By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – On May 10th the 2009 edition of the Serie A Championship got underway, pitting the 20 best teams in Brazil against each other over a gruelling seven month season. Following the relegation of Vasco da Gama last season only three teams represent Rio this term, Fluminense, Botafogo and Flamengo who were last year's highest placed Carioca outfit finishing in 5th place.

Cruzeiro 2 x 0 Flamengo: after Flamengo's triumph in the Carioca State Championship last weekend the team was brought back to . . .

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