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On-again, off-again Brazilian football league during Covid-19

A tortuous tale of football, rivalry, coronavirus, and legal battles. Flamengo and Palmeiras played the most controversial match of the year

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Palmeiras and Flamengo play. Photo: Cesar Greco/SEP

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, a tortuous tale of football, rivalry, Covid-19, and the court system. Flamengo eventually did play Palmeiras in the most controversial match of the year. Enjoy your read!

Football in Covid-19 times: The game that never was … but then was

The headline fixture of this weekend’s Brazilian league saw champions Flamengo travel to São Paulo to take on Palmeiras. As the two richest clubs in the country, with the most expensive squads, the pair have developed a bitter rivalry in recent years. Sunday’s confrontation was no different, filled with back-biting, twists...

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