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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week, Brazil’s Ministry of Sports confirmed that Rio’s Flamengo football (soccer) club formally requested permission to play in Deodoro Stadium in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone). Due to the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, both Maracanã and Engenhão stadiums have been unavailable for several months forcing Flamengo to play most of its games away from Rio.

During the Olympics and Paralympics, the 15,000-seat Deodoro

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