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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Heated Rio de Janeiro rivals, Flamengo and Fluminense, came together on Wednesday, July 5th, releasing a joint statement indicating that the two clubs would unite to find home pitch alternatives to the increasingly untenable Maracanã Stadium.

With the cost of playing at the iconic Maracanã becoming more and more unfeasible to Rio's clubs and with Odebrecht about to leave the management of the stadium,

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