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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to a Sunday, October 9th Globo report, the grass field at Maracanã stadium has been installed and the facility is 65 percent football (soccer) ready, welcome news to Rio’s CR Flamengo, who has been pushing hard for the release of the stadium from the hands of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.

All eyes are now on October 23rd as a likely date for Flamengo’s 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro (Brasileirão) season debut at Maracanã when the team faces off against the Corinthians from São Paulo in . . .

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