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FUTEBOL BRASILEIRO

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
5 Flamengo 2 1 1 7
6 São Paulo 2 1 1 7
7 Fluminense 2 1 1 7
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River Plate lose to Independiente in Copa Libertadores title defence

Defending Copa Libertadores champions River Plate exited the competition in the round of 16 at the hands of Independiente del Valle.

River Plate's quest to repeat as Copa Libertadores champions was thwarted by Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in the round of 16.

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The Argentine club lost to Independiente by a final aggregate score of 2-1, after failing to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg in Ecuador.

River dominated possession and shots on goal, but could only find the net once, when substitute Lucas Alario scored from close range to give the hosts a late 1-0 lead in the 79th minute.

A four-goal lead from the...

Shooting death prompts away fans to be banned from derbies in Sao Paulo

Palmeiras fans
Palmeiras fans -- and all other away supporters -- will not be able to attend city derbies for the rest of the year.

Sao Paulo police have banned away fans from attending city derbies until the end of the year after a bystander was shot dead on Sunday as Palmeiras and Corinthians fans battled ahead of their state championship game.

The decision was taken by the state's military police in conjunction with the Paulista State Football Federation and public prosecutors.

"This will avoid the need for the military police to escort organised fan groups, which will allow a reinforcement of policing around the stadiums,"...

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Sao Paulo goalkeeping legend Rogerio Ceni retires after 23 seasons

Goal-scoring goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni has hung up his gloves after 23 seasons with Sao Paulo.

Sao Paulo legend Rogerio Ceni, a World Cup winner with Brazil and scorer of 131 goals in offical matches, has put an end to a glittering career after officially announcing his retirement on Sunday.

Ceni, 42, made his Sao Paulo debut in 1993 and went on to play more than 1,200 matches for the club -- scoring at a rate of almost a goal every 10 games over the course of a...