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On Sunday River Plate meet Boca Juniors in Argentina, while Flamengo face Palmeiras in Brazil.
These are huge league games involving giant clubs who are fighting for the domestic title. And by strange coincidence, they may also serve as rehearsals for the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League.
The last four of the competition will be defined over the next three days and, on the evidence of last week's quarterfinal first legs, the most likely scenario in the next round...
Brazil's most popular club were very happy that the Champions League title went to Liverpool. It could be an omen.
Back in 1981, when Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo won the Copa Libertadores to become the champions of South America, Liverpool were the champions of Europe. The two clubs met in the Intercontinental Cup staged in Japan, and a Zico-inspired Flamengo won 3-0.
It is the finest moment in over a century of club history for the Brazilian side. The year 1981 continues to be the bar for Flamengo,...