The big clubs get bigger leaving the rest to collect the stickers

“I received an interesting present as I made my way to Rio’s legendary Maracana stadium on Wednesday evening. Flamengo, the club with the biggest support base in the land, was playing Internacional, a big club in its own right with ambitions of winning this year’s title – ambitions which took a blow with its 2-0 defeat. The slightly disappointing crowd of just under 19,000 went home happy – the win would seem to remove the slightest risk of Flamengo being relegated. Many of them travelled back clutching the same thing I had been handed as I made my way out of the local underground station and down the ramp towards the stadium – a sticker album of the UEFA Champions League, with a few stickers to start off the collection.” The World Game – Tim Vicery

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