Rio’s Big Four Struggle in 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro Debut

Rio's big four clubs got off to a rough start in the opening weekend of the 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro (Brasileirão), as Vasco lost to Palmeiras 4-0, Botafogo fell to Grêmio, 2-0, and Flamengo drew 1-1 with Atlético Mineiro. Only Fluminense came away with a win, defeating Santos 3-2.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Local football (soccer) fans had a full slate of games this past weekend as Rio's big four football clubs returned to the pitch for the opening round of the 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (Brasileirão).

Coming off the club's emotional victory in the Campeonato Carioca, Flamengo kicked off Round 1 for Rio's big four, with the Rubro-Negra drawing 1-1 with . . .

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