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State tournaments help form future champions - Tite

19:17 GMT+3 03/05/2017
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The Seelcao boss spoke of the tradition of local tournaments in Brazil, insisting they provide a valuable breeding ground for potential internationals

Brazil coach Tite has backed the country’s State Championships, insisting the local tournaments remain an important stop on the way to forming future champions.

Domestic football is Brazil was founded on local tournaments. They predated the national league, which formed in 1959 but has been through various incarnations and only reverted to its current 20-team single table format in 2006.

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