File - Aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill and the Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA)
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Flamengo will play Corinthians at the Maracana stadium next weekend – a home game at their home ground in their home city.The Maracana has been out of commission for much of the past 20 years, being refurbished for first the World Club Cup in 2000, then the 2007 Pan American games and finally this year's Rio Olympics.The best-supported club in Brazil have played all their home matches outside Rio this season, some of them 2,500 kilometers away in Natal – equivalent to one of the Premier League's Manchester clubs playing their home games in Riga.The ban will hurt some of stadiums built for the 2014 World Cup.Flamengo hope to get round the issue by building a compact ground for small games and taking control of the Maracana.Flamengo hope they can take advantage and finally own a piece of the stadium they have long called home.
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