a huge contract with Olympikus, a Brazilian sporting gear supplier. The five-year deal with the national company is the biggest ever in the history of Brazilian soccer, involving not only sports equipment and uniforms, but also a tidy sum of Reais - the deal will pay Flamengo R$21 million every season until the end of 2014.

The Olympikus money was one of the main factors enabling the team to hire striker Adriano, who will now wear the number 9 shirt. "Olympikus . . .

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