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By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANERIO – A couple of days before a big match between two of Rio’s major soccer teams - a classico - a stranger to Rio may sense an eerie calm gathering before the storm. People start to wear their futebol jerseys to work and newspapers are increasingly sprinkled with pictures of the players and the latest dramas that surround them.

It is on the way to the match itself where one can see this storm erupt into the full-blown passion and excitement for which Brazilian soccer is famous the world over.

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