Rio’s Big Four to Kick Off the 2018 Campeonato Carioca

Since 1906, the Campeonato Carioca has provided an important showcase for smaller clubs in Rio de Janeiro state to compete against their more well-known rivals, Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, Rio de Janeiro state’s top football (soccer) clubs return to the pitch for the opening round of the 2018 Campeonato Carioca. The two-leg tournament begins with the Taça Guanabara today for Botafogo, and their duel with Portuguesa-RJ, at Nilton Santos.

After failing to qualify for Libertadores, Botafogo's finances will be strained this year. The main player acquired was striker Luiz Fernando, who had a solid season for Atlético-GO last year and was the only investment of . . .

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